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Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

Author of books on drink and allied subjects
Distiller, wine maker, wine auctioneer, international wine and spirit judge
and founder of the Cape Wine Academy

David Hughes, known as Dave, was born on 12 June 1938 in Gatooma district, then Rhodesia and educated at Umtali High School.
Stages of his carriere:
He served an apprenticeship as a distiller at African Distillers in 1956 and filled several positions before moving to South Africa in 1986. Operations manager SFW (Stellenbosch Farmers Winery, now Distell) Transwaal, General manager SFW Natal, Winery Manager SFW Stellenbosch, Marketing Manager Consumer Relations SFW until 1989. Independent and Freelance since 1989.
He founded the Cape Wine Academy in 1979 and appointed Phyllis Hands as the first principal. He has been involved with the Nederburg Auction since its inception in 1974 and is still a consultant. Consultant to Veritas national Wine Competition, South African Airways Wine Selections and to the International Wine and Spirit Competition in Britain.

Dave's second marriage is to Wine farmer Lorna Roos.

Played Rhodesian provincial rugby, water polo, hockey and basket ball. Rhodesian junior breastroke champion, Rhodesian Army Cross Country Champion (Running). He has completed 10 Comrades Marathons.
Stamp collecting, walking such routes as Fish River Canyon and Camino de Santiago in Spain and various other Pilgrim walks. In Scotland he has walked from the source of the river Spey to its mouth at the sea.

Memberships and Honours:
American Society of Enologista, Society of Wine Educators, International Wine and Spirit Journalists

Life Member of the Interantional Wine and Food Society Invited in 2001 to join Worshipful Company of Distillers. The first non-resident of Britain to be given this honour since the guild was formed in 1638 to control and protect the production of spirits in the city of London.
Freeman of the City of London, 2002
Keeper of the Quaich, 2003 (A Scotch Whysky Association to honour those who have contributed to the Scotch Whisky Industry)
2011: Wine legend, wine writer and wine ambassador Dave Hughes has been honoured by the South African Port Producers' Association (SAPPA) for his contribution to building the image of Port in South Africa and internationally.

Living with wine
300 Great South African Wines
South African Wine Buyers Guide (9 editions)
Winelands of the Cape
Visiting Wine Routes
Enjoy Wine (Co-author: Dave Biggs), 1990
The Complete Book of South African Wine (Co authors: Phyllis Hands and John Kench), Struik Publishers, 1992
Hughes on Booze, 1997
Wines and Brandies of the Cape of Good Hope (Co author: Phyllis Hands), Stephan Phillips, 1998
200 Best Value Wines in South Africa, 2001
New World Of Wine From The Cape Of Good Hope: The Definitive Guide To The South African Wine Industry (Co- authors: Phyllis Hands and Keith Phillips), Roundhouse Publishing, 2002
Brandies of the Cape, 2004
A Dictionary of South African Wine, 2004
Contributor to John Platter's South African Wine Guide since 1996

Dave Hugues and Sally SimsonSALLY SIMSON   9th August 1933 - 22 March 2010
It is hard to accept that someone who lived life to the full like Simmo did has actually passed on. One seems to think that people like her are invincible !! Sally was born in Johannesburg in 1933. She grew up with her parents in Waverly and lived through the Second World War in Johannesburg as a child.
As an adult Sally had an adventurous life ! While working as a Researcher at the SABC she met and married the now late Ralph Boffard at the tender age of 24. She moved to the USA where Ralph did radio work and lived in Philadelphia, Texas and Arizona where she worked in her husband's radio station. All the time doing her best to be housewife and mother to her son, Charles.
The family returned to South Africa 1967. In 1977-79 Simmo was Editor of the Mafeking Mail and was instrumental in reviving the Special Edition of the South African Journal of Africana. This was when I first got to know her. However, she parted from Ralph and the next I knew was in 1980 when she began working with Distillers Corporation doing the PR work for the Bergkelder. Her actual title was "Press Officer" and she handled all the info for the media.
She had this air of being a sweet English rose yet she got on amazingly well with the, mainly, Afrikaans wine farmers who were involved with the Bergkelder marketing scheme. This also brought her into contact with Meerlust and where she actually lived for a while. Obviously became closely associated with the Myburgh family. The late Nico Myburgh was one of her champions and it was here she also made life long friends with the Dalla Cias and, of course, with Hannes.
Then there was a time she lived on Thelema in what is now the farm manager's house. From there she bought a place at Kleingeluk where she lived until her death.
Sally was incredibly efficient in her work as a journalist and those who got to know her were often amazed at how she could party and still produce the work she did. In true journalistic style she never missed a deadline. For most of 1990's she had a column in the Sunday Argus under the banner of "Sally Forth". It had a regular wine mention but covered anything and everything. Her subject covered as wide a range for her dislike of roadside billboards to a plague of miggies during the 1994 vintage!
She also had wine columns in various publications including "Living" and "Your Family" and various travel magazines including Air Namibia's in flight magazine. Sally had a passion for frogs and had a great collection of frog related stuff including statuettes, pictures and clothing. Most in very humourous vein. People brought her frog related things from all over the world. I will never forget the great commotion of the Meerlust people getting her urgently to the farm to view a man-eating frog that had appeared on the banks of the Eerste rivier. After much performance she realized it was the Ist of April!
She also was a great cat lover and all her friends were well acquainted with Apricot, the tortoiseshell, and Manzi who was saved from a flood in the Transkei. After they both passed on she shared her later life with the adorable little and very dapper miniature dachshund Odi. Odi and Sal became inseparable and he gave Sal a whole new lease on life. The pair were often to be seen walking along the banks of the Eersteriver, through De Boord shopping center and visiting all of his and Sal's many friends!
Those who knew Simmo had a great respect for her when she poured the Gin and Tonics. Her ideas of two fingers gin was to hold the two middle fingers together and measure between the little finger and index finger placed vertically. Then four fingers of tonic with the fingers horizontal to the glass!!

She was involved in the publication of a number of books and did two of her own. A first and second editions of "The Cape of Good Cooks". The first in 1994 and the second was totally rewritten and redesigned in 2004. She did the text for one of Chris Jansen's photo books "50 Cape Dutch Houses" in 1981. She produced "Wine of Good Hope" in 1982 which featured all the Bergkelder Estates and Chris did the pics.
Sally retired at age 65 and lived a full life from her Kleingeluk home.

Dave Hughes. Stellenbosch Wednesday, 24th March 2010
This article appeared in Eikestadnuus on 26 March 2010.

Text by Dave Hughes, March 2004/2010  Photo: Dave Hughes and Sally Simson

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