Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wine Concepts Finer Things in Life Champagne Festival at The Vineyard

We wouldn't miss this annual festival of French Champagnes, held at the Vineyard hotel by Mike Duggan and his team from Wine Concepts, and nor should you. We changed into our ‘Ebony & Ivory’ finery (Formal dress suit for John) in the health centre of the Vineyard hotel and then it was time to get to know and love over 44 champagnes from 28 Marques

"Our" sauvignon blanc vine in the little vineyard on the bank of the Liesbeek is looking very healthy
with fruit starting to develop
Prosper Gundura showed us Philipponnat Vintage, Royale Reserve Brut and Rosé

A glass of Bolly
Tracy James Elphick showed us Ayala

Delicious morsels of salmon sashimi
with light jazz in the background
and a display of Jaguars
Ginette de Fleuriot shows the Nicolas Feulliatte Brut Réserve
and their Palmes d'Or Vintage 2002 Brut
Prosper Gundura
Huge oysters
Michael Bampfield-Duggan welcomed his guests
More interesting canapés
New labels from Gosset, same great quality
Ruinart on the ice

Derick and Karen Henstra
Sabrage at Mumm
Xolani Macotywa
James Pietersen purs a glass of Drappier
and Caroline Poulter van Schalkwyk vamps with Ruinart

It was a very well attended festivity
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

No comments: