Jan Harmsgat Chardonnay

Butternut Squash GratinButternut Squash Gratin

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for the baking dish
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ pounds (about 1 large) butternut squash peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup grated Comté cheese
  • few chives finely chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 10-inch (25-centimeter) baking dish.
  2. In a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened and translucent, 4 minutes.
  3. Add the butternut squash slices and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the squash mixture to the baking dish. Smother with the cream, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, scatter the cheese on top, and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces.
  5. Bake until the surface is golden and bubbly and the butternut squash is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the chives, if desired.

© Recipe courtesy of Leite’s Culinaria.

 

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Rich WineStylesJan-Harmsgat_ChardonnayJan Harmsgat
Chardonnay
South Africa

RICH WINE STYLE

This Chardonnay is fruit driven with integrated wood notes that is barely noticeable. On the nose, there are notes of citrus, stone fruit and pineapple; while the palate is rich, yet elegant with a round mouth feel.

Varietal: Chardonnay
Analysis:
13.5% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.46
TA: 6.14
RS: 4.43 g/L
Production: 5,000 Bottles
Maturation: 10 Months, 225L French Oak Casks, 4th fill.
Critical Acclaim: 91 pts. Gilbert & Gaillard – 2021 International Challenge

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
A Chardonnay with gentle yet enticing roasted hazelnuts, whipped butter and a lick of oak with aromatic complexity. It is rounded, with good density and an energizing fresh core, the palate has great texture.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson Wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the Coastal Regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information and Photos provided by Jan Harmsgat.

Jan Harmsgat Farm Winery

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Jan Harmsgat Pinot Noir

Creamy Leftover Turkey SoupCreamy Leftover Turkey Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 4 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups turkey broth OR chicken, OR vegetable
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • ½ pound baby potatoes, halved or quartered
  • ½ cup wild rice blend
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 4 cups cooked Turkey meat, shredded
  • ½ cup corn
  • salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook aromatics: Heat butter and oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook until softened, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Cook mushrooms: Stir in mushrooms and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until mushrooms have softened. Stir through garlic and cook for one more minute.
  3. Season: Reduce heat to medium-low. Sprinkle Italian seasoning and flour evenly over mushroom mixture, stir well for 1 minute.
  4. Add broth: Gradually pour in broth, stirring constantly, to keep any lumps from forming.
  5. Simmer: Stir in carrots, potatoes and rice. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until rice is nearly done (about 20-25 minutes for parboiled rice, about 35 minutes for regular).
  6. Finish soup: Once rice is nearly ready, open lid and stir soup well. Add half and half, cooked turkey meat and corn. Stir well, then simmer over medium heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Serve: Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve immediately.

© Recipe courtesy of Nora from Savory Nothings.

 

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Mellow style logoJan-Harmsgat_Pinot-NoirJan Harmsgat
Pinot Noir
South Africa

MELLOW WINE STYLE

This Pinot Noir is light and soft in style. On the nose, there are notes of dark cherries and strawberries with a slight earthiness. The palate has a soft tannic structure and smooth texture.

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Analysis:
13% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.75
VA:
0.64
VS02:
26 mg/L
TS02:
62 mg/L
RS:
2.23 g/L
Wood Maturation: 3 Months, 225L French Oak, 4th fill.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
The newest addition to the JHG boutique wine collection is the Pinot Noir. The very first attempt at making this wine, JHG won the trophy for the best Pinot Noir in the Robertson Wine Valley at the Young Wine Awards.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the coastal regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information and Photos provided by Jan Harmsgat.

