Cape Classics win over US wine lovers

first_img11 October 2010When Andre Shearer founded Cape Classics in New York in 1992, the American wine market was regarded as too tough for South African exporters to crack. Today, his company is the biggest US importer of high-end South African wines, representing 21 of the Cape’s finest estates and labels.On arriving in New York in June 1991, Shearer arranged the first tasting of South African wines in the United States – barely three weeks after then-president George Bush lifted sanctions on a South Africa just emerging from apartheid. Today, Cape Classics distributes in 49 states in the US, with partners including the Darden Restaurant Group (Seasons 52, Capital Grille and Red Lobster), Uno Chicago Grill, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Walt Disney World, Trader Joe’s, COSTCO and Whole Foods Market.Ken Forrester Vineyards, internationally recognized as one of South Africa’s top producers and one of the most visible South African wine brands in the US market, appointed Cape Classics as its sole US importer as of 1 October 2010.With this addition to its portfolio, more than one-third of all bottled wine from South Africa available in the US will bear the Cape Classics seal.Unofficial ambassadorDividing his time between Cape Town and Katonah, New York, Shearer has for years acted as an unofficial ambassador for the country of his birth, showcasing South Africa as an investment destination through wine-tasting dinners at top New York restaurants in collaboration with US fund managers.Claire Bisseker, in a Financial Mail interview, writes of his dinners: “For each course, Shearer gets the guests (most of whom have never set foot in South Africa) to blind-taste an SA wine against other well-known international brands.“‘At the end of the evening,’ says Shearer, ‘even if they prefer only three of the South African wines out of five, or if the SA wines fared close, the message is that a country couldn’t produce wines like this if it didn’t have First World attributes.’”His message appears to be getting across. Over half-a-million cases of South African wine entered the US in the first seven months of this year, according to the US International Trade Commission. South Africa now ranks eighth as source of US red imports, and 10th as a source of whites.Along the way, Cape Classics and its labels have been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Departures Magazine, The Wine Advocate and The Wine Spectator, and the company was named best wine importer at Food & Wine Magazine’s 2001 American Wine Awards.Indaba Scholarship, Jam Jar Sweet ShirazAnd Shearer is intent on helping to develop the South African industry in other ways, too. In January 2010, Stellenbosch University student Arlene Mains became the eighth recipient of Cape Classics’ Indaba Scholarship, which is open to aspirant winemakers, marketers and viticulturists from communities historically excluded from senior positions in South Africa’s wine industry.Mzokhona Mvemve, the first recipient of the scholarship, became one of South Africa’s first qualified black African winemakers after graduating from Stellenbosch University in 2003.Besides self-belief and perseverance, innovation is one of the typical South African qualities that Shearer has brought to Cape Classics. In 2009, the company launched Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, a unique semi-sweet red wine made from grapes grown in South Africa’s Paarl region, nationally in the US.Unapologetically accessible and populist, Jam Jar’s distinctive recipe and evocative packaging – featuring a red-and-white checkered screwcap inspired by traditional jam jar lids – has been a hit, to the point where people have been ordering the wine untasted, based on the name, packaging and style description alone.Through such initiatives, and an expanding, award-winning portfolio, Cape Classics continues to contribute to South Africa’s emergence as a wine-producing nation worth toasting.This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

