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SA winemaker scores in top journal

first_imgIn 2008, the estate’s Vergelegen White had secured five-star status for six consecutive years in the John Platter Guide. It was also chosen as the Best Winery in the Wine Magazine in 2008, and was chosen as the Best Winery and Best South African Winery by the same magazine in 2007 and 2006. With its world-renowned handcrafted wines, 310 year old history and heritage, exquisite gardens and refined cuisine, Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West deems itself to be the choice of the discerning visitor seeking a total sensory experience. South African winemaker Vergelegen Estate has received several accolades in the critically acclaimed International Wine Cellar journal, with eight of its 11 wines being awarded a score of at least 90 points, based on the US 100-point scoring system. International Wine Cellar editor and publisher Stephen Tanzer samples more than 10 000 wines annually, and his independent journal, also translated into French and Japanese, is read by wine lovers in 28 countries across the globe. Award-winning wines 25 May 2011center_img The estate’s 2008 Chardonnay and 2007 Shiraz received 89 points, while the 2006 Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon Mill Race received 87 points. The estate’s wines have won several gold medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, such as for their 2003 Vergelegen Red (in 2008), 2003 Vergelegen Auction Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (2007), 2003 Vergelegen Red and 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (2006), 2000 Vergelegen Red and 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (2005). Veregelegen MD Don Tooth said the awards were “an important milestone in recognising South Africa as a leading performer in the notoriously competitive top league of world wines”. The 2009 Estate White Blend and the 2004 Estate Premium Red Wine received 94 points; the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve received 93 points; the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2009 Chardonnay Reserve, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and the 2006 “V” received 91 points; and the 2007 Merlot Reserve received 90 points. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sustainability of resilient South African nation brand depends on socially cohesive communities

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 18 August 2016 – In preparation of the inaugural Nation Brand Forum on Wednesday 24 August 2016, Brand South Africa hosted a research reference group yesterday that looked into the issue of social cohesion. The reference group looked at whether South Africa is asking the right questions when it comes to the analysis and measurement of social cohesion in South Africa.The reference group comes within the context of Brand South Africa’s mandate to promote social cohesion and nation building. International best practice indicates that a resilient nation brand is anchored on a socially cohesive citizenry.Social cohesion is, amongst others, premised on active citizenship, where community members and citizens work together for the attainment of shared goals, designed and agreed upon to improve the living conditions for all.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock said: “Unfortunately challenges of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and historical divisions around race, class and gender make it difficult to arrive at a socially cohesive and united society as fast as we would want to. Through such reference groups, we aim to map out ways on how to recreate these challenges in moving us towards an ideal socially cohesive society.”Dr de Kock made reference to the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP), and indicated how these articulate in one way or another ways for the nation to deal with the question of Social Cohesion.He added: “Transformation of the South African society, economy, identity, education, and interactions with our immediate region and the world, are all in one way or another aimed at human development, and greater social cohesion – and this is outlined in the NDP.“The process of building nation brands, including brand South Africa, requires a consistent and coordinated efforts, which is heavily reliant on nation building. Nation-building in the context of South Africa, calls for a rethinking, on what social cohesion, linked to nation building, should be. It is premised on these reasons that we are interrogating the concept of social cohesion. Inputs, suggestions and actions recommended by participants at today’s research reference group will inform planning for the Nation Brand Forum scheduled for 24 August 2016.Dr de Kock concluded: “The reputation of a country, nation, or nation brand is shaped by a multitude of factors. Importantly, a reputation is not a fixed once off outcome of an action, or set of actions. It is a continuous process that needs to be refined based on the challenges and opportunities presented for the nation.”Media are invited to participate in the inaugural Nation Brand Forum as follows:Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016Time: 08h30 – 15h00Venue: The Maslow Hotel46 Rivonia Rd, Sandton, 2146RSVPS/Enquiries: Tsabeng NthiteEmail [email protected] number 076 371 6810Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

An NZE Project, a Tragic Fire, and a Will to Rebuild

first_imgOn August 29, 2007, Montreal-based architect Sevag Pogharian broke ground on Alstonvale Net Zero House, a project whose ambitious energy efficiency design earned it one of 12 berths in the 2007 edition of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative program.Pogharian, who founded the firm Sevag Pogharian Design in 1990 and eventually expanded its services to include not only residential design but construction, intended Alstonvale Net Zero House to embody extremely high standards of sustainability, energy efficiency, and comfort while still meeting a price target that would compare favorably to prices of other homes in Hudson, a prosperous community near Montreal. The house was designed to generate all the energy needed for its operation and for the household’s transportation needs, and it would feature home-scale agricultural components, including a greenhouse, to help feed the home’s occupants. RELATED ARTICLE Three Massachusetts Home Fires Linked to Spray-Foam InstallationBut on May 25, 2010, the nearly completed house burned almost to the ground. “I feel crushed,” Pogharian wrote that day in a blog entry on his firm’s website. His insurer is still investigating the incident, although Pogharian noted in a story recently published by the Hudson-St. Lazare Gazette that preliminary evidence points to combustion of polyurethane foam that had been applied in the attic earlier in the day.Thinking through the possibilitiesIt was indeed a warm afternoon, reaching about 85 degrees Fahrenheit, when workers sprayed the polyurethane foam in the attic. The crew also ran a fan in the space to help ventilate it, although the fan was removed when the workers left at about 2:30 p.m. But if the foam in fact caused the fire, Pogharian observed, it’s unlikely its combustion was due solely to warm air in the attic. Instead, the lack of air circulation may have increased the concentration of combustible gases in the space, which could have caused the foam layer to thicken more than anticipated and further trap heat.“I’ve come to learn a lot about polyurethane since the fire,” he told the paper. “It’s an exothermic reaction. You mix these chemicals, it gives off heat, and in the process it inflates. One of the things with polyurethane, if you apply it too thickly, the heat that is generated inside is not dissipated. It is an excellent insulation and it can combust.”Pogharian’s initial responses to the disaster – depletion and inertia – changed for the better as time passed. He says he now is more motivated than ever to see the project to completion, pending settlement with the insurance company, which has already covered demolition expenses.“I want to push this thing so it sees the light of day – the whole concept – the house, the car, the edible landscape, the net-zero greenhouse,” he told the Gazette. “I can walk away, or I can plunge in and try to get it done. If the insurance stuff gets worked out, there is no reason not to do it.”last_img read more