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Beaches, Lions, Mountains & Wine My Cape Town, South Africa, Adventure by Bonna L. Nelson “How about a cup of Rooibos tea or a glass of Pinotage?” I asked our guests before my trip to Cape Town, South Africa (SA). In preparation for one of my “bucket list” trips, I immersed myself in all things South African – the tea, the wine, the music, the books.... Rooibos, pronounced “ray-boss,” tea is made from the leaves of the native SA Rooibos plant. When brewed, the red tea has a natural, sweet taste and tantalizing aroma. I had a cup every morning during my three-week trip, and I am drinking a cup as I write this story. After all, I wouldn’t be able to finish if I was drinking the Pinotage! In my pre-trip research I learned that South Africa is famed for its wines, and I was glad that a trip to a few vineyards was on our itinerary. I sampled some of the wines before I left home, and at tastings at vineyards near Cape Town, and continue to enjoy it at home. My two favorites are Pinotage, a red wine, and a Chenin Blanc/South African Chardonnay white wine blend. Pinotage is a grape that is unique to South Africa, a blend of pinot noir and cinsaut grapes. My friends love the white wine for its exotic cheetah

print on the “herding cats” label. As for music, Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album made the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo famous. The South African group has recorded over thirty albums since, and has come to represent the traditional culture and music of SA. World music enthusiasts, like me, enjoy their vocal harmonies and mix of Zulu, Christian choral, and African storytelling styles. No amount of reading could prepare me for the astonishing scenic 35

April 2012 Tidewater Times  

April 2012 Tidewater Times

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