January 20th 2017 was a weekend to remember… not for America’s Trumplings but for everyone who joined our little “Rendezvous in Robertson”.
On Friday guests arrived at Arendsig greeted by the warm and charismatic winemaker Lourens and his charming (and hard-working!) wife Lizelle. Once everyone had settled in we started the evening with canapés and welcome drinks. Lourens then lead everyone into his gorgeous, farm-style dining room where guests were seated.
Course after course followed as I served up a nostalgic menu inspired by my childhood favorites and cherished memories. Louren’s selected one of his hand-crafted wines to pair with each course. After dessert (served around midnight!) we finished off the evening with a round (or three) of tequila!
The next morning I served brunch, which included Eggs Benedict, local cheeses, charcuterie, fresh fruit and of course…scrambled eggs! Everyone enjoyed a spot of Sauvignon Blanc (hair of the dog?) and we headed off with Lourens for a tour of his newly refurbished cellar.
We enjoyed trying a few of his incredible new vintages while hearing Lourens’ wine making tales, which always gives me a good laugh. His new Pinotage batch 8 and Mouverdre were absolute stand-outs for me personally, as was the new vintage of Grenache.
After the tasting most of the guests put on their costumes, grabbed a bottle of vino and headed for the dam. Yours truly, on the other hand, headed down the hill to get the braai started and to try my hand at a spot of fire pit cooking, inspired by one of my food heroes Francis Mallmann. I buried some squash, pumpkin and sweet potato, covered with a layer of soil and built up a fire right on top. The heat from the fire & layer of foil steams the vegetables, leaving them perfectly cooked within around four hours.
Everyone returned around 6pm for a glass of Lourens’ Pinotage Batch 7 before heading for sundowners in the vineyards. I served up a feast of a braai which included slow cooked lamb leg, brisket, wors, fire bread, yellowtail, potato bake and the pit veggies!
Of course I couldn’t end a braai without braaibroodjies and marshmallows! It’s safe to say that everyone slept well that night.
In the morning we all met for coffee, rusks and some hot cross buns before heading home with enough wine to last us until the next “Rendezvous in Robertson”!
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Visit Arendsig and find out more about their stunning wines here: www.arendsig.co.za