Now's the season to drink bubbly!
" I drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty."
Madame Lilly Bollinger
Delaire Graff Sunrise Brut, by award-winning winemaker Morne Vrey. It is a blend driven by Chenin Blanc, and he specifically made it to be enjoyed on the farm only. It is named after the magnificent 118.08 carat Delaire Sunrise, the largest square emerald cut fancy vivid yellow diamond in the world, cut and polished by Graff Diamonds. Treat yourself - it is the end of a long year. Put on a pretty dress, visit Delaire Graff Estate, order a bottle of bubbly and a spectacular dish at one of their two restaurants, and enjoy the view!
Ken Forrester Sparklehorse (MCC) 2011. It is proving to be so popular, that visitors to the farms are allowed to purchase only one bottle each! I am definitely opening my bottle during the holiday, and will savour every sip!
Clos Malverne Cap Classique Ellie 2011, a Brut Rosé made of 100% Shiraz grapes in honour of the beloved mother of Sophia Pritchard, co-owner of this enduring, family-owned wine estate in the Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch. Try this yummy pink bubbly with smoked salmon and corn chowder; tempura prawns with a strawberry, mango, cucumber and coriander salsa, or a sundried tomato, caramelized onion and camembert tart with wild rocket and a port reduction. You will find these dishes on their restaurant's menu - be sure to book your table!
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel - it flowed at our wedding six years ago, and I am definitely one of their most regular customers! Frans Malan, the founder of Simonsig, was the first producer of Méthode Champenoise in South Africa when he made his first Cap Classique, named Kaapse Vonkel in 1971. It is of course also the same year that the Stellenbosch Wine Route was started, also by oom Frans, Spatz Sperling (Delheim) and Neil Joubert (Spier). More reason to celebrate!
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