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It is almost impossible to summarize the goosebump specialness of being in the company of two creative geniuses on Saturday afternoon, at Salon58 No 11, with the theme of ‘Trace’ – style and fashion icon Jackie Burger and Michelin-star chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen.  (more…)

Wellington-based Bosman Family Vineyards has looked at Italian wine styles, grape varieties from Sicily being particularly suitable to plant locally, given climate change and our current shortage of water. The wine estate has been in the Bosman family ownership for eight generations already.  (more…)

imageDoolhof Wines launched the newest vintages in its Signatures range as well as of the new Legends of the Labyrinth Theseus, at Dash restaurant at Queen Victoria Hotel in the V&A Waterfront yesterday afternoon. Changes in its wine and accommodation offerings for next year were announced. (more…)

imageCape Town has received a boost from the illustrious Condé Nast Traveler magazine, which asked last week if the city is the new Gin Capital of the world, replacing London! (more…)

Neil Ellis Webb Ellis Main shot flat 2010Neil Ellis Wines is launching a Webb Ellis wine to reflect the role of Neil Ellis’ family in the success of his forty-year wine-making history.

Having set up the Neil Ellis Wines brand in his own name over the past 40 years, Neil Ellis has now incorporated his son Warren into the business, as winemaker and as viticulturist.

To recognize the broader family role in the making of Neil Ellis wines, a Webb Ellis wine has been launched, recognizing the past, present, and future of the wine brand. The name Ellis has been added, acknowledging the role of his wife Stephanie (whose maiden name is Webb) in Neil’s journey, and being his pillar of support in it.  All three their children are involved in the business, with Charl handling accounts, and (more…)

imageThe Doolhof lunch held at La Mouette last Friday introduced us to three new aspects: the new Doolhof winemaker Gielie Beukes, the new Doolhof vintages, and the new interior decor of La Mouette.

New winemaker Gielie Beukes met the media for the first time at the function, having started at Doolhof last September. He comes across as a little shy in speaking, but his confidence will grow. I was lucky in sitting next to him, so could obtain more information from him after he introduced us to his range of wines, just after General Manager Johan Fourie welcomed us. Gielie handled all aspects of the 2015 harvest for the first time, which meant imagethat some of the wines we tasted (2014 and older) had been overseen by Rianie Strydom, who consults to the wine estate. Gielie moved across from Schalkenbosch, in Tulbagh, having previously worked harvests in Bordeaux and Napa, and having worked at Glen Carlou and La Motte. Gielie announced that they are discontinuing their Shiraz, and will sell off their grapes of this variety. They have also discontinued their Wooded Chardonnay, in a move to consolidate their range. Gielie shared with me that doing harvests in different countries was an immense learning experience, the French looking for optimum ripeness when picking grapes, while the Americans look for premium ripeness, picking grapes at an almost over-ripe state. Gielie is not only the winemaker, but has also been appointed as the Estate Manager. (more…)

imageIt was a chance bumping into each other at Raith in the Gardens Centre less than a week before I flew to Germany that led Simon and Celia Obholzer of Simelia Wines from Wellington and I to arrange to meet each other in Munich, being in the city in the same period. Traveling with their fellow wine marketers Johanimagein Innerhofer and Laura Mauri from Capelands Wine Estate in Somerset West, we had a superb cosy cocooning dinner together last night.

Cocoon is the name which was given to the restaurant by its previous (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*  The Good Food & Wine Show will be brought to Mumbai in India for the first year this year, after 16 years of running the show in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, show organisers Fiero Milano have announced. (more…)

Cape Epic 2015 2South Africa’s most challenging mountain bike race starts rolling today for the 12th time, an eight-day Untamed African Mountain Bike Race challenge for 600 cycle teams covering more than 700 km through Cape Town and Western Cape towns on its route.  Its impact on the local economy of R300 million makes it one of the most significant events for our region.

The local and international media coverage is vast, with 1,1 million YouTube views, and 25000 hours of TV coverage in 175 countries.   The City of Cape Town supports the ABSA Cape Epic to help position our city as the Events Capital of Africa, and to stimulate job (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   SA Tourism is going on another India Road Show this year, visiting Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and New Dehli in February. Franschhoek Wine Valley and Paarl & Wellington Tourism are some of the local Road Show participants. India Country Manager for SA Tourism Hanneli Slabber said that some 24000 tourists from India visited our country between January and March last year.

*   ‘Rear seat kickers’ are the worst type of passengers on an airplane, an Expedia Airplane Etiquette Study has found! Other annoying passengers are inattentive parents, ‘aromatic passenger’,audio insensitive’, and ‘boozer’!

*   Qantas is the world’s safest airline, out of a total of 449, included in the latest Top 10 AirlineRatings.com safe airlines list, which (more…)

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