Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Sir Ian Botham walks the rainbow nation and Kumala launches wine range

Sir Ian Botham is in SA to lead some sponsored walks. We were invited to The Table Bay Hotel (Sun International is one of the sponsors) to tweet about another of the sponsors, Kumala wines, with winemakers Ben Jordaan and Bruce Jack, before meeting Beefy Botham and hearing about his walks and to hear about the four causes to which the money is being donated after the walks. It looks as though at least half of the Barmy Army will be walking with Sir Ian
Meeting all the usual suspects who tweet and several new ones

We are here to tweet about Kumala wines
Sir Ian Botham being greeted by Ben Jordaan of Kumala wines. This walk will mark the celebration of his 60th Birthday and the 30th anniversary of his first ever walk from John O’Groats to Lands End in 1985
Chatting with Bruce Jack
"Beefy" Botham will start his first walk on Friday morning at 7 am from the Table Bay hotel and will walk 22 Km to Llandudno. For more information and donations, visit his website There will be 10 different 22 Km walks around the country on different days. He will be accompanied by many people, lots of them from the UK, who are also out here to watch the Cricket in January. Half are from the Barmy Army, we were told by one of their organisers
Bruce Jack, winemaker for Kumala wines, tells us about their sponsorship
Alison Pearce, Accolade Wines Marketing manager, tells us about the walks and the sponsors
Kumala winemaker Ben Jordaan
Following the lively Kumala Tweet up of their 2014 Zenith Chenin/Chardonnay blend, the Zenith 2015 French style Rosé and the Reserve 2014 Shiraz, we tasted two Flagstone wines 2014 Free Run Sauvignon Blanc, and the Writer’s Block 2014 Pinotage. John was astounded to hear that Lynne actually liked the Pinotage (she doesn’t normally enjoy Pinotage)
Bruce telling us about the Writer’s Block Pinotage
Time for a quick bite to soak up the wine. Sadly, not much if you are Banting
The sponsors list. At the base of the sign are the four beneficiaries; not much time was given to them until Lynne asked who they were. They are Nazareth House, The Chipembere Rhino Foundation, Kliptown Youth Programme in Soweto and the Southern African Waitrose Foundation
Lots of the British, who are here to do the walks with Beefy Botham
Rob Dalton, Gaming Relationship Manager at Sun International Management spoke about their involvement in the project
Executive chef of Camissa restaurant at The Table Bay, Jocelyn Myers-Adams and assistant F&B manager Hilton Ruch

© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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