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

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WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The Washington Post has visited, and was so impressed with the Van Ryn’s Distillery outside Stellenbosch, and the taste of brandy, that the writer recommends that tourists should go for our brandy instead of our wines!  The writer visited Jorgensen’s Distillery Upland Organic Estate, both in Wellington, as well as Tokara.

*   The 2014 BestCities Client Workshop will be held in Cape Town from 8 – 10 December, hosted by the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau.  Delegates representing 22 international associations across a diversity of disciplines such as pharmaceutical, medical, science, academia, and technology will meet.  Cape Town and its conference facilities will also be showcased to the delegates.

*   The City of Cape Town is awaiting input from the public to its draft Coastal Management Programme, with a deadline of 3 December. The city has a total coastline of just over 300 km. The Programme addresses the highlights of the coastline, but also the risks it faces due to climate change.

*   Dalla Cia has launched a new 5 ml Corretto Grappa sachet, a standard drink to accompany an espresso after a meal in Italy.  In Italy the grappa would be added to the espresso if ordered Caffè Corretto.  As this is not a local practice, Dalla Cia Wine & Spirit Co has launched the bring-along Grappa locally, for use in restaurants or at home.  The Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Grappa contains 43% alcohol, and costs R10 – R16. (received via media release from Errieda du Toit PR)

*   The Silwood School of Cookery has celebrated its 50th anniversary, reports the Sunday Independent.  It was founded in 1964 by Lesley Faull, and is now run by her daughter Alicia Wilkinson and granddaughtter Carianne Wilson.  Some of their better known students include Melissa van Hoogstraten of Melissa’s, Tracy Genricks and Marijke Duminy from Four & Twenty Cafê, and Roxy Floquet of Cake Design Company. The book  ‘A Year at Silwood‘ is being finalised, to celebrate the anniversary.

*   Rashid Lombard, the founder of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and its organiser, is leaving the organisation of future Jazz Festivals to others, reports the Sunday Argus. Lombard and his daughter Yana are leaving the festival organisation company, and want to get involved in developing the music talent of young performers, in being a music consultant, and documenting his music history archive.

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

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