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The Impact Water Restrictions have had on the Wine Industry in the Western Cape

The water shortage in the Western Cape has taken its toll on everybody including the wine farms and wine producers in areas like Paarl and Stellenbosch. However those who are suffering the most and need to take urgent steps to conserve water are those who own or run their own business. There are some innovative entrepreneurs like John Jager of Jaguar Products who has developed a new style of rainwater harvesting tank that has been met with huge success. While the tanks are not necessarily the answer to water shortages experienced on wine producing farms, they are certainly proving extremely effective in reducing water consumption in homes around the popular wine producing estates.

We need to constantly remind ourselves that the water shortage we are experiencing is here to stay. It is therefore imperative that all businesses run a campaign making sure all staff members are aware of the problem. Then they need to educate their staff on ways to save water. A great idea is to provide an incentive, have a reward for the one who saves the most water in the month.

It is also important that all your notice boards throughout the company have important facts about the water shortage. Placing posters and stickers in all the bathrooms and kitchens where staff congregates. This will make them aware, in their leisure time, of the need for water conservation. All businesses should consider the function water has to play in their various organizations. Then plan how to manage their water to its full potential. It is important that all organizations need to manage the water usage by their employees to reduce water shortages. Such as drinking water, water used for ablutions and also the water used for cleaning. The water used for these functions should be monitored and solutions for saving, such as recycling and storing water can be implemented.

It is also important to scrutinize your water bill on a regular basis. Then when you detect a sudden spike in your water cost, it is time to check for possible water leaks. The best way to save water is not to waste it. You need to immediately fix any leaking taps, pipes or appliances, and urge all your employees to report any leakages immediately. Before you go home at night check your water meters to ensure that they have stopped running. If the cost is not too high it is a good idea to install water-less urinals. Another good water saver is to install aerator taps that mix air with the water and you can save up to 50% on your water consumption. The cleaning staff must be reminded and educated to use water sparingly when washing floors or machinery.

Many small businesses, which depend on water for their services, have come up with innovative ideas for the conservation of water. The car wash franchises for example have now drastically reduced the amount of water used by using water-less car wash products. Investing in one of Jaguar Products fibreglass rainwater tanks is guaranteed to reduce your water bill as well as go a long way towards helping the efforts to reduce water usage in the Cape Town area.

For businesses that rely heavily on water for their existence, might have to consider the need for added processes and more equipment to improve their water usage. This unfortunately may result in extra expense but over time this investment will prove invaluable. There are unfortunately other problems that the business owner may have to face due to the lack of water.

These are:

  • Customer loss due to limited supply and manufacturing interruptions.
  • The loss of jobs
  • It may also result in the company relocating in order to survive

The need for the business owner to do all in their power to conserve water is vital, as to date there has been no special water restrictions imposed on them. All the proposed water restrictions have mainly targeted the domestic water user. These include domestic gardens, swimming pools, and car washing and irrigation systems.

All the water-efficient technology usage has exempted the government and business from any of the standard water restrictions imposed on the individual water user. This is of great concern as the government and business have a huge effect on the usage of water and they also need to be included in any water restriction policies made. Industry is a large sector where huge amounts of water are used on a daily basis. Innovative ways should be considered to lessen the water usage in this area. If everybody puts in the effort, both the individual and large enterprises, then we might just make it through the terrible drought conditions.

All about Vaping and E-Cigarettes

It’s a common fact that most wine drinkers are frequently smokers too. So what’s the big deal about Electronic Cigarettes or “E-Cigarettes” as they are commonly known? These electronic devices that come with an assortment of vape juice to choos from, much the way a wine connoisseur might choose a specific wine – And more importantly, are they as popular with wine lovers as conventional cigarettes ? We chatted to and conducted a poll with some of our most proliferous customers who enjoy their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sparkling wines. The results were most interesting indeed. But first a little background.

In 2003 a Chinese Pharmacist invented the e-cigarette and today most of these devices are manufactured in China. Since 2004 when they first came on the market only a few were sold, but today the sales have rocketed and they are sold worldwide. The e-cigarette has almost 500 different brands and world sales for them are in excess of $7 Billion dollars. This almost triple the value of total wine exports from South Africa.

The e-cigarette is made up of 5 or 6 main components which are:

  • Mouthpiece
  • Cartridge or tank
  • Heating element or atomiser
  • Microprocessor
  • Battery
  • Where possible an LED light at the front

There is also what is called a mechanical e-cigarette which has no electronic components. This type of e-cigarette operates with a small heating coil or atomiser. When a mechanical switch is closed by the user, the coil is heated and draws in an e-liquid solution which is vaporised. This liquid, inside the chamber, can reach a temperature of roughly 250°C which is then atomised. The user then can inhale this vaporised liquid, which has a flavour and taste comparable to tobacco, instead of cigarette smoke. In many cases you can also get e-cigarettes that are free of nicotine. The number of quality e liquid South Africa suppliers is on the rise as many realize this rapidly expanding market.

Basically there are 3 types of e-cigarettes:

  • Cigalikes

These are e-cigarettes that look just like the ordinary cigarette.

  • eGos     The eGos is similar to the Cigalike but is fitted with refillable tanks.
  • Mods     A Mod is an e-cigarette that consists of essential parts or is an existing product that has been modified

The e-cigarette is continually evolving and new products are being developed on a monthly basis and incorporated into the worldwide market.

  • First Generation e-cigarettes.

This product has the tendency to look just like an ordinary tobacco cigarette and bears the name of “Cigalikes”. The main difference is the feel; an ordinary cigarette feels smoother and lighter, while the Cigalike is inflexible and heavier. In many cases the size also varies.

  • Second Generation e-cigarettes All these devices are much larger and do not resemble a tobacco cigarette at all.
  • Third Generation e-cigarettes

This group of products have incorporated different mechanical mods and variable voltage devices.

  • Fourth Generation e-cigarettes

All the e-cigarettes manufactured in this way incorporate Sub ohm tanks as well as temperature control devices.

The e-cigarettes power source is its main component and consists of a rechargeable lithium battery.

What makes the e-cigarette effective is the e-liquid mixture which is made up of the following;

  • Propylene glycol
  • Glycerine
  • Water
  • In most cases Nicotine
  • Flavouring

Although the e-liquid mixture above may differ from product to product, the liquid consists of 95% propylene glycol and glycerine. Manufactures boast of providing in excess of 8,000 different flavours.

All the major toxic chemicals contained in tobacco smoke are not present in the e-cigarette. However the e-liquid in the e-cigarette can include toxins as well as heavy metals which are inhaled by the user and can be very harmful to the human body. Up to date no serious effects have been reported during trials but they do include the following:

  • Throat irritation
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Coughing

The main reason for the smoker to use the e-cigarette has been to quit the habit, as it gives the smoker the feeling of smoking a tobacco cigarette without inhaling the smoke and toxic chemicals contained in tobacco. Another reason is to help reduce the risk of lung cancer or just to save money.

Due to the problem existing with tobacco laws worldwide, most countries fail to address the seriousness of the health effects to the users. However in 2016 the European Directive has set out restrictions in regards to the e-liquid ingredients as well as making the containers child-proof.

The verdict is still out as to the long term effects e-cigarettes could have, but for the moment the e-cigarette seems to be the healthier option to take if you have to smoke.

Are you Sure drinking Wine is your Best Option ?

WineWeb Pinot noir

Are you sure the drinking wine and alcohol is the best option for you ? At Wineweb we run an online platform allowing local wine producers to showcase their best wines and offerings, and we try to make it easy for our readers and supporters to order these products online at the most competitive prices. However, we accept a certain amount of responsibility when it comes to the sale of alcohol. Far too many families and lives have been destroyed by alcoholism. Some people simply do not have the constitution required to drink wine and alcohol responsibly. There are many local South African establishments that are doing their bit in assisting these unfortunate people, Scotswood Retreat is one such place, providing an environment of sober living in Cape Town for those who need it.

Addiction and alcoholism in the minds of many people today can lead to a misconception as to what it really is and to the effects it can have on the body and the mind.  Most people today, when asked about this problem, regard addiction in the form of drugs and alcohol. However these are only two of many other addictions. Other forms of addiction may include things like; cigarettes, food, pornography, work, exercise and even in my opinion online gaming or face book addictions. For some people it can start with a simple glass of Chardonnay and they lose control completely, sobering up several days later, without any recollection of how they came to be where they are.
All addictions however have the same result, it affects your body and your mind and brings the person into captivity from which it seems impossible to escape. One possible misconception people may think of; is the idea that all those affected by addiction, lack the willpower and strength, both physically and mentally, to overcome their addiction. Addiction is something that is not limited to a few very poor or disturbed individuals, but can manifest itself in anyone that will allow it. Even in individuals that have no knowledge of its awareness, for example, babies can be affected in the womb due to the addiction of the mother and can be born with major organ problems and the possibility of becoming addicts themselves in the future.
Young adults can also be addicted due to peer pressure at schools and universities which affects their lives, causing in most cases, for them to drop out of school or varsity. In many cases addiction among young female adults lands up with unwanted pregnancies, which results in the increase in the abortion rate and the destruction of young promising lives.
Adults that are addicted can cause havoc at home, making lives unbearable for the children and the spouses and can often end up in the divorce court. However, there is some good news for those who suffer from addiction, as experts in the field are always discovering new ways to treat the problem, therefore giving them a ray of hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Scotswood sober house Cape Town is the perfect bridge for those who suffer from alcoholism or any form of addiction to get their lives back in order. The establishment is extremely well run and maintained with strict control over the community that take up residence there, so as not to allow for one person’s behaviour to adversely impact on that of a fellow community member. A glass of wine is all it takes for some people to completely derail.
Hopefully, if the addict can acknowledge their problem and look for help, the results will end in victory for both the user and their loved ones. Statistics show that addiction in any form will have devastating effects on the users loved ones and also on the community at large. Large sums of money are spent every year, in all countries of the world, for the purchase of illegal, black market, drugs which causes the medical health care costs to skyrocket. Apart from this, drug addiction is the main cause for thousands of deaths each year, and is also responsible for the increase of crime in all countries where it is practiced.

