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#HLDiscovery: Christmas Trees, Cakes and Pinot Noir

Here's what's on the #HLDiscovery radar this week.


Boney M. is playing in the shops, decorations are up and there's anticipation in the air – there is no denying it, the festive season is on our doorstep. This week’s #HLDiscovery list focuses on activities, items and experiences that will get you in the holiday mood.

1. Bouchard Finlayson 2013 Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 

Holidays call for special wines that you may not get the chance to sample every day. Bouchard Finlayson 2013 Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir is one of those special wines. This prestigious wine has scored a gold medal in the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2018, in a prestigious line-up of the best ‘New World Wines’. This is the latest award the estates’ iconic wine has received. The 2013 vintage is a perfectly aged, complex wine that has delicious raspberry, quince and blackberry flavours with nutty notes. It is definitely a wine you would want on your feast table.


2. Velvet Cake Co Festive Slices

The popular cake shop has decided to offer a decadent range of christmas themed cakes and cupcakes that will definitely delight all who see and, more importantly, eat them. Based off the bestsellers for the year, the offerings include Christmas red velvet mint-caramel cupcakes, a mint-chocolate cake topped with an impressive wreath from Flowerheart, and Deary and Snowy mini cakes. Deary is a mini chocolate cake filled with pink cream-cheese icing, a Lindt ball nose and reindeer antlers, while Snowy is a mini vanilla cake, filled with festive green cream-cheese icing, covered in white vermicelli, with a carrot nose and top hat. Both cakes are filled with liquorice All Sorts, which spill out when you cut into them. You can also get their famous rainbow cake, which is decorated with festive flair.


3. Pesto & Wine Play at Neil Ellis Wines

If you are spending your festive season in the Cape, you simply have to make a trip into the Winelands. If you are looking for a unique and delicious experience, head to Neil Ellis Wines to try out their Pesto & Wine Play. The Neil Ellis team enlisted the help of a local chef – the result is a selection of recipes that have been tweaked over time to create four yummy pestos to cross-pair with four of the highly acclaimed Neil Ellis Terrain-Specific Wines. It is not a dedicated set of pairings, so you are encouraged to experiment with the respective pestos and wines, and discover your own choice combinations. The pestos include chickpea curry, beetroot and almond, mint and pecan-nut and kale and cashew. The wines include Amica Sauvignon Blanc, Whitehall Chardonnay, Bottelary Hills Pinotage and Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon. The experience costs R100 per person. 


4. Moët & Chandon Golden Tree

One of the most iconic symbols of the festive season is the Christmas tree and, this year, Moët & Chandon have decided to light up the Silo District at the V&A Waterfront with a grand Golden Tree, created entirely from champagne bottles. The tree is four storeys high and made up of more than 1 800 recycled Champagne bottles collected from all over South Africa. It is also filled with 230m LED lights, making it even more spectacular. To launch the festive season, there will be a Moët & Chandon’s Golden Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday 29 November at Silo 7, where you can can enjoy performances by South African Youth Choir and the Cape Town City Ballet, and see the Golden Tree in all its glory. Everyone can enjoy the ceremony for free.