Ruthlessly Prioritize

first_imgYou can’t manage your time. Time is something over which you have zero control. You can’t find more time because there isn’t any more. You have all you are going to have, do with it what you may.Even though you can’t find or make more time, you can exercise control over yourself. This isn’t time management; it’s “me management.” If you want to get the most out of the time you have, you have to become an excellent “me manager.”Me management is about ruthless prioritization.You can’t do all you would like to do in a single day. Add a week’s worth of single days together and you have even more you wish you had time to do. The only way to be as effective as you need to be is by prioritizing. Ruthlessly.When you are doing something, you are not doing everything else you want–or need–to do.Not What. Who?I am completely and totally task driven. But it isn’t what you are doing that matters most. It’s for whom you are doing it. If you are going to ruthlessly prioritize your time, you need to start with the outcomes you need to generate for and with the people who matter most in your life (and your business life is a big part of your life, isn’t it?).People are always first, but even they need to be prioritized.Who matters most? Time you spend with some is time you aren’t spending with others. Think it through.Now What?Once you’ve taken care of prioritizing the outcomes you need to produce for the most important people in your life, you can look downstream at the “what.” What are the three or four biggest and most important outcomes you need to achieve in a day? How do those outcomes move you closer to your vision, your mission, your goals?If what you are doing doesn’t move you closer to your goals, you need to ruthlessly find a way to avoid that work. Delegate it. Defer it. Delete it. Automate it.Remember, you aren’t going to have any more time. This is it, baby, make it count!Just Say No.Let’s get ruthless . . . in a good way. You have to say “no” to a lot of things you want to say “yes” to. You have no choice in this matter. If you say “yes” to something, you are necessarily saying “no” to something else.Ask yourself, “By saying ‘yes’ to this request, what am I going to be saying ‘no’ to?” Are you willing to say “no” to something bigger because you are afraid to say “no” to something smaller? Are you comfortable occasionally disappointing others because you have to serve the people and the outcomes that make up your bigger purpose, your meaning?You pay for success in advance. Ruthless prioritization is part of that price. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Nadal into 4th round; Ostapenko out of Australian Open

first_imgThe step up to facing a top 10 player was too much.Kostyuk, who had nine double-faults — including one on match point — later joked about the defeat when asked later what she could take out of the 59-minute experience.“Well, a lot,” she said. “How much you have to pay Svitolina to have one-hour lesson? I got it for free.”Svitolina will next play Denisa Allertova. No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win over Kateryna Bondarenko.Petra Martic celebrated her 27th birthday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 over Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.“That was really ugly,” Martic said of the heat. “You need to be mentally tough and ready to just suffer out there.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “She’s a great fighter,” Svitolina, one of five women in contention for the No. 1 ranking, said of her fellow Ukrainian. “We’re going to hear a lot more about her.”Andreas Seppi withstood 52 aces from 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (5), 9-7 win in 3 hours and 51 minutes in the afternoon.Players were bothered and spectators clamored for shade and mist-spraying fans in searing heat earlier Friday, and organizers were on the verge of enforcing the tournament’s extreme heat policy before temperatures dropped significantly after peaking at 40 Celsius (104 F) around 2 p.m. local time.Alize Cornet, who had her blood pressure checked during a medical timeout in her 7-5, 6-4 third-round loss to Elise Mertens, was among those calling for a review of the limits that determine when play should be suspended.“I started to feel dizzy. … I was feeling super, super hot. I kind of felt that I could faint at any moment,” she said. “Playing in this condition is of course very dangerous for the health of the player.”She got some support from Nadal, who said the conditions were “very, very tough” but the Australian Open wasn’t the only tournament affected by high summer temperatures and at least it wasn’t humid.“Sometimes is too much and can become little bit dangerous for health,” he said. “It’s not nice to see players suffering that much on court.”Dimitrov beat No. 30 Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in just over three hours after the change came through and said “the heat didn’t scare me at all today.”Kyle Edmund overcame Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (0), 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 in 3 ½ hours on an open court in the peak of the heat, earning a spot in the next round against Seppi. No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta beat No. 23 Gilles Muller and will next play No. 6 Marin Cilic, a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) winner over Ryan Harrison.Kostyuk entered the tournament ranked No. 521 and opened with a win over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai, becoming youngest player to win main-draw matches at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Actor Will Smith had a prime position in the crowd to see Kyrgios win for the first time on Rod Laver Arena, taking the last five points in the tiebreaker for a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) victory.Kyrgios, aiming to be the first home-grown winner of the Australian men’s title in 42 years, will next play third-ranked Grigor Dimitrov.Nadal’s fourth-round match is against No. 24 Diego Schwartzman, who beat Aleksandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.The youngest player in the tournament and the oldest player in the men’s draw went out earlier on Day 5.Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk’s run with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img Return to coaching a blessing for Frankie Lim BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq His fellow French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko followed Nadal’s match on Margaret Court Arena but didn’t make it through to the second week, losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to No. 32-seeded Anett Kontaveit.The seventh-seeded Ostapenko’s loss left only two major winners in the women’s draw — and only one of them can reach the fourth round. Five-time major winner Maria Sharapova and former Australian and U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber are playing each other Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal had lost his only previous meeting against Dzumhur, when he had to retire because of heat-related issues in the third set at Miami in 2016.It was also a change of scenery for Nadal, who was playing on the No. 2 venue at Melbourne Park while local hope Nick Kyrgios beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a night match on the main court. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIES Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — The heat wasn’t a factor for Rafael Nadal this time against Damir Dzumhur, despite the searing temperature causing trouble for players earlier Friday at the Australian Open.Nadal reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with the 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win, and leveled his career head-to-head record with Dzumhur.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Visva Bharati to dissociate from Poush Mela Partha offers help

