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To Daddy

I toast my dad with South African Wines.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

I still have my first bottle of South African wine. My dad brought it back to me from South Africa where he spent the last summer of his life. It was the place he loved best. I spent many of the previous summers traveling with my dad, but missed this trip because I had my own trip planned, my honeymoon. Arriving back in Birmingham, Daddy got off the plane with a bottle of Highgate Stein and a set of six glasses from the Neethlingshof winery. He had carried them all on the plane so they would not get broken, along with another treasure for me—an ostrich handbag, a real one. He said he brought the wine for Kevin and me to toast our recent marriage. Yet I did not have the heart to open the bottle and kept it as a memory instead. The bottle is in a special place in my wine cellar, and the glasses hang on our antique bar.

 

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