WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 17 June

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Johnny Clegg has been added to the Birthday List of Queen Elizabeth II, for an OBE (Order of the British Empire), reports Business Day.

*   Jeff Gradwell has left the KWV to join Stellenbosch Vineyards as Group Sales and Marketing Executive. He has previously worked at Nederburg and Haute Cabriere. (Via wine.co.za)

*   Wine Owners has conducted a study on what/who influences their clients’ wine buying choices: Robert Parker (56%), Jancis Robinson (49%), Neal Martin (29%), Antonio Galloni (26%), Burghound (22%), Tim Atkin (20%), Stephen Tanzer (17%), and Jamie Goode (14%). Further, newsletters from wine critics, and friend and wine merchant recommendations influence purchases.

*  French Minister of the Environment Ségolène Royal is calling for a boycott of Nutella, for its use of palm oil as an ingredient, which can only be sourced by destroying forests.

*   [spasie] underground restaurant is hosting three functions this month. Chef Michelle Theron from Pierneef à La Motte will cook tomorrow and Friday night, pairing her courses with La Motte wines; Chef Lapo Magni will cook on 24 and 25 June, his dinner paired with Morgenster wines; and a Sunday Funday Brunch will be held on 28 June. Price R650.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio, Tel +27 825511323. www.whalecottage.com Twitter:@WhaleCottage

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