KLEINE ZALZE WINE ESTATE made history following its resounding success at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. For the first time in the event's 22-year history, its esteemed panel of judges awarded not one, but two trophies to the same wine - a 98 point wine produced by the esteemed Kleine Zalze wine estate. In what organisers describe as "one of [the event's] most competitive line-ups" ever, the Stellenbosch producer's Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 received the Grand Prix Wine Trophy – the show's top accolade – as well as the SA Airlink Trophy for Best Shiraz. At the hands of the Kleine Zalze team, Shiraz has repeatedly shone. In the same competition last year, it was the Vineyard Selection Shiraz that stood out, taking Double Gold. The Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 also recently received gold medals at the 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition and 2018 Mundus Vini Summer Tasting. In addition to the trophies at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards this year, Kleine Zalze received Gold for its Brut MCC, Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon in a field comprising a record 2 255 wine-and-spirit entries this year. Michelangelo is the largest competition of its kind on the continent and its wine assessments, among the most trusted. Significantly, most of the judging panel comprises international experts and this year included 30 specialists from 16 nationalities. Apart from its award-winning wines, the estate is famous for a variety of attractions, including the critically acclaimed Terroir gourmet restaurant of Chef Michael Broughton; breath-taking hiking and cycling routes; the world-renowned De Zalze golf course; and, a luxurious four-star Cape Dutch-style lodge. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The excellence of Alto wines was re-affirmed in dramatic fashion at the illustrious Veritas Awards on Saturday when every wine entered by the renowned Stellenbosch winery was singled out for a medal, including two Golds. Gold medals went to the Alto Signature Red Blend 2015 and Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – two of only 15% awarded to contenders. As the longest running and biggest competition in South Africa, Veritas has earned its reputation as one of South Africa’s most authoritative and credible competitions for market-ready wines. Wines are tasted blind by panels that consist of local and international experts. The winners were announced at a black-tie gala dinner attended by some 700 industry and VIP guests, and hosted at the CTICC in Cape Town. The Veritas judges awarded Silver medals to the Alto Shiraz 2016, Fine Old Vintage 2012 and Bronze to the Alto Rouge 2016, confirming their achievements at many other recent prestigious competitions. Among them, the Alto Cabernet Sauvignon and Alto Rouge were awarded Gold at the most recent Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. Award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin's authoritative annual report on South African wines, released just last month, singled out almost every single wine in the Alto portfolio for a rating score of 90+. He awarded the Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 with 93 points; Alto MPHS 2013, 94; Alto Rouge 2016, 90; and, Alto Signature Red Blend 2015, 94. In July at the 2018 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, the title of Best Cabernet Sauvignon overall was awarded to Alto for its 2014 vintage. Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards highlights the success with which a wine reflects its provenance - its soils, climate and aspect. The winery's glittering performance at Veritas once again adds to a legacy of excellence for which the estate is internationally famous. For more information about Alto and its wines, visit www.alto.co.za, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 021 . . .
Johannesburg; 11 October 2018; Freddy SA has opened its latest signature Art of Movement store in East Rand Mall. The store opened on Friday the 05th of October 2018 and is the second Freddy store based in the East Rand. For more than 30 years, the Freddy brand has been synonymous with sport and passion for movement, though is currently renowned at a global level for its fresh and creative range of clothing items in both the fashion and fitness arenas. Whether sport or fashion apparel, Freddy understands how to make you feel good about yourself with clothing that offers the perfect fit – and gives a confidence boost that won’t go unnoticed. Says Carmina van Rooyen, PR & Marketing Manager for Freddy SA; “Being able to offer our existing and potential customers more choice when it comes to physical stores is certainly a priority for us as a brand, as we continue to build our offering within the local market. We are proud to be able to open a second Freddy outlet in the East Rand. This Art of Movement store stocks the full Freddy range, including our recently launched Fall/Winter 2018 garments”. Patented technology, special seams, a silicone membrane and striking cuts ensure Freddy’s fashion WR.UP® trousers support and redesign the bottom, modelling, and holding in the buttocks and thighs - guaranteeing a perfect fit. Made in jersey, these trousers are available in different, trendy colours. The Freddy fit is tight, yet comfortable and perfect for everyday life. Furthermore, Freddy’s exercise apparel incorporates breathable D.I.W.O.® technical fabric (dry-in, wet-out), aimed to keep skin virtually dry at a constant temperature. Freddy East Rand is located in East Rand Mall, store: Shop 28, Bentel Ave, Boksburg North, Gauteng. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Festive Ideas market turns ten this year with a celebration of exhibitors that will remind visitors of the splendor of a traditional bazaar. Organisers have gathered the most innovative, hand-crafted items that will add sophistication and fun to any festive occasion. During this unique market from Wednesday, 24 October, to Sunday, 28 October, the elegant Simondium’s Country Lodge will be transformed into a shopper’s paradise. Find festive inspiration for your table, house and garden – and of course plenty of brilliant gift ideas – at this year’s market. Festive Ideas will see the return of many beloved exhibitors, but will also bring some fresh new merchandise to make gift shopping even easier. Add a floral influence to your wardrobe with fabulous linen clothing inspired by South African indigenous flowers from Hugo Flear’s latest collection. If you need of a touch of bling, Suikerbos will delight with their exquisite brass and stainless steel jewellery. Brighten up your festive table or surprise a friend with a unique gift of incredible handmade glassware from Fanglasstic. The product range is decorative, yet highly functional and includes small condiment bowls, platters, and dishes of various designs and sizes. Add some sparkle to any celebration with beautiful copper wire lights from Neat Things. Another new addition to this year’s market is Threadsthatbindus with their selection of beautiful soft furnishings, embroidered cotton and linen napkins, tea towels, table cloths, cotton shopping bags, pouches and scarfs. Pamper yourself, family and friends with natural lavender products from Cannettevallei Lavender such as pure essential oils, a range of bio-degradable and natural soaps, lavender sachets and edible lavender. The deli will remind you of your grandmother’s goodie-filled pantry and solve a lot of festive foodie challenges with delectable treats for stockings fillers, holiday treats and yummy nibbles. Chef Mynhardt Joubert is once again . . .
