* Cape Wine 2015 will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15 – 17 September next year, and is organised by Wines of South Africa (WOSA). DHL Express will be the first-time sponsor. WOSA CEO Siobhan Thompson said: ‘Delegates will have the opportunity to experience the range and depth of South Africa’s vinous dexterity, strengthened by new approaches to wine-growing and winemaking that have resulted in bold, unique and unmistakably local wines. As Tim Atkin MW remarked in his South Africa 2014 Special Report: ‘There’s never been a better time to write about, taste or buy South African wine.’ Thompson said that the DHL sponsorship will take the wine showcase to a new level. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
* Peter Cheales of Hello Peter has sold his business of 14 years to an unnamed consortium of businessmen, he wrote in a letter to past users of his service, a South African type of Sweet and Sour Service Awards. In his letter he wrote: ‘It’s time for fresh blood, more energy, and new life. I will continue to watch from the sidelines. The site will always be a part of me’. Cheales will write books and speak at conferences.
* Raats Family Wines’ winemaker Bruwer Raats received the accolade of ‘most exciting and forward-thinking winemaker inStellenbosch‘ by Neal Martin, in his 2014 vintage review in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Martin added the following about Bruwer: ‘At times I wonder whether he should be cloned and grafted onto other Stellenbosch winemakers if only to prevent them from making soupy, over-ripe, alcoholic wines that compound the region’s image problem. The 2012 MR de Compostella was a riveting example of what this region can achieve and frankly put a swath of Stellenbosch wines into sharp relief’. Five of the Raats wines received 90 or more points, the MR de Compostella scoring 96 points. Martin concluded that Bruwer is ‘the man who makes some of South Africa’s finest wines’. He praised our country’s wine industry too, describing its as the ‘most dynamic and exciting New World country at the moment’.
* South Africa Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa attended an Indian Ocean Rim Ministerial Meeting with the Minister of Tourism of Madagascar and the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture last week. Seychelles Minister Alain St.Ange said: ‘We need to meet to work out the way forward. We need to consolidate the tourism industry of the Indian Ocean Region, and this we can only achieve when we are all working together for our region‘.
* Stellenbosch Street Soirees are back, the first taking place tomorrow (26 November) from 18h00 – 20h00 at the cost of R50. Wine are available to taste, as are ‘gourmet bites‘, and there will be live music by Gerald Clark. The location has moved to Drostdy Street. The Soirees are held every month (26 November, 10 December, 14 January, 11 and 25 February, and 11 and 25 March). (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)
* A new wine holding company has been formed, called buybetterwine.com (BBW), a merger of Top 100 SA Wines, and Weekend Wines. The services of the two companies will continue, and additional services will be designing private cellars, as well as ‘wine and dine adventures’. Further services will be added next year. (received via e-mail from Waterford Communications, on behalf of BBW)