South Africa is one of the world’s oldest non-European winemaking countries, its romance with the grape dating back more than 350 years. But since the end of apartheid in the 1990s and the country’s emergence as a democracy, its wine world has taken a giant leap forward. In the past 10 years, there has been an explosion of new wineries, new vineyards and new young winemakers trained in Europe and the United States returning home with new technologies, new concepts and new passion.
From this rebirth has come a wide range of fascinating wines. Among the whites, none has evoked more international acclaim than those made from Sauvignon Blanc, a grape known for its tanginess and clean, refreshing flavor. It is a major grape in France and New Zealand and is planted in many other countries. In South Africa, it has found a natural home.
Of all the country’s Sauvignon Blanc, the standard-bearer is grown by Mulderbosch, a small winery with a big reputation and a highly sought-after wine whose flavors are exquisitely focused-crisp, racy and succulent with an echo of gooseberries.
Another great choice if you like gooseberries is Neil Ellis Groenekloof Range Sauvignon Blanc.The fruit leaps out of the bottle along with lemony overtones and a hint of just mown grass.This is a flinty wine with a long, zesty finish.
Cape Point Vineyards released its first Sauvignon Blanc in 2000, and it is a winner, filled with citric flavors and a whiff of fresh-cut grass mingled with smoke.
Thabani, a name that means “joy” in Xhosa, is one of the rare labels entirely owned by black South Africans. Its Sauvignon Blanc is fresh, lively and delicious.
Jardin displays an enticing minerally character, typical of the grape, with a touch of just mown grass. Southern Right also shows a mineral edge as well as citric fruits-a round, appealing wine.
As befits the king of the lot, Mulderbosch is the most expensive of these Sauvignon Blancs at $20 a bottle; Cape Point follows at $19. The others range from $13 to $16. All are natural choices with seafood, vegetable dishes and appetizers. And all are well priced for exceptional wine.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
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Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.