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Jan Harmsgat Shiraz

Stuffed Mushrooms, BreadcrumbsStuffing-Stuffed Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS:

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing pan
    • 24 large Cremini mushrooms (about 1¼ pounds), each about 2 inches wide
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
    • kosher salt and black pepper
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 small stalks celery, finely chopped (about ⅔ cup), plus 1 tablespoon minced celery leaves
    • 2 sarge shallots, minced
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
    • 6 ounces cornbread, crumbled into small pieces (about 2 loose cups)
    • 1 to 1½ cups grated Gruyère or Emmental cheese
    • 4 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
    • 2 large eggs

DIRECTIONS:

    1. Heat the oven to 400°F and lightly brush a large rimmed sheet pan with olive oil.
    2. Using barely moist paper towels, wipe the mushroom stems and caps clean. Carefully tear off the mushroom stems, setting them aside in a medium bowl. Set each mushroom cap on its side and slice off the excess mushroom cap that curls over the gills. The goal here is to create a flatter surface area so the mushrooms caramelize instead of steam, and so you can pile more stuffing on top. Transfer the mushroom scraps to the bowl with the mushroom stems, then transfer the trimmed mushroom caps to the sheet pan, cut-side up.
    3. Brush the tops of the trimmed mushrooms with 3 tablespoons oil. In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper; sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the mushrooms. Flip the mushrooms so they are cut-side down, and roast until they have released their liquid and are starting to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Remove sheet pan from heat, and set aside.
    4. While the mushrooms roast, prepare the filling: Finely chop the mushroom stems and scraps or transfer them to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped (about 2 cups).
    5. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the chopped celery, shallots, garlic, rosemary, poultry seasoning and celery seeds. Season generously with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until caramelized and tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer vegetable mixture to a large bowl to cool, at least 15 minutes.
    6. Once the vegetable mixture has cooled, stir in the cornbread, cheese, celery leaves and 3 tablespoons chopped parsley. Season generously with salt and pepper. Whisk the eggs together in a small bowl, then stir into the cornbread filling until combined (makes about 4 cups).
    7. Wipe the sheet pan clean, then brush again with olive oil to coat. Mound about 1 to 2 tablespoons filling into each mushroom cap, patting them gently without packing them tightly, then transfer to the sheet pan, spacing them evenly apart. Bake until mixture on top is warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes. Broil until browned in spots, 2 to 4 minutes. Let cool a few minutes, then transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon minced parsley to serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Alexa Weibel of NY Times Cooking.

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Bold wine Style logoJan-Harmsgat_ShirazJan Harmsgat
Shiraz
South Africa

BOLD WINE STYLE

This Shiraz is spicy and fruit driven. The nose and the palate are equally spicy with notes of white peppers and dark fruit.

Varietal: Shiraz
Analysis:
15.0% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.77
RS:
2.1 g/L
Production: 5,000 Bottles
Wood Maturation: Spicy, white peppers, dark fruit

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
For a red wine so young, this Shiraz is remarkably drinkable with plenty of dark soft berries and spice. The flavors are rich and mouth-filling, while comfortably fresh tannins ensure there’s no heaviness. This wine should give pleasure of the next year or two.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson Wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the coastal regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information provided by Jan Harmsgat


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Arendsig Chardonnay Blok A15

Butternut Squash GratinButternut Squash Gratin

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for the baking dish
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ pounds (about 1 large) butternut squash peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup grated Comté cheese
  • few chives finely chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 10-inch (25-centimeter) baking dish.
  2. In a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened and translucent, 4 minutes.
  3. Add the butternut squash slices and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the squash mixture to the baking dish. Smother with the cream, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, scatter the cheese on top, and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces.
  5. Bake until the surface is golden and bubbly and the butternut squash is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the chives, if desired.

© Recipe courtesy of Leite’s Culinaria.

 

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Crisp Wine StyleArendsig Chardonnay wine bottleArendsig
Single Vineyard

Chardonnay Blok A15
South Africa

CRISP WINE STYLE

On the nose, green and yellow citrus, Granny Smith apple, with tropical fruit notes.  Zesty and crisp on the palate with a lingering mouthfeel. Spontaneously fermented and matured in concrete tanks and neutral French oak barrels for 10 months.

