Women’s Day High Tea at Grande Provence Thursday, 9 August 2018 at The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek Grande Provence is embracing Women’s Day with a delicious High Tea lunch in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley on Thursday, 9 August 2018. Round up your best friends for this delicious mid-week getaway and be spoilt with tiered platters laden with delicious sweet and savoury morsels accompanied by an elegant Grande Provence Méthode Cap Classique. The High Tea includes a bubbly and cupcake tasting and a Woman’s Day gift. Covering all the bases to comfort, nourish and indulge, this is no ordinary high tea. Putting his modern South African spin on savoury sandwiches and sliders, Executive Chef Guy Bennett has created some exciting flavour combinations. Think roasted red pepper, chevin mousse and aubergine & harissa; pulled slow-cooked beef short rib; smoked Franschhoek trout with dill pickles and lemon labneh; and aged Huguenot cheddar with basil & semi-dried tomato pesto. Nourishing greens include a luxurious garden root vegetable slaw with toasted almonds and fynbos vinaigrette; and a baby cos and smoked chicken salad spruced up with Chef Guy’s special buttermilk dressing. The assortment of indulgent sweet treats includes salted caramel éclairs, cranberry & walnut nougat; Valrhona chocolate brownies; and carrot & ginger cupcakes. The cost of the Women’s Day High Tea is R350 per person and includes a complimentary glass of bubbly and your choice of tea or coffee. Pre-paid booking is essential to confirm your reservation. Email email@example.com or call Tel: 021-876 8600. For more information, visit www.grandeprovence.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When winter rolls in, there can be few better places for a wholesome and heart-warming culinary experience than where true country hospitality begins. The restaurant at WAVERLEY HILLS, celebrates the return of cosiness this winter with a new, fired-up menu and a dedicated, five-course food and wine pairing menu, to tantalise your taste buds. Just 90 minutes from Cape Town in the Witzenberg Valley, Waverley Hills is renowned for producing premium organic wines and farming sustainability with innovative practices. Its restaurant follows suit, being a top local favourite thanks to its chic, country style and views over vineyards, orchards and farmlands. The venue's twin fireplaces and deep leather couches makes it especially popular as a winter meal-stop for families out to see the snow on surrounding peaks. Matching this landscape spectacular, chef Francois du Toit has set his own inspiration aflame in the kitchen and produced an enticing food and wine pairing menu that'll have you linger even longer this winter. Guests may expect see dishes such as wild mushrooms served with parmesan custard cream and a whisper of truffle paired with the Waverley Hills Chardonnay and Prawns fried with spiced paprika, garlic and parsley served with fresh ciabatta and paired with the Waverley Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – No Added Sulphites on the food and wine pairing menu. No winter menu is complete without pork belly and Chef Francois has prepared his with twice-cooked; pork neck, honeycomb, a bacon jus and lemon pickled apple - all served on a bed of pearl couscous and paired with the Waverley Hills Grenache Noir. The beef offering is available as steak served with marrow-mushroom ketchup, roast truffle-flavoured baby onions and potato cream paired with the Waverley Hills Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier. Dessert will be the special of the day and paired accordingly. This five-course food and wine pairing menu is available until the end of Spring 2019 and is priced at . . .
Constantia Glen TWO 2017 triumphs at International Wine Challenge. The Constantia Glen flagship white blend has taken centre stage with the 2017 vintage bringing home a gold medal from the 2018 International Wine Challenge (IWC) held in London. Full of praise for the Constantia Glen 2017 TWO, the judges described this Sauvignon Blanc /Sémillon blend with its “great length and potential to improve for 3 years” to show “amazing white fruit with acacia complexity, fresh honey and a hint of vanilla”. The International Wine Challenge is considered one of the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competitions. This year, thousands of wines from a total of 55 countries were assessed blind and judged for their faithfulness to style, region and vintage. The IWC gold medal, which equates to a score of 95/100, is the latest international accolade to take pride of place in the Constantia Glen hall of fame. The 2017 vintage, a blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc and 32% Sémillon, includes 5% of Sémillon matured in a locally crafted clay amphora. “This neutral clay vessel contributes to the texture and mouthfeel while completely respecting the characteristics of the fruit,” explains Winemaker Justin van Wyk, who used a small component of amphora matured wine for the first time in this vintage. The award winning Constantia Glen TWO 2017 is available directly from the estate, as well as at fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops. It sells at the cellar door for R270 a bottle. Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen’s dryland vineyards are farmed without any irrigation. The tasting room is open from 10h00 till 17h00 from Sunday to Friday and 10h00 till 20h00 on Saturdays. Booking via http://www.constantiaglen.com is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. Call 021-7955639, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit . . .
