ZA Confidential Podcast. Mellish Bakenkop Blanc Fumé 2019

By John Fraser

It has been a difficult time since we recorded this podcast with economist Mike Schussler, airline executive Glenn Orsmond, broadcaster Cobus Bester, IT consultant Malcolm Macdonald, and wine guru Michael Olivier.

As many of you will know, Mike Schussler has lost his battle against cancer. This was the last time I saw him, between spells in hospital.

As many have already written, Mike was a superb economist, with a magical talent for looking at numbers and interpreting them in an easily understandable way. But he was more than that. He was a generous, kind, thoughtful and lovable person, and one of the very best people with whom to enjoy a long, liquid lunch.

This set of podcasts (more to come) is a tribute to Mike, to whom we all raise a glass. He is sorely missed by so many of us.

Glen Orsmond had his own challenges when airlines Comair and the regional British Airways collapsed, after his efforts to find new funding had failed.

It was a difficult decision to preserve this recording and post it, but it is a warm encapsulation of happier times.

Click below for our tasting of the Mellish Bakenkop Blanc Fumé 2019, an excellent wine, tasted by a convivial group of wonderful people.

NB: Michael Oliver’s new cookbook is a must-read. If you don’t yet have a copy, get one!

An excellent choice for any time of the year

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