Varietal: Chardonnay
Analysis:
13.79% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.18
TA: 7.1
RS: 2.8 g/L
Production: 12,546 Bottles
Maturation: 10 Months, concrete tanks and neutral French oak barrels
Critical Acclaim: 4 stars, Platters Diners Club Entertainment 2022

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
“My philosophy is to create great single vineyard wines from unique soil, climate and location. It’s the soil with all the microbes, cycle of elements and the help of living organisms that creates the heartbeat for my vines. The location towards the sun, wind and holistic climate conditions reflects the uniqueness of each vineyard. Spontaneous fermentation, no added yeast, is used with no enzymes. Maturation takes place in neutral vessels to bring through the unique vineyard characteristics which is specific to the site.” – Lourens Van Der Westhuizen

ABOUT ARENDSIG:
Arendsig’s single vineyard wines are made with minimal interference throughout the vinification. During fermentation natural yeasts are used with no enzymes.  Maturation takes place in neutral vessels to bring through the unique vineyard characteristics, that’s specific to the site. The handcrafted approach helps add to the final balance of the wines.  The vineyards are blessed with diversity, located in the Southern Robertson valley, Bonnievale. Learn more at Arendsig.co.za

© Information and Photos provided by Arendsig.


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September Premium Wine Club

Bold wine Style logoBendewijn-Syrah-2020 (1)The Ahrens Family Winery
Bendewijn
Syrah

Paarl, South Africa

BOLD WINE STYLE

This medium to full bodied Syrah is grown on old bush-vines in a shale dominant soil on the northern side of the Paarl district. Bright red spicy fruit is complemented with a silky soft tannin.

Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Syrah
Total Acidity:  5.4 g/L
pH: 3.56
Residual Sugar:  2.7 g/L
VA: 0.52 g/L
Total Production: 721 bottles


Bold wine Style logoBendewijn-Cabernet-Cinsault-2020 (1)The Ahrens Family Winery
Bendewijn
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault

Wellington, South Africa

BOLD WINE STYLE

This medium bodied small batch red wine was grown on a complex coffee-stone gravel/quartz combination soil, giving the wine both weight and mineral elegance. The bold Cabernet tannins are rounded into a silky smooth texture with the addition of Cinsault, also enhancing the fruit.

Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cinsault
Total Acidity:  5.0 g/L
pH: 3.73
Residual Sugar:  2.0 g/L
VA: 0.59 g/L
Total Production: 994 bottles

ABOUT ALBERT AHRENS’ BENDEWIJN LABEL:

Albert Ahrens

© The Ahrens Family

Bendewijn is passion project for Winemaker, Albert Ahren of The Ahrens Family Winery. Bendewijn was intended to be a group united by wine. Albert writes:

“A ‘bende’ directly translated is a gang, and “wijn” translated is wine… Hence Bendewijn is a wine-gang, more specifically, a wine-following. Bendewijn is not a wine club! So… Let me explain… Firstly, I’m a grape-scout & winemaker, annually producing our address specific Ahrens Family Wines. As the years go by, I constantly find myself inspired to explore other regions and wine styles. Occasionally I stumble across an intriguing vineyard, in most cases an older vineyard, usually located on the slopes of one of our many mountains located in the Western Cape. I’m obviously keen to have a go at it and produce a barrel or two. After every harvest, the end result is a couple of interesting new wines. These wines could be once-off or made again… no rules. Bendewijn is my space of freedom of expression. The aim is for a group of winelovers to join my “wine-gang” and follow me on my exploration. Bendewijn is sent out in a mixed case of six bottles, once every few months and if there is enough wine – no rules!”. – Albert Ahren

© Information from Albert Ahren’s Bendewijn and The Ahrens Family Winery – All Rights Reserved. 


