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Enter the prestigious South African Sommelier Association Best Young Sommelier 2019 competition, in association with Moët & Chandon. Are you a young sommelier or wine aficionado between 21 and 30 years old, looking for the ultimate career break? Just imagine winning this competition and celebrating your success with a magnum of Moët & Chandon at the Maison in France, then travelling on to Barolo in Italy to expand your wine horizons.

The young, creative and talented Kelly-Marie Jacobs has been appointed as Zonnebloem’s white winemaker. Her career to date has been paved by inspiring people and a natural affinity for making wines. Her connection to Stellenbosch runs deep with her grandparents originally from the town where they met at the Stellenbosch train station. But it was a magazine article about winemaker Debbie Thompson, now Cellar Master at Simonsig, which initially sparked her interest in the field.

Bid farewell to the Winter blues and swing into Spring by heading off to the picture perfect Franschhoek Wine Valley over the weekend of 14 and 15 September for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival.  What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, whilst uncovering a fine selection of wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons.

 

On Friday evening we joined the Riebeek Valley Wine Co. team to celebrate the launc of their new packaging for the Riebeek Cellars Collection that pays respect to the courageous spirit in every South African. Proudly produced by the Riebeek Valley Wine Co. in the heart of the Swartland wine region of South Africa, Riebeek Cellars Collection celebrates courage and determination in the face adversity - Tenacity Against the Odds.

Taj Cape Town is helping celebrate Women’s Day throughout the month of August in a bid to make them feel special for more than just one day. Every weekend for the month of August 2019, Taj Cape Town will be hosting a charming afternoon tea. What makes these August afternoon tea sessions extra special is that all guests will receive a complimentary cocktail courtesy of Whitley Neill Gin on arrival. This handcrafted gin comes in a range of unique flavours including Lemongrass and Ginger, Quince, Parma Violet and Blood Orange, to name a few.

Balance, the quirky range of generous, everyday wines, has been relaunched after a stylish makeover, mastering the fine balancing act between a modish new look and environmental awareness.

As a caring range of wines signified by the trusty mascot, Hank the elephant, Balance has adopted the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) as a CSI initiative. For every bottle sold, a contribution is made to fund the EHRA PEACE project, an educational programme promoting the peaceful cohabitation of local communities with desert elephants in Southern Africa.