Twelve Apostles Sweet Service and Neil Pendock Sour Service Awards

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Twelve Apostles Hotel and its GM Horst Frehse, for their invitation to attend ‘Horst’s Table of Friendship’ lunch at Azure restaurant last month, prepared by Chef Henrico Grobbelaar and his team, a regular lunch hosted by the hotel to reconnect with their GM, and to allow a mix of hospitality persons to meet others.  The starter was a whipped goat’s cheese paired with Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2010; the main course was springbok loin, paired with Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2009; and a dessert of chocolate moelleux was paired with Waterford Heatherleigh NV.  Not only was the food, wine, and company a delight, but it was a perfect sunny winter’s day too.

The Sour Service Award goes to increasingly unkempt wine hack Neil Pendock, who wrote a shocking post on the Sunday Times blog on the eve (pardon the pun) of Women’s Day, degrading women generally, and those in the wine industry specifically, not acknowledging their winemaking skills, and is in extremely poor taste. No medium should be abused as a platform to vent female-hatred, especially relating to the public holiday that salutes the sacrifices and successes of women. Pendock does not appear to receive the same standing and space in the newspaper as he once did, and the Sunday Times should disassociate itself from such smut, apologise to all women, and delete the blogpost!

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog.  Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at   Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in theWhaleTalesnewsletters on the website.

6 replies on “Twelve Apostles Sweet Service and Neil Pendock Sour Service Awards”

  1. lolla says:

    I have a friend who works at Spier and she told me they were trying their best to get Neil Pendock out of the Secret Festival they are hosting later this year. Apparently he wiggled himself into a position to host a pizza and chenin blanc workshop. The problem is that they have received correspondence from other media saying that if he is part of the festival they are boycotting it. I can now understand why.

  2. Thanks for the feedback Lolla, interesting as always! What does Neil know about pizza?


  3. lolla says:

    I have no idea, he has written a blog or two about it. Would be interesting to see how it all works out, or not!

  4. David says:

    Not a nice person, his career seems to be on the wane.

  5. I assume you are referring to Neil Pendock David?


  6. David says:

    Of course !

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