Winemag.co.za condemns the practice and urges all wine producers to resist paying them while we will also continue to expose restaurants who solicit such fees – the only way the situation is going to be addressed is to continue to bring it to the public’s attention.
Divine Intervention is a firm consulting to the hospitality industry, their offering including assisting with wine listings and one of their clients is the Harbour House Group , owners of such restaurant brands as Harbour House, La Parada, Live Bait and Tiger’s Milk.
Winemag.co.za recently came into possession of 1) a letter from Divine Intervention to producers inviting wines for potential listing with the Harbour House Group and 2) documentation outlining costs. These are available for download HERE and HERE.
Divine Intervention was asked for comment but none had been received at the time of publication.
Read a previous guest post on the same subject here.
Listen to Cape Talk’s Pippa Hudson interview critic Michael Fridjhon and chef Peter Goffe-Woon on the subject here.