October 2015: 26 stories in 20 publications

In business news, Andrew Howard speaks about the Conversations networking events while Monique Rissen-Harrisberg will help you find your voice at The Voice Clinic. In arts news, Floris Smith chats about the renaissance of Riel Dancing at Bushmans Kloof while Paul Weinberg reflects on his 30-year journey documenting the real San.

In the mood for some music? Take inspiration from three South African songbirds performing around the world, hear from the lead actor of the musical Orpheus in Africa, watch the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in their latest season, and discover what drives double Grammy winner Jason Mraz.

In food news, celebrity chef Siba Mtongana has details about the second season of Siba’s Table while Lentswe Bhengu chats about his television show Africa on a Plate. And what’s good food without a good drink? Denis Lahouratate, cellar master of Bisquit, celebrates World Cognac Day with a limited edition X.O Rose Gold while Alastair Rimmer, cellar master of Kleine Zalze, celebrates winning an award for best white wine in the world.

So raise your glass to toast four inspiring youngsters from Cape Wine 2015. Then listen to four of Cape Town’s top sommeliers (Gregory Mutambe of The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Luvo Ntezo of One&Only Cape Town, Tinashe Nyamudoka of The Test Kitchen, and Pearl Oliver of Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel) teach you how to order wine in a restaurant and more about their work.

Take your newfound knowledge to dinner at Vineyard Hotel’s Myoga or any of the top restaurants from this year’s Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge. You could also learn these seven tips for travel bloggers as long as you find time for tranquility n the age of distraction:

“The best way to gain control over compulsions and addictions to technology is to understand what’s driving them in the first place… We’re not meant to live feeling so trapped. Life is for so much more.”

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South Africa's first ever tasting of Bisquit's X.O Rose Gold
South Africa’s first ever tasting of Bisquit’s X.O Rose Gold (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)