South African #Braaiday Friday (with wine!)

With Tim Pearson

With the fabulous Tim Pearson of Seven Springs (thanks to Colin Smith for the photo!)

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:

'Faux' Snoek Pate

‘Faux’ Snoek Pate

Warwick Estate Chardonnay 2010

Warwick Estate Chardonnay 2010

Lourensford Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay 2011

Lourensford Winemaker’s Selection Chardonnay 2011

Smoked Salmon

Not the average braai dish, but perfect for the not-so-carnivorous among us

Lunch at High Timber

Just a few bottles of wine for lunch

Tierhoek Chenin Blanc 2009

Tierhoek Chenin Blanc 2009

Seven Springs Syrah 2010

Seven Springs Syrah 2010

View of the Thames from High Timber

View of the Thames from High Timber

Many thanks to Jo and Claudia for arranging such a great afternoon, to Neleen Strauss of High Timber, and to the producers for sharing their beautiful wines with us.

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

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  1. Andrew
    2 years ago

    what a great sounding event. I’ve a bottle of that Seven Springs Syrah on my tasting table… I really must get round to opening it up!


    • Wine Passionista
      2 years ago

      It was a fun afternoon, you should’ve been there Andrew! I really enjoyed the Seven Springs Syrah, very good indeed for the first ever vintage! It’s a holiday weekend, perhaps you should crack it open today :)


  2. Tim Pearson
    2 years ago

    It was a super afternoon Andrew and it was a great way to taste lots of South African wines and match them with typical SA food. We left a bottle of our Syrah for Neleen Strauss (co-owner and manager of High Timber) to taste. This was her ‘twitter reply’ – ” Loved the Syrah. Fabulously elegant. Will be proud to sell it. Sorry I took so long to taste.” – it will be sold at the restaurant in a couple of months.
    Thank you again for your ‘support’ Tara, it really is much appreciated.
    Get that screwcap off Andrew and let me know what you think!!
    Tim Pearson
    Seven Springs

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