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Jan Harmsgat Pinot Noir

Flat,Breads,With,Lamb,Meatballs,,Yogurt,,Cucumber,And,TomatoesGRILLED LAMB MEATBALLS WITH MINT YOGURT

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ¾ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • few cracks fresh black pepper
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbs tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 8 lemon wedges, for serving
  • grilled pita, for serving
  • Mint-Yogurt Sauce:
    • 1 cup Greek yogurt
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/3 cup chopped mint
    • salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Begin by making the yogurt-mint sauce. Add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix until combined. Season with salt to taste. Cover and set aside until ready to use.
  2. For the meatballs, add all of the ingredients for the lamb meatballs to a large bowl. Gently mix everything together with your hands, taking care not to over mix (this will ensure the meat stays tender).
  3. Roll the meat into 16, two-tablespoon-sized meatballs.
  4. Heat an outdoor grill to high heat. Lightly oil the grate, then place the meatballs on the grill and cook for 12 minutes, 6 minutes on each side. Alternatively, you can cook these meatballs on a lightly oiled grill pan set over medium-high heat, and cook for the same amount of time.
  5. Serve the meatballs with a large dollop of the mint-yogurt and with a wedge of lemon.

© Recipe courtesy of Kristan Raines from La Crema.

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Mellow style logoJan-Harmsgat_Pinot-NoirJan Harmsgat
Pinot Noir
South Africa

MELLOW WINE STYLE

This Pinot Noir is light and soft in style. On the nose, there are notes of dark cherries and strawberries with a slight earthiness. The palate has a soft tannic structure and smooth texture.

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Analysis:
13% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.75
VA:
0.64
VS02:
26 mg/L
TS02:
62 mg/L
RS:
2.23 g/L
Wood Maturation: 3 Months, 225L French Oak, 4th fill.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
The newest addition to the JHG boutique wine collection is the Pinot Noir. The very first attempt at making this wine, JHG won the trophy for the best Pinot Noir in the Robertson Wine Valley at the Young Wine Awards.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the coastal regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information and Photos provided by Jan Harmsgat.

Jan Harmsgat Winery South Africa


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Jan Harmsgat Shiraz

Grilled T-Bone Steak and herb butter on wooden cutting board

GRILLED T-BONE STEAK

INGREDIENTS:

  • For the Steak:
    • 1 (36 oz.) T-bone or porterhouse steak
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • ½ tablespoon pepper
  • For the Herb Compound Butter:
    • ½ cup butter (room temperature)
    • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)
    • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano (chopped)
    • 2 cloves garlic (diced)

DIRECTIONS:

  • For the Steak:
    • Take the steak out of the fridge and out of it’s packaging. Pat both sides with paper towel. Season with oil, salt and pepper on both sides. Let it come to room temperature.
    • Preheat your BBQ over high heat.
    • When the steak is too temperature, place it on the grill, let it sear for 2-3 minutes with the lid closed. Come back, and turn it 90°, and let it sear for another 2-3 minutes with the lid closed.
    • Flip the steak over (at this point, you should be able to see the diamond patter on this side). Sear for 2-3 minutes, then turn 90°. Allow it to finish cooking in this position (it should take another 8-12 minutes, depending on the size of your steak.
    • Allow the steak to rest on a cooling rack for 7-8 minutes. Serve with compound butter discs on top.
  • For the Compound Herb Butter:
    • In a small bowl, mix the butter, herbs and garlic.
    • Place a section of plastic wrap on your work surface. Scrap the butter on to the surface, and carefully roll the wrap around the butter. Twisting the ends, roll the butter back and forth until it forms a smooth cylinder. Refrigerate for one hour, then slice and serve with steak.

© Recipe courtesy of Cara at The Gourmet Bon Vivant.

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Bold wine Style logoJan-Harmsgat_ShirazJan Harmsgat
Shiraz
South Africa

BOLD WINE STYLE

This Shiraz is spicy and fruit driven. The nose and the palate are equally spicy with notes of white peppers and dark fruit.

