What better way to celebrate Woman’s Day, than with a long weekend sale? This year, the stores at Springfield Retail Centre are joining together to bring customers sales like never before, from Thursday, 9th August 2018 until Sunday, 12th August 2018! Situated in the Springfield area, it’s the perfect location for shoppers of all areas, to grab the opportunity and take advantage of all the low prices over the public holiday weekend. There’s tons of parking and shops of so many varieties to suit people of all ages. When you’re a little tired after all the walking about, why not try one of the coffee spots, and restaurants to refuel you for the second half of your shopping expedition! For any queries, or a list of the available stores in Springfield Retail Centre, visit the website at http://springfieldretailcentre.co.za/, or call 031 362 1782. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Vencasa Offers Technologically Advanced Mattress Protector Sleep at a constant temperature: not too hot, not too cold Vencasa, The Sleep Experts, and the only home of Tempur and Magniflex mattresses, prides itself on being the trusted source of information and suppliers of brands that are trailblazers and at the forefront of the sleep industry. Velfont is one of their global partners, who are synonymous with luxury and have been fostering good nights' rest by delivering premium linen to the world, since 1971. Their range aims to satisfy the requirements of the most demanding customers and offers healthy, hygienic sleep with their advanced textile technologies. One of their most popular products, and available at Vencasa stores, is the mattress protector made from 100% thermo-regulator cotton fabric. The Velfont Thermo-regulator mattress protector uses the most advanced technology developed by NASA with cotton fabric that provides a buffer from the variations in temperature and humidity that we experience over the course of the night. It absorbs, stores and releases the heat that our body emits, creating an individualised comfort zone. It provides a constant microclimate which is neither too cold nor too hot. Ideal for people who experience changes in temperature during the night. Plus, the 100% cotton Thermo-regulator mattress protector adapts to mattress lengths up to 200 cm and heights up to 35 cm. Velfont mattress protectors safeguard the mattress practically and comfortably, as they adjust just like a fitted bed sheet. Vencasa, The Sleep Experts, know that your body, mind and soul deserve quality sleep, and provide a range of exceptional sleep solutions to ensure it. Visit www.vencasa.co.za or call 0861 60 60 60 for more information or for your nearest stockist. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Paarl-Simonsberg ward was recently announced as the SA Terroir Top Area at the annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards. This prestigious competition reviewed wines from 14 different wine terroirs in the Cape winelands region. Four wineries from the ward produced National Winners to secure the top terroir accolade for Paarl. The producers were Anura, Babylonstoren, Glen Carlou and Mitre’s Edge. According to Annelize Stroebel of the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association, which includes the Paarl Wine Route, this accolade is a tremendous achievement for Paarl. “To be crowned as the top terroir in the country is a really exciting development and will mean so much for our local producers. Paarl has long been renowned for its award-winning wines, but this will definitely cement our reputation as a top quality wine producing region in the South African wine industry,” said Stroebel. “It is especially significant that all four of the National Trophy winners were different wine varietals, including Chardonnay, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Viognier. Over the years, Paarl has almost become synonymous with world-class Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, so it is great to see that other varietals are also starting to show their class. This accolade is the perfect opportunity to showcase that Paarl can hold its own against other wine regions,” concludes Stroebel. The Novare Terroir Wine Awards were established thirteen years ago to assist in developing South Africa’s globally recognized wine industry. For more information, visit www.paarlonline.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Embrace this winter with The 41’s indulgent lunch or dinner menus and receive a complimentary Nespresso coffee, either an Americano, Espresso, Cappuccino and a glass of red or white wine. Guests will be served delicious Mediterranean style dishes like Chefs creation, crispy spiced calamari with smokey, pureed hummus and the Herb-roasted free-range chicken with smashed baby potatoes and mushroom ragout. For dessert, delve into their Vanilla Panna Cotta served with fresh strawberries, balsamic and basil syrup. Whether you’re looking for a lunchtime pick-me-up or an after-dinner refreshment, The 41 has it covered. The Winter Set Menus are available at The 41 every day for lunch or dinner until end of August and is subject to availability. Chef Aristotle may change items on the menu depending on the availability of fresh products and occasionally we sell out of some of the more popular dishes. If they do, they do their very best to offer you the nearest alternative. More information about the special: Order two courses and receive a complimentary glass of wine and a Nespresso coffee at R180 or three Courses and receive a complimentary glass of wine and a Nespresso coffee at R220. Red Wine Options: Cape Uncorked Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2015 White Wine Options: Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Nespresso coffee: Espresso, Cappuccino or Americano CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
