Hannibal, Bouchard Finlayson’s unique red blend, received another international nod recently when Neal Martin of Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, scored the 2014 vintage at 91 points in the April 2017 report. The same wine did equally well last year when it received 93 points from James Suckling; and 92 points in the Tim Atkin SA 2016 Report. It was also honoured by inclusion in the prestigious SA Sommeliers Selection in 2016. Originally prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, the importation of these grape varieties in 1989 led to the development of this highly successful red blend, with the first commercial launch of the Hannibal label 12 years later. The name Hannibal was adopted as a symbolic expression of the synergy with the African elephant participating in linking the wine lands of France and Italy together two thousand years ago under the invading command of the classic Carthaginian general. The 2014 vintage comprises 33% Sangiovese, 22% Pinot noir, 18% Shiraz, 17% Nebbiolo, 6% Mourvédre and 4% Barbera. Surprisingly accessible and arguably the earliest drinking version of Hannibal to date, the wine is medium bodied with spicy tones overlaying a gentle silky, ‘leather feel’ back palate, which is emphasized by olive and black cherry tainted, cranberry laced flavours. The wine is available at the Bouchard Finlayson cellar door at R286 per bottle. Founder and cellarmaster of Bouchard Finlayson, Peter Finlayson, has produced 17 vintages of Hannibal. Asked what makes the wine special, he says: ‘It is the Sangiovese which shows sleek racy fruit and tannin structure, subtle bouquet of flowers and prunes. Nebbiolo enhances further tannin structure and complexity. The Barbera, Syrah and Mourvédre create further interest and the Pinot noir makes this blend quite unique! It is aromatic and firm with notable ‘fruits-of-the-forest’ character and a long lasting finish.’ Two of Bouchard Finlayson’s chardonnays . . .
Col’Cacchio pizzeria, one of South Africa’s most popular and authentic eateries recently launched its new Monday ‘Buy 1 & Get 1 on Us’ special which will be available from May until 31 August 2017 at all outlets across the country. Purchase any gourmet pizza and get a second classic or gourmet pizza, of your choice for free. The vibrant Italian-inspired restaurant offers a wide variety of gourmet pizza options filled with flavourful taste combinations. Whether you’re looking for something spicy or fresh, you’re bound to find a dish that will satisfy your palate. Try the Nacho Libre, a Mexican inspired, jerk spiced chicken pizza topped with fresh, homemade Guacamole, sour cream with a hint of tomato chili salsa or the popular, Moghul, an Indian butter chicken pizza topped with mozzarella, coriander and drizzles of crispy onion. Whether its brunch, lunch or dinner, the new Monday pizza special is available all day and is one special you won’t want to miss out on! Head over to your nearest Col'Cacchio pizzeria or Mio Col'Cacchio pizzeria nationwide to can take advantage of their two for one special. The offer is available for all in store or takeaway purchases however excludes all delivery orders. The less expensive pizza is free. T&C's apply https://goo.gl/tO2U1N For more info visit www.colcacchio.co.za or hop onto the social media platforms: ? Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColCacchio/ ? Twitter: @ColCacchio ? Instagram: @colcacchio CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Flavour-infused lamb, pork and beef dishes will be skilfully prepared and cooked by some of South Africa’s leading chefs in the various kitchen zones featuring at The Fire & Feast Butcher’s Festival, presented by Crown National, taking place at Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 26 to 28 May. Throughout the three-day festival of meat, seven chefs will keep audiences captivated with their entertaining talks and practical demonstrations in The Lamb and Mutton SA Kitchen, The Pork 360 Kitchen, The Beef Zone and The Blue Ribbon Sandwich Square Theatre. Every tasty meal prepared in these kitchen zones will be cooked on Chad-O-Chef products, showcasing the incredible range of this leading gas braai. “Visitors to this year’s festival will be treated to interesting yet simple ways to create new recipes using various cuts of lamb, beef and pork – including the increasingly popular offal cuts - all over an open flame,” explained the kitchen zone co-ordinator and renowned South African chef, Arnold Tanzer. “The recipes have been specifically chosen for a range of cooking abilities, all requiring minimal preparation.” The Pork 360 Kitchen Frikkadels, pork fillets, pork roast, pork belly, shanks, pork rashers and thai curry are some of the appetizing dishes that will emanate from this kitchen with chefs, Richard Rust, Sizwe Cebekhulu and Kabelo Segone bringing the heat. British-born Richard Rust comes with years of culinary experience in both England – where he cooked for many celebrities, including the British royal family – and South Africa, where he has worked extensively with local celebrity chefs as well as taking the role of Woolworths Regional Taste Chef Manager. Rust; who also runs his catering company, Gourmet Gurus; is passionate about using local produce for classic meals prepared with a modern twist. After a decade in the industry ‘Chef Sizwe’ Cebekhulu knows his way around a kitchen. He is currently working as the Advisory Chef for Nestle . . .
