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A visit to Franschhoek Cellar

Some of our team were recently treated to a day at Franschhoek Cellar. The team enjoyed wine-tastings, a tour of the historic property and a picnic-style lunch.

Thank you for showing us a great day out!

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Franschhoek Cellar used to be known as Franschhoek Vineyards Ltd. It was founded in 1945 ‘by a group of local farmers to vinify their grapes on a co-operative basis’.

Though, these days Franschhoek Cellar is operates as a private winery and is a wonderful place to visit; here are some of our tips:

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  • Bring the kids! Looking for a family-friendly wine experience? There’s a garden/picnic area where you can have a relaxed lunch as well as a kiddies playground.
  • Fun wine-tastings: do the chocolate and wine pairings, the cheese and wine pairing.
  • Learn something about Franschhoek, through the range of wines named after historical heritage sites.
  • A plethora of tasting rooms: visit the Brampton studio, Bernard Premium tasting room as well as the Bellingham & Franschhoek Cellars tasting rooms.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek,
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A word on Num Nums

It’s num num season at LQF. Our hedges are strung like Christmas trees with the red, juicy baubles.

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“It’s an acidic fruit with a hint of spice,” says Margot Janse. “In texture, it’s very fresh, soft yet crunchy.”

What to do with this indigenous fruit? “You can make it into a preserve, a purée, an ice cream—flip you can do anything you want with it. Eat it straight off the bush!

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It’s official name is the Carissa macrocarpa, but it’s also known as the ‘Natal plum, big num-num, grootnoem-noem and amatungulu.’

These plum-like fruits don’t only grow in Franschhoek, but are also prolific in coastal regions from Humansdorp through Kwazulu-Natal and Mozambique.

Keen to grow your own? Here are some tips:
Plant one metre apart to form a dense, impenetrable hedge in full sun to semi-shade in good garden soil, enriched with compost. It can be pruned if necessary. It is best grown from seed, but can also be grown from cuttings. Fill the seed tray with soil and compact lightly. Treat seed with a pre-emergence fungicide and sow in the tray, cover the seed with a thin layer of soil or compost and water well. Store tray in a wind-free area. Once germinated, replant seedlings into well-composted soil. Seedlings can be fed with a liquid fertilizer.

Source: www.plantzafrica.com

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Food, Franschhoek, Ingredients,
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Hot deal: Blessing of the Harvest 2015

It’s soon time for our family farm’s annual harvest party on 7 February 2015!

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Don’t miss this day of fun: making wine the traditional way, tasting (and drinking) Môreson’s award wining wines—and feasting at famous farm restaurant, Bread & Wine.

We’re offering a special hot deal for our last three large tables! Book for 10 people, and only pay for 8!

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More info:
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 2015 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 R520pp ; children between 5-14, R225 each .

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 3692/4004 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

7th FEBRUARY 2015 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

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Môreson,
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Like a virgin

Our mixologists have taken the same amount of care with our non-alcoholic cocktails as they have with the rest. You won’t find any watered down virgin mojitos or sickly-sweet virgin strawberry daiquiris.

No, instead expect cooling artisan drinks made from local ingredients, incorporating homemade sodas and infusions.

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Strawberry & baobab solice: a refreshing fruit trio

Cool down with these summer sippers too

Passion pop
Sparkling, tangy granadilla

Homemade lemonade
Zesty & savorous

Kapokbos soda
Earthy & lemony

Homemade Gingerbeer
Fresh with a spicy kick

Want to know more? Take a look at The Living Room’s beverage menu.

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Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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In the pink!

In The Living Room our team has got a brand-new-look. And, yes, of course it’s pink! Let us know what you think in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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What is The Living Room? Three spaces for all day grazing. Think artisan cocktails and sharing plates in The Lounge Bar, sumptuous breakfasts in the idyllic Garden Room – and a laid-back atmosphere for coffee in the Reading Room. Whatever you’re looking for; there’s a spot for you in our Living Room.

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Blessing of the Harvest 2015 at Môreson

It’s time for our family farm’s annual harvest party!

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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.

In 2015, 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 2015 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.

Go here to see pics from last year’s event.

Cost per person R520pp ; children between 5-14, R225 each .

