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ZIMBABWEAN-BORN GREGORY MUTAMBE ON HIS WINE JOURNEY

“I started my journey in a winery in Zimbabwe, of all places!” chuckles Gregory, down the line from Cape Town’s 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, where he’s Head Sommelier. “Zimbabwe has only two wineries, so it was highly unlikely that I’d end up in the wine industry.”

Nonetheless, he found himself working as a Cellar Assistant at Mukuyu Winery, the oldest winery in Zimbabwe, situated in Marondera, east of Harare.

His work in the cellar soon sparked a fascination with wine. “I had to ask questions to learn more about winemaking, which led to me wanting to know more” he says….
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ZIMBABWEAN-BORN GREGORY MUTAMBE ON HIS WINE JOURNEY

QSL to launch in South Africa this year

Members can look forward to private dining, a contemporary lounge with a stage, bar and plunge pool, a spectacular mezzanine champagne bar, a whisky and cigar lounge and a private screening room

The new unique and progressive QSL Members Club, conceptualised and brought to fruition by Ronald Ndoro and Rahim Rawjee, will be launched in South Africa this year.

It’s exceptional offering and unique mission to become the African hub for forward-thinkers, agents of change, creatives and idea generators, all in an exclusive environment, sets it apart from other clubs.

“At QSL, we want to use this great vision…
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QSL to launch in South Africa this year

SHAKE IT UP AT THE TWANKEY BAR

The Twankey Bar at the Taj Cape Town Hotel is fast making a name for itself as one of the city’s leading cocktail bars. And the credit goes to head bartender AJ Snetler, who spent 2017 scooping up a host of awards in South Africa and abroad.

When the self-taught mixologist from Port Elizabeth moved to Cape Town in 2015, he was soon making waves behind the city’s bar counters. From popular nightspot Drop Kick Murphy’s Snetler moved on to acclaimed cocktail emporium The Orphanage, before being spirited away to head up The Twankey Bar earlier this year.

“I’ve…
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SHAKE IT UP AT THE TWANKEY BAR

ENJOY SUMMER SIPPING WITH THESE MARTELL COCKTAIL RECIPES

Looking for a cooling summer cocktail with a difference? Try adding a fruity spin to your cognac for a fresh surprise.

CRISP GREEN TEA COGNAC COCKTAIL

Ingredients

  • 40ml Martell VS
  • 15ml honey syrup
  • 10ml lime juice
  • 150ml green tea

Build ingredients in a hi-ball glass over cubed ice.

PLUM SPRITZ COGNAC COCKTAIL

Ingredients

  • 35ml Martell VSOP
  • 35ml Choya Plum wine or sake
  • Soda to top

Build ingredients over cubed ice in a rocks glass. Stir and garnish with an orange slice.

ENJOY SUMMER SIPPING WITH THESE MARTELL COCKTAIL RECIPES

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MARTELL

Time is of the essence when it comes to ensuring the quality of a fine cognac, and it’s this slow ageing that takes place in the barrels which – in addition to the terroir, distillation and blending – plays such an important role. Sawubona went behind the scenes with Martell in Cognac, France.

While machines are used to cut the wood, most of the barrel-making process is dependant on humans – a beautiful example of true craftsmanship.

The choice of wood and type of barrel used affects the flavour of the eaux-de-vie (the colourless brandy that is produced through…
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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MARTELL

The rebirth of gin in SA

Gin: it’s the inspiration of many a famous author, film-maker and songwriter, the tipple of choice of the rich and famous, and those who’d quite like to join their ranks.

Winston Churchill famously said: “The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”

However, gin and tonic wasn’t always the posh beverage for a day at the polo, or to be sipped at a yacht club on a hot summer’s day.

A brief history of gin

There’s a period in English history, circa the 18th century, that’s now only whispered about: The Gin Craze.

What…
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The rebirth of gin in SA