New fine wine experience: ELICITE – Your Virtual Sommelier

Revolutionising the fine wine industry, ELICITE is a unique platform dedicated to a series of curated content educating lovers of fine wine along with an edit of well-paired wines to accompany the series.

Pioneering the way consumers discover the secrets and heritage behind the industry, the platform’s content comes from some of the most respected names in the business and makes understanding the world of wine easy to those less familiar as well as offering a fresh innovative approach to those who are already well-versed.

Launching the site, ELICITE sent three connoisseurs of fine wine across to Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy on a voyage of discovery in some of the region’s most notable wineries as well as smaller more niche vineyards.

Namely ‘The Essentials’ the inaugural series on the site is a 7-part series exploring the foundations of fine wine in easy-to-digest short films lasting around 5 minutes long. From the origins of wine to understanding the cost and codes on wine labels, the in-depth yet enjoyable films give an insightful introduction into winemaking.

An edit of the wines featured in The Essentials is available to purchase, giving viewers of the films the chance to savour and enjoy the tastes explored in a new immersive way of retailing wine, an edit of two wines from each of the regions featured in the series, The Essentials Selection is a nice introduction to the flavours of each region.

Viewers will be able to refine their knowledge through different tiers which will each feature a different edit of content based on knowledge of wine, four levels starting with The Explorer and going up The Master will guide viewers through the different realms of wine and viewers will be able to unlock exclusive content upon purchasing mixed selections.

Expertly curated wine selections led by Martyn Zemavicius will be featured alongside content across the ELICITE site and YouTube which will see the likes of UK Sommelier of The Year Clement Robert and Ronan Sayburn, Master Sommelier of 67 Pall Mall Wine Club all offer engaging and insightful takes on fine wine with a host of accompanying events to be launched in the later half of 2019.

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Article by Jaz Grewal

The FEAST of aesthetics: Experiencing The Silo Hotel in Cape Town

 

How unexpected. The Silo Hotel. Magical Experince. A luxurious hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. The Silo Hotel has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) which houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.

From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These multi-faceted structures glisten like diamonds during the day while at night the building transforms into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbour.

It is a truly celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury offering the highest levels of personalised service synonymous with The Royal Portfolio.

With stunning views of Cape Town through the 5,5m high pillowed glass windows, there is no better place to enjoy a classic cocktail or a glass of wine from the carefully crafted and ever evolving list of local and international wines. Executive Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert and her team have crafted a number of casual and contemporary menus that include lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bar snacks and a wonderful Sunday Roast. Chef Veronica believes in good, honest and approachable food that showcases seasonal, local ingredients.

The Silo Hotel brings a new dimension to dining in the city with our exclusive, glass fronted private dining rooms. There are two smaller dining rooms that seat six in each, as well as the Wisdom Room, a wonderful private dining room for up to 22 guests. The Wisdom Room was named after the last ship to ever take grain to Europe from the grain silo – MV Anangel Wisdom – in 1995.

The Silo Hotel has 28 rooms, including a spectacular one bedroom penthouse. Each room has been individually designed and decorated by the stylish wand of Liz Biden. Colourful and eclectic pieces juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture. The 6 room categories are based on the room size and the views. The images and floor plans below are indicative of the category only. We cannot guarantee a particular room (other than the penthouse), only the room category.

Cape Town is consistently ranked among the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure Magazine. The ‘Mother City’, as it is affectionately known, is a colourful and vibrant city surrounded by dramatic mountains and sandy beaches. The magic of Cape Town lies in the collision of natural wonder, diverse cultures, art, design and a thriving food and wine scene.