Varietal: Shiraz
Analysis:
15.0% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.77
RS:
2.1 g/L
Production: 5,000 Bottles
Wood Maturation: Spicy, white peppers, dark fruit

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
For a red wine so young, this Shiraz is remarkably drinkable with plenty of dark soft berries and spice. The flavors are rich and mouth-filling, while comfortably fresh tannins ensure there’s no heaviness. This wine should give pleasure of the next year or two.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson Wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the coastal regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information provided by Jan Harmsgat


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Jan Harmsgat Chardonnay

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© Photo by Jo-Anna Rooney

CARAMELIZED ONION, APPLE AND BRIE FLATBREAD PIZZA

INGREDIENTS:

  • Balsamic Caramelized Onions:
    • 2 large sweet onions
    • 2 Tbsp. butter
    • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
    • salt and black pepper to taste
  • Flatbread and Toppings:
    • 1 large (or 3 small) pre-made flatbread or Naan bread
    • 1 or 2 green apples, cut into thin slices (recipe used Granny Smith Apples)
    • ¾ cup sliced Brie cheese (recipe used 1/2 of a 350 g wheel of Brie)
    • ¼ cup chopped Arugula for garnish
    • caramelized onions 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425ºF
  2. Make the caramelized onions first:
    1. Slice the onions.
    2. Melt the butter in a skillet over low-medium heat, then add the onions.
    3. Stir in the balsamic vinegar.
    4. Turn the heat down to low, and cook the onions until they are soft and there is no liquid in the pan, about 25 minutes.
    5. Stir often, making sure not to let the onions burn. You want them to be soft and deep golden brown.
    6. When they’re done, set aside.
  3. Putting it all together:
    1. Lay the flatbread out on a baking sheet.
    2. Spread the caramelized onions over the flatbread.
    3. Layer on the slices of apple, tucking some apple pieces under the onions.
    4. Add the sliced Brie cheese.
    5. Bake the flatbreads for 10 – 12 minute, or until the cheese is softly melted.
    6. Garnish with the chopped arugula and serve!

© Recipe courtesy of Jo-Anna Rooney from A Pretty Life.

AUGUST WINE CLUB:

Rich WineStylesJan-Harmsgat_ChardonnayJan Harmsgat
Chardonnay
South Africa

RICH WINE STYLE

This Chardonnay is fruit driven with integrated wood notes that is barely noticeable. On the nose, there are notes of citrus, stone fruit and pineapple; while the palate is rich, yet elegant with a round mouth feel.

Varietal: Chardonnay
Analysis:
13.5% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.46
TA: 6.14
RS: 4.43 g/L
Production: 5,000 Bottles
Maturation: 10 Months, 225L French Oak Casks, 4th fill.
Critical Acclaim: 91 pts. Gilbert & Gaillard – 2021 International Challenge

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
A Chardonnay with gentle yet enticing roasted hazelnuts, whipped butter and a lick of oak with aromatic complexity. It is rounded, with good density and an energizing fresh core, the palate has great texture.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson Wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the Coastal Regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information and Photos provided by Jan Harmsgat.

Jan Harmsgat Farm Winery

Jan Harmsgat Farm


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August Bubbly Club: Strandveld

Strandveld-Skaamgesiggie-Pinot_noir-sparklingStrandveld Vineyards
Skaamgesiggie
Pinot Noir Brut 
South Africa

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The delicate Cap Classique is made in the traditional method from Pinot Noir grapes. It highlights notes of strawberry, cherry and oyster shell and has a fine, lingering mousse that delights the palate.

The wine is named after the very rare and beautiful Protea pudens, affectionately known as the Skaamgesiggie or in English the “Bashful Sugarbush”, because of its unique downward hanging flowers. This shy Protea is endemic to the Strandveld. It is endangered and is categorized as a ‘red data’ species.

Analysis: 11.23% alcohol / volume
Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Residual Sugar: 6.1 g/L
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/L
pH: 3.27
Appellation: Elim, Cape Agulhas, South Africa
Bottling: En tirage for second fermentation on August 3, 2018. Disgorged August 16, 2019.
Pairing Recommendations: Oysters, salads, sushi, salmon, trout, duck breast or a yogurt dessert (recommended recipe below).

