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They see me walking…

Our family farm Môreson has recently added a walkway, bordered on one side by fragrant lemon trees and on the other by the trickling stream. Just another space to play and dream.

walkway moreson

walkway

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walkway

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Môreson,
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Weddings at Bread and Wine on Môreson

When setting, food and wine combine for the happiest day of your life.
There are many ingredients that make for a beautiful wedding, and as a couple choosing the right venue is paramount.
Bread and Wine on Môreson Wine Estate offers the ultimate trio: setting, food and wine.
Setting
Picture your ceremony on the expansive front lawn: circled by the Franschhoek mountains and stitched in with fragrant lemon trees, it’s a beautiful space to say your vows.
The journey continues on to Bread & Wine for your reception. It can take place in the courtyard under the vine leaf ceiling, complemented with a babbling brook running along the path. Or step inside for a rustic barn-like atmosphere.
Restaurant manager, Tina Jewell will work with your décor team to create an ambience of pure magic, whichever setting you choose.
Food
Executive Chef, Neil Jewell, South Africa’s Charcuterie King is a wizard in the kitchen. The talented chef will meet with you before your big day and conceptualise a menu which is meaningful to you as a couple.
There is no bog-standard set menu here; instead Neil Jewell will create something utterly unique.
What type of food can you expect? Delicious, simple food with fine dining concepts and techniques—and it is fresh, fresh, fresh. The focus is on high quality local produce, artisanal meats and seafood, with heaps of culinary imagination. To get an idea, view the lunch menu here.
Wine
If love were a place, it would be Môreson. Family run and family owned there’s a whole lot of love poured into every single bottle of Môreson wine.
Môreson also produces some of the best Méthode Cap Classiques in the country. So there’s no need to source bubbly for toasts, it’s all here. See the range of MCCs.
The wine estate also produces a range of red and white wines—with a pricing tier to suit most budgets.
Are you hearing those bells? This way to your fairy-tale wedding: contact Tina Jewell on …

When setting, food and wine combine for the happiest day of your life.

There are many ingredients that make for a beautiful wedding, and as a couple choosing the right venue is paramount. Bread and Wine on Môreson Wine Estate offers the ultimate trio: setting, food and wine.

Setting

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Picture your ceremony on the expansive front lawn: circled by the Franschhoek mountains and stitched in with fragrant lemon trees, it’s a beautiful space to say your vows.

The journey continues on to Bread & Wine for your reception. It can take place in the courtyard under the vine leaf ceiling, complemented with a babbling brook running along the path. Or step inside for a rustic barn-like atmosphere.

Restaurant manager, Tina Jewell will work with your décor team to create an ambience of pure magic, whichever setting you choose.

Food

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Executive Chef, Neil Jewell, South Africa’s Charcuterie King is a wizard in the kitchen. The talented chef will meet with you before your big day and conceptualise a menu which is meaningful to you as a couple.

There is no bog-standard set menu here; instead Neil Jewell will create something utterly unique.

What type of food can you expect? Delicious, simple food with fine dining concepts and techniques—and it is fresh, fresh, fresh. The focus is on high quality local produce, artisanal meats and seafood, with heaps of culinary imagination. To get an idea, view the lunch menu here.

Wine

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If love were a place, it would be Môreson. Family run and family owned there’s a whole lot of love poured into every single bottle of Môreson wine.

Môreson also produces some of the best Méthode Cap Classiques in the country. So there’s no need to source bubbly for toasts, it’s all here. See the range of wine here.

The wine estate also produces a range of red and white wines—with a pricing tier to suit most budgets.

Are you hearing those bells? This way to your fairy-tale wedding: contact Tina Jewell on  (021) 876 3692

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Môreson, Weddings,
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Blessing of the Harvest 2014 at Môreson

At Môreson we believe that wine is about 3 things; passion, love and magic. It’s what we put into everything we do, into every bottle of wine we make and it’s what makes our annual Blessing of the Harvest an event not to be missed.

stomping grapes

In 2014, come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.
As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.
Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2014 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.
Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.
Cost per person R495.00; children between 5-14,t.b.c .  Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004or by fax no. 0866570413 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.
Regrettably no pets.
Date:  1st February 2014
1st FEBRUARY 2014 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME
10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of daAt Môreson we believe that wine is about 3 things; passion, love and magic. It’s what we put into everything we do, into every bottle of wine we make and it’s what makes our annual Blessing of the Harvest an event not to be missed.

