Category Archives: Paarl

Manley Communications cannot distinguish between ‘copy and paste’ cribbing by Michael Olivier and a ‘review’ for the newly opened Grande Roche Hotel and Viande Restaurant!

It has been some years ago that I criticized lazy ‘copy and paster’ Michael Olivier for his lack of ethics in posting stories about wine estates and restaurants on his Blog. Earlier this week my eye caught a glowing thanks to Olivier by Manley Communications, as follows: ‘Thank you dearest Michael Olivier for the fantastic review’. Except that it wasn’t a review at all, it appearing that Olivier has not even visited the newly refurbished Grande Roche nor eaten at its new Viande restaurant! A PR company therefore praising its own media release content has morals as poor as those of the ‘copy and paster’ Olivier!

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Grande Roche Hotel wakes up from a long sleep, revitalizes with new owners and chef!

The Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl was the epitome of hospitality many years ago, German-owned and  with cigar-smoking Hotelier Horst Frehse at the management helm. Its Bosman’s restaurant was our country’s number one for many years, until its star faded, Frehse left, and For Sale signs were seen for many years. Now the hotel is in new local hands, the name of the restaurant has changed, and it has a new Chef Patron to redevelop it! Continue reading →

Reuben’s & Co Café far more than a Café, the Val De Vie resident dining room!

It must be fabulous living in the country estate of Val de Vie, with fantastic sport facilities and country living, equidistant from Paarl and Franschhoek, and not too far from Cape Town, and now have Reuben’s & Co Café open its doors, alongside the gym and largest swimming pool in Africa, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  Continue reading →

KWV Roodeberg turns 70, evoking a childhood memory!

I received a media statement from GC Communications on behalf of the KWV, informing me that its oldest wine Roodeberg is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Whilst I do not normally write from media releases, this one touched me, evoking a childhood memory of growing up in Wellington.  Continue reading →

Melissa’s Sweet Service Award; Artem Centre Sour Service Award!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Melissa’s, and its Area Manager Mariska Slabbert, who has been extremely efficient and service-orientated in assisting me with the supply of fresh figs, arranging to leave some for me at their Paarl branch, when I recently drove through the town. She also assisted in sourcing stickers which the Kloof Street branch used to sell, but which had been sent to their Stellenbosch branch. She had them sent back, for me to collect, sending me a message that they had arrived.  Continue reading →

Glen Carlou introduces its stalwart Chardonnays at tasting at OpenWine!

Every week OpenWine introduces the top wines of one of its wine brands, at a tutored tasting on Tuesdays. It is a fantastic way to learn more about a wine estate in an hour. Last night Georgie Prout, Marketing and PR Manager of Glen Carlou, introduced four wines with her Regional Sales Manager colleague Elize Barnard.  Continue reading →

‘There’s always a story in Nederburg’, new labels and TV commercial!

imageToday I attended an interesting Nederburg event held at MOMA Gallery on Buitengracht Street, to create awareness for new labels for the wines in the Nederburg range, as well as a new TV commercial. The new pay-off line for the brand is ‘There’s always a story Continue reading →

Nederburg introduces new labels for global marketing drive!

NEDERBURG NEW LOGOIn launching a multi-million Rand global campaign for Nederburg, the brand has had a make-over, and its new label and packaging are being launched piece-meal, commencing with their 56HUNDRED.

The Nederburg brand crest is far more prominent compared to past label designs, ‘to clearly convey Nederburg’s heritage, pedigree and sophistication, to establish a stronger family resemblance across the range and to amplify shelf stand-out’,  said Carina Gous, head of the Distell luxury brand portfolio into which Nederburg falls.  ‘The redesigned,

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FNB Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Top 10 announced at Val de Vie!

imageThe FNB Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Top 10 wines were announced over a lunch held at Val de Vie today!

Invited guests included the Top 20 Finalists for the awards, and tasting tables had been set up to allow the twenty Finalist wines to be tasted. No one knew who would make the Top 10 list.  A shelf had been set up to display all top twenty Continue reading →