Even before the Olympics kicked off, the South African wine trade had been celebrating. Two of the three official ‘London 2012′ wines are South African - a Chenin Blanc and Rosé, both made by Stellenrust, the largest Fairtrade-certified wine estate in South Africa.
Yesterday, the just off dry rosé slipped down very nicely and there was fresh cause for South Africa to celebrate as Cameron Van der Burgh (pictured, diving for victory in lane 4) became the first South African man to win Olympic gold in an individual swimming event.
I lucked out with a ticket to Sunday’s swimming semis and finals and a behind scenes tour of the be-flagged Olympic village (pictured team South Africa apartments). I’ve posted more pics of this colourful parallel universe on facebook here.
Team GB also celebrated its first swimming medal yesterday as, to thunderous applause, Rebecca Addlington (pictured near lane) won Bronze in the 400m freestyle.
The men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay produced the most exciting race of the night. Dumbfounding the voluble American audience clustered to my left, the French team snatched victory from team USA, who had held the lead for most of the race.
Finally, in case you missed Saturday’s post here, celebrants may like to check out Tesco’s 42% off Bollinger deal – it closes midnight this Tuesday so get going!