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Fine Brandy Fusion: an evening of fine flavours, Bisquit takes the cake!

Fine Brandy Fusion This Is Brandy Whale Cottage PortfolioOn Thursday evening my friend Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht and I attended Fine Brandy Fusion at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, having been invited by Manley Communications.   Fine Brandy Fusion is a fine showcase for the local brandy industry, the Bisquit cognac with South African links being our highlight.

At the registration desk we received a goody bag, and a booklet of coupons, to allow us to taste brandy cocktails and taste some of the 50 fine brandies neat.  Immediately on entering we passed a smallish restaurant, catered by the Convention Centre kitchen.  The food quality of the Convention Centre has been poor at every exhibition attended in the past, but picked up when its new Chef Warwick Thomas arrived a year ago, reaching a new low at World Travel Market Africa last month.  I was immediately sceptical, but the food options which were displayed in a refrigerated unit looked better (just from the plating) than I have ever seen there before.   We received two food couponsFine Brandy Fusion Food Whale Cottage Portfolio each, which Bettie used for linefish and I ordered tasty calamari rings, Bettie saying that it would be important to line our tummies for the brandy tasting to come.  We both ordered a cheese platter as well.  The service was excellent and professional, and the prices very reasonable at about R50 each.  We felt severely under-dressed when a fashionista wearing fur and her partner shared our table! Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 18 December

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   An American study shows that the most annoying habits of fliers are ranked as inattentive parents of children,  back seat kickers, ‘aromatic‘ passengers, excessive drinkers, and overly chatty passengers!

*   The first sulphite-free wine range has been launched by Neil Patterson Wines, using South Africa-developed SurePure’s photopurification technology to clean liquids with ultra violet light, a more environmentally responsible and healthier wine preservative method.  The range consists of Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Merlot 2009, Chenin Blanc 2012, and Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, sourcing grapes from single vineyards. (received via media release from Tin Can PR)

*   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast a growth of  31% in passenger numbers internationally, between 2012 – 2017.    By 2017 3,9 billion passengers are forecast to be transported by airline travel.

*   KWV’s classic and sparkling wines will be available in India from month-end, after a marketing and distribution agreement Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 9/10 November

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Distell has handed over a whale disentanglement kit to the NSRI in Hermanus, funded by monies raised at the Whale Festival.

*   Fewer flights leaving the UK are delayed.

*   Cape Town has a new ambassador in Katie Holmes, Tweeting from Table Mountain with a photograph yesterday: ‘Beautiful day in Cape Town’.

*  The SA Brandy Foundation has recognised the contribution of a number of its product drinkers, and has inducted them into the Brandy Guild of SA: Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Warren Haefele, Schalk Burger, Wini Bowman, Peter Pitsiladi, Mike Meyers, and Amaro Fernandes. (received via Manley Communications)

*   Carlos Santana will be performing at the Grand Arena in Cape Town on 25, 26 and 27 February, his first Cape Town appearance ever.

*   About 41000 visitors from around the world attended the World Travel Market (WTM) in London earlier this week.

*   World Travel Market (WTM) is massive, offers poor quality Continue reading →