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Nitida Calligraphy 2014

Nitida Calligraphy 2014

Nitida Calligraphy 2014

Description of the wine from Nitida Wine Farm

I went for lunch at Cassia Restaurant and because it was my birthday they gave me as a present this wonderful wine so I decided to take a nice picture of it!

A rare combination of elegance with personality which will flourish into maturity! Blackberry, mulberry and red cherry feast captivates while firm dustings of Jarrah wood and dark cacao hint of the future. Will be brilliantly hosted by kudu carpaccio and pot roast guinea fowl pie.

‘Great wine is made in the vineyard’, this being ever-true in the case of Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meticulous leaf removal around the bunch zone allowed for improved sunlight penetration, thus ensuring optimal ripening and colour and flavour development. The Cape’s many winds served to further reduce our yields ensuring optimal fruit concentration. After selective hand-harvesting, the grapes are de-stemmed and individual berries are sorted across a vibrating table ensuring only the best grapes make their way to fermentation tanks. Fermentation takes place in open-top fermenters with punch-downs every four hours ensuring optimal colour, tannin and flavour extraction. The wine is then matured in 100% French oak (38% new oak) for twelve months followed by light filtration prior bottling.

FFG Futurum Financial Group

FFG Futurum Financial Group

FFG Futurum Financial Group

was formed on 1 October 1998. FFG has been assigning our experience and resources for more than 27 years, providing seamless, tailor, made insurance and risk solutions for top South African public companies, thousands of privately owned businesses and many more private individuals.

FFG is a leading independent financial services company, delivering a broad range of financial services and products. We specifically focus on areas of Wealth Creation and Preservation, Asset Risk Management Insurance Solutions and Employee Benefit Solutions. With more than 150 colleagues nationally, FFG unite to add value for clients via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry leading resources and technical expertise.

FFG has the resources and network to support your company’s growth. As an insurance based financial services provider, FFG focuses its activities on its key markets in strategie destinations throughout South Africa. With strong capabilities, matched by high standards of professionalism, we aim to be trusted as a corporate citizen that responds to the diverse expectations of stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, business partners, and employees.

Transformation plays a pivotal part of our growth strategy in South Africa.

FFG has become the cornerstone for many successful individuals and businesses in numerous sectors.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Location: Wide Angle photo studio Paarl

 

Bastille Festival 2017

Bastille Festival 2017

Bastille Festival 2017 15th and 16th July, where locals and visitors will be celebrating the valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.
Berets in hand.Red white and blue outfit planned to perfection. Now you’re ready to celebrate this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, 15th and 16th July, in style!
One of the main sponsor Boekenhoutskloof Wine with Porcupine and Wolftrap range of wines.

It was a wet weekend in Franschhoek due to rain… but we need the rain and most of all did not stop the fun!

Photographer Sandro Tasso Olympus Brand Ambassador in South Africa based in Paarl and in Franschhoek

 

Wedding at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek

Wedding at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek

Wedding at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek  picturesque location at the foot of the Klein Dassenberg Mountain Range in Franschhoek.

Nice and cosy wedding in Franschhoek at Mont Rochelle unfortunately the weather was not nice very wind so the ceremony was indoor.

Photographer Sandro Tasso Olympus Ambassador in South Africa member of SA professional photographer

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1 and Olympus OM-D EM-5 mark II

Lenses: Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pana Leica 25mm f1.5 Pana Leica 42.5mm f1.2

Bastille Festival 2016

Bastille Festival 2016

Bastille Festival 2016 16th and 17th July, where locals and visitors will be celebrating the valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.
Berets in hand.Red white and blue outfit planned to perfection. Now you’re ready to celebrate this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, 16th and 17th July, in style!
One of the main sponsor Boekenhoutskloof Wine with Porcupine and Wolftrap range of wines.

Olympus OM-D EM-1 | Pen F

Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro | Pana Leica 15mm f1.7 | Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro

Melissa and Ruan sneak peek

Melissa and Ruan sneak peek

 

Melissa and Ruan sneak peek.

What a wonderful and gorgeous couple! I had the opportunity to capture their emotions during one of the most important days of their lives………..at Cafe’ BonBon Franschhoek.

Unfortunately for me I dropped my main camera right at the beginning of the wedding while I was busy taking pictures of the decor, flowers and table settings with the result of a completely broken lens… anyway shooting at Cafe’ BonBon on this beautiful location and Melissa and Ruan being such a special couple made my job easier even if I lost one camera and the best lens I had.

Location: Cafe’ BonBon Franschhoek http://www.lapetite.co.za for more info on the location please contact Marie-Louise @

Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio

Gear used: Camera Olympus OM-D EM-1 and Pen F

Lenses: Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 17mm f1.8 | Pana Leica 25mm f1.4 | Pana Leica 42.5mm f1.2

Lens broken: Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO + one Olympus EM-1 body that I could not use at the wedding

 

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Harvest time at Goedgedacht Olive Farm

Harvest time at Goedgedacht Olive Farm situated on the sloes of Kasteelberg near Riebeek Kasteel

Olives for oil are picked when the olive have just turned green to purple and they’re at their fullest with oil.

As with wine the flavour of the olive oil depends on the variety, the climate, the cultivation methods and the terrain.

After olive trees have flowered the fruit starts to develop. Initially the olives are green and hard. Gradually as they ripen they change colour to yellow-green and then to reddish purple and finally to black.

Unripe olives have high levels of chlorophyll which gives them their green colour. During the ripening process the levels of chlorophyll fall and increasing amounts of carotenoid (the pigment which produces the darkening of the fruit) develop.

The traditional method of olive picking involves combing the ripe fruit from the tree into nets, or hand picking into baskets tied around the waist. Ladders are used to climb up into the trees to reach the fruit.

The quality of the olive oil will reflect the care taken at each stage.  To produce the finest cold pressed extra virgin olive oil the olives will be harvested by hand, treated with the utmost care and pressed quickly.  This helps retain the finest taste and quality.

Oil types:

Extra-virgin olive oil comes from virgin oil production only, contains no more than 0.8% acidity, and is judged to have a superior taste. Extra Virgin olive oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries.

Virgin olive oil comes from virgin oil production only, has acidity less than 2%, and is judged to have a good taste.

Pure olive oil is usually a blend of refined and virgin production oil.

Olive oil is a blend of virgin and refined production oil, of no more than 1.5% acidity.

You will also find oil described as ‘first press’ and ‘cold pressed’ – the first press yields the most flavoursome oil and pressing the oil without heat results in a smaller amount of higher quality product.

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1

Lens: Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

 

 

Elana and James

Elana and James

Elana and James Sneak peek wedding

Location: Spier Wine Farm Estate Stellenbosch

Great location great couple what else… one of the hottest day ever!

 

 

 

 

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2016 Porcupine Ridge Mtb Challenge

2016 Porcupine Ridge Mtb Challenge

2016 Porcupine Ridge Mtb Challenge Venue Bridge House Franschhoek Sponsor Porcupine Ridge

 

Studio Lighting Workshop

Studio Lighting Workshop

Studio Lighting Workshop Vintage Pin-Up sponsored by Olympus at Cameraland Cape Town

Come on saturday 6 february a basic studio lighting workshop.

time 08:30 – 12:30

cost: R100

Venue: Cameraland Cape Town

Studio Lighting Workshop