VINTAGE:
Winter of 2017 was one of the driest in the Western Cape in the last century; fortunately, the winter rains were within average range. The winery received very late cold fronts with icy rain in mid-September. The storm did extreme damage to the young shoots, so while they received water for irrigation, the price paid was the loss of half of their potential crop almost overnight. In late November, they had a further blow with a hail storm that caused more vineyard damage – resulting in the final harvest crop being on average a very low 3.5 ton/ha. The conditions during the rest of the growing season were moderate with cool, dry weather and the small crop was handled with care to make the most of it. The result was a small, concentrated vintage, comparable to 2015.

VINIFICATION:
Specially selected Pinot Noir grapes were harvested at 65.3ºF, and were cooled to 35.6ºF before being loaded whole bunch into the press for 5 hours with skin contact. Only the first 550l of juice per ton obtained from gentle pressing was used. The clear juice was cold fermented with selected year strains. After fermentation, the base wine was matured in 500L French oak barrels for 7 months. The base wine was then reinoculated with yeast and a small amount of sugar, then bottled under crown cap for a second fermentation.

ABOUT STRANDVELD VINEYARDS:
Driven by a deep passion for premium, quality wines, and the spirit of discovery, Strandveld refers to the coastal belt of land which straddles the coastline around Africa’s southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas – where the vineyard proudly stands. This confluence of maritime climate, varying sites and soil types creates the diversity of terroir that distinguishes their unique and remarkably complex wines. Learn more about their history here.

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Recipe Recommendation:

Yogurt,With,BerriesBAKED YOGURT WITH FRESH BERRIES:

  • Makes 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Fresh Cream
  • 2 cups Double Cream Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 3 granadillas (or fruit of your choice)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix the cream, yogurt and condensed milk together and stir until smooth
  • Divide evenly among ramekins
  • Bake in a preheated over at 140ºC (284ºF for about 10 minutes)
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool at room temperature (or refrigerate for later)
  • To serve, scoop out the pulp of half a granadilla onto each baked yogurt
  • Finish with a generous scoop of berries

© Information provided by Strandveld Vineyards.
© Recipe from Liezie Mulder’s Book “île de païn-anytime”


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Winery Spotlight: Remhoogte February 23rd

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Remhoogte Wine Estate
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event, featuring Remhootge Wine Estate, a family winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Brothers Chris and Rob Boustred will be our guest speakers, tasting through 7 of their amazing wines from their winery in South Africa on the big screen.
 

Wines Tasted:

  • First Light Chenin Blanc
  • Honeybunch Reserve Chenin Blanc
  • Free to be Riesling
  • Soaring Eagle Blend
  • Chronicle Cape Blend
  • Vantage Pinotage
  • Sir Thomas Cullinan Reserve

To reserve a table and attend the wine tasting in person, please call your local participating WineStyles store. Or, if you prefer to attend remotely, pre-order a wine tasting kit to-go and watch/taste along with us on Zoom!

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About Remhoogte Wine Estate:

Remhoogte Wine Estate is a family winery, run by brothers Chris and Rob alongside their father Murray Boustred, with vineyards located in foothills of the Simonsberg mountain in Stellenbosh, South Africa. Learn more about their winery here.

“We believe wine is made in the vineyards, and our goal is to allow the vineyards to express themselves by interfering as little as possible. As a result we have adopted a minimalist approach in both the vineyards and the cellar. We are also proud members of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, and of the Integrated Production of Wine Scheme. We have set aside 30% of the estate and dedicated it to the Western Capes indigenous flora and fauna.” – Chris Boustred, winemaker.


Let’s Taste, Learn and Enjoy® together!
Contact your local WineStyles to RSVP for this tasting event.
Winery Spotlight with Remhoogte Wine Estate
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
6:00pm CST/ 7:00pm EST
Cheers!
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