WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 13 August


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Good news is that the UK travel industry is seeing the first signs of recovery, after two years of a ‘meltdown‘, which severely affected the Western Cape tourism industry too!

*   One third of active American travelers travel with a smart phone and a tablet, and are an important market to watch for trends, now called the ‘Digital Elite’!

*   Ataraxia Serenity 2008 was the best selling wine at the recent Free State FNB Wine Show. (via media release from Ataraxia)

*   Sarah Baker of Wild Peacock Emporium has moved to the wholesale division of Wild Peacock, focusing on the supply of artisanal boutique cheeses.

*   French wine estate owners are being warned against fraudulent buyers of their properties, a number of Chinese, Russian and Ukranian buyers having been found to be tax avoiders and money launderers!

*   Robin Thomas has been appointed as the Resort Manager of the One&Only Cape Town. (via media release from Manley Communications)

*   Canadian wine buyers are encouraged to buy South African wines, to grow our economy and to support underprivileged persons, including children.

*   Mango has fired 24 members of staff for dishonesty, for pocketing monies for themselves which they had generated through on-board food and beverage sales.

*   American wine sales are more regulated than those in South Africa!

*   A new app Gust Finder helps one find coffee shops in South Africa.

*   King Goodwill Zwelithini has launched his Bayede! 7 Icon wine range, for which orders have been placed by Walmart for distribution in China.   The range consists of Queen Mantfombi Dry Sparkling Rosé 2009 MCC, The Prince White 2011, Queen Thomo Sauvignon Blanc 2010, The Prince Red 2010, King Goodwill Merlot 2009, HM King Goodwill Pinotage 2010 23/40 Limited Edition, HM King Goodwill Shiraz 20006, and King Shaka Jubilee 2006.

*   Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA), a recently founded association of 15 independent premium winemakers, will target the UK Premium Independent Winemakers of South Africamarket initially, followed by Sweden, Canada, and the USA next year.  Members include Ken Forrester Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Journey’s End Vineyards, Mullineux, Paul Cluver, Ataraxia, Beaumont Wines, Cederberg, The Drift, Glenelly, Jordan, Mulderbosch, Newton Johnson, Shannon, and The Winery of Good Hope.

*   The national SA Terroir Award 2013 winners are as follows:

+   Pinotage:  Anura Pinotage Reserve 2010

+   Port:  Bergsig Cape Late Bottled Vintage 2003

+   Cabernet Sauvignon:  Bon Courage Inkarà 2011

+   Sparkling wine: Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Brut Rosé 2007

+   Shiraz:  Cederberg 2010

+   Chardonnay:   De Wetshof Bateleur 2009

+   Malbec:   Diemersfontein Carpe Diem 2010

+   Semillon:   Ghost Corner 2011

+   Sauvignon Blanc:   Ghost Corner 2011

+   White Blend:   Hermanuspietersfontein Die Bartho 2011

+   Viognier:  Kranskop 2012

+   Noble Late Harvest: Kranskop Viognier 2011

+   Red Blend:   Nelson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2008

+   White Muscadel:   Nuy 2005

+   Chenin Blanc:   Wildekrans Barrel Selection Reserve  2011

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio:  www.whalecottage.com  Twitter: @WhaleCottage

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