Head to Fran­schhoek to ex­pe­ri­ence the Magic of Bub­bles

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

SOME­THING else syn­ony­mous with the fes­tive sea­son is cham­pagne, and you can get this off to an ex­cel­lent sparkling start at Magic Of Bub­bles, the an­nual cap clas­sique and cham­pagne fes­ti­val in Fran­schhoek next week­end.

Tak­ing place at the Huguenot Mon­u­ment, this year’s theme is “black and white with a touch of bling”, and it’s al­ways a jolly af­fair.

How could it not be? You can re­lax in the mar­quee in be­tween min­gling with the wine­mak­ers pre­sent­ing their finest bub­bles. Com­ple­ment­ing the sparkling wines will be de­li­cious food from sev­eral of the lo­cal restau­rants which have earned the town its sta­tus as one of the coun­try’s top culi­nary des­ti­na­tions.

Well-known lo­cal MCC pro­duc­ers in­clude Pierre Jour­dan, Morena, Môre­son, La Motte, Boschen­dal, Groot Con­stan­tia, Col­mant, Genevieve, L’Or­marins, JC le Roux, Pon­gracz, Gra­ham Beck, Steen­berg and Vil­liera. New­com­ers this year in­clude Mai­son Wine Es­tate, Grande Provence and Le Lude, and you’ll get the chance to sam­ple new re­leases like La­borie’s ex­clu­sive, small batch bub­bly, the Jean Taille­fert Pres­tige Cu­vée Pinot Noir MCC, paired with the sweeter taste of a rasp­berry mac­a­roon.

On top of this, some of France’s best cham­pagnes will be rep­re­sented by brands like Piper Heidsieck, Billecart Salmon and Veuve Clic­quot.

Bread & Wine, Haute Cabrière, Le Fran­schhoek, L’Er­mitage, The Restau­rant at Grande Provence and Mont Rochelle are a few of the restau­rants show­cas­ing their menus dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

The best-dressed couple will be re­warded each day – Satur­day and Sun­day – with a R5 000 Master­Card gift card, which is the per­fect ex­cuse

sub­ject head­ing FHK MCC COMP. Terms & Con­di­tions: One e-mail en­try per reader. En­tries close on Mon­day. No cor­re­spon­dence will be en­tered into and the tick­ets are not trans­fer­able. Tick­ets in­clude en­try to the fes­ti­val, a com­pli­men­tary tast­ing glass and tast­ing coupons. Ad­di­tional coupons can be pur­chased on the day. to dust off your best bling shoes, jacket or hat. You can spend your prize money on more bub­bly to take home with you, or plan a trip to one of the wine farms show­cased at the fes­ti­val.

Gen­eral ac­cess tick­ets via www.webtick­ets.co.za cost R200 a per­son and in­clude ac­cess to the fes­ti­val, which is open be­tween noon and 5pm, and a com­pli­men­tary tast­ing glass and tast­ing coupons. Ad­di­tional vouch­ers can be bought on the day. Chil­dren un­der 18 will be al­lowed free en­try to the fes­ti­val. If you use your Master­Card to pay, you’ll get a 10 per­cent dis­count on your fes­ti­val ticket, as well as a 10 per­cent dis­count on all pur­chases made at the fes­ti­val.

● For more in­for­ma­tion and reg­u­lar up­dates, visit www.fran­schhoekmcc.co.za or fol­low @Fran­schhoek_SA on Twit­ter.

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