Oh Great Britain, how we love you. It rains, it snows, it pours! But honestly, us Brits are happiest when the sun is shining, the bbq is on, and the wine and beers are flowing. At the slight sign of rays of sun, we’re devoted!
Perhaps it was with great pleasure, the #braaiday dinner, hosted by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), took place on a fantastically warm day. It was as though South Africa was transpiring into our humble surroundings and blessing our meal and presence. Us Brits, wait for heat for a barbecue, not a South African, every occasion is braaiderful!
Can you imagine, in South Africa, a whole national holiday is dedicated to the wonder that is braai day. Well in actual fact it is heritage day, a day to acknowledge the many cultures of the vibrant nation, it recently adapted the social cohesion of the braai, by having a day to commemorate the unification of enjoying a barbie with friends and family. Great stuff – it was with this in mind that I set out to the WOSA dinner.
The event was aimed at online communicators, and a handful of leading independent wine merchants were asked to pick wines they felt highlighted the great quality of South African wines.
The splendid locaction was the South African owned High Timber restaurant in the city of London. Founded by by Gary and Kathy Jordan of the esteemed, award winning, Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch,South Africa. The restaurant is managed by their business partner, Neleen Strauss, who also happened to be our maitre d’ for the evening.
The food and wine were splendid. See below for pictures from the evening, and a few of my stand-out wines,
It was a pleasurable evening, great to meet similar and varied wine communicator and merchants. I was sat near Tom Lorimer of Lea & Sanderman, Stephen Finch, owner of Vagabond Wines in Fulham, South-West London and Peter Turner of The Drinker site.
Do you have a favourite South African wine? Leave a comment below and let me know.