WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 18 – 21/4

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   CNN has included Cape Town as one of the Best Easter egg hunts around the world, in the company of London, New York, Miami, Vienna, Washington, France, Toronto, and Sydney.  The hunt for the treasure chest of Easter eggs on Table Mountain was guided by clue cards handed out by Mad Hatters Tea Party characters.

*   Fourteen travel bloggers, two from South Africa, will form part of a #MeetSouthAfrica blog campaign by SA Tourism, the bloggers travelling throughout our country and blogging about their journey, culminating in INDABA, the travel expo in Durban in early May.

*   The Banking Ombudsman has reported that 23% of the almost 5000 complaints received in the past year related to ATMs, the number of such complaints close to doubling from the year before, reports The New Age.  About 40% of the cases were ruled in favour of the bank clients.

*   A tasting of five wines in Seattle in Washington last week included as the only South African wine Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009.  Unfortunately its write up about the winemaker Pieter Ferreira is completely incorrect, referring to him as ‘skilled winemaker Graham Beck, who trained for years in the Champagne region before returning home to his native South Africa to make wine. Many consider Beck responsible for positioning South African wine firmly among the great winemaking regions in the world‘.

*   SA Tourism has included four local picnic destinations in its promotion of our country, being a self-bring picnic at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, as well as picnics made by Boschendal, Vergelegen, and Spier.

*   South African Andre Lotz and his American wife Margo have opened Firehouse Wine Bar & Shop in Mobile, Alabama, both selling as well as serving wines and beers.  They plan to offer South African style tapas dishes too.

*   World Book Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, with City of Cape Town libraries hosting story-telling sessions, reports The CapeTowner.  The Central Library will host a Storytelling Festival, to be held in the Company’s Garden.  UNESCO initiated the annual celebration of books, of reading, publishing, and copyright almost 20 years ago.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Twitter: @WhaleCottage

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