* The Oscar Pistorius trial TV live broadcast has already achieved 190000 viewers (period undefined) within a period of 8 days, but few advertisers are using it as a platform to market their brands.
* Terroir will feature in a six part series ‘Seasons of Terroir‘, produced by Justin Bonello of ‘Cooked in Africa Films’, to reflect what it takes to run a busy restaurant in a competitive industry. It will be broadcast on National Geographic (channel 181) from 25 March at 18h15, for six consecutive weeks. The restaurant celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Broughton says: ‘After watching the series, I hope viewers will have a better understanding of what cooking in a modern-day, professional kitchen is all about. For one, it is not nearly as glamorous as it is often depicted in the media. In fact, it is tough, demanding and relentless. If someone is really committed to following a career as a chef, including the long, often anti-social hours, it is an exciting and rewarding choice. It has certainly been rewarding to be part of the growing gourmet culture in Stellenbosch – I can’t think of a better place to experience great food and wine than on a wine farm like Kleine Zalze…’ (received via media release from Manley Communications)
* Bain’s Cape Mountain single grain whisky from Wellington has been awarded a gold medal at the 2014 China Wine and Spirits competition, based on its value for money. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
* Cape Town is celebrating its Carnival, with the theme ‘Imagine’ linked to Cape Town hosting World Design Capital 2014, tomorrow. The parade starts at 19h30 with eight floats as well as more than 2000 dancers having fun on the Fan Walk, reports The New Age. A free after-party with Mi Casa performing starts at 22h00.
* Whale poaching by the Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic Treaty Zone is over for this year, Sea Shepherd has announced. The organisation is a zealous protector of the Southern Right whales in the Southern Oceans Whale Sanctuary.
* Hermanuspietersfontein has launched an internet based ordering service for its wines, including delivery at no extra charge.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: WhaleCottage