WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 11 May

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WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*  South Africa’s 2015 wine harvest commenced two weeks earlier than usual, and was 1% smaller than in 2014, according to VinPro, representing 3000 grape growers and wine cellars. ‘The 2015 harvest had the earliest start in decades. Warm weather in August resulted in earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry and windy summer kept vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks’, said Francois Viljoen, manager of VinPro’s Consultation Service. It has also been described as one of the ‘healthiest in years’, with almost no disease or rot. Record crops were achieved in Worcester.

*   In addition to major roadworks in Camps Bay, and on the intersection between Adderley and Strand Streets, the City of Cape Town has commenced with road repairs on Beach Road in Sea Point, between Helen Suzman Boulevard and Worcester Road, costing R3,9 million and to be completed by mid-June, reports the Atlantic Sun.

*   Majeka House will be offering Afternoon Tea from 22 May onwards, from 14h30 – 17h00. At the first Afternoon Tea Mingwei will perform a traditional Taiwanese Tea Ceremony.  Treats are served on three-tier stands, and may include a savoury scone, a Madeleine, an éclair, fruit tartlet, miniature roulade, macaroon, meringue, and marshmallows. The price of R200 includes a glass of sparkling wine, tea, or coffee. (received via media release from Manley Communications)

*   Madame Zingara and her Spiegelpaleis is returning to Cape Town, to the Grand Parade this season, which starts off on 7 July and runs to 26 September.  New acts in ‘The Celebration’ show, in its 15th season, will be seen, with artists from sixteen countries. A new menu has been developed, sound and lighting have been enhanced, and pyrotechnics can be expected. Price R650 – R950. (received via e-mail from Madame Zingara)

*   ⌊spasie⌋ is showcasing Chef Veronica Hibbert of Ellerman House at its next secret dinner at 97 Church Street, later this week on 14 and 15 May. The dinners allow Capetonians a taste of the prestigious boutique hotel’s cuisine. Sommelier Manuel Cabello will be pouring the Nativo wines, included in the price of R800 for the 5-course meal. (received via media release from Panache Communications)

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Tel (021) 433-2100, Twitter:@WhaleCottage  Facebook:  click here
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