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18 July 2017

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A FAMILY MEAL

Family Dinner 1

Here’s to my parents – “Thanks for raising me – I really appreciate it!”

Life wasn’t that tough for me but then again I knew better than to ask for too much. Christmas was one gift – but always something I wanted – a kitten, a Barbie doll… Sunday dinner was always a family gathering around a large oak table neatly covered in pressed white linen. We would all help prepare and share a hearty meal of meat, potatoes and vegetables with pudding to follow – Sometimes a small glass of sherry, but mostly on special occasions. In the background the radiogram would play soft music and on occasion we would listen to The Clitheroe Kid and laugh as we could only imagine the cheeky schoolboy’s antics. Simple days and fond memories!

The idea of a family dinner has always been important – being together and enjoying each other’s company through good food, good drink (nowadays wine), good conversation and laughter – it feeds us emotionally and creates a connectedness. Apart from bringing us together, a family meal is an enjoyable experience that can instil great values in our children – a special time when stories are shared and most of all, when treasured memories are made.

So what’s at the very heart of Archangel – well of course it’s family!

Here’s one of my family’s favourite meals – it’s simple to make and simply delicious!

FILLET FANCY

2kg fillet beef
1/2cup of softened butter
4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
Salt & pepper
Fresh mushrooms
1 bouillon beef OXO cube
1 cup of Archangel Pinot Noir

Ice fillet of beef with butter, garlic, salt & pepper. Crumble beef OXO cube into the wine wine and set aside. Cook the meat in a moderate oven at 190 – 200 degrees celsius for approximately 50 minutes. After 30 minutes place mushrooms over the meat and baste in red wine with OXO cube. Continue to baste wine over meat regularly (every 5 minutes). Take out of the oven and let rest for 10 minutes.

Serve with your favourite vegetables and glass of Archangel Pinot Noir.

Enjoy with your family!
x

www.archangelwines.co.nz

1 January 2015

A Perfect Celebration

They say that when you’ve found the perfect setting it makes way for the perfect celebration and that’s what Zin found when he celebrated his birthday with friends at Archangel Vineyard.

Not a cloud in the sky, the group of friends began their afternoon with a tasting of award-winning Archangel wines – what better way to taste wine than in the place where they were grown! A delicious Afternoon Tea followed – platters of dainty sandwiches and handmade cakes.

With the vines making an ideal backdrop, Zin and his friends were able to sit back, relax and enjoy good wine, good food and good friendship in the most perfect setting – making this special occasion one to remember.

18 February 2014

Ladies Day Picnic – Vintage Style

Turning someone’s special day into a magical one is something we like to do at Archangel. Recently, we received this email request:

“Hi
I am trying to organise a lovely, memorable day for my best friend Tracey and 4 of her closest friends before her wedding. She is not keen on a hens doo, but a lover of all things wine and food.

I am looking for a beautiful scene, that is low key, private and somewhere we can drink good wine over good conversation! I want to create a picnic – think blankets, cushions, lanterns etc. Somewhere we can hang out privately and drink wine with perhaps a cheese platter and if it’s OK also can you cater with finger food (sweets, lollipops, cupcakes etc.).”

Ngaia.

Of course we said yes. To ensure the day would be extra special and become a wonderful lasting memory for Tracey and her friends, we suggested a picnic with a vintage styled theme at Archangel Vineyard.

Picnic day arrived. The sun was shining, the vintage scene was set, the picnic fair looked delightful and of course the Archangel wine chilled, ready to be poured.

It was a perfect setting for a very special Ladies Day Picnic – Vintage Style!