No braai is ever truly complete without the presence of juicy lamb ribs or tender mutton chop. Healthy, cost-effective and highly nutritious, there is a reason why lamb and mutton often find their way onto the dinner tables of meat-loving South Africans. In celebration of this fact, Lamb and Mutton South Africa has signed up as a sponsor of the Lamb and Mutton SA Kitchen Theatre at the upcoming Fire & Feast Butcher’s Festival, presented by Crown National; a showcase of the very best cuts of meat on offer and how to purchase, prepare and serve them. Lamb and Mutton South Africa, which has the support of the entire South African red meat industry, is responsible for consumer education on lamb and mutton meat, to ensure its full potential is realised by all consumers. The Fire & Feast Butcher’s Festival, presented by Crown National, will take place from 26 to 28 May 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome and will provide visitors with the opportunity to meet some of the country’s most highly acclaimed butchers and leading food experts. The National Butchers’ Challenge, SA Free Flame Championships, Castle Tank beer, The Braai and Beer Garden and of course the Lamb and Mutton SA Kitchen are some of the not-to-be-missed features of this sizzling show. “The Lamb and Mutton SA Kitchen will be an experiential and interactive zone where these delicious proteins will truly be the stars of the show. From tender lamb shanks to a delectable slow roasted leg of lamb, the preparation of various lamb and mutton inspired dishes will be demonstrated by a number of South Africa’s top chefs,” said Lamb and Mutton SA Project Manager, Marina Bester. Visitors sampling tender cuts at The Lamb and Mutton SA Kitchen will also be getting the added advantage of a much-needed iron boost. The amount of iron in a diet is often far too low, a fact brought to light by the recent Iron Awareness Week which was celebrated in the first week of May. This essential mineral is readily available . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
JOHANNESBURG, MAY 2017: Teljoy is excited to announce the launch of an in-home appliance and electronic repair service, independent of their current rental business. Teljoy Easyfix offers a convenient way to get your appliances and electronics repaired using genuine quality parts. The service is available across Gauteng, as well as Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. The service includes repairs to all major kitchen appliances and electronics, cellphones (including cracked screens), tablets and laptops. Chris Mostert, Teljoy Easyfix Manager says that the company is looking forward to extending their repair and maintenance offering to existing Teljoy customers and the general public. “Teljoy Easyfix is not only convenient, but it also provides home owners peace of mind that the people entering your homes are safe, reliable and professional. We collect and deliver the unit back to you and all repairs come with a 6 month guarantee. In addition, you do not need to be an existing Teljoy customer to benefit from Teljoy Easyfix, as we offer a cash service”. Teljoy, founded by Theo Rutstein in 1969, is notably known as the first company to supply TV sets commercially in South Africa, and today offers rent-to-own, a unique offering for South Africans to get the things they want - from home appliances to electronics, baby goods, furniture and more - without being locked into lengthy credit agreements. Call 011 357 5566 for an obligation-free quote. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The term stokvel originated from local stock fairs in the Eastern Cape in which five to 50 members of colleagues, family and friends pooled resources to trade livestock with English settlers. Today, the stokvel acts as a saving society where money is collectively shared in agreed amounts among members belonging to the same shopping basket. A weekly, bi-weekly or monthly contribution makes up a joint investment ‘kitty’ where savings are generated for the benefit of the group. The money is used to pay for everything from burials and celebrations to school fees and groceries. This method has a very effective way of ensuring that low-income consumers are getting bang for their buck and that their hard-earned cash is buying them quality and quantity at the best possible price. Understanding stokvels A stokvel can be started by anyone from the community but members are usually carefully selected by invitation and based on honesty, openness and trust. The underlying thread is conviction that all selected members will reinvest their monies once they have received their pay out. The accumulated money/savings are drawn by members in rotation or in time of need. Stokvels can also act as an informal 'banking industry' where members deposit money into a savings brokerage while still being able to take out loans at an affordable interest rate. Reaching the stokvel market The stokvel market represents a place in which all purchases are made under great scrutiny by opinion leaders who have the buying power and influence to sway the purchasing choices of a larger group of consumers. To get opinion leaders to buy in, marketers need to use (create if necessary) communication channels that respect and incorporate traditional South African thinking and values, reaching consumers on a more personal level. A method that has proven to be very effective to this segment of the market is experiential marketing and/or brand activation; the consumer’s real experience of . . .
