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Newsletter April 2012

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When you work on a wine farm it is easy to see where Albert Camus the famous French author and philosopher received his inspiration from when he wrote: Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. The vines are all starting to turn jewel colours and the mellow days are truly magical. For my family this is our favourite picnic season, so you can appreciate how happy I was when I heard about the Barouche Restaurant’s Easter Picnic Basket idea.

For R165 per person, you will be treated to delicious goodies, including a mini baguette & herb butter, butternut pate, chicken Liver pâté, homemade jam and a marvelous meat selection including rare roast beef, the famous Blaauwklippen Weinwurst and a rooibos tea smoked chicken breast. For those who are feeling a bit “cheesy” we included Camembert, matured Gouda, herbed cream cheese & garlic and thyme cottage cheese. All of this is complemented with some fresh grapes, Scotch eggs, Chinese omelet stuffed with stir-fried vegetables, Greek pasta pesto salad, cocktail gherkins and onions, chicken samoosas, vegetable springrolls, savoury palmiers and grissini sticks.

All you need to do is pick your favourite bottle of Blaauwklippen wine to complete the feast. For the sweet lovers, the Blaauwklippen fudge and a special cupcake will be the cherry on top! For picnic fans under 12, we have a special menu priced at R80.00 per person.

Book now as the above picnics are only valid for the duration of the Easter long weekend. If you would prefer to enjoy your picnic away from the restaurant on the beautiful lawns of the Werf, please bring a blanket. Call (021) 880 8222 to book.

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Please note, the restaurant will be closed on Monday and Tuesday each week from 6th May 2012 to end of August 2012.

Our dinner restaurant, The Cape Kitchen will have its last service of the season on 6th April 2012 and will then be closed for winter.

Make sure to visit our Wine Centre on your next visit, as we are running a special on the 2011 Chenin Blanc. Buy two bottles and get one bottle free.

When autumn appears it is time to enter the Blaauwklippen Blending Competition, being hosted for the 29th time this year.

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This unique competition is open to all wine clubs. No expert wine knowledge is needed, just a taste for good wine! Except for the winning trophy, the best newcomer club will also be honoured, to give clubs who have never entered before recognition, and to motivate them to enter.

For 2012, entrants will receive a selection of four wines from the 2011 vintage (Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel and Single Vineyard Shiraz). The closing date for registration is Friday 20 April 2012 and a personal blend recipe from each club must then be submitted to Blaauwklippen by 22 June 2012.

We will then make up all the entered blends, and a panel of judges select the four finalists. These four finalists are invited to an exclusive lunch at Blaauwklippen on Friday 7 September where the winner will be announced.

The winning blend will be bottled under the Blaauwklippen Barouche label and recognition will be given to the successful wine club on the back label. The winning club and three finalists also win other great prizes, including wine, return airfares and accommodation for the weekend of the prize giving, and glassware from Vitria.

Registration fee: R180 per wine parcel, including the four wines and a plastic measuring cylinder. Transport and additional hampers excluded.

For more information contact Natalie at Blaauwklippen: (021) 880-8646 or blending@blaauwklippen.com .

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We had a booming month of trade at the market during March, thank all of you for your continuous support, it is wonderful to see regulars from weekend to weekend stocking up on market produce
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There are a few dates to look forward to in April. Join us on the 8th for an Easter market; we will also host an Easter egg hunt for the young ones at 11h30.

On the 18th we will be celebrating the deliciousness of Figs for our seasonal ingredient day. Expect delicious combinations with this magnificent fruit. From fantastic fig and chicken burgers, handmade fig chocolates, fig jams and relishes to a fantastic fig, honey and basil artisanal ice cream or the famous brie and fig pancake to name but a few taste sensations to look forward to.

The Market will team up with the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society on the 22nd again for our Vineyard Doggy walk. This is a great day for the entire family, your furry friend included, to enjoy together and help a worthy charity in the process..

the 29th we will host a “Little Master Chef” day at the market where children can take part in cooking class hosted by Jelly Bean Events. The entry fee is R50 per child. Bookings can be made with Amanda at jellybeanevents@gmail.com. This promises to be a fun day for the young ones and hopefully the start of a future top chef’s career

The featured trader for this month is Yolanda Christians, who has been working at Blaauwklippen for the past two years in the restaurant. Her dream is to become a qualified pastry chef and thanks to the innovative Entrepreneur’s Leadership program Blaauwklippen offers its employees she is one step closer to realising her dream.

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This program is innovative and revolutionary in many respects; however, the fundamental importance is that is tackles two major challenges in South African society, namely the need to develop free enterprise and the necessity for communal regeneration and investment.

Yolanda now manages her own stall at the market selling her delicious cupcakes and biscuits. She is an inspiration to the other participants in the programme.

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