Category Archives: Non-Wine Beverages

First Franschhoek One Naughty Lemon Limoncello!

One Naughty Lemon 001 lrThe first artisanal Limoncello made from Franschhoek lemons has been produced, with the naughty name of One Naughty Lemon!

The limoncello has been made by Franschhoek-based Sicilian Giuseppe La Gattuta, using an old family recipe, from the juice and skins of the lemons only, and without any colourants or preservatives. Continue reading →

New Country Club non-alcoholic classic beverages launched!

Country Club - Range lrA new range of ‘retro-cool’ alcohol-free classic beverages Country Club has been launched, for drinking as such, or mixing with favourite spirits, to drink as Sundowners and Cocktails.

The three classic beverages are Rock Shandy (with ginger and bitters), Lime & Soda, and Passion Fruit & Lemonade, and are available in 330ml cans at R7,99 from leading outlets.  Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 7 September

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*.  Ad agency J.Walter Thompson subsidiary Innovation Group has identified trends in the beverage industry. Consumers are supporting trends to regional and seasonal foods and beverages. In the USA cocktails have added Kobe beef fat and cheese liquor, for example, demonstrating that consumers are willing to experiment more. ‘Hybrid drinks’ are on trend too, wines being aged in whisky barrels, and a ‘Bourbon-infused Continue reading →

Proposed changes to national Liquor Act not easy to swallow!

imageThe Department of Trade and Industry has proposed amendments to the Liquor Act, which many alcoholic beverage users will find hard to swallow!

The most controversial amendment proposal is raising the legal drinking age to 21 years , reports the Atlantic Sun. Even more onerous for retailers, and restaurant and bar owners, is the proposal that such establishments be held liable for damage which is done by their intoxicated customers! One Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 3 July

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*   London’s first underground farm Growing Underground has been created in a disused bunker from World War II, below the Northern Line  at Clapham, reports The Daily Telegraph. The Farm will soon supply herbs to London restaurants, all grown without any impact on the environment.

*   More capacity has been added to flights traveling to Cape Town in Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 12 June

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*   Angelina Jolie and her son Pax were spotted arriving at OR Thambo airport yesterday, but the reason for the visit is not known, speculations including attending the meeting of the African Union. She was rumored to be celebrating her 40th birthday at Singita Lemombo, reports The Daily Mail. Subsequent reports have confirmed her attendance at the Africa Union meeting.

*   The new Silo Hotel, being built in the grain elevators above the new Continue reading →

International Cintron Premium Energy Drink range launched in South Africa!

Cintron-Jungle[1]Recently I received a sample pack of Cintron Premium Energy Drinks, an international American-driven brand that is now available in our country.

Made from natural mineral water from the Austrian Alps, and offering a range of three flavours made from pure fruit juices (natural, mango, pineapple, and cranberry), it is a healthy drink containing natural sweeteners, and Vitamins B5, B6, and B12. It contains Glucoronolactono for energy, and has no artificial colourants or preservatives.  It is Halaal certified.

The Cintron brand is positioning itself as a ‘premier luxury lifestyle beverage brand’, enjoyed by the international jet set, and is served at fashionable events such Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 3 February

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*   The Tourism Business Council of South Africa FNB Tourism Business Index reflects that the tourism industry is improving, with a score of 108 for the last quarter of 2014. A score of 100 is the norm.  The Accommodation sector did even better, with an Index of 113, despite the impact of Ebola, and the Immigration Regulation changes introduced late last year.  ‘Other Tourism‘ (e.g. transport, food and beverage) scored 104, lower than had been forecast for the quarter.  The exchange rate has played a role in the improving Index.  For the first quarter of this year an average Index of about 102 is expected.

*   The Cape Winelands is experiencing its earliest harvest in 49 years, having started very early in the new year, almost a month earlier than last year.  VinPro explains that three perfect winters with enough cold and sufficient rain, combined with an unusually warmer August, has led to the earlier harvest.  A smaller harvest is expected this year, but is expected to be of a good quality.  Winemakers are facing a challenge in their cellars in that many cultivars are ripening almost at the same time.

*   Cycling in Cape Town is one of the best ways to see our city, writes the Los Angeles Times, describing Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 4 December

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*   The Bartho Eksteen Sauvignon Blanc Celebration held in Hermanus recently selected ‘the 10 best of the best’ Sauvignon Blancs locally over the past 22 years, and then compared them to 10 top Sauvignon Blancs from other countries.  The winning Sauvignon Blanc was judged to be Fryer’s Cove Bamboes Bay, 2013, followed by Diemersdal MM Louw 2013, Palliser Estate 2012 from New Zealand, Dog Point 2008 from New Zealand, and Von Winning 1 2011 from Germany. (received via media release from the Bartho Eksteen Wijnskool)

*   Uber supports the Department of Transport’s Festive Season Road Safety campaign, it says in a media statement.  The campaign makes road safety everyone’s responsibility, to enhance law enforcement, and to increase road traffic safety awareness. Uber GM Alon Lits said: ‘Uber fully supports government’s road safety Continue reading →