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*   South African wines won more than 300 medals at the 2015 International Wine Challenge held in London, which included 28 Gold (double the number compared to last year), 111 Silver, and 175 Bronze medals.  The organisers said that South African white wines had ‘an outstanding year‘, while Shiraz was the top SA Red wine performer. Stellenbosch wines won the most SA Gold Awards.

*   The 2015 Bollinger Wine Exceptional Service Award is now open for entries, which must be in by 31 May. The first (more…)

Pick 'n Pay logo 2The Sweet Service Award goes to Pick ‘n Pay Camps Bay and its Manager Gavin Grobler, for his assistance in the purchase of a watermelon.  The Garden’s Centre branch, which supplies our grocery requirements, did not have watermelons in stock.  I called the Camps Bay store, and received prices for whole and cut watermelons.  I told him that I would send my housekeeper Teresa to him, to buy a whole watermelon. Gavin was concerned that the watermelon was too heavy for her to carry, and sent one of his staff to carry it back to our guest house for her.  I Tweeted a thank you to Gavin and his branch, which message was passed on to him via their head office, resulting in him calling to thank me.  This excellent service came from a branch that has had a terrible service reputation in the past, prior to Gavin heading up the branch. (more…)

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*   Former Capitec CEO Riaan Stassen appears to have bought Hidden Valley, the Stellenbosch wine estate on which Overture operates.   The staff at the wine estate say they have heard the rumour too, but it has not been confirmed by their boss yet!

*  ‘Budapest’ and ‘Blame it on me‘ singer George Ezra will perform in Cape Town on 29 August, at the (more…)

Imibala interior painting Whale CottageIt was a ‘wow’ reaction when I entered newly opened Imibala Restaurant on Bright Street on Monday, at the invitation of Ian Downie representing the restaurant owners Johann and Gaynor (Ian’s sister) Rupert, and of PR Consultant Ann Wallis-Brown. The Imibala Trust, its Gallery and its Restaurant is focused on giving back to the Helderberg community through the monies that it raises, a very noble initiative.

Ian and I connected immediately, very interested in good food, Ian having founded Gastronauts in Johannesburg when he still lived there.  We both have been members of Slow Food in Cape Town, when Jos Baker was (more…)

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*  The Good Food & Wine Show will be brought to Mumbai in India for the first year this year, after 16 years of running the show in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, show organisers Fiero Milano have announced. (more…)

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Clem Sunter is one of our country’s top and also an international scenario planner, who has consulted for China, the Zanu FP, and Botswana, but never the ANC. Addressing the Thursday Club over lunch at Buitenverwachting yesterday,  Sunter encouraged the audience to ‘not get too downcast, as we are still in the Premier League‘, he said. Chef Edgar Osojnik prepared a generous 3-course meal, many guests not being able to finish all of it.

Clem Sunter attracted attention in the ‘Eighties with his ‘High Road, Low Road’ scenarios, and has been speaking all over the world, writing books, and hosting strategy workshops with corporates and even governments. He has used the analogy of a fox, being smart in its competitive environment, and the title of the books now refer to (more…)

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*   Kleine Zalze has won the accolade of Best White Wine for its 2013 Family Reserve, a bush vine Chenin Blanc. at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.  The winning wines were evaluated by more than 320 judges from 50 countries.

*  Actors Sean Penn and Charlize Theron are to wed in South Africa, in Soweto in August, it is speculated (more…)

Cape Town Tourism Hello Weekend
This week Cape Town Tourism launched a new ‘Hello Weekend‘ communications campaign at Indaba, to counter the dreaded Seasonality problem the hospitality and tourism industry in our city has in winter.  The object of the (more…)

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*  South Africa’s 2015 wine harvest commenced two weeks earlier than usual, and was 1% smaller than in 2014, according to VinPro, representing 3000 grape growers and wine cellars. ‘The 2015 harvest had the earliest start in decades. Warm weather in August resulted in earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry and windy summer kept vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks’, said Francois Viljoen, manager of VinPro’s Consultation Service. It has also been described as one of the ‘healthiest in years’, with almost no disease or rot. Record crops were achieved in Worcester.

*   In addition to major roadworks in Camps Bay, and on the intersection between Adderley and Strand Streets, (more…)

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The black-tie gala dinner for ‘Chefs who Share – the Art of giving‘ will be held for the third time this year, once again in the City Hall in Cape Town, on 10 September. What is an exciting development is that a Young Chef Award will go (more…)

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