Fitch & Leedes launches sensational new Blue Tonic Fitch & Leedes Blue Tonic, the new blue blooded mixer, transforms every G&T or vodka into a sensory indulgence. Let whiffs of juicy blueberry and hints of cardamom entice you, while the vivid blue colour adds a captivating twist to your gin or vodka cocktail. Fitch & Leedes understands that a G&T or cocktail is not only about great taste but should be pleasing to all the senses, treating true blue aficionados to a feast for the eye, nose and palate. Priding itself as the understudy to greatness, Fitch & Leedes tonics accentuate the botanical character and subtle notes of premium gins and spirits. The captivating Blue Tonic is delicately carbonated and finely balanced to ensure the best taste representation of what was intended by the master distiller. Made for the utmost purity in terms of quality and taste, Fitch & Leedes Blue Tonic amplifies the hard work and skill put into creating a fine spirit. This is why leading distillers choose Fitch & Leedes as their preferred mixer. This noble blue tonic goes down smoothly when paired with juniper forward, citrus infused or floral gins. It also stands tall when paired with vodka, especially the wide selection of fruit infused vodkas. The vibrant Fitch & Leedes Blue Tonic is the perfect companion for any upbeat sundowner session. It also hits the spot on its own over ice as a trendy alcohol-free alternative. Fitch & Leedes can be found at leading purveyors of fine beverages, boutique wine shops, selected deli’s, fine dining establishments and cocktail bars. It sells at around R50 for a 6-pack of 200ml cans or R52 per 4-pack of 200ml glass bottles. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa, Stellenbosch; OLDENBURG VINEYARDS MERLOT 2015 has been awarded a coveted 5-Star rating from the Platter's South African Wine Guide. A Platter's 5-star rating is one of the most acclaimed achievements, reserved for wines scoring 95 points or higher. Proprietor Adrian Vanderspuy is immensely pleased by this accolade, saying “this 5-Star Platter rating demonstrates clearly that we are on the right path with our intense focus to garner even greater quality from this rare terroir. A number of new interventions will continue this quest and take us closer to the vision to unlock the immense potential of this rare 50ha site in the Banghoek valley with Rondekop as its centre piece, producing exceptional world-class wines in the process.” Earlier this month, the same vintage of Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot received further international recognition by taking the Merlot Trophy at the IWSC competition, and two days before, the 2014 vintage was awarded the Merlot Trophy at the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards. Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2015 is a true expression of the cultivar and where it is grown - a wine with a tangible sense of place, created in the belief that great wines can only come from the best quality grapes. Minimal intervention in the vineyards allows the wine to reflect the full potential of the unique terroir of the Oldenburg site. This rare site is the result of the confluence of 8 Natural Elements that have a remarkable influence on our ability to produce exceptional grapes: the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the mountain ranges, our own mountain amphitheatre, our elevation, the winds, the soils and the magical 8th element - Rondekop itself. Continued investment and commitment to quality production will see a brand new, state-of-the-art cellar commissioned for the 2019 harvest, by Nic Van Aarde who joined the team in mid-October. The Vineyard team has also spent the winter learning new pruning techniques under the guidance . . .
The announcement of Ravine (62) as Plascon’s Neutral of the Year tells us that, even though it has evolved over more than ten years as one of the top decorative neutrals, grey is here to stay. Ravine (62) is a timeless blend of grey and beige which invites a minimalistic yet luxurious look to a space and, according to the Plascon Colour Connoisseurs, is the perfect hue for the classic home in the 21st century. Part of the Plascon Colour Forecast’s 2019 Luxury colour story, Ravine (62) has a soothing taupe undertone, perfect for classically decorated homes. On grey’s enduring popularity, Colour Expert, Claire Bond says, “Ravine continues to be our warm go-to natural as it provides a neutral canvas making it a safe option when detail needs to be added, be it a coloured painted feature wall, curtaining, flooring or upholstery.” For a luxurious classic look, Claire recommends pairing it with optimistic blush pinks such as Nutmeg Dust (O3-C2-2) or gentle salmons such as Orange Delight (O5-A1-4). Partnered with bright whites and blonde wood tones, versatile Ravine (62) also invites a clean, clear and calm Scandinavian aesthetic to a home. Claire comments, “In contrast to other cooler shades that have been popular in the past, this neutral shade of grey adds warmth to a space. The recently launched Plascon 2019 Colour Forecast identified cocooning, mindfulness and individualisation as some of the trend drivers compelling people to transform their homes into personal sanctuaries away from a busy, technologically-driven world. Ravine (62), moving away from the ‘more is more’ concept, is about creating spaces where life’s simple pleasures take centre stage. Says Claire, “The concept of luxury has taken a new direction with the new interpretation extending to simple joys like reading a book, taking a bath or enjoying a long lazy Sunday lunch with family and friends.” Ravine (62) can be used in any space depending on the mood you want to create. A soothing relaxing . . .
