2015 review and February events
We are trying to find a bit of breathing space in the busy beginning of this year, to reflect on an amazing 2015.
Last year, Jeremy and Emma divided the globe into West and East respectively. Jeremy visited customers in the USA and then went to the UK for his three week cycle trip from Cornwall to Edinburgh where he got the most fantastic support from our suppliers, retailers and fans. Artists donated beautiful works for our art auction and we raised a decent amount of money for Tusk projects in Zimbabwe and Botswana. While he was there Jeremy presented a pop-up South African dinner. This caught the eye of a local editor and the recipes from the event will be appearing in the March issue of Food and Home Entertaining.
Emma confirmed her status as our Asian adventurer with a successful second trip to Japan. Later in the year she went on an exploratory trip to Hong Kong and Shanghai. She is in talks with potential buyers in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong, all drawn by the quality of the wines and our support of conservation.
Our wines won some very satisfying awards and Jeremy was shortlisted for the Diner’s Club Winemaker of the year, which is pretty impressive given that we had only been producing wine for eight years.
We launched our wine club to reward our most loyal fans and ensure that they get great prices on our wines and first dibs on our adventures in the year to come.
Emma and Jeremy were also lucky enough to have two royal encounters this year. The first, HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, at the Tusk Trust 25th anniversary gala dinner at Windsor Castle, and the second at the preview night of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition in CapeTown, where they got to chat to HRH Prince Harry and presented him with a magnum of Pictus.
This year is heating up nicely – this is what’s on this February in Cape Town
Join us for a ‘Wild’ evening on 11th February – Wine, Wild dogs & wildlife photography
from 5 – 7:30 p.m.
We will be holding a private function at the Chavonnes Battery Museum, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town which will include nibbles and of course our wines! Spend an evening with raconteur and wild dog guru Brendan Whittington-Jones, immerse yourself in the world’s greatest wildlife photographs and savour the best Painted Wolf Wines has to offer. Tickets will cost R200 per person (R150 if you are a wineclub member) this covers the cost of your entrance to the exhibition, refreshments and also a R50 donation to the KZNWAG Emergency Response Fund through WildlifeACT.
Brendan Whittington-Jones is well known for his work in conservation which includes:
- Right hand man to “Elephant Whisperer” Lawrence Anthony for the Baghdad Zoo animal rescue in 2003 (immortalised by Lawrence in the book Babylon’s Ark)
- Author of recently published African Wild Dogs – on the front line and the popular Endangered Wildlife Trust blog posts entitled Wild Dog Diaries
- National Wild Dog Metapopulation Project Coordinator and “Wild Dog travel agent” for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)
The seven years spent studying wild dogs in KZN has taught Brendan to judge people on whether they like wild dogs or not, helped him develop an addiction to pies and midday braais and became the basis of his recent book. He currently lives in Oman.
To book tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org
1-7 February and 22-28 February – Wine tasting
Our wines will be featured at the Winery of the Week promotion at the WINE DESK, V&A Waterfront Information Centre. Pop along and have a taste.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Chavonnes Battery Museum at the V&A Waterfront until the end of April.
The Museum is holding weekly evening events – Wildlife Wednesdays, which will feature a talk by a photographer and will include a complimentary glass of Painted Wolf Wine for each ticket holder. When you visit the exhibition, don’t forget to take part in our prize draw. There is a mini dogbox up for grabs every month!
Constantia Crush Food and Wine Festival, Saturday 13 February
The Bay Sports Club, False Bay Rugby Football Club Sports Complex, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia.
Entrance is free, but if you want to taste the wines available, you have to purchase a Tasting Passport which includes a wine glass. Tickets available here.
Children’s entertainment, food and 20 wineries presenting five wines each.
February in Jo’burg
The Moon & Sixpence and National Bride VALENTINE Wedding, Wine, Food & Music Festival
Saturday 13 February, 9 a.m – 4 p.m. & Sunday 14 February, 9 a.m – 9 p.m.
Plot 23, Beyers Naude Extension, Zwartkops, Muldersdrift, 1739, South Africa +27 11 659 7030
We will be pouring our wines at this Festival – come and find the perfect menu match for your big day.
Tickets to this event can be purchased here
Heads up for March
Pop-up in Paarl and in print – Food and Home Entertaining Magazine
Look out for the March edition of Food and Home Entertaining magazine which features Jeremy’s recipes from the pop-up event in the UK.
SAVE THE DATE:
We are happy to announce that we will be holding a pop-up restaurant in Paarl on March 17.
The evening will feature a menu designed by Jeremy and accompanied by our wines.
Keep an eye out for the official invitation in the next newsletter to book your place!
Limited to 12 people