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 3692/4004 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

7th FEBRUARY 2015 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

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Môreson,
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Le Quaf’s Private Guides

Do you balk at the thought of a tour group? Do you want more than a standard set of sights to see when travelling? Yes, we thought so, that’s why we’ve created Le Quaf’s Private Guides.

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Ansie du Toit and Steven Andrews have joined the LQF family and will be available exclusively to our guests for bespoke experiences of our renowned valley and beyond…

Get to know our Private Guides:

Ansie du Toit

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“Having grown up in some of the most renowned national parks of South Africa (think of the dusty plains of the Kruger Park with herds of zebra stalked by majestic lions, then The Tsitsikamma Forest of the Addo Elephant Park, with its citrus scented air and monarchical elephants) a lifetime of travelling and eventually being part of creating memories of our amazing country for others was inevitable”.

“My passion to impart knowledge and memorable experiences has never dwindled”.

Steven Andrews

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“I grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era, the accounts of my youth and the phenomenal changes I have witnessed over the past two decades are tales that astound and intrigue visitors and locals alike”.

Steven does naturally gravitate to more active forms of travel and thus has been extensively involved in walking and bicycle trips (making him a great bicycle mechanic!).

“I have an eagerness and selfless dedication to ensuring guests have the best experience of our beautiful country”.

For more info hop on over to our website.

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Jewell & Co

Starting out 2015 with a bang, Neil Jewell’s famed charcuterie is now being packaged and sold under new label, Jewell & Co, complete with tasting notes and ingredients.

The beautiful new label coincides with the opening our the Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar, where not only can you buy the charcuterie to take home, but also sit down in the newly renovated space to enjoy a box of cured meats and accoutrements as well as a range of light dishes, pastries and more.

What do you think of the new look?

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The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar

Situated on the family wine estate, Môreson, next to Bread & Wine Restaurant, The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar is an exciting addition to the Le Quartier Français Family, and to the home of Miss Molly.

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The trendy new grazing spot is located in what was the ‘Farm Grocer’; and has been transformed into a light, airy space, with voluminous A-frame ceilings, wine bottle chandeliers and shelves full of delectable produce and quirky merchandise. Spacious seating is available throughout, which spills out onto a protected garden courtyard.

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No reservations are necessary, and this makes for an ideal refuelling station in the heart of the Franschhoek Winelands. Open from 10h00 to 16h00, Neil Jewell’s renowned charcuterie is served in wooden boxes, accompanied by ever-changing accoutrements. The artisan breads are all freshly baked daily on premises, think sourdough, beetroot, ciabatta and more. Plus, so are the fabulous tarts and pastries.

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Alongside the sensational charcuterie, there’s also a light menu with dishes that change daily, think sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and ‘our all day brekkie’: the egg ‘n bacon (egg mayonnaise and poached bacon pudding).

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Miss Molly– a range of wines named after Môreson’s beloved Weimaraner – acts as the perfect pairing to Neil’s delicious food. All Miss Molly wines are available by the glass and bottle, as well as a selection of Môreson wines. We highly recommend the flight of Miss Molly Wines to go along with your box of handmade charcuterie—something for the foodie bucket list!

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Not just a sit down experience, take home Neil’s beautifully packaged charcuterie, artisan bacon, tarts as well as the Miss Molly wines (available by the case) and so much more. The most important thing to remember though—is to have fun. Neil Jewell & Co certainly are, at The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar.



  

Festive Franschhoek

Things are feeling rather jolly in our beautiful valley! Join us from 10 to 16 December for all the festive fun: wine farms, restaurants, and all kinds of stores will be joining in the merry-making with late night shopping, specials, wine tastings and more for Festive Franschhoek.

Skip the crowded malls and come do your shopping at LQF. Our reception has a variety of handmade, authentic South African goods.

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B.gorgeous has a treasure trove of summer accessories. Making the women in your life smile has never been this easy.

Need to spoil the domestic god or goddess? Our Le Creuset pop-up shop will be open until 8pm until the 15th (Sunday they will close at 4pm). And, while they don’t have a special specifically for Festive Franschhoek, they are running some great ‘four for three’ specials!

Our next-door neighbours, The Bacon Pop-up Bar will be open for dinner (till 8pm) from Wednesday to Sunday! Go and try the latest Bacon of the Month, we hear it tastes a lot like Christmas…

And… our family farm, Môreson, will be hosting a tasting for Festive Franschhoek, more details to come soon.

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