Summer is finally here, and nothing completes an outfit than the perfect shoe. Grasshoppers, the trusted shoe manufacturer with over 50 years’ experience has released their new comfortable and durable summer shoe range. The range blurs the line between formal and casual as it comes in different designs; boots, veldskoen and moccasin shoe styles to suit all needs. The collection is a mix of bright colours, earthy browns, blacks and navy - some with funky coloured soles and laces, making them the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. These shoes are great for lunch dates, a day in the office or even a night out with friends. Grasshoppers are now also available via their new online store; boltonfootwearonline.co.za and in selected retailers across South Africa. For more information visit www.grasshoppers.co.za and to keep up to date with what we are up to, connect with us on Instagram and Facebook. About Grasshoppers Grasshoppers, the most comfortable shoes ever made since 1966. All shoes are made in Groot Brak River, a coastal village near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, using the traditional construction methods and specialists in manufacturing Crepe rubber soles. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Festive Gift Shopping Gift-buying season is upon us again and the last thing you want is to wait until the last minute and end up buying a hurried gift. Invest in something unique, yet affordable, and thoughtful to show the recipient that you really care. Beetroot Inc. offers a variety of gifts under R350. Looking for a gift for a braai master or perhaps an amateur chef? Aprons, cheeseboards, trays, tableware and ceramics are just a few great gift ideas. For the winos, instead of the usual bottle of wine why not try a wine rack or crate? Decorative accessories are another alternative. From wooden picture frames, proteas and jumbo tic-tac-toe, to fabric animal heads and floor scatters - you will be spoilt for choice. And for the little ones? There is a selection of fun items such as knitted teddy bears, snake pillows, wooden wagons and more. All Beetroot Inc. pieces come in different colours and designs and are customisable to your specific needs. So, do something different this Festive Season and put that little bit of extra thought into your gifts at a Beetroot Inc. store - your gifts will be remembered long after you’ve given them! Visit your closest Beetroot Inc. store in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape to see what’s on offer or visit www.beetrootinc.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Hijacking is on the rise, becoming one of the most reported crimes in South Africa over the past year. According to recent statistics released by the South African Police Service, an estimated 16 325 cars were reported stolen over the past year, with 44 cars hijacked daily – meaning that every 32 minutes a car is hijacked in South Africa! These are terrifying statistics and means that it could happen to any one of us. The question is, how do we ensure that both ourselves and our families are best protected from becoming victims of such hijackings and vehicle theft? The simple answer – technology! However, not just any technology. One needs to consider the types of technology that can really aid your safety protocol while on the road and one such technology is vehicle tracking apps. Tracking apps have become beneficial to consumers as they offer convenient live vehicle tracking that puts you in the driver’s seat of your vehicle’s safety. These solutions also provide the most advanced stolen vehicle tracking and recovery technology on the market, designed to recover your vehicle in the unfortunate event of theft or hijacking. Today, these apps offer so much more when it comes to your personal safety while on the road. Here are some critical ways in which a tracking app can keep you and your family safe while on the road – and help you avoid falling victim to carjacking. • You will always know where your car is. With a best-in-class smartphone vehicle tracking app, you can view your vehicle’s location on a detailed map with pinpoint locations, select a street map view of your vehicle’s surroundings. During the unfortunate event of theft or hijacking, this feature allows your tracking company to pinpoint your vehicles exact location timely. • Navigate to your car’s exact location. The GPS enabled smartphone vehicle tracking app links to your mobile phone’s navigation, allowing you to plan routes. This means your family will have full access to navigate . . .
