My Wine Journey So Far

My Wine Journey So Far

As promised in my previous post, this post is all about my love for wine and how I become more loving, knowledgeable and thirsty than your average Joe. After an extremely fun, chaotic and mind enhancing 4 years I received a degree from The University of Stellenbosch, majoring in Viticulture and Oenology (Winemaking). Simply put, my time spent at Elsenburg, the agricultural faculty, was nothing short of challenging. Going to Afrikaans only lectures and being one of only a handful of English speaking people didn’t make me the most popular person around. Even more so because of my style of dress and occasional peroxided beautifully flowing mullet. I’m not saying that there w as a purposeful segregation, it’s just how things are I guess. My saving grace at some campus interaction came when I made the Koshuis (Residence) First team rugby which earned me the nickname “Soutie” for years to come. I won’t go into too much detail about those 4 years as there isn’t enough space on the internet to mention all the good times. What I can say is that they involved a lot of out-of-the-box thinking, much time spent alone in the library and some groundbreaking conversations with lifelong friends. Going to University is definitely the most fun I’ve ever had but I think any student will tell you that although there are 1000’s of other students in the same boat as you, they aren’t going to sail your ship safely to harbour. You my friend are the captain!   January 2012, 2 months after my graduation ceremony I got an internship on the flawless and well renowned...
When you think of the word rich, what comes to mind?

When you think of the word rich, what comes to mind?

Lamborghini’s, Yachts, Women or a Rolex? Or maybe the image of a man lighting a cigar with a $100 Bill? Society have governed us to believe that to be rich is to have an abundance of possessions or wealth. When I think of the word rich I think of actions, people, places, a moment in time. Anything that a person can do that will better their life through memorable experiences. Living a life to feed the soul! The soul in many religions, philosophical and mythological traditions, is the incorporeal and immortal essence of a living being. According to Abrahamic religions, only human beings have immortal souls. If this is all we as human beings have then why do we constantly feel the need to work in a job that we hate, to spend money on things that we don’t need, to impress people we don’t actually like? I’m sorry to be a the one to say it but this is the truth. We get one human life. Why would you want to waste it by not feeding the one thing that you will take on with you to the next place. Coming out of school I felt that I already knew the answers, like most 18 year olds “do”. The difference was that the questions I was asking myself wasn’t how much money I wanted to earn each month as a doctor or a lawyer or an accountant (cough). No. The big question was what do you want to do? Where do you want to be? How do you want to feel everyday? I feel like I knew how...
My Boyhood Dream

My Boyhood Dream

As a boy I always dreamed of being an elite athlete of some kind and being sponsored by one of the big brands of world. Nike, Adidas or Billabong, whatever brand it was I didn’t care. I just wanted to be sponsored. During my teens I played every sport under the sun getting home from school at 7pm most weekdays. I always had some sort of sporting activity on after school. But I just couldn’t quite crack any of my chosen sports to a level at which I excelled enough to go professional and “be sponsored”. This inner desire has never left me, and although sport is not my profession, I strongly believe this desire has helped me enormously in my modelling career. It kept me focussed, hungry for success and still keeps me the driven person I am today, just in a different path to those childhood dreams. I wouldn’t say being a model is the same as being a sponsored professional athlete in this world, but to me it’s the closest I’ll get to that dream. Being good enough to represent a brand. I’ll paint the picture for you. It was the 7th of January 2016, a day I will remember for years to come. I was sitting at lunch with my mom in Newlands (Cape Town) when  I received a text from my agent which read “Do you have an image of yourself fishing in your most recent Deep Sea Tuna Fishing trip?” This was somewhat different to my usual conversations with Roxy (My Booker). As the universe / fortune had it I had been on a deep sea fishing charter the previous week, catching some sizeable Yellow Fin...