Entries tagged with “pinot noir”.


On Tuesday I attended the first tasting of wines introduced by a winemaker and paired with a meal, at OpenWine, the tasting room representing a number of our country’s top wine brands in its Wale Street venue, at the invitation of co-owner Marta Gobbo. It is the first time that I have experienced their new format of wine tasting and food pairing. (more…)

On a day that was already going well, it was hard to imagine that it could get even better with an invitation to attend the 2017 launch of the #HQFineWining (what a clever hashtag) series of food and wine pairing dinners. Graham Beck bubblies were served and we were told that bubbly pairs well with all kinds of foods, including the well-known HQ steak! (more…)

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New vintage Graham Beck’s Gorgeous Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2016 is a gorgeous way to celebrate the day, with a lovely pink (more…)

Graham Beck LogoA surprise announcement yesterday was that Graham Beck Wines will consolidate all the wine interests in its Graham Beck brand portfolio in its Méthode Cap Classique  (MCC) range.  The Graham Beck MCC focus will be supported by a ‘substantial financial investment‘, its CEO Chris du Toit has announced. (more…)

SV_Food Pairing_05PinotNoirWelmoed, part of Stellenbosch Vineyards, has launched two new wine varieties, a Pinot Grigio 2015, and a Pinot Noir 2014.

The new wines are described as follows: (more…)

imageSpier has announced the launch of its brand new Secret Sparkling 2015, made by winemaker Jacques Erasmus.

The new Chardonnay Pinor Noir MCC costs R65, and is available from the Spier wine (more…)

image Steenberg is to launch a new ‘exclusive special occasion’ Lady R MCC under mystery conditions!

What has been revealed is the name of the new MCC, Lady R, in honour of Catharina Ras, the feisty founder of the Steenberg farm. It is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  It has been left on the lees for five years, one year for each of Catharina Ras’ husbands! Only 250 (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Uber and Discovery Health are partnering in a flu vaccination drive on Friday 22 May, between 10h00 and 16h00, a Discovery Health accredited nurse coming to one’s home or work and offering five vaccinations to persons 18+ years for R100. The promotional code is UBERHEALTHSA. The nurse will also bring a flu prevention pack with some surprise items. Discovery Vitality members receive 1000 Vitality points, while DiscoveryCard holders will receive a refund of the R100. (received via media release from Uber).

*   KWV has won 35 international awards in three competitions in the past week: At the International Wine (more…)

Ken Forrester Wines Whale CottageYesterday we were invited by Ken Forrester Vineyards to attend a tasting of twelve of its Rhône blends, produced in the last twenty years of its journey in making Rhône varietals and blends.  One could not help associate owner Ken Forrester with the character of these wines, having interesting names of Renegade, Three Halves, and Gypsy.  The tasting was followed by lunch at 96 Winery Road, a restaurant co-owned by Ken with his brother.Ken Forrester View Whale Cottage

We met at the Ken Forrester Tasting Room, on a gorgeous sunny autumn day, dressed with a Gypsy theme, in table cloths, carpets, staff outfits, bunting in the vineyard, a banner at the entrance, and ribbons on our media packs, all reflecting the Gypsy theme. (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Edelweiss Air will offer two return flights per week between Cape Town and Zürich during the Cape’s next summer season, in new-look interior aircraft.  New seat configurations and an in-flight entertainment system with touch screens will be available.

*   Cape Town has the potential to become a tourism link to Antarctica, an opportunity which is not being utilised at all by our tourism authorities, shows research conducted at the University of Western Cape. The 6 hour flight from Cape Town has few seats reserved for tourists, the bulk of the 35000 tourists per year arriving by ship from Argentina.  Tourism facilities are minimal on the island, and the flights are expensive, not favouring the development of tourism currently.   Cruise tourism to Antarctica via Cape Town could also be encouraged.

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