Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Magic of Bubbles, Franschhoek

The theme was black and white and it also has quite a smart feel. This year we were told by the farms that peoples’ behaviour was very good and there was no drunkenness. The weather on Saturday was apparently cooler, but Sunday was a scorcher and we would love it if the festival was moved into November, because drinking bubbly outside (under marquees) in 39ºC is not great. Lynne takes a portable fan with a mist spray and just survived. They had a food area where local restaurants provided snacky food and we were a little disappointed at the choices this year, as we thought them rather unadventurous. We had lovely ciabattas from Haute Cabrière restaurant: one stuffed full of smoked salmon & avo puree and the other filled with lamb confit and salad.
Perhaps, with the recession, they feared that people would not buy much, but they did. You could also buy bottles and cooler bags and find a table and sit down to lunch with your friends. Some people did leave the festival at lunch time for a proper lunch in a local restaurant and then came back for the afternoon.

John Loubser, Silverthorn MCC

Steenberg, with enthusiastic young presenters

Allan Mullins, South Africa's Mr Champagne

Villiera Tradition and Monro and Domaine Grier, always a popular choice

Weltevrede came from Robertson
New kids on the block: Francois la Garde alias A string of Pearls
and My Wyn
Johan Kruger showed his Astra MCC
and Sally Gower was there with Ross Gower Pinot Noir Brut
2006 and 2009

The best looking menu on show

Thank heavens for the umbrellas, but we missed the mist sprayers from earlier years
There were competitions for best dressed people, couples and teams

Achim von Arnim of Pierre Jourdan, in philosophical mood

Young ladies like sharing fun with their dads
The Boschendal girls looked great in 20s costumes

JP Colmant was there with his MCC and champagnes
and Guy and Mme Charbaut travel here from Champagne to be here each year
Wine and women, the songs came later

Carl, Mount Nelson sommelier in enthusiastic discussion about Laborie's new range
and then came the songs and dancing
The Huguenot Monument, an appropriate site for the festival

1 comment:

The life and love of a 20-something in Cape Town said...

wonderful! We also had a fantastic day and it was great to see all our wine friends. Allan Mullins' lovely Woolworths range was also delicious, loved the Villiera one and will buy when I spot it on the shelves. Lovely weekend to you both.