South African Airways (SAA) recently announced their 2016 SAA Onboard Wine Listing Selection at a glamorous event held at Southern Sun The Cullinan, in Cape Town.
The event – which was MC’d by television personality, Lorna Maseko – was well-attended by SAA staff and foodies alike. Guests included celebrity chef Benny Masekwameng, Head of Marketing for SAA, Kim Thipe, and SAWUBONA editor, Ingrid Wood.
Traditionally, SAA selects 24 white and 24 red wines from submissions to be served on their flights and in Business Class lounges. The wines are scored by independent judges from both South Africa and abroad, and the results are then tallied by internal and external auditors. Facilitating this year’s judging and also in attendance was Miguel Chan, Tsogo Sun’s Group Sommelier.
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Guests mingle before the winners are announced.
Guests enjoyed a glass of Avondale sparkling wine on their arrival.
Ingrid Wood, Editor of Sawubuna and Unathi Notununu, Food And Beverage SAA.
Guests interact at the Cape Town venue.
The awards lined up and ready to be handed out.
Southern Sun The Cullinan venue in Cape Town.
One of the dishes created for the evening.
Avondale sparkling wine welcomes guests.
Southern Sun The Cullinan was dressed for the occasion.
Jacques-Pascal Cusin, Sophie Germanier and Jacques Germanier.
The elegant pool area at Southern Sun The Cullinan, Cape Town.
Guests enjoyed snacks as they entered the Cape Town venue.
Ingrid Wood (right), Editor of Sawubona, and partner.
Kim Thipe, Head of Marketing SAA and Loyiso Jiyana, GM Commercial Airchefs.
Lorna Maseko, MC of the event.
Martin Stevens, white wine maker at Koelenhof Wynkelder and partner.
Purity Masekwameng and her husband, Chef Benny Masekwameng.
Shaun Pillay, SAA HOD In flight Operations and Miguel Chan, Sommelier.
Some of the wine list winners ready for enjoyment.
One of the platters offered at the event.
Denzel Swarts (right) of Simonsig Estate and partner.
Taryn Louch, Gavin Rajah, fashion designer and Kim Thipe, Head of Marketing SAA.