In 2014, come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.

As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.

Enjoying lunch at Blessing of the Harvest

Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2014 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.

Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.

Cost per person R495.00; children between 5-14,t.b.c .  Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004or by fax no. 0866570413 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

1st FEBRUARY 2014 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME

10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of day

Hop on over here to see more images of last year’s festivities. And here’s what we ate in 2013.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Môreson,
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And, action! It’s the Mastercard bubbly festival!

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The ‘Magic of Bubbles’, Presented by MasterCard took place over the weekend of 30 November and 1 December 2013. What a day it was! Let’s take a look back with this beautifully captured video.

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What is Wagyu Beef?

At Bread & Wine, Neil Jewell has been tinkering with luxury meat product Wagyu Beef. On the menu find Wagyu bresoala with amaranth, pickled turnip and horseradish cream and a Wagyu burger served with suet mayonnaise & Klein Rivier parfait.
But what is Wagyu Beef? Neil sources his Wagyu beef from the Freestate. “These days the beef we eat comes from a cow no more than 8 months old, due to farming methods they don’t live much longer,” explains Neil. The Wagyu beef comes from a three-year-old cow and the difference is incredible. It’s beautifully marbled, and it actually tastes like beef!”
Wagyu has been the victim of myth and misconception.  Heralding from Japan, it was said that the cows producing the richly marbled meat were massaged daily while listening to classical music, and then fed beer. There is some truth in the beer – according to Fine Dining Lover it’s more ‘fermented wheat, a by-product from the beer factory’ than say your average Heineken.
Wagyu is the breed of cow, and this aligned with a strategic diet and good farming practices allows for the great quality of beef we can now enjoy on the South African plate.

At Bread & Wine, Neil Jewell has been tinkering with luxury meat product Wagyu Beef. On the menu you’ll find Wagyu bresoala with amaranth, pickled turnip and horseradish cream as well as a Wagyu burger served with suet mayonnaise & Klein Rivier parfait (ask about the delicious Wagyu biltong too).

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But what is Wagyu beef? Neil sources his Wagyu beef from the Freestate. “These days commercial beef comes from a cow no more than 8 months old, due to farming methods they don’t live much longer,” explains Neil. The Wagyu beef comes from a three-year-old cow and the difference is incredible. It’s beautifully marbled, and it actually tastes like beef!”

Wagyu has been the victim of myth and misconception.  Heralding from Japan, it was said that the cows producing the richly marbled meat were massaged daily while listening to classical music, and then fed beer. There is some truth in the beer – according to Fine Dining Lover it’s more ‘fermented wheat, a by-product from the beer factory’ than say your average Heineken.

Simply put: Wagyu is the breed of cow, and this aligned with a strategic diet and good farming practices allows for the great quality of beef we can now enjoy on the South African plate.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Food, Ingredients,
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Desserts at Bread & Wine

You’d be right to think that the domain of the Charcuterie King, Bread & Wine, is a  pork fiesta – but along with his more robust dishes Chef Niel Jewell also has a lighter touch, as shown in dishes such as the butter-roasted linefish,  the carrot ravioli, and, and… Plus, he’s a whizz with desserts, crafting delicate dishes with unusual flourishes. Yes, his Royal Porkness Jewell, can be sweet too.

Caramelised apple cheese cake, goats’ cheese sherbet

Caramelised apple cheese cake, goats’ cheese sherbet

Lemon tart with champagne jelly and juicy berries

Lemon tart with champagne jelly and juicy berries

Not in the mood for a proper dessert? Enjoy a plate of homemade sweets with your coffee instead

Not in the mood for a proper dessert? Enjoy a plate of homemade sweets with your coffee instead

See the full menu here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Neil Jewell,
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How to eat a porcini and duck egg risotto

You decided to come to Bread & Wine for lunch. First good decision.  You spy a porcini and duck egg risotto with brioche on the menu, you order it. Another good decision. You need to make one more choice – what to drink? You wisely choose a golden glass of Solitaire Cap Classique. Now, to eat it.

porcini and duck egg risotto

Perfectly wobbly slow poached duck egg on a bed of creamy risotto

Slice gently into the egg and watch the sun spill out

Slice gently into the egg and watch the sun spill out

The buttery yolk dresses the earthy risotto - now eat!

