Eco-conscious wine lovers travelling on SAA can look forward to a taste of Boland Cellar’s popular environmentally friendly Flutterby range, which has recently been added to SAA’s prestigious in-flight wine list. The Flutterby range was launched to great acclaim in 2011 and the slender 100% recyclable PET bottles has been a hit with eco-conscious consumers and outdoor enthusiasts. The lightweight and easily transportable range with its convenient screw cap is the perfect picnic partner and offers a varietal for every taste, each sporting its own unique butterfly label. The unique PET packaging technology also presents a significant reduction in the manufacturing carbon footprint. SAA will be serving the 2009 Flutterby Cabernet Sauvignon in miniature 187ml rendition of the original 750ml range. The Flutterby Cabernet Sauvignon has rich Blackcurrant fruit and herbs tones, complemented by soft oak flavours. Situated in the picturesque Paarl Valley, Boland Cellar only uses fruit from the Paarl region to highlight the tremendous diversity and potential of this wine-producing district and to showcase its unique terroir. The wines are shaped by the sunny climate in summer and the mild, but wet winters as well as the maritime influence of a nearby ocean, the protected river valleys, the exposed mountain slopes and the effect of sometimes violent wind storms. Boland Cellar will also be serving a Rosé in 187ml glass bottle on SAA. The sun-ripened grapes of the Rosé display soft and juicy red summer fruit flavours - perfectly balanced with excellent length and a slight sweet finish. For more information on Boland Cellar, visit www.bolandcellar.co.za ENDS ISSUED BY: PERIDOT COMMUNICATIONS ON BEHALF OF: BOLAND CELLAR For media enquiries, please contact Christel Liebenberg on 0834480810 or firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: http://www.bolandcellar.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No . . .
The beauty of South Africa’s national parks has been highlighted by a virtual treasure hunt staged by the country’s top travel magazine go! The competition, with a total prize value of more than R600 000, has grabbed the attention of thousands of readers. To date, more than 36 000 entries have been received. Each month, the magazine publishes clues for the Hide-and-Seek hunt to entice readers to discover in which national park the grand prize, a Mahindra XUV500 with accessories to the value of R355 000, has been hidden. With the August issue currently on shelves countrywide, nature lovers still have two chances to win prizes such as 4x4 accessories, camera equipment, gift vouchers, binoculars and SANpark holidays, and the grand prize of the 4x4 vehicle. “Hide-and-Seek fever has taken the country by storm,” says editor-in-chief Barnie Louw. “We have been overwhelmed by the public response. We have had extensive feedback from readers telling us how the whole family has become involved in the search for clues. We wanted to inspire people to embrace our national parks and realise how incredibly privileged we are as South Africans to have nature’s bounty right on our doorstep. I would like to encourage the public to keep submitting entries as there are further clues in the September issue and still loads of prizes to be won.” According to SANParks general manager Bheki Zwane they are delighted with the response to the competition. “It is encouraging that thousands of South Africans have taken the opportunity to once again explore our 19 national parks. I have to congratulate the magazine on the innovative way it has structured the competition. It is extremely well researched and has led readers to rediscover not only the incredible scenic beauty of our parks,” says Zwane, “but also to learn more about their history, culture and archaeology. Parks do not operate within a vacuum but carry the footprints of their inhabitants of many years ago. From the Kruger . . .
Local skateboarding enthusiasts will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get first-hand coaching from the top vert skateboarder in the world in the run-up to the 2012 Maloof Money Cup world skateboarding championships. Pierre Luc Gagnon, also known as PLG, was crowned as vert world champion after an amazing skateboarding display at last year’s contest in Kimberley and will be back to defend his title this year from 28 – 30 September. PLG has not only dominated the vert contests of the world’s greatest skateboarding event, the Maloof Money Cup, each year, but has also won numerous other contests like X Games and the Dew Tour. He is considered to be the most prolific winner in vert skateboarding history. PLG will be conducting two vert half-pipe clinics at the amazing Maloof Skate Plaza in Kimberley on 24 and 25 September for anyone keen to get some insider info on the challenges of vert skateboarding. The youth clinic will be offered free of charge, but will be limited to the first forty entrants to sign up via the website on www.maloofmoneycup.com. Twenty entrants will be accommodated for each of the 1-day clinics. Successful participants will receive confirmation and will have to be on site from 16h00 – 18h00 daily. Clinic attendants will not only receive personal attention from the world champion, but loads of cool prizes are up for grabs as well. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for young skateboarders to receive personal training from the best vert skateboarder in the world. This is what the Maloof championship is all about – paying it forward, exposing South African youth to the incredible sport of skateboarding and allowing them to hone their skills. By getting world-class skateboarders to actively assist in helping these youngsters will definitely be a huge boost for the sport in the Northern Cape and the rest of the country. It’s like getting training tips from an Olympic gold medal winner,” mentions Tim McFerran of Maloof . . .
Raats Family Wines are extending their portfolio of superb wines with the maiden release of the Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2010. This lusty red will be on the shelves of leading restaurants and retailers this month. Widely considered as a Cabernet Franc specialist, winemaker Bruwer Raats continues to be fascinated with this varietal and finds the most perfect vineyard sites to produce the best grapes. For the past decade, Raats has been experimenting with Cabernet Franc and has concluded that the grapes are happier in less fertile soils such as decomposed dolomite granite, which allows the wine to express great purity of fruit and creates an elegant balance. The Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc is testament to the success of this experiment with a luscious display of succulent red fruits, coupled with a beautifully smoky minerality. “I believe that the Dolomite is a great example of this much under-rated variety and represents great value for money. This wine combines ten years of knowledge and experience with Cabernet Franc and can be enjoyed straight away,” mentions Raats. Wine writer Emile Joubert described it as a great bottle of wine. “What a perky, beaut of a vino from the Duke of Cabernet Franc, Bruwer Raats,” wrote Joubert on his winegoggle blog. Although an extremely versatile wine, Raats recommends the Dolomite Cabernet Franc as a perfect pairing partner for pork loin with a plum and Armagnac sauce, beef fillet with truffle sauce, game bird with red wine sauce or any venison such as springbok, ostrich or kudu. The Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2010 retails from R95.00 and is now available at leading liquor outlets in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Find it in Durban at Durban North Spar, Fusion Café, Meander Fine Wines, Park Lane Cellars, The Ridge Spar and MT Edgecombe Tops, in Cape Town at Buratta, & Union, Caroline’s V & A Waterfront, Wine Concepts Kloof Street, Wine @ The Mill and La Colombe (Constantia Uitsig), the . . .
Speedweek SA in conjunction with the Northern Cape Tourism Authority will be hosting the inaugural Kalahari Desert Speedweek event at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape from 22 – 30 September 2012. The epic club event will simulate the legendary Bonneville Speedweek hosted in Utah, USA and promises South African motoring enthusiasts the experience of a lifetime. Different classes of vehicles and motorcycles ranging from pre-war classics to modern-day supercars and superbikes will be eligible to participate in the competition, which will be a timed race over a track featuring a 7km straight. According to Sharron Lewis, CEO of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, the first Kalahari Desert Speedweek is yet another mega-event that will showcase the enormous potential of South Africa’s largest province to host extreme and adventure sport events. “The province has a unique appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and Hakskeenspan is fast becoming world-renowned for its exceptional offerings to motoring enthusiasts and scientists alike. The first edition of the Kalahari Desert Speedweek will share the location of Hakskeenspan with the global BLOODHOUND Project, which will attempt to set a new world land-speed record attempt of 1600km per hours in 2014. Obviously, this will draw the global media spotlight to our province, but it will also be a platform to introduce our infrastructure and technical expertise to a global audience and serve as community upliftment opportunity for this area of the Northern Cape,” mentions Lewis. The Mier Community Trust Fund has been established with this purpose in mind and local community members will be trained as marshals and scrutineers for Speedweek. It is expected that between 50 and 80 temporary jobs will be created by the event. In addition, Speedweek organisers will also invest in the installation of a reverse osmosis water purifier to kick-start a water bottling project, owned and managed by the fund. A percentage of the net profits . . .