* Virginie Taittinger is following in her famous Champagne family’s footsteps by launching her own label Virginie T, a non-vintage Brut, 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay. She has made 100000 bottles. She has also made a Rosé, a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. She sells her champagnes directly from her website at £25,90, which includes delivery.
* Bouchard Finlayson is pairing its wines with a 4-course meal prepared by new Executive Chef Christo Pretorius at Azure at the Twelve Apostles hotel on 29 November, at R545. (via newsletter from Bouchard Finlayson)
* Waterkloof is hosting a ‘Six Senses Evening’ at the 2013 Helderberg Wine Festival on 14 November, their winemaker Nadia Barnard explaining that the sixth sense will focus on ‘enjoyment’! More than 20 Helderberg wine brands and 10 restaurants will offer their wines and food for tasting, including Avontuur Estate & Restaurant, Somerbosch Wines & Bistro, Blaauwklippen Vineyards & Barouche Restaurant, and Dornier Wines & Bodega Restaurant. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)
* The value of Travel Bloggers marketing a destination is uncertain, and it would be wrong to equate space of a blogpost with advertising value of the whole space. The New York Times has questioned the ethics and credibility of such travel blogging.
* Travel Tweets should be one third links to one’s product/service, one third sharing related content of others, and one third thanking others for sharing one’s information.
* Wolfgang Leyrer, former CEO of Allée Bleue, has started his own hospitality and wine consultancy. (received via media release from Manley Communications)
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage