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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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Lovely blog Kim. Love the history behind drinking champange or sparkling wine while celebrating the new year. Enjoy the celebrations tonight.

Digital Ranger

Thanks Marinda, it was a lovely evening, and great bubbles was enjoyed by all.

I’ll take the Rover with the DP row behind the ranger’s seat!?. Seriously, champagne is a magical beverage that should be enjoyed anytime, anyplace. The effervescent quality of this wine just makes one smile. So here’s to you all at Londolozi, may your days be filled with magical moments.

Digital Ranger

It truly is a magical wine, Happy New year to you too. I’m sure we’d all love a little Rover filled with some Dom Perignon 😉

Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for this informative blog Kim. We have enjoyed so many from the various contributors during 2017 and shall raise a glass at midnight to wish a very happy, healthy and exciting 2018 to everyone at Londolozi!

Digital Ranger

Thanks Jennifer and Happy New Year to you too!

Happy New Year to everyone at Londolozi..I am still enjoying all the blogs years after our trip..I do hope to return..

Digital Ranger

Happy New Year Jennifer – hopefully you’ll enjoy our lovely upcoming blogs in 2018, and hopefully we’ll see you soon!

Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks, Kim, for this interesting history of the use of Champagne. Happy New Year to all of you at Londolozi.

Digital Ranger

One of the things I love most about wine is the history and stories behind it – Happy New Year Lucie!

Why am I not surprised….Londolozi is First Class all the way! Raising my own glass of champagne this evening and while toasting in the New Year, I will also lift my glass to each of you with wishes that 2018 holds nothing but good things in 2018!

Digital Ranger

Cheers to that Joanne, Happy New Year!

Digital Ranger

Happy New Year Kim!! Thank you for the great blog. I wish you and all of the Londolozi staff a safe and loving 2018!

Digital Ranger

Happy New Year Gemma!

Kim, Beautifully written and informative! There are lots of bottles popping here tonight too! I reminded in lore of the famous quote that the blind monk Dom Perignon said when he had perfected his Champagne process. He was heard saying “I am drinking stars in my wine!” – how perfect a description of this heavenly beverage! We think of Londolozi daily and are wishing all of our “family” there a fabulous 2018!!!!

Digital Ranger

Thanks Michael & Terri – I saw some of the pics from Sarasota last night and the event looked stunning! “I am drinking stars in my wine” – the best description for those beautifully crafted bubbles! Happy New Year!

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