Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wine Concepts ‘Finer Things in Life’ Champagne Festival at The Vineyard Hotel

This is always a crowd puller. Where else can you taste so many good French champagnes at once for a reasonable amount of money, with canapés circulating during the evening. There is a raffle with superb prizes and oyster, chocolate and sushi to buy. The theme this year was Cats and there were some amusing renditions. The Champagnes can be bought at a discount on the night and if you missed it, you can get them all from Wine Concepts.
Everyone wanted to taste the Billecart Salmon
David and Monica Chifa having fun, Lynne saying mozarella!
The selection on the Drappier table
Guy Kedian pouring steadily
He and Jackie Rabe were pouring the Jacquinot Champagnes
A new marque for us, Liebart-Regnier, from Baslieuz sous Chatillon in the Marne region of Champagne. Unusual in that it is a blend of 60% Pinot Meunière, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, lots of apples on the full nose and palate
Michael Bampfield Duggan reading out the prizes to be won
Gosset has long been a favourite with us, especially the Grand Millesime Brut 2000 which has beautiful age and richness
We so wanted to taste the Mumm but it ran out very early in the evening. Perhaps they didn't bring enough?
Our family is also very fond of the Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne
Pouring it was Sarah Revell of Vinimark
Sarah Revell with John and a Champagne enthusiast
ALWAYS time for some Bolly, Darling
Mike B-D & a fan enjoying some
Tracy James-Elphick and Ginette de Fleuriot were serving it
So nice to be able to get Lanson in South Africa again, they were absent for a few years. It is another one we love
Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé comes in cages this Christmas!

The Brut chilling nicely
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2016
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