Take advantage of the fabulous Winter Heartland dinner, bed & breakfast offer at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate and embrace the chilly season beside a cosy hearth in picturesque Franschhoek. Available now until the end of September, tailor-made Winter Heartland packages at both The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale offer wonderful winter value with welcoming and attentive staff at this 17th century wine estate. The Owner’s Cottage exudes period grandeur and contemporary luxury for the ultimate escape. The beautifully appointed private cottage comprises four rooms, a deluxe suite, lounge and conservatory leading out to the soothing pool area set in a country garden. At La Provençale exclusive use guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated for privacy by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by lush vines and breath-taking views this is the quintessential private getaway for families or close friends. Tucked away in the Franschhoek heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence is a unique destination with a myriad of exceptional experiences including award winning wines, modern South African cuisine by Executive Chef Guy Bennett at The Restaurant, and an eclectic collection of contemporary South African art at The Gallery. Grande Provence is one of the jewels of The Huka Retreats, a collection of exclusive, internationally acclaimed properties offering the ultimate in understated luxury in unmatched locations in New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa to the world’s most discerning travellers Apart from its natural splendour, the French inspired village of Franschhoek appeals to all tastes, offering spectacular dining experiences, superb wines and exclusive shops. To book your stay, visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, call Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
While tucking in with a hot drink and staying indoors is a welcome tendency for many in cooler months, other outdoor lovers can’t imagine a winter getaway without spending time in close contact with nature. Luckily, Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) members offer the best of both worlds; outdoor activities to satisfy those with an appetite for adventure while they enjoy a comfortable stay. CCR is a collection of owner-managed accommodation and activity establishments located along South Africa’s popular road travel routes. The group is dedicated to consistently offer individuals and families character-rich city escapes that benchmark great holidays. If you’re looking for a close encounter with nature, whether it’s on foot, a mountain bike or any other set of wheels, here are five great recommendations to tick off your outdoor ‘to-do’ list: 1. Get Active in the Winelands A visit to the Cape Winelands is likely never complete without a wine tasting and delicious lunch while overlooking beautiful mountains. But this can also be enjoyed while getting a workout. Thanks to CCR’s Stellenbosch based cycling and tour member, Adventure Shop Activities, you can do all of this, and a bit more on your next trip to the country. Tours on offer include guided bike tours, a Vine Hopper Wine Tour with shuttled visits to wine estates and 4x4 wine experiences where you get to venture deep into the vineyards and learn about harvesting at first hand. A recent addition to its activities list is the Adventure Shop’s new E-bike (electronic bicycle) tour that takes place over a few days (or, to the extent that you prefer). Although electronically charged, the bike gradually increases your heart rate and allows for a smoother journey ideal for longer distances and easy exploring. 2. Sea, Sand Dunes and Scenic Drives De Hoop Collection (near Bredasdorp) is situated along the scenic Whale and Garden Routes, in the heart of a rare Marine Protected Area. The establishment offers a full . . .
Using various video's as well as diagrams this masterclass will help singers, musicians, choir masters and really anybody fascinated with singing to better understand their voice as well as understand everybody else's. How vocal sound is created (Footage will be used to assist in the explanation of this) How breathing affects sound creation (Several breathing exercises will be used and a few volunteers will be required to show examples) Why our voices are unique Vocal range and registers (This is particularly important in teaching singers to know and understand their vocal range and how singing outside of this can cause serious damage and be detrimental to a singing career, Footage will be used to assist in the explanation of this) Warm up sequence (the attendees will do a standard warmup sequence) Explanation of Vocal Pedagogy (methodology) and which ones to avoid. Vocal health (this will include advice on how to keep your vocal chords as healthy as possible as well as some footage showing vocal damage particularly in the form of nodules) Q & A Date: Saturday, 2 June 2018 Venue: Paul Bothner Music Claremont Time: 10:30am to 12:30am Cost: R50.00 for tickets purchased online or R70.00 at the door Enquiries: 021 674 4030 - Paul Bothner Music Claremont CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mykonos Casino, together with Club Mykonos supported this brilliant event and entered two teams for this year’s race. The teams for Mykonos were all dressed as Sailors, with the logo GO GREEK! In total 5 teams entered this special Raft Race. The annual event is also a fund-raising initiative in aid of NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute). Enthusiastic local rafters braved the cold water in support of this initiative and Mykonos Casino won the award for the best team spirit and the team of Club Mykonos received the fourth place in this amazing raft race. Mykonos provided branded gifts towards this event and also sponsored R10 000 for the NSRI. “These amazing, selfless and brave people who give up parts of their lives to save the lives of others” says general managers of Mykonos Casino and Club Mykonos (Clive van Groeningen and Jon Kilroe Smith). We want to thank them for their commitment and dedication. Mykonos would also like to thank the management team of the Yacht Club for a well organised event. The Raft Race promotes a fun family-oriented event for the whole family and we are looking forward to the Raft Race of 2019 and encourage all local business to support the race next year! