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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Ingrid Wood, Editor of Sawubuna and Unathi Notununu, Food And Beverage SAA.
Avondale sparkling wine welcomes guests.
The awards lined up and ready to be handed out.
Some of the wine list winners ready for enjoyment.
Taryn Louch, Gavin Rajah, fashion designer and Kim Thipe, Head of Marketing SAA.
Purity Masekwameng and her husband, Chef Benny Masekwameng.
The elegant pool area at Southern Sun The Cullinan, Cape Town.
Shaun Pillay, SAA HOD In flight Operations and Miguel Chan, Sommelier.
Guests enjoyed snacks as they entered the Cape Town venue.
Southern Sun The Cullinan was dressed for the occasion.
Guests mingle before the winners are announced.
Jacques-Pascal Cusin, Sophie Germanier and Jacques Germanier.
Kim Thipe, Head of Marketing SAA and Loyiso Jiyana, GM Commercial Airchefs.
Martin Stevens, white wine maker at Koelenhof Wynkelder and partner.
One of the platters offered at the event.
Southern Sun The Cullinan venue in Cape Town.
One of the dishes created for the evening.
Guests interact at the Cape Town venue.
Denzel Swarts (right) of Simonsig Estate and partner.
Guests enjoyed a glass of Avondale sparkling wine on their arrival.
Ingrid Wood (right), Editor of Sawubona, and partner.
Lorna Maseko, MC of the event.