WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 27 January

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Loadshedding has returned with a vengeance, starting with Schedule 1, and switching to Schedule 2 during the course of yesterday afternoon, due to ‘unforeseen technical problems’, according to Eskom.

*    A Scottish B&B owning couple is taking TripAdvisor to court for refusing to divulge who is posting ‘bogus’ reviews about their establishment, so that they can sue for defamation.  The review company says that it must be sued in the USA, where the company’s headquarters are.

*   New FlySafair airline is lowering its prices due to lower fuel costs.  Between February and July 20000 seats will be made available, despite using ‘demand based pricing’, which sees prices increase as demand increases.

*   Cork producer Amorim has announced a 0,5% donation of its cork sales to members of the Cape Winemakers Guild during this year, to benefit the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme.  The company already makes cork available for the second year students on the program, for the wines they make.  The majority of Cape Winemakers Guild wines are closed with cork, Amorim MD Joaquim Sá said.

*   Stellenzicht has transformed its tasting room, where visitors can taste its Golden Triangle and Hill&Dale wines.   The farm is between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, and dates back to the 1600s.  Winemaker Guy Webber said that the new tasting room, designed by Tony Totten, is more spacious than the previous one: ‘But our wine is also about showing provenance – a sense of origin. The new tasting room was conceived to showcase that heritage’.  On the last Friday of every summer month a Sundowner Picnic Concert with live music is held at the wine estate. (received via media release from Manley Communications) 

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

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