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WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 12/13 July

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Sales of alcoholic beverages in the UK have decreased by 6% in the last week of the five-week World Cup period compared to the same period a year ago, as interest in the soccer event has decreased in the last week of the tournament, despite reaching close to £ 1 billion in sales.  Sales in the first three weeks of the tournament showed an increase, however.  Champagne and sparkling wine showed the strongest growth in the past month.  Cider sales decreased by 11% compared to a year ago. England’s early World Cup exit and better weather in July 2013 have been the cause of the beverage sales decrease.

*   A Wine Intelligence study finds that UK wine drinkers almost equally accept cork and screw cap closures, at 40% each;  Australians prefer screw cap wines (55%) to cork (38%); and in the USA cork is strongly preferred (64%) compared to screw caps (21%).  The choice of closure is dictated by image and practicality, more than ‘scientific’ reasons of helping the wine to breathe, stifling ageing, or preventing spoilage.

*   A new MasterCard Multi-currency Cash Passport has been launched, and is available at ABSA and American Express Continue reading →

Twelve Apostles Sweet and Stellenbosch Municipality Sour Service Awards!

12 Apostles buildingThe Sweet Service Award goes to the Twelve Apostles Hotel and its GM Horst Frehse and Housekeeping Manager Laaiqah Raven, for their collegiality in lending us some duvet inners and bed linen when we needed to make up twin bed rooms for a group of UK wine sales representatives staying at Whale Cottage recently.  The hotel did not charge (we have heard that this is a practice of the Mount Nelson Hotel), and the collection and return was very efficient. Continue reading →

TELKOM Sweet Service and TELKOM Sour Service Awards!

TELKOM logoThe Sweet Service Award goes to TELKOM, who fixed an ADSL fault at our Whale Cottage Camps Bay at the exchange within three hours of reporting the fault via the internet fault report service, without having to come to the guest house.   SMS and e-mail messages were sent to communicate the progress of the fault repair, making it an efficient process.  The TELKOM sms process requested feedback as to one’s satisfaction with the repair. Continue reading →