RMB WineX 

RMB WineX 

It’s that time of year again, so don’t forget to get your tickets for the most anticipated wine show in South Africa. 

Starting on Wednesday 28th and running until Friday 30th October at the Sandton Convention Centre, it is THE wine show to attend! It’s reached its 16th year, and it promises to have the greatest selection of wines under one roof!! Get ready to know the difference between your Merlot and Cabernet while mingling with winemakers and the Jozi elite.


Things to look forward to this year include, broadening your knowledge with the Art of Wine, while viewing the displays of various artists, and performances from the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra. 

From Allée Bleue to Zonnebloem, winemakers will present wines selected for the discerning Gauteng audience. To enhance the wine experience, guests should attend one of the Table Talk Pop-Up roundtable tastings with winemakers! 

You won’t go hungry with the array of wine-friendly food products on show – olives, imported cheeses, Wagyu beef, nougat and chocolates and the Mastrantonio Piazza will provide a sit-down menu and ‘food on the move’ deli items.  

In support of the Eco Mobility Festival hosted by the City of Johannesburg in Sandton during October, plan ahead to get there via the number of transport options on offer as alternatives to parking in the neighbouring parkades. 

Who, what, how, when? 

Venue: The Pavilion, Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Sandton

Time: 17h00 to 21h00 each night

Bookings: Book all tickets and packages online via http://www.computicket.com or call 0861 915 8000. Use the “Print at home” facility for easy access to tickets.

Tickets: Via Computicket and at door. 

Getting there and home – watch the press for updates or visit WineX closer to the time for all the options:
· Catch the Gautrain and walk to the Sandton Convention Centre

· Park and Ride sites

· Public transport

· Uber: partnered with WineX as Everybody’s Private Driver to transport wine lovers safely and in style via registration with the smart phone app. 


The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

It’s that time of year again, the Johannesburg days are warmer, the nights are beautiful, and I feel that rooftop markets should become a regular affair. In steps the Sanlam HMC, albeit for only a weekend, is really a wonderful break from having to mission to City center to get the taste of a market. Set on top of the Hyde Park Corner shopping center, its hard to imagine that you are actually walking in what is effectively a parking area. 

This year, they made more use of the space and completely transformed the concrete slab into a beautiful area, filled with the country’s top designers, chefs, restaurants, wine farms and all things unique showcasing their gorgeous products, amazing wine and mouthwatering foods.


It’s now in its 5th year, and is really a first of its kind, as its aimed at being a boutique outdoor Fair, featuring the “best of local” – which ranges from Ice Creams, to Craft Beer, freshly pressed juices, and delicious hamburgers.

If you are lucky enough to gain entry to the Sanlam VIP area, you will sample wines from Black Elephant, that are based in Franschoek Valley, and gorgeous cheeses, charcuterie and also, the amazing team of chefs, which cover the “Chef’s of the City” installment, creating gorgeous canapes and snacks.


A few of my favorite finds this year

Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream (The nicest human that makes Ice cream)

Dear Rae Jewellery

Oneiric Wines (Their Merlot is PHENOMENAL)

The Block Shop

Alexander’s Band


The Counter (Because Meg and Ian)

And that’s just naming a few. There are over 100 Exhibitors and a range of products to choose from!

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I was contacted by Hello Joburg Magazine and asked to join them, with Oudemeester, for the very first evening of #HelloRecommends, all set in the opulent Maximillien Restaurant at The DaVinci Hotel in Sandton. I walked in, to be greeted by a table of fabulous foodies and bloggers, and the team from Hello Joburg. 
Once seated we were treated to an education on Brandy, by Oudemeester, and sampled three varieties of the house. The 12 year old Reserve, The 18 year old Souverein and The Demant, which has been winning Gold Medals, since 2010. The tips given at these little talks are amazing. One tip that stood out was that you should never swirl your brandy before you taste it, and I always thought that I looked so clever and like all “proper” when I did this! Who knew right? Also another little tip was that Oudemeester works well with Ginger Ale….so no brandy and coke vibes here!!! Albeit that I am not a brandy drinker, any education and tips always help to enlighten ones knowledge!


Onto the food…although I do think a pairing would of been stunning, we were treated to an amuse-bouche (rather huge) of an Avocado and Crayfish Tian, which was followed by table salads, which included a deconstructed Caprese, Salt and Pepper Calamari with Mushroom Arancini and fresh Greek Salad. I managed to get my hands on the Greek salad and a piece or two of the calamari, and the next time I visit, I will be having a double helping of the Calamari for sure. A palate cleanser was served (also huge) of mango sorbet with berry coulis, which was delectable. My main was the Beef Medallions, served with a saffron and mushroom risotto with a red wine berry sauce. Dessert was the Vanilla Flavored Crepe with marmalade infused marscapone and a whiskey sauce…which was good, but half way through I started nibbling on the Edible Bouquets that were on the table and found myself surprisingly ravenous for the chocolate covered strawberries.


The Maximillien is what I would call a charmer. It’s dark wooden finishes, rich leather details and gorgeous setting will do well, for a sexy date night or an intimate birthday celebration. While the live band plays, you are drawn into the music and soulful sound, it becomes an almost hypnotic and luxurious ambiance.


We were also told about the new GoHello App, that you can download in your App store, and its focus is more on lifestyle and the happenings of whats going on in this place called Joburg, which is refreshing as its not just one platform of information.


After all this, we were handed parting gifts and merrily mad our way to our cars…albeit slightly intoxicated with brandy, wine, good food and chocolate covered strawberries! Talk about a VIP experience! Thank you Hello Joburg and all involved!

Photos: Phillip Santos

Location: The Maximillien