Port Elizabeth's Flourish Deli will introduce their plant-based, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly concept to TOPS at SPAR Goodnight Market visitors at the Tramways Building in Port Elizabeth on October 18. Phillipa Linder and Robyn Furstenburg, both 24, are the dynamic twosome focusing on a greener, kinder and healthier way to enjoy the way you eat. "Our ingredients are family secrets - just kidding, although there are some," said Furstenburg. "We specialise in all things plant-based, whether that be market meals such as our carrot hotdog and mushroom, lentil and walnut burger, or the dessert you crave after a meal, like our sticky-plum plant-based cheesecake." Furstenburg added that they would offer something else the market had been waiting for in the form of their deli goods. "These consist of a variety of different products ranging from a lentil pâté to a baked ‘cheese', a plant-based cream cheese or nut yoghurt, just to mention a few. "As Flourish progresses, so will our products. We are so excited about what the future holds for us," she said. Their partnership had worked from day one, according to Furstenburg. "It all started with a conversation during a walk on Sardinia Bay beach. Sharing a deep passion for plant-based food and a health-driven lifestyle with a little bit of a sweet tooth, we decided we'd like to take this passion to others and create a place for them to enjoy and share it with us. "We are excited to be able to express what can be done with simple vegetables in creating beautiful meals, deli items and sweet treats. Plant-based eating is very exciting once you get creative." The market was ideal for their products, she said, adding that they couldn't wait to start sharing their passion and creations with people. "What we love about the Goodnight Market is the diversity that has been created by the organisers. It caters for every type of taste and preference." Furstenburg said visitors could look . . .
TOKARA has been recognised as one of South Africa’s top olive oil producers making the cut in the 2018 ABSA Top 10 with its Mission Single Variety Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The TOKARA Mission olive oil was one of just three contenders to receive a Gold medal in the Delicate category of the 2018 SA Olive Awards. Being an Absa Top 10 winner is a remarkable achievement and confirmation that their oil is of the highest quality. TOKARA’s 2018 Mission olive oil is mild and gentle with a finely balanced grassy, herbaceous character. It is one of two single variety oils and two full flavoured blends produced from TOKARA olive groves on the foothills of the Simonsberg. TOKARA is the home of exceptional wines, olive oil and top notch dining on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Its olive oil journey began in 2000 when co-owner Anne-Marie Ferreira decided to produce single variety oils that would set them apart from the handful of South African olive oil producers at the time. TOKARA focuses primarily on Tuscan varieties, each with its own distinctive character and flavour profile. TOKARA’s olive oils were among the top achievers in the recent 2018 Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere extra virgin olive oil competition, when South Africa swept the board winning all the coveted competition medals. The TOKARA Premium blend secured a medal while the Mission received a special mention in this competition which is dedicated to extra virgin olive oils produced in countries south of the Equator. TOKARA olive oil master and operations manager, Gert van Dyk, is passionate about South African olive oil. “Some of the finest quality olive oils in the world are produced on home soil, yet many South Africans tend to think that ‘real’ extra virgin olive oil can only come from the Mediterranean,” says van Dyk, who makes it his mission to change this mindset with every olive oil tasting at TOKARA. In addition to the four different olive oils, preserved Calamata olives and an olive . . .