AYAMA Wine founders and proud Italian owners of Slent Farm, Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz, have brought a true taste of Italy to our South African soils. Being the very first Vermentino to be grown and harvested in South Africa, the Italian couple, with a serious love for viniculture, have seen their dreams come true. The first official South African Vermentino harvest took place in 2016, accruing incredible local and international uptake. The second batch of Vermentino has now been harvested, bottled and has been released on Mandela Day, 18th of July 2018. Green almond, pear, white peach, lime and pink grapefruit zest with subtle notes of crushed rock minerality and saltiness best describes a glass of classic Sardinia Vermentino. “It is always a heart-warming moment when you can finally announce your wine is available for many to buy and enjoy. This is the second vintage of Ayama Vermentino and it has been aging for more than a year in barrels,” says Michela. “We wanted the wine to be perfectly balanced before sealing its flavours into the beautiful bottle.” The 2017 vintage is limited with only 5 350 750ml bottles, 100 magnums, 24 double magnums and 12 jeroboams available, each labelled nursed with love and labelled by hand, many already sold at auction and making their way to their final destination across the globe. After six long years of propagation in quarantine, 2014 saw the first hectare comprising 3360 vines of Vermentino di Gallura finally certified and released from the nursery for planting at AYAMA. This historical year also signified a decade of memories for the Dalpiaz family, celebrating 10 years of living in South Africa. “We are extremely proud of this wine. Tasting richer and more exotic than last year. It is an exemplary of how the South African soul and climate can be generous to new varieties introduced by passioned viticulturist and winemakers,” says Michela. Taking into account the growing conditions of Vermentino in Sardinia, . . .
Paarl crafter Jonathan Hoffman might look as if he belongs to a reggae band, but his hands create sheer magic with intricate weaving and wirework. After suffering a debilitating back injury and being unable to continue his formal employment, Hoffman turned to arts and crafts to earn a living. Hoffman was taught how to weave wicker baskets from the local Rastafarian community in Paarl and collects his own produce in the mountains. In addition, he also does incredible products from wire and beads ranging from indigenous proteas to key rings, table décor and wire cars (draadkarretjies). Hoffman is expanding his range of product to be more tourist-friendly after recently attending a workshop hosted by the Craft and Design Institute of South Africa. Several talented artists from the local community were identified by the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association to take part in the workshop as part of a local artist development programme, which is supported financially by the Drakenstein municipality. The “Product of Place” aspect of the course particularly inspired Hoffman. “We had a great opportunity to come up with some new ideas that will make our products easier to sell. For example, I’ve already added small replicas of the Language Monument, which is an iconic landmark in Paarl, to my key ring range. I’m confident that visitors to the monument would love to buy them as souvenirs, so I could potentially increase my product offering. People love to buy locally-inspired products, so I have a few more plans up my sleeve – you just have to keep an eye on the market and be ready to adapt to emerging trends,” mentions Hoffman. Hoffman sells his products at an informal market in Plein Street, but has also secured commissions for décor items from several florists in town. “I have a passion for working with wire and would love to teach some unemployed youngsters the art of wirework. They need to learn how to look after themselves and earn a living. If you’re willing . . .
The inaugural Creative Coffee Week has turned Durban into a percolating hub of coffee activity as South Africa’s leading coffee professionals converge at the promenade and Point waterfront from 26 to 28 July. Organised by Coffee Magazine - in partnership with eThekwini Municipality and headline sponsors, FNB, Selati and Innovate Durban - this energised event is set to drive local commerce, create employment among the youth and share global insights into the coffee industry. Iain Evans, event organiser, said the drive behind Creative Coffee Week was to celebrate the blossoming coffee culture emerging across the city. “For a few years now, we at Coffee Magazine have watched coffee industry mature and create its own identity,” explained Evans. “We have also been fortunate enough to be involved in the competitive coffee competitions, both locally and overseas, which have allowed us to connect with many in the industry. We decided it’s time to celebrate the culture and the fantastic people that make up the industry, while looking at ways to carve the South African niche in the global coffee arena.” An impressive 250 of South Africa’s leading coffee professionals, among them roasters, green bean importers, baristas, and coffee owners, will be attending the various workshops and training sessions held throughout the week. These informative sessions will be hosted by nine international guests who are excited to share their expert insights. The hosts include competitive barista and owner of Colona Coffee, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood; Lemuel Butler, five-time US Barista Champion; Teija Lublinkoff, WBC International Judge at the SA Nationals; Steve Slark, Chairman of the European Beverage Association and the MD of European Watercare; and Ben Weiner, owner of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers. Commenting on his involvement in the inaugural Creative Coffee Week, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood said: “I am thrilled to be involved - coffee events are integral to bringing the . . .
