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Tshepo Mohlala is the talented young man behind eponymous African luxury denim brand, Tshepo the JeanMaker. Born in Lydenburg and raised in Tsakane, a small township situated in the east of Johannesburg, he founded his business in late 2015 in a quest to live out his passion for denim, which he says was inspired by his aunt’s classic yet quirky personal style. The stylish denim wear he creates is universal and timeless with original and eccentric nuances.  

WINE ON THE RIVER IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEDBANK: 26-28 OCTOBER 2018

Ladies and gents, lovers of fabulous wine, good food and happy vibes - assemble! Springtime is around the corner and the Robertson Wine Valley is getting ready to celebrate in style. Expect to unwind, enjoy fresh country air and beautiful scenery with an array of fine wines, delightful treats and great music on offer.  Join us on the blooming banks of the Breede River at the 13th annual, family-friendly Wine on the River festival in partnership with Nedbank.  

Here’s the lowdown On the weekend the most talented winemakers, innovative craftspeople and inspiring chefs from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson will be congregating on Goudmyn Farm off the R317 between Robertson and Bonnievale, to treat festival goers to all sorts of tasty things, including wine tastings from no less than 30 local wineries!

NEDERBURG’S THE WOOD DIARIES: A ‘SMOKY’ WINTER EXPERIENCE

A few weeks ago I was part of a small group that experienced an intimate late afternoon event at Nederburg in Paarl to learning about the intricacies and skill associated with not only the ageing of wine in oak, but also the blending of a number of wines matured using different types of oak and ageing techniques, into one beautifully balanced blend.  

HAND CRAFTED BOUTIQUE WINES

Beautiful Cabernet vines usher you to the wine-tasting area of this boutique winery situated on the foothill of the Simonsberg Mountains. In 2008 the Du Toit brothers Stephen and Retief developed a boutique vineyard on Le Present; making the “Deux Frères Wines” dream a reality. Le Present nestles on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Winelands District.

Reward yourself with a Roodeberg winter red wine reunion Winter is red wine season and a good reason to rediscover Roodeberg, South Africa’s iconic red blend that has been bringing friends together since 1949.                                                                                      The stuff of legends, this full-bodied red is the perfect fire side quaffer. Roodeberg’s rich heritage and colourful tapestry of wine folklore, has seen this classic Cabernet Sauvignon driven red evolve from the master’s original blend to an accessible, contemporary wine in step with changing tastes and lifestyles  

Pause, Reflect and pour a glass of Survivor Wine 

Survivor Wines , SA bloggers and some vocal wine enthusiasts like yours truly reveal their tips for #Surviving2018 The word survivor has many definitions including; “A person who copes with a bad situation or affliction and gets / lives through it. “ I'm often asked “How do you do it all?” the short answer is, I DON’T. No really. I don’t do” IT ALL”.    

First Satursday @ Onderkloof Wine Estate

In January Onderkloof Wines launched their #FirstSaturdays. This means that their tasting room will be open on the first Saturday of each month between 10:30 and 15H00. Onderkloof is situated in the historical wine region of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, a mere 6 kilometers from the city centre and the ocean. The name ONDERKLOOF loosely translates to; “BELOW THE VALLEY” and is inspired by the Pass leading through the Hottentots Holland Mountain range.