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Gifts for the Gin lover in your life

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The count down to Christmas and year end has begun.  Most shops have put up Christmas decorations and everywhere festive lights and colorful baubles are glittering already.  In just over a month it is the biggest gift giving event of the year.  The mad rush to get the perfect gift has started.  There are Festive Catalogues filled to the brim with gift ideas. 

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Celebrating: Sandton Iced Tea Cocktail

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The start of November.  From here, it is only a hand full of sleeps till Christmas and not many more before the start of a new year.  But before the year speeds to and end, it is first one of the most anticipated whisky events in Sandton – the Whisky and Spirits Live show.  Held on the 8-10th of November at the Sandton Convention Centre, the show this year will, for the first time, incorporate not only whisky, but a variety of local gins and other premium spirits as well.

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Food pairings! Gauteng Gin and Olives

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I have been trying to pair whisky and olives for ages.  I found this amazing little olive shop online.  Tapenade sell  a wonderful selection of the best olive products from the numerous South African olive estates.  I ordered a few different olive products and paired them with various kinds of whisky.  But no luck.  It did not work. There were a few OK pairings, but nothing that blew my mind. Whisky was not made for olives.  

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It is nearly time for The Whisky and Spirits Live Show

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At the end of September I was invited to the media launch of the Whisky and Spirits Live show.  I was met at the door with cocktails made by Julian Short who won the South African leg of Diageo’s World Class bartending competition.  What a start to a launch!  

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Pinotage Sangria for Pinotage Month

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October celebrates Pinotage wine.  The second Saturday in October is always a high point on the calendar as wine lovers around the world celebrate this South African variety.  This year is no different.  On the 14th of October, Pinotage will again be celebrated at special events in the US, the UK and SA.  One of the events is a Pinotage and Biltong Festival at the Leriba Hotel.  Two South African classics together.   

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