WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 28/29 June


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The price of petrol is to increase by 29 cents a litre on Wednesday 2 July.

*  Fox recommends seven things to do in Cape Town that will make you feel like a local: understanding the struggle by visiting Robben Island; meet the people of Cape Town in the townships; get to know the Cape Malay culture and cuisine in Bo-Kaap; shop at the V&A Waterfront, Chandler House, Merchants on Long, Olive Green Cat, the Woodstock Exchange, and Old Biscuit Mill; chill at the beach in Camps Bay or Hout Bay, and eat there; do a wine tour in Franschhoek, including La Petite Ferme, Haute Cabriere, and Môreson; and eat out at The Test Kitchen, the Pot Luck Club, Bizerca, and Charly’s Bakery.

*   Bruwer Raats wines have scored well in the Tim Atkin Report, due to be launched on 1 July:  the MR de Compostella 2012 scored 95 out of 100; Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2012 and Family Cabernet Franc 2012 scored 93; Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2012 and Family Red Jasper 2012 scored 92; and Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2012 scored 91. (received via media release from Peridot Communications)

*    Groote Post wine estate outside Darling is introducing a Country Market on every last Sunday, from 31 August onwards, from 10h00 – 15h00.  Artisan food (such as mushrooms, cheese, cured meats, olive oils, preserves and more), arts and craft, live entertainment, Groote Post wines (including a new Rosé made exclusively for the Country Market), homeware and décor, and children’s activities will be on offer.  Leroux van Vuuren of Kokkedoor Season 2 will do a cooking demonstration, including a recipe by Hildagonda Duckitt.  One can also go on a game drive on the farm.  There is no entrance fee. (received via media release from Hazell PR and Wine Consultants)

*   Plaisir de Merle is hosting a Winemaker’s Table dinner on 16 August, pairing a five course dinner prepared by Kokkedoor judge Nic van Wyk with wines selected by winemaker Neil Bester. Cost is R395, including wines. (received via media release from Manley Communications)

*   Holden Manz is hosting a Winemaker Dinner on 3 July, focusing on the Blends of its wine estate, as well as Reyneke and Vergelegen, paired with a four course meal prepared by Chef Julia Hattingh.  Cost is R375. (received via e-mail from Holden Manz)

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

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