Flagstone’s PR Consultant Katie Coetzee kindly has offered a branded Flagstone cooler bag with six wines, as an Easter give-away. I am adding a copy of my book ‘SwitchBitch: My journey of transformation from Sour to Sweet!’ to the give-away package.
The six wines in the Flagstone cooler bag are the following:
#. Flagstone Two Roads Chardonnay 2016: The name of the wine refers to a poem by Robert Frost, of which a part appears on the label of the wine. Fermented and matured for eight months in French and American oak. Aromas of lime, and a palate of white peach. Four star Platter.
#. Flagstone Dragon Tree Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon Cape Blend 2016: The name of the wine comes from a gift of a dragon tree to the Port Captain of Cape Town more than 100 years ago, which was planted in the V&A Waterfront. Aromas of rich dark berries, Cigar box, and mint, with fruit flavour.
#. Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2017: Viognier is not a well-known cultivar, and Flagstone hopes to increase its awareness by word of mouth. It is a wine of integrity and authenticity. It has aromas of apricot and peach, and summer stone fruit on the palate.
#. Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2017: The name of the wine reflects that the winery uses the juice of the grapes flowing freely from the press. Flavour of fresh green pepper.
#. Flagstone Longitude Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec Blend 2016: The label depicts the Time Ball Tower in the Harbour in Cape Town, helping mariners to accurately calculate the longitude at sea. The aromas and flavours of the wine reflect the authenticity and integrity of the winery.
#. Flagstone Treaty Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot Reserve 2015: This wine name refers to a milkwood in Cape Town that has witnessed much of our country’s History, and symbolises the resilience of nature and striving for peace. The wine has a dark berry fruit aroma, with dark cherry fruit on the palate. 4 Star Platter.
‘SwitchBitch’ is a 488-page Book 1 of a trilogy of books planned for this year. It details my physical transformation (in the main) over an 18 month period, in losing 45 kg in weight, both through falling in love with life and through dancing as my ‘gym’ exercise. With the weight loss my blood sugar count (diabetes) is back to normal, my shoe size has reduced by one size as my ankles no longer retain water, I can wear size Small/10 dresses from wearing XXL clothing for the last 28 years, and I was encouraged to have Botox treatment, a breast lift, and dental implants, creating a 65 year old who feels 18 years old, living and loving my life to the full. The beginning of a spiritual transformation is also documented. My goal is to communicate to women that it is never too late to transform one’s life and oneself.
The book contains a memoir too, dedicated to my son, tracing the history of my family moving to South Africa from Germany when I was 3 months old. Part 3 of the book contains restaurant reviews of the best restaurants I have eaten at locally, as well as in London, New York, Paris, as well as at JAN restaurant in Nice, the best South African restaurant in the world, in my estimation. Book 2 will document my walking, or should I say dancing, the Camino pilgrim route in Spain in May, and the resultant physical and spiritual transformation. Book 3 is a travel guide as well as a recording of the spiritual changes as a result of attending a Salsa dance school in Havana, and a Tango dance school in Buenos Aires, later this year.
To be considered for the Flagstone ‘SwitchBitch’ give-away, please describe in no more than 100 words which of the six Flagstone wines best ‘pairs’ with ‘SwitchBitch’, and why you want to read the book. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 6 April.
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