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At the heart of what makes us human, lies a strong need to belong.


South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry deserves a celebration befitting its gold-standard status, one where wine lovers from all over can share in their collective passion.


First Group is helping to warm up the beloved Mother City this winter by offering you a FREE Jooma Coffee LATTE with every hot beverage purchased during the month of July 2022. No catch attached, just pop into Jooma Coffee shop at Riviera Suites (273 Beach Road, Cape Town, Western Cape), select and buy your favourite hot drink and claim your complimentary latte.  Not a fan of milk?  No problem, Jooma Coffee offers a range of milk alternatives for those who don’t drink dairy.


With a distinctly warm, amber hue, TOOR, a new entrant onto the South African whisky scene, will release the first of a collective of whiskies set to challenge the whisky category.


Fueled by the thirsty and health-conscious citizens of South Africa, Flying Fish has added a third flavour to its Hard Seltzer range. Made with refreshing sparkling water and alcohol with a burst of bubbles and a dash of fruit juice, the new Flying Fish Seltzer Apple, is the first apple-flavoured Hard Seltzer in South Africa.


“OK, kids, in the car. We’re off winetasting.”


The spotlight fell squarely on the excellence and multi-generational consistency of Boplaas wines and spirits during the Calitzdorp Expressed Festival, this week. In a rarity, if not first, for the industry, father and son hosted separate master classes that highlighted Boplaas’ award-winning red wines and ports, founded by Carel Nel; and, whiskies, spearheaded by Carel’s son and sixth generation distiller, Daniel.


Dine in the Jordan maturation cellar, nestled between barrels and amphorae, as Chef Marthinus Ferreira makes his debut on the Estate with a series of exclusive dining experiences.


The Journal Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, a wine in the premium offering of Diemersdal Estate in Durbanville, won one of only 28 Gold medals awarded in the South African section of this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). This year’s judging of the IWSC’s Cape entries was done in South Africa, an ode to Johann Krige, co-owner of Kanonkop, who is this year’s IWSC chairman.


From low-end dives to high-end haunts, Cape Town is rife with brilliant bars. Walk a few blocks and you’ll run into a grungy dive, a pricey cocktail spot, or an overcrowded neighbourhood favourite. Triggered by an ongoing tech boom that has attracted an influx of high-income workers and supported seemingly endless construction, Cape Town has changed dramatically over the last two decades. The growth of the city has enabled a host of great drinking spots to open their doors, some of which aim to center South Africa’s remarkable producers of wine, beer, and spirits, while others express their local roots through the flavours and ingredients they employ.


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