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Changing of the leaves
Ahh, the annual changing of the leaves. With no frosts so far, it has kept the leaves on longer than other years, making everything look very colourful and reminding me that I have to stock up on wood for the winter.
"A little taste of heaven" is our Guardian Angel Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay Piccolo
Weighing in at 200ml and landing at Koonara only last week, this bottle of bubbles is the perfect party drink.
Now, you don't have to feel guilty for not wanting to share...
Only $6.95 per piccolo, jump online at www.koonara.com/wine and buy a case of 24 to keep in the fridge, just in case!
A Princess and a Pirate
The whole family travelled to Noosa for a cousins wedding. Lucy was asked to be a flower girl, complete with
cute-as-a-button red dress. Alice on the other hand passed on getting hair and makeup done and instead sported a red bandanna and parrot on her shoulder and learned to yell "Arrrrr!!" on the boats to the reception. Pretty funny.
New winter warmer - red wine deal
1 x 2008 Ambriel's Gift Cabernet Sauvignon
1 x 2008 Ezra's Gift Shiraz
2 x 2010 The Seductress Shiraz
2 x 2010 The Temptress Cabernet Sauvignon
1 x 2009 Angel's Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
2 x 2008 Angel's Peak Shiraz
2 x 2009 Belle Amie Pinot Noir
1 x 2010 Bay of Apostles Pinot Noir
Members only save $26.65 - $239.85
Non-Members save $13.3 - $253.20
Click here to purchase http://www.koonara.com/wine.html
Koonara Knife, Fork and Spoon Challenge heating up
Come into the Cellar Door to see some amazing cutlery art, more photos available online soon.
Come along to the Auction this Sat at 4.30pm.
Things we love
With the rain and cold weather upon us, this Soup Tourine is a stylish way to cook warming soups and casseroles... Perfect for Pumpkin Soup that's enjoyed next to an open log fire.
Cooking with MacGuyver
Tip - When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
Word of the month
PHONESIA, n., The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.
Joke of the Month
A shrimp walks into a bar to order a drink, and the bartenders says, "Sorry - we don't serve food here."
Arts Festival - Knife, Fork and Spoon Art Challenge Auction
Where: Koonara Cellar Door
When: Auction held Sat 19th May 2012 at 4.30pm
Come along and browse the exciting and varied artworks and see each of the Knife, Fork and Spoons go under the hammer for a great cause. Or drop in to pick some up yourself and enter.
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Penola Arts Festival
The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival has grown to become one of regional Australia's leading arts festivals.
The festival celebrates the literary and arts heritage of Penola, the fine wines of Coonawarra and our premium regional produce. We invite you to come join us May 17-27, 2012.
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Koonara Wine offer of the month -
Belle Amie Pinot Noir 2009 $17.34 (in 1 Doz)
With the same Mean Max temperatures as the
The 2009 Vintage was excellent in Coonawarra with low tonnes and high quality, allowing plush plum and black cherry flavours to develop in the wines.
Aged in 100% French oak barrels.
RRP $19.95 but for the rest of May normally $239.4, now $203.50 save $35.
Dinner tonight -
Beef and Olive
Murray St Benno shiraz 2008 $75
A rich luxurious wine with silkyness written all over it. Deep charry molasses but finishes with a nice mint feel, showing it came off before the heat wave.
Ingredients500 g minced beef
1 bunch spring onions, chopped
3 onions, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
100 g chopped olives, any kind
3 sheets shortcrust pastry
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add onions and spices and stir for about 2 minutes. Add minced beef and stir until browned. Add olives and season to taste with salt and pepper, before leaving to cool.
3. Cut rounds out of the pastry with a medium-size circle cutter. Brush the borders with the egg. Place 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture in the centre of each circle, discarding excess liquid to prevent pastry becoming soggy.
4. Fold pastry in half over the filling and press the borders with a fork or fingers to seal tightly.
5. Place the empanadas on a baking tray lined with
baking paper. Brush each with remaining egg to colour and then cook for
Tiger Quoll - The Discovery of the Decade
Being a supporter of the Otways Conservation Ecology Centre, it was great news to hear the endangered Tiger Quoll was rediscovered in the Otways after nearly ten years...
Somebody That I Used to Know - Walk off the Earth (Gotye - Cover)
Awesome cover of five people playing the guitar at once.
Only 100 Million people have watched this one...
Trevor Hall - Everything, Everytime, Everywhere
A young American artist who has had a Slew of Albums, but none that have hit the peaks of his new album, a Caribbean mix of reggae, rap and Jack Johnson/Xavier Rudd soothing melodies. Watch out for "All I Ever Know" "Te Amo" and "Good Rain".
Music for The Marquise Chardonnay and Sunday Afternoons.
Mazzy Star - So tonight I might see
Like Lana Del Rey? Then this will be right up your alley. Silky crooning melodies, this is a perfect album for a winters night a good book, and a big glass of warming shiraz. The hit was "Fade into you" but fall to sleep with the haunting ballad "Into Dust".
"Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A fine wine - and another one."
Koonara Coonawarra Wines
P: +61 8 8737 3222
M: +61 408 101177
F: +61 8 8737 3220
44 Church Street, Penola, Coonawarra
South Australia 5277