I went to Epernay to taste Champagne – the real deal – and came back even more hooked than I was before. Back in South Africa it was fantastic to realise that our own Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The ‘Magic of Bubbles’ was just around the corner and my new addiction could be satisfied quite easily. It did help to receive an invitation from my travelling buddy and friend in bubbly, Annelize Stroebel and an accompaniment by another sparkles fan Celia Rabie from The Burgundy Restaurant in Hermanus. We wore our black & white, dots or stripes and charged our Master Cards with a number of tastings and were ready to enjoy the festivities next to the Hugenot Monument. Our line-up for the afternoon included:
Domaine des Dieux was the introduction and rightly so as this MCC originates from Hemel-en-Aarde where I roam the vineyards. A trusted bubbly poured by owner Sharon Parnell wet our appetite for what laid ahead. It did help that Franschhoek Valley CEO, Jenny Prinsloo, accompanied us on our tour of champagne. Jenny introduced us to the personalities behind the brands and made sure that we received cold, generous pourings of sparkles.
Charles Fox had their twitter handle prominently displayed and this helps to drive social network traffic. Their MCC was superb and deserved a few tweets. Pieter du Toit maned the Cederberg stand and a chat to Pieter gets my sparkles going. Morenson paid a lot of attention to their stand and it was clear that this is home to Miss Molly – the farm’s weimaraner and arguably the best priced MCC on our market.
Although we did not taste the Genevieve MCC from Bot River I am well acquainted with this bubbly that is made by Melissa Nelsen who recently brought out a perfume to match her bubbly.
After all the fun it was time to head to the coffee stand for a cup of java from Deluxe Coffee Works. And so we play again!