Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wine Concepts “Finer Things in Life” International Champagne & Sparkling Wine Affair at The Vineyard Hotel

We love this annual celebration of Champagne as it is a real opportunity to taste the top Marques of French champagne and not pay a fortune for a tiny taster. This year there were also Cavas and Proseccos and a Lambrusco or two as well. It is the 16th year this event has been held at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands
The girls who organise: Karen Glanfield Pawley and Renette Muir from Wine Concepts manned the front desk and dealt with the tickets, glasses and wine orders - all the bubblies for tasting could be ordered and were at a discount for the evening
There is always a good jazz band playing. And Porsche has come on board as a sponsor this year and showcased a couple of their 911 sports cars at the event
Sue Proudfoot of Wine Concepts in Kloof Street enjoying a tasting of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, it is nice and dry, very much to our taste
Tarryn Vincent of Reciprocal Wine Trading Co had some interesting bubblies for tasting. This Champagne was made by Gratiot et Cie from 15% Chardonnay and 85% Pinot Meunier from Charly-sur-Marne, in the Aisne Department in France called Almanach No.1
Terrance van der Walt of Siris Vintners had the Valdo range of Proseccos from Italy. The one with the very pretty floral bottle is made for Milan Fashion Week.
Sarah Revell and Dax Bailey of Vinimark were showing the Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes from Epernay
Tracy James-Elphick of Vinimark, seen here talking to Neil Proudfoot of Wine Concepts in Kloof Street, had one of our favourites of the evening, the Bollinger. "Definitely the Special Cuvée Dahling... definitely good Bolly."
Journalist Fiona MacDonald was having fun
Nice to see Allan Mullins, CWM with his wife Therèse and his carer Richard. Allan did his Cape Wine Master thesis on Champagne and really knows his stuff
Michael Bampfield Duggan, owner of Wine Concepts in Newlands, doing the lucky draw for the evening. There were some very good prizes
CocoAfair had lots of their chocolates for sale and some generous tasting portions
The theme this year was International Relations and people did dress accordingly. Here is the ever glamorous Tshepang Molisana dressed for the occasion in her French beret
The Australians were there too, showing their rather commercial bubblies from Hardys and Nottage Hill
On the Drappier stand, there was the Brut of the evening for Lynne, the Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2013 from the English Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent, which dates back to 1410. Andrew Weber took over the estate in 2004 "with the goal of making English sparkling wines that would stand up alongside the very finest offering from across the globe". If this is the future of the British bubbly, we are very excited. Made from 55% Pinot Noir, 27% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay, it is crisp, lean and dry, with a warm brioche nose and lots of class.
Many people were flocking to the stand to try it
GM of the Vineyard hotel Roy Davis with two of our favourite sommeliers, Mercy Mwai from Nobu at the One and Only hotel and Greg Mutambe of the Twelve Apostles hotel. Greg is Zimbabwean and has probably been celebrating this week with some good Champagne.
Trying some Mumm Brut, which has a lovely prickle and some nice leesy age notes
Allan Mullins trying the Gusbourne with Maryna Calow of WOSA
Maryna and Tshepang. Two happy girls enjoying their Champagne. It was a great evening
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