We all know that change is constant and the world of home automation is changing and growing rapidly. Just as you change jobs, cars, phones, taste in music and the seasons come and go - so should your smart home keep up and adapt right along with you. Homemation are the specialists in audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products. They are the sole distributor of the global industry leader in home automation, Control4. Below is a short list of some of the great ways you can automate your home with Control4: • Personalisation - homeowners are reaping the benefits of a professionally-installed smart home system, coupled with the ability to do a lot of customisation all on their own. • Easily change the brightness of a light or schedule a series of lights. • Update the playlist that starts when you tap a specific keypad button. • Even change the doorbell ring. • From anywhere in the world, you can receive calls from your gate or from anywhere inside your home, right to the palm of your hand. • Use your smartphone (or watch) to call any of the touchscreens in your home to see how your children are doing, touch base with a family member, au pair or housekeeper. • The security of your family, property and possessions is now smarter, sleeker and more reliable than ever. Know what’s going on at home from wherever you are, at any time. Receive alerts when your gate is left open, someone enters the house, and even when a leak is detected somewhere in the house. This is intelligent security that offers peace of mind. Your family’s wellbeing and the protection of your assets is at your fingertips. • Holiday periods are especially stressful for homeowners who are reliant on family / housesitters or neighbours to keep an eye while they’re away. With Control4, you can set these worries aside and holidays are realy holidays, with this smart solution. Peace of mind is now always in the palm of your hand with smart home automation from Control4. . . .
“It was a beautiful sunny day, when we first saw the farm. It was love at first sight: we knew this place was special and would mean so much to us. Both passionate about agriculture and wine, proudly Italian but in love with South Africa, with its history, its people and its awesome natural environment, we were looking for a farm to buy and live.” Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz, owners of Ayama Wines. The Italian couple, Michela and Attilio, were brought together in Italy though the mutual affinity for wine production. They met, fell in love and moved to South Africa to create their own Italian world of wine on the slopes of the Paardeberg Mountain. Just an hour’s drive out of Cape Town, the couple and very good friends purchased Slent Farm in 2005, where a large portion of the farm was dedicated to vineyards, naming the wine produced there ‘AYAMA’, meaning ‘someone to lean on’ in its Xhosa translation. “The land, people and passion of Slent leans on friendship and love” explains Michela. Slent comprises an amass of 55 people sharing a passion for wine, respect for each other and for the environment. In addition to the 65 hectares of vineyards, Slent farm is also allotted to 2.5ha of pears, 9ha of olives, 2ha artichokes, and 4ha dedicated to special wheat and vegetables. The Dalpiaz family worked diligently towards understanding the micro-climates, soils, varietals, bio-diversity and different cultures of the land. Paarl summers are long and warm with rainfall being scarce. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc have the greatest area-related thriving potential with high quality yield. In 2012 Viognier, Grenache blanc, and Grenache Noir were added to the bouquet, and in 2014 Carignan and Petite Syrah were planted. “With a familial background in wine and connections with Italian viniculture, we sourced a very specific white grape from Sardinia to add a unique varietal to our range, Vermentino!” Michela elaborates. Planted in 2014, with its . . .
Make the best choice for your health this winter and do not forget to drink the daily recommended quantity of water. Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. We are all aware that drinking more water during the summer months is extremely important. But, did you know that drinking sufficient quantity of water during winter is almost equally essential? Staying hydrated is essential for winter wellness, even if we don’t feel the need to drink as much water as we do in summer. A refreshing glass of water is not always our first choice of drink in the cold winter days. As temperatures drop in winter, we often reach for something warm, like tea or coffee. However, this intuitive choice is not always the right decision to make. Signs of dehydration are seen during the winter season in a form of dry skin and chapped lips. Body dehydration inhibits the proper functioning of the immune system and thus we become more inclined to contracting colds and flu. Therefore, you need to drink enough water to stay healthy in these cold periods. Whether you are at school, home or at work, it is still important to make sure you are drink around 8 glasses of water a day. While this is not an exact science, it will ensure that you are consuming close to enough for your body, just remember that fi you are performing any strenuous physical activity, you should up the amount of water you drink throughout the day. At Drinking Water Fountains, we offer a range of drinking water fountains that are suitable for most environments. Have a look at our fantastic indoor options as well as the brands we are associated with. Our aim is to provide customers with hassle free and fresh drinking water. Feel free to contact us 021 813 6631 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .