To my horror and disgust, this wonderful drink was discontinued in the mid 1990's and I have been without ever since. I have often kept track of the sale of a lonely bottle here and there on eBay and recently found 9 bottles for sale from a reputable cellar in Spain - way out of reach and price range! Each bottle is priced at a mere 16 Euros, which is more than affordable. The postage per bottle to South Africa, however, is 32 Euros which puts the cost per bottle at around R600. I found these precious bottles a few days ago and have been dreaming about that taste (I can remember it as if I had a sip yesterday) ever since. The only thing keeping me from purchasing a bottle or two or three is a short mantra: "I have rent to pay, I have rent to pay, I have rent to pay."
If you are ever lucky enough to find, buy and enjoy one of these rare treasures of bottled poetry, be sure to have one small sip in honour of those who will never taste that sweet, decadent pleasure and to those who might never taste it again.
Umdloti is a beautiful place with a warm sea and perfect sunny days.
I stayed in a very nice holiday apartment that had an incredible view.
It was close to Umhlanga and
There are many interesting shops and restaurants.
Very friendly and helpful locals.
I got to go target archery shooting with some archery champions – was so much fun!
The sun rises at 4am and sets at around 7pm, so you have nice long days.
Spent New Year’s on the beach, watching an awesome fireworks display with a rising orange moon and the sea as a backdrop.
Spent some quality time with family.
The place has 100% humidity and part of the beach has been washed away by storms.
The damn monkeys kept coming into the flat to look for food and destroy the kitchen.
Lots and lots and lots of people.
Lots and lots and lots of people.
There was not enough holiday eye candy.
I got a really nasty sunburn on the archery day and now I have peeling lizard skin.
I had lots of work to do, so I didn’t get to go out as much as I would have liked.
I got a bit drunk on New Year's Eve and said the word “fuck” a lot because my laptop (with all my work on it) had been stolen earlier that day.
I didn’t get a New Year’s kiss from a cute guy.
I don't feel very rested but at least I got to go elsewhere, saw a place I had not seen before and had some fun with family I don't see often enough.
I then drove through spectacular Frontier country on my way to Grahamstown to look at skeletal collections housed at
A short drive from Bloem took me to
Today, miracle of miracles, not only did someone answer the phone, but someone helpful answered the phone! I was told that all I have to do is take my proof of payment for said change of surname (thank goodness I kept that for 17 months!!) to any home affairs office. I then need to fax this person a copy of the receipt (along with some other details) and she will pass it on to yet another person dedicated to dealing with just such problems. I have been told that my surname change will be sorted out within 2 days. Sounds unbelievable, huh? Well, I am very hopeful. So much so, that I have decided to celebrate the possibility with a dinner with good friends and a bottle of my favourite bubbly.
Not the greatest photo, I know, but I was in a hurry. This is a fabulous bottle of champagne. I know it says "sparkling" but it is made using the cap classique method, so it's legit. It is unusual because it is a proper red champagne, made from pinotage grapes. It is apparently very difficult to get bubbles in a heavy red wine without adding tons of sugar but Graham Beck has successfully created a gem. It is rather odd, as you might expect but it has a lovely berry palate with a heavy red wine follow through. It tastes just like a pinotage, with bubbles. It is not for everyone and some red wine fans don't really like it. It is difficult to assess this champagne because it is the only one of its kind that I have tasted (or seen?) so all I can tell you is that I love it! If you can find it, I recommend that you try it.