Angels Tears Moscato – the heavenly natural sweet wine made from a 27-year old vineyard on Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek, has just been released in a refreshing new style. Following the global trend towards fresher, livelier and fruitier wines, the newly released 2018 Angels Tears Moscato can truly be described as nectar of the angels. Delicious and fruity, light in body and easy drinking is what gives Moscato its appeal the world over. The transition towards this new style of Moscato began with the Muscato Chenin Blanc 2017 by increasing the Muscat component to 90% with Chenin Blanc comprising 10% of the blend, thereby shifting the taste profile to fit more comfortably in the natural sweet category. With the change of name to Angels Tears Moscato for the 2018 vintage, the transformation of this chrysalis is now complete. The 2018 Moscato is the darling in the Angels Tears range as it fully expresses the ever popular Italian style, bursting with ripe fruity flavours and liveliness. It teems with succulent stone fruit, litchi and citrus, enlivened by hints of floral and spicy Muscat notes. Easy drinking Angels Tears Moscato is perfect for any occasion. Enjoy it on a summer picnic, or pair it with lightly spiced Indian or Asian-style dishes. This delightful everyday crowd pleaser also goes down beautifully with a fresh fruit salad. Angels Tears Moscato 2018 is available at selected outlets countrywide and sells from the Grande Provence cellar door at R65 per bottle. For added convenience, the wine can be purchased online from www.grandeprovence.co.za. Purchases of 24 bottles or more qualify for free delivery anywhere in South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Steenberg toasts spring with Trail Run through the vines - Saturday, 1 September, 07h00, Steenberg Vineyards, Constantia Join Steenberg Vineyards in raising a glass of Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc to spring at their 6th annual Trail Run that winds its way through undulating Constantia vines on Saturday, 1 September 2018. The Steenberg Spring Trail Run takes you on a 5km or 10km loop to run or walk amidst the budding vineyards. All participants receive a glass of Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc at the finish. This youthful, bottle fermented bubbly is lively, ultra-refreshing and fruity. The entry fee is R150 per trail runner/walker, R80 for teens aged 12-17, while children under 12 have free entry. Water and wine refreshment stations will be available en route. Breakfast treats and refreshments can be purchased before the start and during the course of the morning. If you prefer a more formal breakfast at Catharina’s or Bistro Sixteen82, be sure to reserve your table a day or more ahead of time. Trail runners can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting as well as 10% off all wine purchases from the cellar door on the day. A host of great prizes sponsored by Cape Waterfront Estates, Trail & Tar, Steenberg Hotel & Spa, Bistro Sixteen82 and Catharina’s will be up for grabs. Registration for the Steenberg Spring Trail Run takes place from 16h00 – 18h00 at the Tasting Room adjacent to Bistro Sixteen82 on the Thursday and Friday prior to the day of the event. The Trail Run kicks off at 07h00. Pre-booking is essential and can be done online at www.quicket.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A Cape Town urologist, who is an accredited robotic surgeon, has completed a milestone 200 robotic-assisted prostatectomy procedures at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. “It is a great pleasure to congratulate Dr Conray Moolman on achieving this landmark 200th da Vinci robotic-assisted prostatectomy. We are privileged to have a number of highly skilled surgeons who have been trained and accredited to perform robotic-assisted procedures at our hospital, and our patients are benefitting from their expertise and the sophisticated da Vinci robotic technology,” says Chris Tilney, general manager of Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. Since June 2014 to date, over 510 da Vinci robotic-assisted procedures have been performed at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. In addition to Dr Moolman, urologists and accredited robotic surgeons, Dr David Bowden, Dr Paul Whitaker, and Dr Anesh Naidoo, as well as Dr Shaun Smit who is working under proctorship towards his accreditation, also perform robotic-assisted surgery at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. Dr Moolman, who trained in Belgium and locally in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery, explains that the system is indicated for the management of localised and locally advanced prostate cancer and has a number of advantages over traditional surgery. “The highly advanced da Vinci surgical system offers high definition three-dimensional visualisation capabilities, which allows us as surgeons to see the nerves and tissues at a magnification that is 10 times greater than what the human eye can see,” Dr Moolman notes. “The system’s robotic arms and wristed instruments provide for greater freedom of movement than the human hand, which greatly enhances surgical precision, and significantly improves preservation of the nerves that are involved in the control of urinary continence as well as erectile function. This is particularly important for the quality of life of younger men . . .
Liberty Promenade is proud to announce the upcoming Next Generation Musical Showcase which is set to wow the crowds on Saturday 18 August. The spotlight will fall on teams of learners from 15 local primary and high schools from Mitchells Plain, who will be performing their own musical piece on the concert stage in the Food Court. Liberty Promenade is sponsoring R 60 000 in prize money, equating to R 10 000 for each of the top six performing schools. The prize money can be used for upgrades of school facilities of their choice. The winning team and their accompanying teachers will also walk away with Liberty Promenade gift cards to the value of R 350 for learners and R 1 000 for teachers. “Guided by the theme ‘embracing diversity’, the teams of learners have already been hard at work practising their sets and polishing their five-minute performance for the big day,” says Brian Unsted, Liberty Two Degrees Asset Management Executive for Liberty Promenade Mall. “They can choose to perform a song or medley of songs, and may include a skit, poem, dance or any other artistic expression. This is the time for the youth to express their true voice on embracing diversity and building a fully inclusive future for South Africa.” For the past six years, Liberty Promenade has run the very successful Generation Green Recycled Fashion Show as their annual showcase event for the Mitchells Plain community. “This year we felt it was time for a change” explains Brenda Bibby, General Manager for Liberty Promenade. “After engaging with the local schools and community leaders to find out what they wanted, we then realised that there’s an unbelievable amount of young musical talent in Mitchells Plain that is hidden and never fully appreciated. We wanted to create an opportunity for the youth to showcase their exceptional talents while promoting greater tolerance of differences in culture, race, religion, and gender orientation. Entrance to the Next Generation Musical Showcase is . . .