For personal, unique gifts that will last a lifetime, choose from hundreds of precious gemstone jewellery pieces and much more at Gecko Jewellers – Africa’s largest jewellery showroom and gemstone attraction. All stones are 100% authentic. Every piece of jewellery is locally designed and manufactured keeping prices highly competitive. There is something for everyone and to suit every budget. Choose from jewellery, rough stones, polished stones, loose gemstones, rocks, crystals, beads, carvings and collectibles. You can also have your own personal design made! Gemstones and crystals are believed to possess meaning, energies and healing properties that have been passed down for thousands of years. Throughout history gemstones have been are worn as talismans and iconic figures have adorned themselves with colourful jewels for protection, good health, wealth, love and long life. Think of it as jewellery with a purpose, should you choose to as many do. The romance with stones is nothing new and we all could use a little magic, fantasy and hope in our lives! Whether you believe in the mystical attributes of gem stones or not, their beauty and allure is no less mesmerizing – you can choose cut stones set in silver or gold or a large stone or crystal simply for décor. Gemstones or crystals are a unique and thoughtful gift idea for the most magical time of the year. Birthstones: Certain gemstones are associated with the months of the year and considered lucky to people born in those months and make for a well-thought out personal gift. The mystical powers and healing properties are taken from various sources all over the world, both ancient and modern; January: Garnet. Mystics believe it which symbolizes constructiveness, brightens dark souls and brings hope to people. The loving powers of Garnet tend to reflect the attributes of devotion love compassion and an enhanced imagination. February: Amethyst. Said to attract justice and protect against . . .
Midrand’s hidden gem, Gecko Jewellers is Africa’s largest jewellery showroom. This gemstone attraction will surprise and delight visitors with hundreds of pieces of fine jewellery made from the highest quality precious stones. An attraction for the whole family, one can spend at least half a day exploring this five-acre world of gems and precious stones! Ideal for those in search of personalised gifts and fashionable, quality jewellery at factory prices. All stones are 100% authentic. Every piece of jewellery is locally designed and manufactured making prices highly competitive. This is truly a haven for jewellery lovers, stone and gem hunters, collectors, enthusiasts and tourists looking for a beautiful piece of Africa in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Gecko Jewellers has an impressive collection, something for everyone, to suit every budget. Their selection includes cut stones, rough stones, polished stones, loose gemstones, rocks, crystals, beads, carvings, water features and collectibles that will excite even the most avid collector. Customers come to find special, meaningful gifts for example birthstone’s or a creation of their own custom design. Gecko custom makes jewellery for many clients with their workshop on the premises. The “esoteric” meanings of each stone also make for thoughtful, christening gifts, “push” presents for new moms, bridesmaid gifts, anniversaries, wedding jewellery and other special occasions. Gemstones and crystals are believed to possess special meanings, energies and healing properties that have been passed down for thousands of years. Throughout history gemstones have been are worn as talismans and iconic figures have adorned themselves with colourful jewels for protection, good health and long life. You could call it jewellery with a difference and a purpose, should you choose to as many do. Whether you believe in the mystical attributes of gem stones or not, their beauty is no less mesmerizing and beautiful – . . .
The Lounge Pillow available at Vencasa-Tempur Showrooms. It is truly amazing – comfy, functional and fabulous. Vencasa, World Leaders in Sleep, are the only home to Tempur and Magniflex in South Africa and want to help “Power Your Sleep”. The benefits of quality sleep cannot be underestimated, sleep is everything! It affects every aspect of our lives – emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. The Lounge Pillow available only at Vencasa and Tempur Showrooms, features a shredded foam interior, making it soft and supportive, designed to keep you comfortable while reading, eating and sitting upright in bed, or even on the couch. It’s overfilled shape supports the upper body, while the arms reduce shoulder strain. Priced from R 899 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Savour the ultimate taste experience of uplifting Méthode Cap Classique and fresh West Coast oysters at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Served from the oyster bar under majestic oaks in the magnificent Sculpture Garden, the MCC & oyster pairing embraces three uniquely dressed oysters to complement the character and personality of each of the Grande Provence Brut MCCs. Grande Provence Brut, a beautifully balanced blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is paired with an oyster bedecked with dill, yuzu and cucumber in a dill infused dressing with yuzu pearls and vermouth compressed cucumber adding the finishing touches. The delightful Grande Provence Brut Rosé MCC, bursting with red berry and strawberry flavours, shares the limelight with an oyster enriched with home-made fermented kimchi, toasted sesame seeds and a dash of tom yum mayonnaise. With hints of baked apples, biscotti, brioche and pears, the flagship Grande Provence Vintage Brut 2011 is a superb taste partner for an oyster enriched with vintage brut velouté (a cream based, bubbly and linefish sauce), Franschhoek trout roe, and dried nori. The oysters are shucked directly from the Grande Provence oyster tank and garnished freshly at the oyster bar. The summer MCC & oyster pairing is available daily between 12h00 and 16h00 at R180, weather dependent. Additional fresh Saldanha Bay oysters are available at R90 for three. The oysters are served with lemon and mignonette sauce (a condiment made with shallots and cracked pepper). Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence offers true South African wine heritage, exceptional food and wine, and luxury boutique accommodation. For more information visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, Facebook.com or Twitter @grande_provence. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .