Saturday 13 March 2021, Day 13 of Level 1, Day 353 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a lovely day, the weather being cooler in the morning but warming up to 22 C this afternoon, and it drizzling now, with two days of rain to come; for taking care of the ‘baby’ Smart of Barbara Lenhard and Flo Gast in my garage; for a snooze; for an energetic walk up to the Camps Bay Primary Symmonds Sport Field above Camps Bay Drive, where I had been alerted to lots of litter and overflowing green bins, my community duty rewarding me 300 Discovery points in walking uphill to get there; for the contribution to my cleaning action from Bronwyn Keene-Young, volunteered by a local resident, becoming a promised monthly support 💙; for seeing George Sax for a short while at Utopia; for a lovely evening at Anatoli Mediterranean Restaurant, going there to take some more food and belly dancing photographs, and bumping into long last seen friend Jürgen Müss of Karoo Biking who came to eat there; for receiving R200 cash back from Discovery Insure for my low distance driving and good driving behavior 💙; and for being happy and healthy. Continue reading →
On Friday evening I attended the launch of the 40th edition of the Diners Club International 2020 South African Wine Guide, at the Table Bay Hotel in the Waterfront, an event that is pretty much the same in format every year, yet was different this year, in the interest of making the event shorter.
More than 8000 wines from more than 900 producers were rated for the 2020 Platter’s Wine Guide edition. Of the 125 5-star wines awarded, 26 went to Chenin Blanc brands, 18 to Shiraz/Syrah, and 11 to Chardonnay brands.
Last night I attended the launch of the ‘Platter’s by Diners Club International 2019 South African Wine Guide’ at the Table Bay Hotel. It was an evening of some surprises, and new awards presented! But one thing was consistent – the Mullineux duo of Chris and Andrea lead this country in its consistent wine award performance, winning Winery of the Year for the third time in the 39 year history of the Platter’s Guide. Continue reading →
Despite a hugely challenging year for the wine industry due to the drought, CapeWine 2018 is an impressive showcase of optimism, friendliness, and proudly South Africaness, running at the Cape Town International Convention Centre until tomorrow. I attended yesterday, with my Parisian friend Aurelié Jullien, and we were both impressed with the magnitude and professionalism of the exhibition, held every three years, and attended by the local and international wine trade. Continue reading →