WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 24 April


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Tim James has used an aggregation poll of 29 wine retailers as well as writers, some international, to compile a Top 5 and Top 20 South African winery list.  The Top 5 ranked list is Sadie Family Wines, Mullineux Family Wines, Kanonkop, Boekenhoutskloof, and Chamonix.  The ranking from 6th to 20th is as follows: Paul Cluver, Newton Johnson, Cape Point Vineyards, Hamilton Russell, Vergelegen, Tokara, Thelema, Jordan, Cederberg, Delaire Graff, AA Badenhorst, Klein Constantia, Meerlust, Reyneke, and De Trafford.

*   A consumer promotion has been launched in the UK by Kumala wines, the largest selling SA wine in that country, to tie in with the launch of the ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom‘ DVD, with prizes of a visit to South Africa offered, DVDs, and wine.

*   Eat Out is inviting nominations for its Eat Out Top 500 restaurants to be included in the 2015 edition. The nominated restaurants will be evaluated by a panel, to choose the top 500 restaurants.  The closing date for nominations (on www.eatout.co.za) is 13 May. (received via media release from Irvine Bartlett)

*   The inaugural Mandela International Film Festival will be held from 3 – 12 December 2015 in Port Elizabeth.  Given the 20 years of South Africa’s democracy, the ‘inaugural festival will honour the film, entertainment and media legends that made a continuous effort to keep South Africa top of mind during the apartheid era as South Africa celebrate 20 years of freedom and independence’.

*   The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is offering its ‘Tea by the Sea’ with a chocolate feast in winter.  Their ‘Chocolate Tea by the Sea’ will be offered in May –  July, Pastry Chef Nathan Jacobs preparing a chocolate heaven of chocolate cupcakes with lime buttercream, orange and chocolate macaroons, chocolate crémeux, and chocolate brownies.  Added to this will be a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, vanilla panna cotta, shortbread, cream puffs, and almond frangipane. Cost R160. (received via media release from 5 STAR PR)

*   The House of JC le Roux is looking to spoil mothers on Mother’s Day on 11 May at its Le Venue restaurant, starting with a tasting of its Cap Classiques (R45), or a mixed tasting of its MCCs and sparkling wines (R35).  The 3-course lunch costs R340, and includes a free glass of La Vallée Rosé for the special mom. (received via media release from GC Communications)

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

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