A few gents and I were recently invited to have an overnight staycation at Melrose Arch Hotel, which is part of the African Pride, Autograph Collection (of) Hotels.
It’s actually a strangely enjoyable thing to stay in a hotel in your own city; I mean home is right here. It felt even stranger because I stay just 10 minutes away from the hotel.
One of my favourite things to do in my downtime is to cook a good meal, have a drink, and smoke a cigar. I play my “township” jazz or apple chill mix playlist in the background and just kick it. I don’t get the opportunity to do so very often but when I do, I make sure its worth it.
I am no guru or cigar connoisseur but I’ve smoked a number of cigars and I have a few favourites that I’d recommend so far:
Usually around this time of the year we are scrambling to find gifts for our loved ones. This is mainly because we don’t plan properly, but it’s also because half the time we’re not quite sure what will scream “You’re Appreciated!”
Emporio Armani is the second brand under the Armani family. It features ready to wear and runway collections and is one of two brands in the family that are designed mainly by Giorgio Armani himself (the other being Giorgio Armani).
I was recently invited the mall to experience the newly opened Emporio Armani store to learn a bit more about the premium brand and the mall itself.
Until Until are a group of 20something year old event planners who started as a group of friends throwing themed house parties; They now throw some of the most electric parties in Joburg.
Genesis All Black, High School Cool and The Pyjama Party are some of the titles you’re probably familiar with.
One of the lessons my brother taught me when to comes to anything I do is to first cover all the basics…. Well, to be honest he was saying that with reference to my wardrobe (you can’t buy a yellow suit before you have a the basic black/blue/navy) but I just took that and I use it with everything else in my life. It’s working quite well, so thanks bro
Anyway, getting to the point of this post, I’ll be going over a few basics that I rate will come in handy for you especially if you’re a newbie to wine. I’ll also be giving away a case of wine at the end of the post, so look out for that!
Assuming you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know that I’m a big fan of cognac. This is mainly due to it’s fruity taste and the fact that it pairs well with some of my favorite vices. Today we’re going to unlearn old school watering hole constructs.
I’ve come to realize that for a country the produces some of the world’s best wine, there isn’t much of a wine culture outside of the Western Cape. The only time most people enjoy wine is at home or when they’re eating out. We definitely do consume lots of it: wine is the second highest consumed beverage in the country, just after beer; So why isn’t there a widespread wine culture in the country? I’m talking wine tastings, events and bars, or even champagne bars whose focus is actually champagne. I know there are various wine festivals that take place here and there but how inclusive are they? (Shout out to Soweto Food and Wine Festival)
Anyway, getting into the gist of this post. I’ll be covering some of the jargon commonly used in the wine community. I’ll also add a food/wine pairing guide in the latter part that is based on some research and experimenting that I’ve been doing with the help of Spier Wines. So most of the tasting notes are based on Spier Wines.
Ok, so for 10 marks: Who’s one of the first people to put buttons on a shirt? If you have an answer, I wont say you’re wrong, but I’ll go with Thomas Mayes Lewin, also known as T.M Lewin. (And yes, shirts used to be put on over the head, like t-shirts, back in the day as they didn’t have an opening down the front)