Deering Estate Foundation’s 15th Annual Wine On Harvest Moon
Celebration Captures The Wine, Food And Art Of South Africa
Beth Serrate and PJ Neidhart

Karen & George Hoffman

The map clearly said Deering Estate on Biscayne Bay in Miami but the ambiance of drums beating, wild animals roaring, wine glasses clinking, cheers of “Akubekhule!” and smells of braii on the barbeque meant only one thing: South Africa had come to South Dade.

Akubekhule! A Culinary Safari Through South Africa, the Deering Estate Foundation’s annual Wine on Harvest Moon celebration, drew hundreds of party-goers October 15 to sample the distinct flavors of South African food, wine, art and culture, which were spread throughout the moonlit grounds of the historic property.

First stop after the first pour: the vibrant colors of Cape Town in the courtyard, then on to Wine Country and Safari on the front lawn of the estate, where plates were starting to fill up with South African Lamb Potjie, Grilled Braii Beef Skewers, Red Wine Braised Rib Cup, South African Barbeque Chicken & Slaw, Ceviche, and Lobster Mac & Cheese, among other delectable fare too numerous to mention.

Adding to the excitement of the night was an appearance by a live cheetah, Koda, who majestically rested by the side of Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill while he explained the ongoing struggle for their survival in the wild. Koda is one of two male cubs who serve as ambassadors for the zoo’s Cheetah Ambassador Program.

Guests had plenty of practice saying “Akubekhule,” which means “cheers” in Zulu, one of the country’s 11 national languages. The South African wines in the spotlight, selected by sommelier Veronica Litton, of Crown Wine, Spirits & Gourmet, hailed from different wine growing towns and regions: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paal, Hemel-en-Aarde and Constantia. They included bottles of Stark-Condé Cabernet Sauvignon, Chamonix Red and Chamonix Chardonnay, Constantia Glenn Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Right Pinotage, Mulderbosch Rose of Cabernet, and M.A.N.

Francois Bezuidenhout, of Stark-Condé and M.A.N. wines, spoke about the wines on display and explained South Africa’s long history of wine-growing, which dates back more than 500 years. Crown Wine, Spirits & Gourmet once again sponsored and procured Wine on Harvest Moon’s robust selection of South African wines.

The cultural arts of South Africa were front and center through “Eleven Voices,” the concurrent art exhibit that references the 11 official languages of South Africa. Co-curators Kim Yantis, of the Deering Estate, and Rosie Gordon-Wallace, founder and curator of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, selected works that reflect thematic inspirations from South African art and culture.

The goal of the exhibit, on view through November 26, is to spark a discussion about cultural struggle, memory and identity among contemporary artists. Land Rover South Dade was the evening’s Visual Arts Sponsor and Coconut Grove Bank was the Cultural Arts Sponsor.

Golfer Wayne Gary Player, co-creator of The Disney Institute Golf Experience, co-host of the Golf Channel’s “On the Range” and son of world champion golfer, South African Gary Player, served as the live auction master of ceremonies.

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Deering Estate Foundation Director Walter Flores, Pam Flores, Lois Neidhart, Foundation Director Paul Neidhart, Marilyn Tendrich, and Foundation Director and WOHM Chairman Howard Tendrich

Eli & Alina Valdez (seated); John & Veronica Litton (standing)

Marilyn Tendrich, Betty Noe and Sherry Ousley

Monica Koblinski, Ira Ortega, Lorraine O’Toole, and Yvonne Debesa

Fred Fiallo, Sherry Ousley, Bruce Ousley, Frank DeValdivielso, Deering Estate Foundation Executive Director Mary Pettit

Veronica Litton and Wayne Gary Player

Alexandra Flinn, Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn, Foundation Becky Roper Matkov, Tom Matkov and Foundation Trustee Peter England

PJ Neidhart, Laura Barrows, Larry Cavanaugh & Deborah Cavanaugh

South African penguins come to the Deering Estate

Dannelle Esquivel, Adrian Esquivel, Michael Lapointe, Maria Gallina

Koda of Zoo Miami

Grant Miller, Pam Flores and Deering Estate Foundation Director Walter Flores

Shelly Stern and Eric Weiss

Wayne Gary Player auctioning Masters Flag Signed by his father, South African golf great Gary Player

Leonor Lagomasino, Vick Hinz, Angie & Jack Strano Christensen

Visual Arts Sponsor Land Rover South Dade Sets the Tone

Elaine & Abe Levy

Land Rover South Dade's Joe Infante and his wife, Priscilla Nachon-Infante

Barbara & Richard Wilson

Deering Estate Foundation Trustee Scott Silver and Paul Palmer

Sandy Lobue, Beth Serrate and Michelle Greist

Deering Estate Foundation Director Eric Haas, Lori Haas, Mike & Karen Murkowski

Getting ready for the annual food and wine tasting

Ted Caplow, Christine Allen, Carl Kesser, Michael Moore, Leslie Lott

Jennifer Tisthammer, Director Deering Estate; Kim Yantis, Cultural Arts Curator, Deering Estate;
Francis Oliver, Museum Registrar, Deering Estate

Rita Magill, Olivia Rothstein, Ron Rothstein, Rick Wirth, and Dr. Linda Yusman Wirth