WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headline: 13 November

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Provincial Minister Alan Winde is seeking greater powers in terms of liquor trading control, with amendments to the Liquor Act of 2008 to be tabled to the provincial Parliament. Changes proposed include searching premises without a warrant; repealing the restriction (150 liters) on the storage of liquor by private individuals; amending requirements for the granting of temporary and special events licences; prohibiting persons younger than 18 years from entering the area selling alcohol to be drunk on premises; and to simplify and clarify the trading days and hours in municipal areas not having defined such.  The public and trade will be allowed to comment on the planned changes to the Act, Minister Winde said. (received via media release from Minister Winde’s office)

*   Jordan Wine Estate was named South African Wine Producer of the Year at the 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition Annual Awards in London yesterday, a welcome celebration of the wine estate’s 30th anniversary of planting its first vines.  Jordan also  won the Blended Red Wine Trophy as well as the Chardonnay Trophy at the awards. (received via media release from Jordan Wine Estate)

*   Babylonstoren offers its visitors guided tours of the estate, highlighting its heritage and produce, including wine and olives, and offering olive oil and wine tastings.  Fruit and vegetables, including vineyards, have been on the farm since the era of the Dutch East India Company ships stopping by in Cape Town, but wines have only been made in the past four years.  Winemaker Charl Coetzee describes the Babylonstoren wines as ‘…honesty, simplicity, diversity and timelessness‘.  The wine range includes Chardonnay, Nebukadnesar Bordeaux blend, Chenin Blanc, Mourvedre Rosé, Viognier, Babel Red Blend, and Shiraz.  (received via media release from Manley Communications)

*   Fleur du Cap has launched a new artisanal range of eight salts called Exotic Salts, available at its Stellenbosch cellar.   Included in the range is indigenous Khoisan and Oryx Desert Salt, Caviar, Red Alaea and Black Lava Salt from Hawaii, pink Murray River Salt from Australia,  Persian Blue Salt from Iran, and Kala Namak Salt.  Fleur du Cap offers daily Wine & Salt pairings, at R75. (received via media release from GC Communications)

*   Cruz Vintage Black vodka is now available in South Africa, having been ‘handcrafted‘ in New York.  It is distilled five times and then charcoal filtered three times.  The cost is around R199, and it is available at leading liquor store, night clubs, bars, and restaurants.  (received via media release from Hazell Public Relations & Wine Consultants)

 Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Tel (021) 433-2100 Twitter:@WhaleCottage Facebook:  click here

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