Save the rhino… with Rhino Run
We’re rather loving the trend of winemakers supporting nature conservation… and this month we’re drinking Van Loveren Family Vineyards’ latest vintage Rhino Run wines. There are five great wines in the range. The Rhino Run Chardonnay 2017 (created in honour of the white rhino, it’s ideal with creamy pasta dishes and risotto), the Rhino Run Chenin Blanc 2018 (the perfect partner to herbed mussels, grilled chicken, seafood and even sushi), the Rhino Run Ian Player 2016 (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot… all ripe berry, cassis and redcurrant), the Rhino Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (enjoy with rich meat dishes) and the Rhino Run Pinotage 2017 (perfect with rich stews, curries and smoked foods). Prices range from R60 to around R71 a bottle. For a real treat, look out for the sixth wine… a limited release collector’s item, The Last One Shiraz 2013. Only 1 215 bottles of this Shiraz were released. They sell for R1 215 and each is hand bottled, waxed and labelled, featuring the signature of cellar master Bussell Retief on the label, and beautifully presented in a rhino-inspired box. Details: www.rhinorunwine.co.za or 023-615-1505, Instagram @royal_ rhino, Twitter @Royal_Rhino, or Royal Rhino Wines on Facebook.
Drink wine… support the ellies!
Balance, the quirky range of generous, everyday wines, has been relaunched, and besides looking (and tasting) good, also supports desert elephant conservation. With Hank the elephant as the wine’s mascot, Balance has adopted the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) as a CSI initiative. For every bottle sold, a contribution is made to fund the EHRA PEACE project, an educational programme promoting the peaceful cohabitation of local communities with desert elephants in southern Africa. The wine’s packaging also uses digital technology linked to an exciting online game to support this initiative. The affordable Classic range includes an easy drinking Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a delicately sweet rosé, while the Balance Winemaker’s Selection range has six single varietal wines, including a lightly wooded Chardonnay, a fruity Pinot Grigio and an elegant Pinot Noir. Available from your local bottle store or online, the wines cost between R47 for the Classic range, R62 for the Winemaker’s Selection white wines and R67 for the reds. To win Balance Bucks and support the conservation of desert elephants, the Balance game can be played directly online at www.balance.wine or accessed through a QR code found on Balance wine bottles. Details: www.desertelephant.org, or Balance Wines on Facebook.
25 years of gorgeousness!
It was a quarter of a century ago that Dermalogica launched, helping to fundamentally change the beauty industry with their innovative formulas. Launched by founder Jane Wurwand, whose commitment to clean came way before clean became a trend, today more than 120 Dermalogica products are vegan, with only four containing animal derivatives. Moving forward, sustainability, the environment, and brand trust all remain a big focus, meaning that clients and customers can expect to see a total vegan range soon. Happy, happy 25th birthday Dermalogica… we’re loving the gift of gorgeous skin with clear conscience. Find the complete range of Dermalogica products at Mopani, 013-755-5500. Dynamic skin recovery for R1 299 and Biolumin-c serum for R1 599.
Let’s get rocking!
Make sure you don’t miss South African rock legends, Prime Circle at The Barnyard White River, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre on October 11. The band has toured extensively, performing at several major international fests over the course of its career, and has been honoured with numerous South African music awards and celebrated chart-topping hits. Tickets cost R200 and can be bought via Quicket. Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 8pm. Details: 076-027-3402.
Perfect for patios…
Snack-sized sweet orange peppers are easy to grow in pots on the patio or on a sunny windowsill. “Sweet Snack” pot peppers produce loads of crunchy, delicious fruit, about 25 to 30 fruits in two flushes. It’s a healthy snack for kids and good for chopping into salads, platters and stir-fries. The more you pick, the better they produce. The plants are just as pretty and stay compact (50cm high). They just need regular watering, plant food once a week and a warm, sunny spot. Details: www.ballstraathof.co.za.