* Platter’s is evaluating its 5 star wines differently this year, already tasted blind by its panel of wine evaluators. Tim James, one of the Platter’s tasters, has explained in his blog today what changes publisher JP Rossouw has introduced, the selection of the more than 200 potential 5-star wines taking place today. The potential 5-star wines are nominated by the tasters. For the evaluation, additional tasters will be used, who were not used for the sighted tastings due to their commercial links to some wines. Seven panels with three tasters each will blind taste about 30 wines, scored in silence, and discussed thereafter, one by one.
* Dame Helen Mirren was seen arriving at Cape Town International this morning, to star in a film with actors Colin Firth and Aaron Paul, in Gavin Hood’s ‘Eye in the Sky‘.
* Chef and MasterChef SA judge Pete Goffe-Wood is a new SecretEATS chef, having recently cooked at the by-invitation-only dinner held at furniture showroom Leon at CCXIX 12 Rooms Exhibition, which is a project of Cape Town hosting World Design Capital 2014. Chef Pete’s dishes were paired with Radford Dale wines. SecretEATS has joined StreetSmart South Africa, R5 of each ticket sold going to the charity supporting underprivileged persons in Cape Town. (received via media release from SecretEATS)
* De Grendel has received five gold, silver, and bronze medals for its wines at the China Wine and Spirits Association competition, held in Hong Kong last month. Gold awards went to De Grendel Rubaiyat 2011 and its Pinot Noir 2012, while De Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2014 won silver, and the Merlot 2012 and Shiraz 2012 won Bronze. De Grendel entered its wines for the first time, and won for each of its five wines. (received via media release from Errieda du Toit PR)
* A new Chefs Academy is to be launched in Johannesburg, a branch of the South African Chefs Academy in Cape Town belonging to Paul Hartmann opening in January. (received via media release from Manley Communications)