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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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on The Creation ~ 450 Million Years & 8000 Miles

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Kim, great to see a post from you again! How exciting to see the Creation wines have found their way to Londolozi! On our last visit to the Cape Winelands, we drove up to the Creation winery for a lovely lunch and wine pairing. It was a great experience and the wines were excellent. It’s in a beautiful spot and you’re right – there is great winemaking in that family for sure!

For us, we love to pair Pinot Noir with roasted duck or roasted pork loin or pork shoulder. Our favorite Pinot Noir is from our great friends at Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Proprietors – Olive and Anthony are the best – and we heard they visited Londolozi again recently!

Dear Kim,
thank you for that excellent information about this special Pinot noir. I am still enjoying the Crystallum, which you recommented. We will looking forward to July, and than have another taste with all the informations you will give, that will be wonderful

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Oh lovely, the higher en South African wines are a real joy

Thank you for sharing the story of this wine and why you’ve added it to your wine offerings. We love learning about not only the nature of Londolozi but all the rich stories of the providers that we get to experience on our visits there.

Thank you for sharing the story of JC, Carolyn and Creation. Having not had the pleasure of trying their Pinot, my current favorite is EnRoute from the Russian River Valley produced by Nikkel & Nikkel founders.

Donelan Two Brothers-paired with roast pork!
Look forward to being introduced to Creation next month.

I’m curious about the Beef Wellington that is paired with the wine. What type of meat was used and what was it paired with? It looks delicious.

I actually drink very little red wine but if I do, I’d prefer a French Burgundy, Oregon coast Pinot Noir or a Carneros Pinot noir from the Napa/Sonoma region. Living close to the Napa Valley it’s an easy hour’s drive to taste some of the special ones at a winery and then head off for a sumptuous lunch nearby. Most of the time I’ll enjoy a glass with a long simmering braised dish like short ribs, boeuf bourguignon or a grilled veal rib chop with wine au jus. I enjoy cooking so these are meals I prepare and pair with a Pinot Noir. I appreciated learning more about the Cape’s wine areas.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge about the different wines. I am sure the Pinote Dior is a good wine and happy to hear you have added it to your wine list for Londolozi. The meat on the table on the foto looks delicious, what was it. Good hearing from you again Kim.

Lovely blog Kim.

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