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

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*   Minister of Finance Pravin Ghordan has agreed to relook his ban on the purchase of wines with state funds, announced in Parliament on Wednesday, after he received complaints from WOSA as well as Parliamentarians that entertaining foreign dignitaries without wine is unthinkable!

*   The Finalists for the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2013, with Diners Club Winemaker of Year Finalists 8c6ddd0d54d944b20bea1bae_630x462the theme of non-Bordeaux red blends,  have been announced:

+   Christiaan Groenewald of New Cape Wines

+   Mary-Louise Nash of Black Pearl

+   William Wilkinson of Wildekrans Wine Estate

+   Johan Malan of Simonsig

+   Johan Jordaan of Spier

+   David Finlayson of Edgebaston.

The 33rd Diners Club Winemaker of the Year will be announced at La Residence on 30 November. (received via media release from African Sky Communications)

*   Three in four American travelers book their accommodation in the same week as they are traveling in.  We see a similar trend locally.

*   The excellent Cape Town Art Fair is being held at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront, until Sunday, 10h00 – 20h00/18h00, representing more than 800 art works, 300 artists, and 40 galleries in Cape Town and Franschhoek.

*  Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: South Africa, which aired on CNN today, has been slated by viewers for its rudeness to South Africans, as well as to the restaurant scene in Cape Town.  Bourdain only filmed his show in Johannesburg and did not visit Cape Town, saying that he knew he would be criticised for that, but that Cape Town restaurants do not serve food representative of South Africa!  Bourdain was guided by Andrea Burgener, who has a restaurant in Johannesburg, and appeared in Season 2 of MasterChef SA.  He ate a sheep’s head, shot and ate impala, and ate at the Braamfontein Neighbourgoods Market, reports The Times. His series has won an Emmy Award.

*   The beautiful blue beach house on Camps Bay beach has been built for the filming of ‘SAF3, by the same Executive Producer Greg Bonann who also produced ‘Baywatch‘.  The R160 million production represents Malibu Beach.  The Camps Bay Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association has requested that it take over the building as a community hall once filming has been completed.  A matching blue lifeguard seat has also been erected on the beach for the shoot.

*   The Galileo Open Air Cinema launches at the croquet lawn outside the Springbok Museum in the V&A Waterfront on 7 November, and every Thursday evening until the end of April, with the screening of ‘Pretty Woman‘.   The movie program is here.

*   Rickety Bridge Blanc de Blancs 2009 received the Trophy for Best Blanc de Blancs Vintage at the 2013 Amorim Tsogo Sun Méthode Cap Classique Challenge, it being the maiden release. (received via Hazell Public Relations and Wine Consultants)

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

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