Living in London one thing is certain – you can never count on the weather. So we plan our picnics in the park and our summer cookouts and keep our fingers crossed it isn’t a washout. Sometimes we get lucky and others, well…we don’t let a little rain dampen our spirits. Nowhere was this more evident than at a brilliant lunch hosted recently by the Wines of South Africa (WOSA).
The invitation was to a #braaiday lunch (complete with hashtag for those avid Twitterers amongst us!) and said:
Braai (brye) noun 1. a meal cooked over an open fire outdoors. 2. a party at which food is prepared in this fashion. 3. an appliance on which food can be grilled over coals outdoors. 4. a barbeque (to us Brits).
So it wasn’t the best weather day for a barbecue, it didn’t matter because the gathering of sunny faces – some of my favourite South African producers – and their dazzling wines, made for the perfect summer afternoon.
The location was the super High Timber restaurant on the banks of the Thames directly across the river from the Globe Theatre. The lovely ladies of WOSA, Jo and Claudia, cleverly decided not to pair wines with each course, but instead dotted the bottles along the table for us to enjoy at our leisure. So as the food started arriving, our glasses remained full as we sipped and sampled a varied and interesting range of wines from South Africa.
Here are a few of the highlights:
What are some of your favourite South African wines? Let me know in the comments below.
Here’s to trying something new, learning something new and enjoying every glass a whole lot more!
Tara – Wine Passionista