Rubbing shoulders with captains of South African wine industry

THE only thing better than hearing it through the grapevine for a gossip worth her Woolies coarse sea salt, is to actually be on top of the grapevine.
Skinnerbek did just that last weekend.
What’s a girl to do but just sip it all up when she’s surrounded by beautiful, stylish peeps who are mingling among the country’s rarest and finest slender shapes.
No, not models, my darlings (although we will get to that in a moment), but the most impressive array of slim and handsome bottles containing the nectar of the gods that Skinnerbek has ever had the privilege to encounter.
Bacchus certainly nailed the plum portfolio – or in this case, a grape escape – when he was assigned the position of Roman god of wine, ’cos when you’re served top drawer vintage, you can really appreciate the joys of having that kind of job description.
It’s heaven all right.
Yes, you can drool with jealousy peeps. Your Gossip Girl was attending none other than the 37th Nederburg Wine Auction in Paarl and tasting such velvet and aromatic delights as a 2007 Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc, a 1999 Kanonkop Pinotage and a 1989 JC le Roux Pinot Noir.
Rubbing shoulders with the captains of the wine industry on the stunningly picturesque Nederburg Wine Estate is exactly what a civilised girl should be doing on a sun-kissed Saturday, while nibbling on seared prawns, lamb slow cooked in red wine and tuna carpaccio.
Skinnerbek spotted former Miss Universe Michelle McLean looking absolutely vivacious and exuding pure elegance while turning a lot of male heads.
And guest speaker, US-based wine writer and blogger David White who is a terroirist (no, not that kind, silly – but an avid wine aficionado pronounced “ter-war-ist”), was lighting up a lot of the sistas’ eyes.
Laid back sounds from top jazz band Breakfast Included and vocalist duo Silwer out on the green lawns made for the ideal compliment to a “wow” day.
Back in the Bay, NMMU students at a fashion show at the Goldfield Auditorium modelled some slick and chic numbers in a casting for an upcoming campus fashion show and Skinnerbek thinks we must have some of the most striking good lookers of any students in the country judging by these beautiful peeps.
Among the guys, Olwethu Mzimane, Gregory Pautz and Tyson Tenge showed off Adonis styled physiques, while Sinovuyo Seti and Francke Ferreira were dazzlingly demure.
Well done, you stars, you.

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