imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Gumtree, the website that allows one to advertise furniture, electronic equipment, and a myriad of other products and services for free, with immediate reaction and action. We have advertised a number of furniture items in the past two days, and the response has been phenomenal.  We have met such lovely ‘shoppers’, one of them being a reader of our Blog, and have been touched about how kind the shoppers have been to help each other in loading fridges, beds, headboards, and other items. (more…)

Hamilton Ruell Right 2015We have had a very soft spot for Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage at our Whale Cottages, the Hamilton Russell second brand suiting our guest house perfectly. It was one of the first wines we added to our wine list (joined by Creation’s Whale Pod more recently) when we opened our first Whale Cottage in Hermanus 19 years ago.

The Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2015 has just been launched, its 21st vintage. The wine has won ‘Best Value’ five times in Wine Spectator. It has complexity, depth, dry minerality, and ‘age-worthiness we are proud of’, explains the media release received from Hamilton Russell.

The Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc is unique in that : (more…)

Absa Top 5 Olive Oil finalistsThe ten Finalists for the 2015 ABSA Top 5 Olive Oils have been announced, and the Top 5 extra virgin Olive Oils for this year will be announced in Franschhoek next week.

The Finalists are Andante EVOO (Medium), Andante Intense EVOO, De Boerin EVOO

imageThis morning I attended the launch and tasting of the new Le Lude Cap Classique, made by winemaker Paul Gerber, from Franschhoek, having received the invitation from Ann Ferreira to attend the launch of Le Lude Reserve Brut and Reserve Rosé.

The venue for the launch was interesting, being a small inner-city winery owned by Tim Martin, down a side street in Salt (more…)

imageCape Town Tourism has launched three new neighborhood videos ‘hosted’ by Cape Town personalities, as tools to market our beautiful city!

The three videos, collectively referred to as ‘Love Cape Town Neighbourhood Series’, focus on the CBD, Woodstock, and Kalk Bay, and are designed to give visitors to Cape (more…)

imageThe Western Cape has 49 newly-awarded Blue Flag beaches, the province with the highest number out of the 84 Blue Flag beaches, marinas, and boats announced for all of our country in 2015. Grotto Beach in Hermanus won Gold Status this year.


imageI was invited by Cabo Esperanço Wines to attend a trade tasting of wines by Vondeling, Oak Valley, Blackwater, and Keermont earlier today at Dorrance Cellar on Hout Street, which I had never visited before. What a lovely space, with an earthy underground cellar feel. I was excited to hear that French Bistro Bouchon will open at Dorrance Cellar next month. (more…)

imageOn the surface one sees the wine industry as very collegial, so it was a surprise to read about the court case between The Groot Constantia Trust and DGB Limited, the owners of the Boschendal brand, about the latter’s use of the pay-off line ‘A Cape Icon since 1685‘, which was contested by Groot Constantia. (more…)

imageWesgro has announced that it is focusing on Wine and Food Tourism as ‘strategic priority’ in its 2015 – 2019 implementation plan Judy Lain, Wesgro Chief Marketing Officer, has announced. Globally Food Tourism generates $150 billion estimates the World Food Travel Association. As many as 88% of destinations in the world see Food Tourism as an important differentiating factor in defining the image of brands and destinations, and assists in fighting Seasonality and in creating jobs.

At the recent General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation it was (more…)

imageThe City of Cape Town has announced that the Camps Bay Drive roadworks will be completed at the end of November, two months later than the promised completion date, and announced more than two weeks after the work was meant to have been completed!

Instead of communicating with Camps Bay residents (and those from Hout Bay, being (more…)

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