WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 25 June

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*  Locals as well as tourists may find it interesting to explore Cape Town underground as opposed to looking at its beautiful oceans and mountains!  Tours of Cape Town’s underground water canals are offered for small groups of up to fifteen persons, commencing at the Castle of Good Hope, with a one hour tour of the Castle, and another one hour section of the tour showing one the fresh running water coming from Table Mountain and running into the sea.  The canals were built by the Dutch in the 17th century, and were called ‘Little Amsterdam‘ at one stage.

*   After ten years of participating in his Kitchen Nightmare TV series, Chef Gordon Ramsay has closed the door to this popular program which advised struggling restaurant owners in the UK and USA in how to save their businesses.  More than 120 episodes were filmed over 12 seasons, and were sold to 150 countries, to have been seen by tens of millions of viewers.

*   Actor Sean Penn was seen having lunch at Truth on Buitenkant Street yesterday, being in pre-production for his new movie ‘The Last Face’, which will star Charlize Theron.

*   2011 MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn, and cook, writer, and presenter,  is coming to South Africa to film ‘Hayden Quinn South Africa, a 13-episode series which will be broadcast on SABC3 from 14 July at 21h30 onwards, giving local viewers an ‘outsider’s perspective on our beautiful and diverse country’.  He will visit top food producers, and will focus on sustainability, animal welfare, and concern for the environment.  He will learn about local cooking, and about the adventures one can enjoy in our country, e.g. preparing tuna sashimi on top of Table Mountain, cooking a potjie in a desert thunderstorm, shucking oysters in Knysna, and making a non-churn ice cream in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

*   Bouchard Finlayson was recognised at the SA Wine Index (SAWi) 2014 Awards this past weekend, winning Top Pinot Noir for its Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, as well as Top Red Blend (excluding Rhone or Bordeaux) for its Hannibal.  Bouchard Finlayson and Cederberg won the most awards, at two each.  The Bouchard Finlayson Tête du Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Hannibal, and Kaaimansgat Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay won Platinum Awards, scoring 95 plus out of 100 points.  SAWi awards evaluate consistency of performance over a number of vintages. (received via media release from FIVESTAR PR)

*   Durbanville Hills Rhinofields 2012, a Pinotage,  received Gold in the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards. The wine was matured in new and second-fill French Oak for 12 months.  The wine is named after the 320 ha of Renosterveld on the estate. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)

*   There’s more to a Barista than making coffee. He/she must have artistic skill, creativity and precision in making appealing cappuccinos and other coffee styles.  This was reflected in the Western Cape Finals of the 2014  Barista Championships, which were held during Hostex at the Cape Town International Convention Centre last month.  Held under the auspices of the Speciality Coffee Association of South Africa, Gerald (Doc G) of his own roastery Rock and Roller Coffee Culture won the provincial championship.  David Coleman of More Flavour made second place, while Rodrick Nzirainengwe from Union Hand Roasted came third.  Alhenrico Thomas of Famous Brands won the Latte Art competition.  The National Finals take place in November. (received via media release from Strategic Public Relations)

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

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