The buttery yolk dresses the earthy risotto - now eat!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Le Quartier Français,
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Bread & Wine featured in Country Life Magazine

Stuck for inspiration on what to cook for Christmas lunch? Then grab the December issue of Country Life Magazine. Neil and Tina Jewell of Bread & Wine share simple yet exciting recipes for ‘a long laid-back lunch’.  Think, smoked trout served on a plank with salsa verde, two-way carrot salad with buttered prawns, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and more.

country life

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Neil Jewell, Press, recipes,
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The FoodWineDesign Fair 2013

Neil ‘His Royal Porkness’ Jewell and Môreson Wines are in Joburg for The FoodWineDesign Fair 2013, which is running from 8-10 November.

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The boutique outdoor market, on the rooftop of the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre features ‘the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, microbreweries and speciality foods.’

“We have a living stand,” says general manager of LQF, Linda Coltart. “One wall is full of flowers and herbs and the other is covered in Polaroid pictures of our guests taking the first bites of the bacon sandwich.”

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“We’re launching our new Bacon of the Month Club! We started out with CBC-cured bacon [craft beer]. And today we’ll have Asian-flavoured bacon. On Saturday and Sunday, come and try our Chardonnay-cured bacon as well as our famous original bacon—all grilled on The Big Green Egg.”

Peaked your interest? Go to www.baconofthemonth.co.za. The full website will be going live soon, but on the landing page you’ll find out a bit more about what our Bacon of the Month Club is doing. In addition to this you’ll be able to fill in your email address so that we can make sure you’re kept in the loop regarding launch dates, membership prices and general information about the BEST CLUB EVER.

Remember: if it’s not bacon it’s not kosher.



  

Margot and Neil dish on each other

Both of our restaurants have been nominated once again for The Eat Out Awards. This marks the second time both Bread & Wine and The Tasting Room have appeared on the Top 20 nomination list concurrently – but that’s not all, that year, 2007, both restaurants made it onto the Top 10 Restaurants too! The Tasting Room garnered the number one spot, and Bread & Wine came in at number four!

And, not only are both Margot Janse (The Tasting Room) and Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine) great chefs, but they’re also great friends.

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

How long have you been friends?
Neil: Before the grey hair, circa 1999. It was my first service at Bread & Wine, I had been in the country for about 4 days, and some guy comes walking into the kitchen: I’m looking at him, with a ‘who are you and what are you doing in my kitchen glare’. I greet him and he introduces himself as Richard Friedman which means nothing to me at the time (turns out he is Susan Huxter’s brother).

Margot, coming out of the walk-in fridge with a handful of ingredients, catches the exchange and proceeds to collapse laughing, dropping what she had in her hands, onto the floor.

Margot: I remember when Neil and Tina came for their interview. I showed him my very small walk-in fridge and Neil had a little flip out over all our beautiful fresh herbs. I couldn’t believe it, he came from London after all… But he was right! Our produce is and was then already bloody amazing.

Soon after we had one of our very famous chefs and winemaker get-togethers. And, Neil,  after many glasses of wine, wagged his finger and said he was determined to make everything he was going to serve at Bread & Wine himself.

I told him I would love to eat ‘lamb ham’, and so it all began!

Neil is best at…
Margot: PIG! Then being humble and staying enthusiastic.

Margot is best at…
Neil: Thinking on her feet, and being cool under pressure.

Margot’s favourite ingredient is…
Neil: It’s not cauliflower…

Neil’s favourite ingredient is…
Margot: Ummm, PIG?

Describe Margot as a chef in three words
Neil: Determined, gifted, curious

Describe Neil as a chef in three words
Margot: Honest, focused, wicked



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