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Saturday assured assistance from the state government to Visva Bharati authorities for hosting “Poush Mela” in Santiniketan. Visva Bharati has decided to dissociate themselves from holding the Mela putting a doubt over the mega fair that draws people not only from the state and the country but from abroad as well. Chatterjee will also take up the matter with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”In the last few days, I have received several calls from students and people from the state who want that the annual event should continue. I have spoken to Vice-Chancellor of the university Bidyut Chakraborty and have asked him to inform the state government about the measures that need to be taken for continuation of the event. I have urged him to talk to the locals, educationists, students, alumni and the local administration and take their feedback on the matter,” Chatterjee said. According to him, Bengal’s sentiments are associated with this historical event and everybody wants that the Mela should be held. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Visva Bharati authorities have pointed out that catering to the pollution norms and taking up the entire responsibility of organising the fair has become difficult on their part. “There are now several modern machines for addressing the issue of pollution which can be utilised. But if the “Poush Mela” stops, it will be distressing,” the minister added. He further added that a new statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar will be unveiled at the playground of Hare School on June 11. A walk will be held from the campus to Vidyasagar College and the entire programme will be presided over by the Chief Minister. A half bust of Vidyasagar will be installed at Vidyasagar College and another statue will also be unveiled in the college campus. A bust of Vidyasagar was vandalised allegedly by BJP supporters during an election rally in the city that was led by Amit Shah last month. Leading educationists have been invited to be present at the programme.last_img read more

A New App Lets Mobile Users Make and Send PDFs

first_imgNovember 2, 2011 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story appears in the November 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Easy to use: Createpdf converts files automatically.Adobe’s PDF files are pretty much the small-business standard when it comes to reading and sharing documents in their original form. With a slew of PDF-friendly mobile apps out there, it’s easier than ever to review documents on the go. But creating and sending PDFs on the road has been a trickier step.A new app from Adobe aims to solve that. The tool gives users the ability to create and send PDFs from files on a tablet or other mobile device. Adobe announced in August that its CreatePDF app is available on iPhone and iPad–before it was only available on Android devices–and it’s a welcome addition.Just remember, this is Adobe. Nothing is free. The app costs a steep $9.99 as a download from the iTunes Store and can be used on both iPad and iPhone.What it is: CreatePDF lets users convert e-mail attachments or files stored in the cloud on any application into PDF files. The new files can then be e-mailed directly. The process is straightforward: When looking at a document, select “Open in CreatePDF” from the document menu and the app does the rest automatically. Converted PDFs can then be viewed and stored on your device.What you might like: Overall, it’s easy to use. Converting and e-mailing is simple, and the app can convert a wide variety of file formats, including Microsoft Word and other text documents, multiple kinds of image files such as JPGs and GIFs, PowerPoint presentations and files from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.What you might not like: The app is surprisingly bare-bones for the cost. Files are organized chronologically by the date they were converted, which can be a pain to manage. It’s probably a good idea to e-mail or move converted PDFs to applications such as Dropbox or PDF Reader as soon as possible to avoid losing track of them.Bottom line: If you send and receive a lot of PDFs outside the office, this is a handy tool to have in your kit. If you don’t, stick with a basic PDF reader on the go and wait to do your conversions back at your desk, which is both cheaper and simpler.  2 min read Register Now »last_img read more