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Kim Drake

Wine Curator

“When a winemaker gets the wine right, it is pure joy, like sipping a wonderfully painted artwork from the Louvre.” These are the words of Kim Drake, Londolozi’s Procurement Manager turned part-time Sommelier. Kim’s love of wine first started developing in 2010, shortly ...

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Kate Collins
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Thanks Kim. I love all the suggestions. Which is your favourite?

Kim Drake
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Now you’ve asked me a question I can’t answer. I don’t particularly have a favourite as I believe there is a wine for every occasion, meal, mood, temperature, etc. Different wines go well with different atmospheres, and each wine has its place. But I do have preferences when it comes to different wines, I definitely enjoy a lightly oaked, crisp and refreshing Chardonnay such as the Oak Valley Chardonnay or a fresh, fruity Sauvignon Blanc such as the Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc with firm acidity on hot summers days or a nice easy drinking Bordeaux-Style such as the Hermanuspietersfontein Kleinboet for cool winter evenings.

Jill Grady
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Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions! I’ve heard so much about Hartenberg’s ‘The Stork’ Shiraz, but sadly, it is very difficult to get here in Canada, so I look forward to trying it when we are there at Londolozi next. I agree with Kate and Kate though, Graham Beck Brut N/V is excellent and recently I gave away a nice bottle of French Champagne but hung onto my last bottle of Graham Beck, which is my absolute favourite!

marinda drake
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Awesome blog. Love the choice of wine.

Michael Klauber
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Wow, the wine lovers (and local experts!) at Londolozi have great taste! I love all the “top picks” and we can’t wait to return and enjoy them with all of you. Graham Beck sparkling is served by-the-glass at our restaurant all the time and is a huge hit with our guests!

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