WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 22 July

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WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Norwegian Air is planning to introduce low-cost flights between Gatwick and Cape Town.   The airline has recently introduced low-cost flights Los Angeles, New York, and Fort Lauderdale from Gatwick.

*   Edelweiss and Lufthansa airlines have announced that they will increase capacity to their flights to Cape Town.   From October Lufthansa will be putting larger A340-600 aircraft on the route, adding 30% more capacity.  Similarly Edelweiss will add 30% more capacity between Cape Town and Zürich from December to March, by flying three times a week.

*   Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient has received an Award of Excellence in the Wine Spectator Restaurant Wine List Awards, one of only three recipients of the Award in Africa. The minimum requirement is to stock 400 wines – Restaurant Mosaic stocks 40000 ‘fine and rare wines‘. (received via e-mail from Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient).  Rust en Vrede and five hundred are the other two recipients of the Award, Chantel Dartnall has informed.

*   Two Oceans wines have new redesigned labels for its Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and  Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend, to make them look lighter, fresher, and brighter. The Cape Peninsula coastline, where the two oceans meet, has become more prominent in the design, reflecting the influence of the oceans on many local wine brands.  The pay-off line is: ‘crafted by the African sun and cool sea breezes‘. The brand is sold in more than 80 countries.  (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
*   Vredenheim Wildlife and Winery is also linking to the Steam Train running from Cape Town on 31 August, offering its guests the trainfare, a winetasting, a viewing of their Big Cats Park, and a 2 course lunch, at R450 per adult and R350 per child.  (received via e-mail from Vredenheim)
*   A private tour of Cederberg Private Cellar, one of this country’s highest wine estates,  is available to guests of Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, showing them not only the vineyards and winery, but also the rugged landscape. Cost is R1500 per group of four.  Cederberg wines feature on the winelist.  A Rooibos Safari is also offered. (received via media release from FIVESTAR PR)

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

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