Entries tagged with “The Bay Hotel”.


Yesterday I had the goosebump experience of being introduced to the new-in-the-making Gåte at Quoin Rock restaurant at the Quoin Rock winery outside Stellenbosch, which is destined to become a superlative Fine Dining dinner experience, probably the best this country has ever seen!  (more…)

14676710_573452236192592_3466047803396980736_nMondiall PR consultant Janie van der Spuy of Five Star PR chose a lovely Cape Town weather day to invite writers from Cape Town etc, House & Leisure, and I to a tasting of the new Summer Menu of the Bistro two weeks ago. The Bistro has an enviable view onto Table Mountain, the icon of our beautiful city!  (more…)

Balance Banner Whale Cottage PortfolioThe Bay Hotel in Camps Bay was a perfect venue for the tasting of the newest Overhex Wines International’s Balance wines on Tuesday, the venue being as light and crisp as the Balance wines.

The function moved to different venues inside the hotel, a welcome glass of Balance Boldly Brut being served with a canapé of samoosa filled with crocodile (luckily we were not told what was inside when it was served!), bacon, and green apple on an Asian spoon,Balance Canapes Whale Cottage Portfolio in Sandy B, the downstairs bar.

The tasting was held in the downstairs Bistro, with an introduction of Overhex Wines International by co-owner and MD Gerhard van der Wath.  The company was established seven years ago, and he got Swiss winemaker JC Martin, co-owner of Creation and son-in-law of highly respected winemaker Walter Finlayson, on board as winemaker.  JC and Gerhard recently bought out the other partners, and JC makes his own Creation wines as well as blending the Balance wines.  The company is one of the top 20 exporters of South African wines.  Their strategy is to be different, Gerhard said, which shows in their fun label of an elephant balancing on the letter ‘l’!   They develop different styles of wines for different markets.   All the grapes are bought in for their wine production, a total of 10000 tons.  He shared that they have won the largest number of wine tenders in Finland in the past (more…)