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. . . .
The Fire returns Following the success of her Wrestling With Dawn production, in late 2015, and 2016’s sold-out masterpiece, Around The Fire, the much-applauded producer, playwright, performer and UCT Masters graduate, Siphokazi Jonas, is rekindling Around The Fire. Not one to rest on her laurels, Jonas has unpacked, rebuilt and infused the original 90-minute stage production for its Artscape, Arena reveal from 7 to 11 August 2018. With the world having been tossed and turned in all directions, both socially and politically, so many of the original production’s themes have evolved to acknowledge the like of the #metoo movement and other global social media realities touching almost everyone’s lives today. Staying true to the original South African script, the entirely accessible and adapted narrative unfolds within a unique fusion of theatre, poetry and live music. Four women, all from very different backgrounds, Mbali, Faiza, Amber and Angel, find themselves sharing a makeshift fire on a rainy Cape Town evening. Brought together by unexpected circumstances, the four form a bond as fierce and fleeting as the fire. Mbali, the homeless guardian of the fire, and Eastern Cape ‘refugee’, liberates the stories that brought them together in an effort to understand her newfound place in a city that renders her invisible. Jonas weaves all four characters together through dialogue and poetry with a live band playing an integral ‘fifth character’ in innovative modes of storytelling. “Around The Fire was always intended as a catalyst to start a conversation,” Jonas points out. “Our 2016 performance did that very successfully, so capitalising and weaving audience feedback and reactions in, as well as our current and future reality, is what audiences new and returning will experience. Breaking down barriers, of all kinds, Around The Fire is very much a part of helping fuel that movement through the arts.” With so few spaces where we can allow ourselves to be . . .
Nothing about South African décor 2018 says minimal, the style is bold, exciting, and daring at the same time. Those clean colours and smooth walls are now in the past; a wide variety of designs, textures, and colour combinations have now emerged with grey being the new black in décor. Johannesburg: The old trend of white walls and single monotones is now out and South Africans are embracing elegant and stylish colours that complement one another. People have realized that it is the delicate colours that are more beautiful when creating a living space. What is popular nowadays is what older generations would approve of. When it comes to furniture people are going for unfinished pieces, it’s not uncommon that you walk into a house and find a cut piece of tree trunk that has been customized to match other pieces in the house. In terms of shapes, rounder shapes are the preference of the day. Indoor plants have been in for a long time and they are still in this year. They bring freshness in the home and the great thing about them is that you can always choose the species that you love. Brass and concrete planters that have modern shapes and designs are now the preferred choices. This year, some of the aspects that most people check before making colour decisions, include the amount of natural light a room receives and the direction the light comes from. Grey, being a colour that is in between, has proved to be quite popular as it’s neither bright nor dull. Moreover, people have devised different ways of incorporating it in rooms from sofa colours, seat covers, pillows to even floor rugs. The preferred art and patterns for decoration and decor are big, abstract and inspired by nature; these can range from plants, trees to even hand patterns. Textures and textiles have also become diverse and there is so much to choose from this year. For instance, smooth interior walls are being replaced with bare stone wall on one, two or all sides. In addition, the new . . .
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 . . .
Visitors to the Garden Ideas market this weekend at Simondium’s Country Lodge will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of experts during a series of talks and demonstrations. The inaugural market will take place from Friday, 27 July, to Sunday, 29 July, and presents gardening enthusiasts the chance to get inspiration for their gardens. The informal sessions will take place in the Peacock Palace and promise to be fascinating for season and aspiring gardeners – young and old. Renowned author and conservationist Edward Netherlands will talk about frog-friendly gardens and the importance of the species to bio-diversity. Ed will give guidance on how to attract frogs to your garden, the benefits of frogs in your garden and how to ensure that they thrive in specific environments. Willie Schmidt from Aspidistra Garden Centre will chat about chickens and how to incorporate them in an urban garden. Willie breeds more than 35 different types of show chickens and will give great tips on how to make chickens a functional and decorative part of your garden. He will also have special chicken coops for sale. Botanical artist Ann Kerr will share her lifelong love and enthusiasm for plants and botanical art. This Fine Arts graduate and former art teacher now lives in Prince Albert and is looking forward to engage with visitors about succulent plants and container planting. “Plants and gardens speak to me and I am looking forward to showing people my art, hanging baskets and succulent boxes. I just adore plants and their beauty, which continue to inspire me.” Other interesting participants include Cathy Esterman of Heatherby’s Heritage Roses, who has been championing these low maintenance, disease-resistant blooms for years. Heritage roses date back more than three centuries and were established in the Cape by the early settlers. Another enthralling exhibitor is Harry Lewis of Desert Living Plants, who will have a diverse selection of Haworthia and other rare . . .
“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 . . .