Problem of choice or disease, these are the questions I seem to come across when trying to find a way to classify addiction. First I have read it is considered a disease as the drugs change the brain, its structure and function. The changes in the brain can be long lasting and cause behavioural changes in the person who abuse the drugs. On the other hand new research called, the science of neuroplasticity, shows that the brain under normal circumstances changes naturally. So any change in the brain is not just the result of addiction.
People can go back and forth on explanations, but when those changes occur and instead of helping the person start to affect the lives of that person in a negative way, then it is a problem that needs to be taken care of. Help in the form of therapy and family support and trying to develop a holistic treatment plan that benefits the person and family involved. To help them live their lives as normal as possible.

Increase in Wine Exports to Zanzibar

With the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar experiencing a huge surge in tourism, our export of South African wines to the tropical island of Zanzibar has skyrocketed.

Improved infrastructure and trade routes are allowing Wineweb to distribute our local South African wines more efficiently, supplying Zanzibar restaurants and Zanzibar Hotels with the best we have to offer at more affordable proces than before. Just recently one of our biggest Wineweb customers got married on Zanzibar and spent his honeymoon there too. The island has become an extremely popular choice of destination with South African couples wanting to tie the knot on a tropical island on the African continent. This new trend has also done wonders for the exports of our sparkling wines to Zanzibar too. Everybody loves a bit of bubbly when celebrating a wedding !

Our long time client, Aldrich, and his gorgeous fiance Siobhan invited over 200 of their friend and family to join them on their special day. Aldrich now swear by a local company called Discover Zanzibar, for all your Zanzibar accommodation requirements. “These guys were absolutely awesome ! You know, getting married can be quite a stressful time, with all the planning and coordinating that goes into it in order to make it a success. The team at Discover Zanzibar were so professional and efficient, managing to adapt to our continuous changes and amendments without any hitches.

 

In Aldrich’s own words :

“Everything is coming together before the big day. Suit, best man, venue, décor all checked. The only thing left to do is planning for the honeymoon. It’s the one thing your bride has entrusted you with. After all she did take care of the rest. She’s trusting that you will give her an unforgettable experience with loads of cherished memories. A positive start to a great marriage.
You know what you want, but everything you’re looking for is way out of your budget. You want to make her happy and want her to have the most memorable experience of her life. But everything you’ve found so far is not going to fit in with the budget you’ve set aside. There are so many destinations to choose from. You want to choose the right one. The one that will win her heart.
The vision you have in your mind is of pearl white, soft sand. The sand is so soft, your feet sink into it with every step you take. The sea is an outstretched never ending sea of turquoise. The closer you walk towards the sea, you are drawn in by the magic which lies beneath its’ mesmerizing blue depths.


