I wanted to start this blog post saying, “I’ve never actually been a really big sparkling wine lover”, but then I realised it was a bit of a lie. We used to drink 5th Avenue in the middle of the desert all through my years in Namibia, with a touch of Peche Royale once I got to South Africa. LOL! I have to laugh now at those bubbles because I’ve learnt SO much more since those humble days, and really appreciate what Methode Cap Classique and ‘real’ champagne means within the ‘foodie’ industry. Which is also why I’m keen to share the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival with you.
What’s With Sparkling Wine?
For those of you who aren’t aware, there are 3 main things you need to know about sparkling wine.
1. Champagne Comes from France
Unless you’re drinking sparkling wine that’s ACTUALLY from champagne, then you can’t call it champagne – hence the term sparkling wine.
2. Carbonated VS Organic
There are 2 ways to get sparkling wine. Some companies use CO2 to add the bubbles – exactly like Sodastream. They take the ‘wine’ and then force bubbles into it, just like soft drinks or sparkling water. Other companies rely on natural bubbles to form within the liquid – all by itself! As the liquid ferments, so are bubbles released into the liquid. This style of getting bubbles into the liquid is known as the Method Cap Classique in South Africa. Check the labels, the bottles will always tell you which is which.
3. Is it Delicious?
You decide. I think it’s ridiculous that people have to pretend they like certain liquids because of prestige. For example, I’m not mad about many Bruts because they are so super dry. I really don’t enjoy drinking them. I also get an instant headache from most sparkling wines. I LOVE Villiera Traditional Brut as I can enjoy a whole bottle (don’t judge me!) and it’s from right here in the Western Cape! Perfection.
Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 2016
If you’re not sure which sparking wines or champagnes you love, then good news! The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is around the corner! On the 1st weekend of December, the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek will welcome visitors from around the corner and around the world to enjoy an array of champagnes and sparkling wines.
- When: 3rd and 4th of December 2016
- Venue: Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek, Cape Town
- Theme: Black and White with a Floral Flair (Best Dressed couple on each day will win a R5 000 Mastercard gift card)
- Times: 12pm to 5pm
- Tickets: R350 per person
Participating MMC & Champagne Brands
BLACK ELEPHANT VINTNERS, BON COURAGE, BOSCHENDAL, CHANTELLE CAP CLASSIQUE, CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER, CHARLES FOX, COLMANT, DOMAINE DES DIEUX, THE FRANSCHHOEK CELLAR, GENEVIEVE, GRAHAM BECK, GREAT DOMAINES, HAUTE CABRIÈRE, JC LE ROUX, KEN FORRESTER WINES & BILLECART SALMON CHAMPAGNE , KRONE, LABORIE (KWV), LA MOTTE, LE LUDE, L’ORMARINS (ANTHONIJ RUPERT), MAISON ESTATE, MONTPELLIER DE TULBAGH, MÔRESON, MORENA, NICOLAS FEUILLATTE CHAMPAGNE, NITIDA WINE CELLARS, PAUL RENE, PIPER-HEIDSIECK, PONGRACZ, PROSECCO SA, RICKETY BRIDGE, SILVERTHORN WINES, SIMONSIG WINE ESTATE, STEENBERG VINEYARDS, THE HOUSE OF GM & AHRENS, VEUVE CLICQUOT, VILLIERA WINES.
WIN TICKETS FOR YOURSELF AND 3 FRIENDS!
Mastercard and I are giving away a set of 4 tickets for the Saturday and Sunday. If you’d like to win a set of tickets for yourself and 3 friends then please do the following:
- Click attending on the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival on Facebook
- Click LIKE on the Boring Cape Town Chick Facebook Page
- Leave a comment on THIS Facebook post and tell me which is your favourite sparkling wine or champagne.
Easy! Thanks for entering and good luck!
*Winners are randomly selected. Travel and Accommodation expenses for winner’s own account. Please read my competition Terms and Conditions from the WIN tab above.