WhaleTales: Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 16 October

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* La Residence in Franschhoek is the joint Best Hotel in the World, on the Conde Nast Top 100 Hotels as chosen by its readers, and Singita Sabi Sand and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness are in joint 3rd place. Lion Sands, Phinda Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, and Singita Kruger have all made the Top 100 Hotel list.

*   Cape Town has been ranked joint 11th Best City in the World, out of 25, on the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, following San Miguel de Allende in first place, followed by Florence, Budapest, Salzburg, Charleston, San Sebastian, Vienna, Rome, Siena, and Quebec City.

* ‘All these must see lists are nonsense because they sell books, magazines and they push websites but there is no truth behind it. What makes sells a place is if you had a great experience there and that’s something only you can do’ writes Lonely Planet Guide writer Doug Lansky about visiting Cape Town.

*   Leading award-winning wine blogger David White of Terroirist Blog questions the use of tasting notes in describing wines, and speculates that they are intimidating, driving wine drinkers to beer!

*   The Pepperclub is hosting a Spring series of Thursday late afternoon wine tastings, offering a free tasting of Creation wines this Thursday at 17h30 – 19h30. (received via media release from Epic Communications)

*   Strike action was threatened for today at Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester and Stansted airports.

*   The Col’Cacchio Celebrity Series fundraising project raised more than R300000 for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust, through the sale of 34000 pizzas this past winter. Chef Liam Tomlin, David Grier, Charly’s Bakery’s Biess family, and Jade Fairbrother inspired the four monthly designer pizzas. (received via newsletter from Col’Cacchio)

*   Pioneer Foods is to retrench or redeploy 1200 middle and senior management staff, following similar action at Pick ‘n Pay, reflecting the lowest retail sales growth in the past two years.

*   Fast food clients, of KFC in particular, have had their credit card details compromised and have allegedly been defrauded, impacting on each of South Africa’s banks.

*   The exact status and future of the Control of Marketing of Alcoholic Beverages Bill is uncertain, not having been promulgated a month after it was approved by Parliament!

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

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