Baylon's wines make the lips SMAC


Baylon Sandri has it all: the looks of a cross between a mini Mafia don and a Milanese textile designer; a papa with some restaurants (La Perla, Wijnhuis) and a wine farm and his own SMAC art galleries featuring some of SA’s hottest artists and certainly the hottest gallery assistants Emma Vandermerwe and Ruann Coleman (below).

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On the rainy sixties terrace of La Perla last night his barman was pouring unlabelled Sauvignon Blanc and what tasted like an elegant Bordeaux blend from naked bottles. Baylon was letting his hair down after the first full day of the Cape Town Art Fair. A bit like the Joburg Art Fair but with less William Kentridge.

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Last week’s launch of Amarula Gold, Amarula without the cream, has happened just as Seapoint has been swept away by Aperol, an Italian aperitif. I wonder whether SARS will hire the Wine Lizard again – a UCT professor without credentials – to determine whether wine or grain spirit was used to make the stuff.

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La Perla would seem a natural place for an Amarula Gold promotion as aperitifs are the consummate Sophia Loren sixties social behaviour and not a pair of dentures as the late, great BJ Lankwaarden used to note.

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Some of the art stars at last night’s event included Piet Viljoen’s own personal curator Kirsty Cockerill (above) and Barend de Wet (below)

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But perhaps the brightest star in a terrace of supernovas was Anton Karstel (below). A painter’s painter, indeed.

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The Zelig character in the paps is Luan Nel who exhibits with the competition, Everard Read.