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kobus Pretorius is a man with the customer at heart. As the owner of the Engen False Bay 1 Stop, Kobus has just installed a water desalination plant that converts borehole water into purified water. False Bay 1 Stop is an Engen flagship highway site with between 800 and 1 000 vehicles stopping there each day to fill up. The facility is situated on the N2 East, 10 kilometers before Somerset West and offers customers the convenience of a Woolworths Foodstop, Wimpy family restaurant and take away, Corner Bakery and Quickshop, as well as Engen’s quality fuels. The facility is open 24/7 and can serve up to 4 000 customers per day at peak times. Consequently, the rest rooms are always busy. Due to the water shortage in the Western Cape and the urgency to save water to prevent Day Zero, Kobus realised that as a responsible business owner he had to do something about it. A borehole was sunk, but found that whilst there was water in abundance, it would need to be purified of various metals and solids to be pure and drinkable. “I decided to deal with the professionals,” Kobus recalls. “I spoke to Water Purification Solutions and they suggested to us to install a treatment plant to get the water to a quality that exceeds municipal water!” Within six months, Water Purification Solutions designed, manufactured and installed a Primary Water Treatment plant capable of providing the daily needs of the business. It can be described as having a small factory on-site, but Kobus believes that the effort is well worth it. After all, only by controlling his own water resource can he ensure that every customer enjoys water quality of the finest! Engen is focused on always putting the customer first. As a result, a number of head office and regional managers, as well as fellow service station owners, visited the Engen False Bay 1Stop on May 23rd 2018 for what Kobus calls his ‘Water-baby Shower’, and their introduction to a model for ensuring continuity of water supply in . . .
Cape Town, South Africa: Caveau, the comprehensive software platform and service designed to simplify financial transactions and protect personal and financial data, has announced it’s partnering with Grindrod Travel to reduce its risks of GDPR and PCI-DSS. As one of the most established and respected travel management companies providing corporate and leisure related travel and conferencing services in South Africa, it was imperative to find a solution for safely handling credit cards and personal information of its a broad range of clients. With multiple deadlines for meeting compliance security standards for account and personal data protection looming, Caveau was able to quickly assess the travel management company’s challenges and deliver customized solutions for addressing their unique requirements. The addition of Grindrod Travel to Caveau’s client roster emphasizes the pressing need for flexible and affordable support dealing with compliance regulation worldwide. Says Gregg Scott-Brown Caveau Managing Director, South Africa based in Cape Town, “We’re excited to be working with Grindrod Travel and other hotels, agencies and a broad range of travel-related businesses in South Africa to decrease dangers and liabilities associated with GDPR and PCI-DSS.” According to Grindrod Travel Divisional Executive, Su Moller, being a single division of a large logistics company with its own IT department presented a variety of complexities in finding a solution. “The technology providers I approached to help us insisted on performing a vulnerability scan of the Travel Division, which was difficult to accomplish without including the entire organization. Time was ticking and we had to move fast. When we were referred to Caveau, their team got right to work on developing a secure vault to store our client’s credit card and personal details,” says Moller. Says Brian Dass, Caveau CSO, “Grindrod Travel’s large client database and the sheer volume of daily . . .
South Africa, Stellenbosch, May 2018; KLEINE ZALZE winery has again been named Best New World Producer of the Year in the UK, the trend-setting market for global wine producers. The Stellenbosch estate was singled out at the annual UK Sommelier Wine Awards and received seven medals in addition to its status as overall champion. The achievement follows its naming earlier this year as top South African wine brand in the on-premise trade in the UK alongside brands like Laurent Perrier, Taittinger, Baron Philippe De Rothschild and Dom Perignon; and its inclusion in the 2018 Top Wine SA Hall of Fame. The Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) is the UK's only competition to be aimed solely at the on-trade. Judged by a panel of top leading sommeliers and on-trade drinks buyers, the competition rewards the best wines available to restaurants, bars and hotels in the UK and beyond. "To pick up seven medals is, in itself, impressive enough. But to do it with wines that are this affordable is little short of remarkable," said SWA competition director Chris Losh. "It was also really interesting to see them pick up Golds with a pricy Sauvignon Blanc and a classy Stellenbosch Shiraz. These are not wines that habitually walk onto our Gold List, so the fact that they did tells you everything you need to know about how good they are." The awards are welcome news for the Kleine Zalze team. “We have invested heavily to achieve the best from our terroir, so it’s very gratifying to be ranked number one. It’s also very significant for us as a South African company to be among the world’s most recognisable, historic and superb wine brands,” says Kleine Zalze owner and managing director Kobus Basson. In February, Kleine Zalze’s success in the UK was once again confirmed as the most listed South African wine on-premise in the UK” in a report that is compiled annually by research consultancy, Wine Business Solutions, that ranked top performers in one of South Africa’s most valuable . . .