Meet for lockdown wine tasting with colleagues

Healthcare and hospitality recruitment entrepreneur Penny Streeter OBE has introduced group wine tastings online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recruiter’s April 2020 cover feature subject Streeter (above, right) decided to launch this team building experience to help organisations meet the social needs of staff working in isolation at home under the lockdown and missing opportunities for interaction with colleagues.

Hosting the weekly webinars is Johann Fourie (above, left), cellarmaster at Streeter’s Benguela Cove Lagoon wine estate, South Africa. He offers tips and advice on wine appreciation with wines from the estate, which viewers can order from Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Club in West Sussex, also owned by Streeter.

Streeter says: “I know from my own medical staffing business, with 350 employees, that many people are suffering from effects of isolation – working hard all day, alone, with none of the normal contact they would have with colleagues. Many told me that they miss the opportunity to bond after a long working week over a shared, enjoyable experience, such as a glass of wine.

“We launched our first wine tasting on 26 April, which anyone can join for free. Following its success, we’re extending this to private groups. Guests can talk to each other and interact with the winemaker, so it becomes a very sociable event. We encourage everyone to drink responsibly.”

Wines for the online tastings are from Streeter’s South African vineyard at Benguela Cove, acquired in 2013 and situated at the start of the Hermanus Wine Route in the Walker Bay region.

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