Monday, November 28, 2011

The Revolution in motion (picture)

The official video of the 2011 Swartland Revolution is here. Made by the multi-talented and enthusiastic Frenchman, S├ębastien Burel, who flew in for the weekend to capture the event of film.

He says, in his intro "probably the best wine related public event in the world. It is definitely the craziest, the funniest and also the most serious one, when it goes to the quality of the wines tasted during the weekend."


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A revolution in pictures, day 2

Mullineux Magic:

Beer break:

 Expert Opinion:


Bar Bar Black Sheep Festival Feast:

Swartland Independent Street Party:

Photos by Maree Louw, Naturallight Photography.
Lunch at Bar Bar Black Sheep.
Styled with the help of Cornelia Badenhorst, De Liefde.
For more pictures of the tastings and lunch etc visit Maree's blog, just click here for pictures from the Reuben's BBQ, click here.

Photos from the revolution - Day 1

They have arrived! The first of the official Swartland Revolution pictures, taken by Maree Louw.
We are so blessed to have so many amazing skills in our extended Swartland Family. You may see the men (and Andrea, deservedly so) on the posters and up on the stage, but behind every successful wine maker is a stylish wife.

Maree (Callie's wife) Louw took these pictures at this week's Revolution in Riebeek Kasteel.

Registration @ The Royal Hotel:

Quality First a tasting by Olivier Clape:

Reuben's BBQ Extravaganza:

Lucky for most, Maree didn't make it to 6 Degrees...

Tasting & Registration @ The Royal Hotel.
BBQ @ Bazaar.
Bazaar, styled by Cornelia Badenhorst, De Liefde with the help of various Swartland legends.
For more pictures of the tastings and lunch etc visit Maree's blog, just click here for pictures from the Reuben's BBQ, click here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sit, feast on your life...

Last night I went to bed dreaming about the BBQ dinner menu, this morning I woke up to find the Bar Bar Black Sheep lunch menu in my inbox. The excitement is getting too much now.
So, if you are one of last year's Revolutionaries who can't remember the BBBS menu after all the Bollinger and wine, or if you are a revolution virgin - all you need to know is you are in for a treat!

Tapas and Mezze Starters
Roasted red pepper hummus
Oak smoked aubergine pate
Olive Tapenade
Cucumber mint and thick Greek yoghurt raita with borridge flowers
Marinated shrimps and mussels with gremolata
Courgette and flower battered and deep fried with parmesan and lemon juice
Salad with greens, olives, tomatoes, locally made feta, balsamic and shiraz reduction
Olive and rosemary coarse salt bread
Spinach, oregano and feta puff pastry tart
Roasted red and yellow sweet bell peppers with anchovies and caper berries
Baked lemons with artichokes, Rosa tomatoes, anchovies and cream cheese

Rosemary, garlic and lemon lamb off the spit
Brinjal, pepper, courgette and tomato vegetable Moussaka
Warm baby potato, pea, mint and butter salad

Dark chocolate cakes with white chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries

(blog title from a poem by Derek Walcott)

Bloody brilliant BBQ

We just received the final menu for the Reuben's BBQ on Friday night. Now we are really beyond excited...

Here is a teaser...

For the carnivores:
cape malay, marinated Merweville lamb leg sosaties, dried fruits
rudis pork braai wors, camembert, organic dried cranberries and rocket
bbq chicken wings
sticky spare ribs
thai marinated chalmar sirloin
traditional skilpadjies

On the side:
kachumber tomato, cucumber red onion, mint, coriander, salad
potato salad, boiled egg, sweet mustard dressing
pasta salad baby marrow &mint
red &green cabbage salad, onion, garlic, chilli, cumin, coriander
traditional rice salad
slap hakskeentjies

sweet dreams:
traditional cape brandy pudding with custard & fresh fruits

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sold Out...

With the countdown at 10 days till the Revolution, we have officially SOLD OUT.
A big thank you (and congratulations) to those who bought tickets, we are really looking forward to hosting you in Riebeek next weekend.

You are in for a treat...
You can however still come to the Swartland Independent Street Party, an open tasting of wines from 13 local producers. Tickets for this part of the event (on Saturday 12.11.11 from 14.30 till 17.00) are still on sale online or on the day at only R50 per person... click here for more!