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As request, and something we have been wanting to do for a while now, here is our weekly selection of wines to showcase on the Best Wine Guide. These wine are all either Platter's four stars or more rated wines or award winning wines, as awarded by the likes of Veritas, Michelangelo, Decantor and more.
These wine represent some of the best wines produced in South Africa and we hope our selection will accommodate as many wine lovers as possible.
As a whole the wine industry has not see a vast amount of innovations for consumers. Much of the innovation is found in wineries or bottling plants and their impact is not (and it really shouldn't be) notable on the palette when enjoying a bottle of wine. The Somm by SYNEK challenges that, by bring an innovative and smart wine dispenser right to your counter top. In much the same was as they had done with their craft beer dispenser, the Somm is much like an automated espresso coffee machine, but for wine.
Basically, the Somm is an automated wine dispenser which controls your wine's temperature and aeration (two factors which influence the taste of wine) for the specific wine you will be pouring. It incorporates an innovative and eco-friendly packaging solution as well as a smart phone app, all in a compact an modern case design. The project on KickStarter has already been successfully funded and stretch goals are sure to still be added.
The launch and immediate success of the 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter made me incredibly happy and equally optimistic about the current (and future) state of strategic board games and tabletop gaming in general. With over 18 000 backers and 1.8 million British Pounds (3.8 million Namibian Dollars) raised mid way through its campaign, 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' is gearing up to be one of the most successful tabletop projects on Kickstarter and, in my opinion, one of the most significant of the last few years.
While it is probably safe to say that very few crowdfunded tabletop games will ever compare to the success of 'Exploding Kittens' (having raised over U$8.7 million from 200 000+ backers), 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' has already etched its way into third spot in terms of the number of backers for tabletop games on Kickstarter and will, most probably, finish with the second most backers. This is huge, not only for the game itself (and subsequent fan base), but it is a big deal for tabletop gaming across the board.
No other video game developer does things (or more fitting, everything) quite like Blizzard Entertainment does. From developing, in my opinion, the most iconic video games to spectacular live events and tournaments, from highly detailed merchandise to a blockbuster feature film, Blizzard has this unique ability to bring a world of fantasy to life, fantasy that feels real and alive.
Blizzard has been know for bringing characters and items from their fictional worlds to life in various art forms and their latest is an iconic item from World of Warcraft; Ashbringer - a Paladin Artifact weapon. Watch legendary Hollywood blacksmith Tony Swatton of Sword and Stone use the mighty tools of his trade to bring Ashbringer to life.
Kicking of a new series of weekly blog posts titled 'Kickstarter Projects of the Week' (hence the hashtag #KSPOTW), I want to start off with a project that is both 'bizarre and beautiful' as well as an inspiration on a personal level. Pinstripe - An Adventure Through Hell is a 2D adventure video game about an ex-minister named Teddy who must explore Hell in search of his daughter Bo, who has been kidnapped by a strange entity claiming to be God.
This amazingly artistic looking adventure game is the result of the passion and dedication of a one-man development team and all credit goes to Thomas Brush and his development studio Atmos Games. Thomas has single-handedly been working on Pinstripe for more than three years and just by looking at the artwork and campaign video on Kickstarter, you can see that this project is not just another indie video game, but a fine work of art.
As of recent years, the 'performance' coupe segment has grown, matured and become rather crowded. New comers are snapping at the ankles of the top dogs of years past; making this an interesting segment to watch. The 2018 RS5 Coupe is Audi's second generation offering from its Audi Sports stable of the RS5 Coupe.
This is certainly not your grandfather's bottle opener. Most probably not your father's either. APÉRO is the world’s first nitrous oxide powered wine opener. So easy and effortless, you'll never want to open a bottle of wine any other way! This space age looking bottle opener is designed for anyone to use and APÉRO Wine is looking to crowdfunding to bring it to market.
Spring is a very special season for wine loves. It quickens the anticipation for summer's longer days and warmer nights, which both make for perfect times to enjoy a glass of wine, be it a chardonnay with a crisp lunch salad or a merlot with a light dinner. But what is even more special about spring is that it is the perfect time to bring out the rosés.
Coffee. Some like it strong, while others like it sweet and some like it black and others like it with cream. There is no one way to enjoy coffee, but if you like it really strong and like your caffeine to knock on your door real hard, you should consider Death Wish Coffee. If you have not heard about it, here is a little introduction to possibly the world's strongest coffee.
The race has been on over the last year or so as to who will be the overall winner in the wireless earbud race. And for sportsmen and women, that race has been closely watched. Most well established brands have launched their own earbuds, but it has been the 'indie' product design market which has put serious contenders into the race. Axum Gear, a new entry looking to come out on top, has an interesting pair.