You dive into the sea, beneath it is an endless species of sea creatures. Bright in colour, lighting up the sea with their vibrant colours. As you surface, a pod of dolphins swim by. Out of instinct you grab onto one of its’ fins and for a while you are swimming right beside the dolphin. You surface, still amazed by what had just happened. Slowly you start walking back towards the white washed shore. There are rows of thatched open plan beach cottages spotted across the sand. You lay down on the extra soft bed, the sound of the ocean and birds tranquil to your ears.
The sun is about to set, soon it will be nightfall. You head out towards the beach bar which is now filled with jostling tourists from all over the world. You take a seat and sip on the cocktail the native barman has just brought you. You look out towards the outstretched sea. The sun dancing on the horizon. The animals are getting ready to call it a night. The palm trees are gently swaying in the island breeze. This is definitely your idea of a tropical paradise. A place you could retreat to, a place you could call home. A place to make lots of happy memories.
You wake up suddenly from your vivid dream. The image you have inside your head of white washed sands, and turquoise sea seams more real than anything else. You start searching for this dream destination. It just has to exist somewhere out there, you know it’s there. Then you come across and Island in East Africa. An Island just off the Island of Tanzania, that’s it, that’s the one.
It’s an Island called Zanzibar. It’s everything you had envisioned and more. You are ecstatic that you don’t have to fly for miles on end. It’s right here in your homeland Africa. A hidden beauty tucked away along the coast of East Africa. You don’t hesitate for a second, the tickets are booked. When you hand them over to your bride, she is as ecstatic as you knew she would be. You arrive at your destination your beautiful bride at your side. You’re greeted by friendly native Swahili’s and given a drink on arrival. As your feet touch the sand, it sinks into the softness of the pearl white sand. It feels familiar, exactly the way it happened in your dream. You come to the realization that Zanzibar is your dream come true.”

Aldrich’s wedding guests certainly contributed to our healthy volume of wine exports to Zanzibar for the month. Many Thanks Aldrich and congratulations to both of you!

Raka Winter Promotion

A South African man got a lot more than he bargained for today on an internet site while trying to download what he referred to as “Porno Vino”. “I had been fantasizing about this little Vintage since the first boring meeting of the day so I went home and decided to surf the net with the hope of finding a site where I could download some of those wicked full-bodied reds and succulent whites” said Mr Voila in his Gardens home yesterday. “Suddenly, there it was, WineWeb’s tempting collection of sexy fireside classics!”
According to Mr Voila, that was only the beginning; “I realized that the wind-chill factor was affecting my will to move and then I saw it – WineWeb’s offer, straight out of my wildest dreams.”
Mr Voila continued to say that WineWeb’s offers did not end with a heavenly Pinot Noir. He explained that they deliver the very temptation you desire to your door, saving you from venturing into the blistering cold.
Rumour has it that the ongoing Winter Sale offers wines “at a steal” and reports that this month’s exciting promotion offers a mixed case of Raka’s three Double Gold award winning red wines. At only R 473.20 per case these wines are exceptional value for money. There aren’t many left so treat this as an urgent purchase!
Click here to place your order now.
When asked for a closing comment Mr Voila replied: “…now if I could just find a site that can put another log on the fire…”

A day in the life of pre-historic man is reported to have centered around communicating in grunts, hunting, making fire, eating, hunting some more and then pioneering un-romantic ways of luring women back to his dark, un-appealing, rock-like cave. Still today, literature and theatre mock this simple-minded hunter by suggesting that very little has evolved, except perhaps the invention of antiperspirant deodorants.

Take the art of buying and tasting wine, an all encompassing seriousness that sets this wheel of mystery in motion begins after an auspicious tasting of hand-crafted boutique wine at a dinner party. Cue the age-old predictable art of pursuing the unsuspecting prey – this time in the form of a bottle of rare and sought-after wine.

Thus begins the first step: initiating the hunt. At the risk of taking sides (after all I am woman) I assure you that our team at WineWeb based the following findings on intrinsically researched data, none of which is derived from information passed down through generations in ways revealed by men like Dan Brown, who walk that fine line that separates courage and stupidity.

The primal art of hunting will be further demonstrated through our Wine-iac experiments.

Please note that in the interests of scientific accuracy, the Wine-iac hunter is not a volunteer, but rather unsuspectingly so selected, in order to preserve the traits of the alpha male instinctive behaviour. The experiment has been thoroughly researched by professionals in a contained environment and can be very dangerous if not monitored by other professionals in white coats with clipboards and glasses on their noses, so do not, I repeat, do not try this at home.

The experiment is a dinner party, found to be the most favorable setting for Wine-iac experiments. The prey is Audacia’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 which is surreptitiously introduced to the hunter’s olfactory nerves and palate.

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Guide to South African Wine :

Why choose a South African wine? Our wines are of a generally high standard so you have a slim chance of going wrong. The Western Cape climate is mainly a Mediterranean one with long warm summers and mild wet winters, these conditions are ideal for clean tasting white wines and strong, bold red wines that we are famous for. Some South African wine makers have moved towards the modern wine making techniques which make red wine easily drinkable from an early age. Some of the old style wines, mainly Bordeaux blends still have strong tannins and require a few years to age for optimal drinking pleasure. Enjoy your shopping experience from the comfort of your home, time to stock your collection with the finest SA vintages.