ZA Confidential Wine Tasting Podcast: The Smuggler’s Boot Pinot Noir 2018

By John Fraser

Our ground-breaking wine tasting podcast is back, with another Cape red: The Smuggler’s Boot Pinot Noir 2018.

Michael Olivier introduces the wine to an all-star panel of economist Mike Schussler, airline executive Glenn Orsmond, IT genius Malcolm MacDonald and journalist Cobus Bester.

The team also mulls over the importance of wine tourism – and the brilliant hospitality of the Cape and of its wines.

As I have mentioned throughout this batch of podcasts, of which this is one of the last, I am putting these out a while after Mike Schussler lost his battle against cancer. This recording session was the last time I saw him.

Mike was a brilliant economist, with a magical talent for looking at numbers and interpreting them in an easily understandable way. But he was much more than that. He was a generous, kind, thoughtful and lovable person, and one of the very finest people with whom to enjoy a long, lingering, liquid lunch.

This set of podcasts is a tribute to Mike, to whom we all raise a glass. He is sorely missed.

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

However, these were happier times, and we celebrate the time we spent together, and the wines we explored.

Click below to listen in to the chat:

Meanwhile, it is not too late to seek out Michael Olivier’s latest cookbook, which is a wonderful celebration of South African cuisine:

An excellent choice for any time of the year

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