Curated.Africa is a one-stop online shop for quality-crafted lifestyle products made in Africa. Our signature is quality and we are proud of the painstaking attention to detail offered by our artisans. Our focus is promoting and curating for the discerning buyer quality items that are ethically produced and are in harmony with the environment. Our vision is to empower African-based entrepreneurs whose products celebrate our heritage. Many of the items are produced in or around Cape Town. Going forward we will be bringing you more exquisite treasures and crafts from our beautiful African continent. Curated.Africa also supplies bespoke products handmade to order – well worth the wait. We celebrate the unique nature of handmade items, and are proud to know that you are acquiring something personal and exclusive to you. Our designer range available to purchase includes: handbags, clothing, jewellery, ceramics, lampshades, glassware, cushions and much more. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The SPAR Goodnight Market has embraced the Eastern influence with new exhibitors Suki Sushi & Asian Cuisine expected to be at the monthly fair at the Tramways Building in Port Elizabeth on November 15. Established last October, Suki offer a variety of Asian dishes, seafood and sushi - all delicious meals skilfully made with the freshest ingredients. "We try to uphold the integrity of every dish by sourcing the core Asian ingredients through import whilst still supporting local for our fresh meat and vegetable produce," said qualified sushi chef Kevin Zhang. "We as a company believe we're only as good as the positive partnerships we hold in the community." Zhang felt elated at having the opportunity to interact with people they had not met before previously. "We feel privileged being allowed to showcase our passion alongside fellow local entrepreneurs," he said. He added that they prided themselves in offering a warm welcome and said their aim was to make visitors feel like family. "We're also quite determined to turn sushi novices into avid sushi eaters. We're aware that tastes differ. We do, however, believe one is only able to say whether one likes or dislikes something after having at least tried it once," said Zhang. The first time they exhibited at the artisanal market visitors seemed to love their Combo 2, a 15-piece sushi experience ranging from salmon roses to one of their gourmet favourites, the Suki Rock ‘n' Roll. "Our most successful product, as of late, differs. In the hot kitchen a popular choice is Angry Beef or a Green Thai Curry, whereas in our sushi section we share the same sentiment as our guests in having a difficult time attempting to pick a favourite," said Zhang. He added that what made their products unique was that they were prepared fresh to order. "We allow the chefs the time and supply the freshest ingredients to keep the integrity of every dish and ensure a top-quality product upon every . . .
Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is a vibrant summer sparkler Let Steenberg’s youthful and vivacious Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc put the sparkle into summer. With fabulous good looks and modish packaging, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s day. Fresh, fruity and ever so ooh la la, this fashion forward bubbly is made in the classic French style by creating the sparkle in the bottle. Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is no ordinary bubbly. Its youthful character from spending less time on the lees (spent yeast cells) than a typical Méthode Cap Classique, makes it ultra-crisp and lively. At your first encounter, expect a burst of litchi, guava, pineapple, mango and green fig to rise from your flute. Then take a sip and let the pineapple and passion fruit refresh your palate. The Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is available at wine shops countrywide and sells for R131 at the cellar door. For more information visit www.steenbergfarm.com or join the conversation on Twitter @SteenbergWines and Facebook at facebook.com/steenbergestate. Established in 1682, Steenberg Farm is situated in Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine growing region just 30 minutes from the bustling Cape Town city centre. This world-class property, acclaimed for crafting some of the country’s finest Sauvignon Blanc and Méthode Cap Classique, is home to the 5-star 24-room Steenberg Hotel and Spa. Here guests enjoy understated luxury, spectacular views and discreet, personalised service. Two restaurants, Catharina’s with its fine contemporary cuisine, and Bistro Sixteen82 serving popular bistro-style fare and tapas, offer exceptional dining experiences for diverse palates and occasions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Using Wood When Styling Your Home Wood is one of the most versatile materials you have in your arsenal of interior design techniques. By using the shades and tonal value of your woods, you can create a specific feel throughout your home by pairing it with the right colour for your desired effect. The most common way to blend wood with different colours is to keep the change of palette to a minimum. If you’re not looking to draw any attention to certain areas, use slight tonal differences to create a calm and subtle feel to your home. If you’re looking to be a bit more bold with your interiors, use contrasting colours to create a focal point for the eye. Woods such as honeytoned pine tend to show up well when paired with medium greens as they bring out the warm yellows of the wood while still maintaining a cool contrast. If you’re really looking to grab some attention, use wood of a lighter tone and pair it with two fabric colours, one bright and one with a slightly moodier tone. The searing contrast will capture the eye’s focus instantly and really bring out that certain couch or table you’re looking to show off. If you’re using a slightly brighter wood, but still trying to maintain a subtle approach, you can take the focus off the wood by pairing it with colours such as pale orange or terracotta. This simple technique is great for those who want a warmer feel to their home without the brightness being too overwhelming. If you’re looking to highlight a specific piece of wooden furniture, surround it with two to three pieces of contrasting colour. This is a fantastic way to draw attention to individual pieces of wooden furniture of any shade or tone. Throughout your home, it’s a good idea to create a sense of continuity by using one colour accent and variating its tone throughout, and by using your woods effectively you can mold and manipulate your interiors to create that perfect look for your living spaces. So, whether you’re looking to grab . . .