Cape Town, 16 May 2017 – There is a reason they call them “investment pieces”: at over R60,000 for a Chanel medium flap bag or R100,000 for a Ralph Lauren dress, luxury goods are meant to last a lifetime and hold their value. This is why the market for used designer goods is the most attractive category for online consignment. It is therefore not paradox to invest in luxury today, to be able to afford luxury later. But with so many brands to choose from, many get lost or buy the wrong piece. Even within the same label, the resale prices vary quite massively depending on the material or, of course, the item itself. This is where the experts from Luxity, a Cape Town start-up and South Africa’s largest source of pre-owned luxury, jump in to help and give advice. Exciting News for Lovers of Top Quality Handbags A few years ago, to name just one example, a Hermès Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin bag was sold at auction in Hong Kong for over $300,000 (which today would roughly equate to nearly R4,500,000). That, of course, is the very top end of “super handbags”. Interestingly, many people do not realise that their signature handbag could increase in value and that handbags are becoming investment assets. The JustCollecting Rare Handbag index, however, shows that in the past decade investment-grade bags have increased in value by nearly 8% annually, which, according to the report, is due to a surge in appreciation for the bag’s timeless style. The experts at Luxity, South Africa’s largest source of pre-owned luxury, are convinced that investing in mainstream brands is not a good long-term investment. Exotic skins, special material, gemstones and embroidery, however, can add to a bag’s value. The artistic merit of the bag and associations with fashion icons (the famous Birkin and Kelly bags from Hermès speak to that) are additional key factors. And, last but not least, condition is everything. The solution to the latter, of course, is to treat handbags like you . . .
Increasing the value of a property can be easily achieved by transforming key areas using quality products, rather than overhauling the entire structure, which is a costly and laborious undertaking. “Home owners should remember that their home’s materiality is directly correlated with its intrinsic value and re-sale potential,” explained Caesarstone’s marketing director, Trevor King. “Choosing top quality, hygienic finishes like Caesarstone that retain their design longevity, helps to position a house as a good investment in the minds of estate agents and buyers.” Caesarstone is a leading manufacturer of kitchen surfaces and co-sponsor of Decorex Joburg, taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. This four-day exhibition will feature the best range of home improvement products with experts across the décor, design and lifestyle industry on-hand to guide homeowners on practical renovations, as well as offering insightful DIY tips that could prove very cost-efficient. “Home improvements are always worth investing in but the true worth really comes into play when an owner is looking to put the house on the market,” said King. “Where simple acts such as de-cluttering, re-painting and completing minor repairs before prospective buyers take a look definitely creates a stronger first impression; updating the home’s more functional and ‘lived in’ spaces is often the clincher.” Two key points to consider tackling first are the kitchen and bathroom areas as these improvements are known to speed up the sale of a home while adding thousands to the selling price. “Because of the move towards open plan living, the kitchen has become the focal point with the feel and look of the house emanating from here,” explained King. “This essentially makes the kitchen the home’s most valuable point. Buyers are looking for modern finishes, quality material and functionality when they assess the kitchen.” However, King said re-modelling the entire . . .
May 2017 – Founders of A Mari Ocean Gin, Jess Henrich and Niel du Toit have returned to Cape Town after globetrotting for 14 years. Both enthusiasts of new ventures, these two entrepreneurs met up over a languid dinner and started discussing the gin trend and its potential in South Africa. Fast forward to the early hours and the initial concept for A Mari Ocean Gin was born - the only gin in the world distilled with Atlantic Ocean seawater. From concept to A Mari Ocean Gin being on shelf took just 4 months. A Mari - originating from Latin, means 'from the sea’. There is a reason behind using the ocean water, the minerals in the water aid in the oil extraction from the unique Cape coastal botanicals giving a rich smoothness and complexity to the gin. The nose exhibits a citrus-forward freshness, echoed on the palate with hints of naartjie and lemon, merging into a mid-palate of rich florals and peppery spices. This premium gin is made in small batches and Niel and Jess do everything from harvesting the botanicals, to distilling, to hand numbering each bottle that goes onto the market. They are currently working on a second gin. Comments Jess: “A Mari, was created because we wanted something that was different, a bit disruptive. We wanted to create a great gin that pushed the boundaries a little.” States Niel: “A Mari is true to its location. The immense variety of wild fynbos botanicals here are exciting, pair that with the unique production method, and the Atlantic Ocean, and you have a gin that tastes like Cape Town.” This is a great tasting gin, with a beautiful nose. You can enjoy it straight on ice or with a good tonic, but the real beauty of this gin is when shaken with just a splash of vermouth - you'll get a martini that would make 007 come back for more. A Mari Ocean Gin is available at leading stockists, bars and 5-star hotels in and around Cape Town with distributors coming on line to service the rest of the country in the coming . . .