WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 26 September


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Cape Town’s biggest sporting event, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, has been renamed the Cape Town Cycle Tour for 2015.  Entries for the Cycle Tour open today.

*   Infamous Irish chef and now restaurant consultant Conrad Gallagher, who left Cape Town under a cloud of debt, has set up shop in the Mother City again.  His website proudly brags about the restaurants to which he consults (a photograph he uses on his website is taken in chef’s uniform at the Table Bay Hotel).

*   Ajax Cape Town will make the Cape Town Stadium its new home ground for the next three soccer seasons, after a deal with the City of Cape Town, which was approved yesterday.  Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events, and Marketing, said the deal was part of the City’s goal to build an inclusive city, by supporting a sport with a large fan base.  According to the deal, the City will bear the direct costs of the Stadium over the three-year period.  All gate monies will be handed to the City, until the R3 million in direct costs have been recouped.  Ajax Cape Town has agreed to contribute up to R270000 to the costs, should there be a shortfall.  Any sponsorship income will be equally shared between the two parties.

*   De Grendel has had a very successful September, its wines winning numerous awards and medals, at the China Wine & Spirit Awards, the International Wine & Spirits Competition (5 silver medals), the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards (two gold medals and three silver medals), and Vitis Vinifera Awards (trophy for its MCC 2012, two Double golds, and four gold awards).  At the Nederburg Auction De Grendel Winifred 2008, a blend of Viognier, Semillon, and Chardonnay, was sold for R267 per bottle. (received via media release from Errieda du Toit PR)

*   Durbanville Hills is celebrating Halloween all month long in October, with its wines paired with treats such as caramel popcorn, strawberry fluffs, liquorice, and Mars bars, at a cost of R70.  On 31 October a Sunset Trail Run will be held through the vineyards, with 5 and 10 km distances, with runners encouraged to wear Halloween outfits, followed by a winetasting. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)

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

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