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You may have noticed that we have an affinity for sparkling wine, a love of champagne and a preference for Method Cap Classique.

Just last month we hosted an MCC bubbles-paired dinner, on 10 January. 30 diners were accommodated at an exclusive new venue, the Upper Deck, and Michel-starred chef Roger Jones served them a six-course menu he had prepared with Vineyard Executive Chef Carl van Rooyen. Each dish was paired with one of the finest South African sparkling wines made in accordance with the ancient Champagne method. An evening of fine dining and star-tasting.

Then we rounded up a judging panel of 25 British and South African tasters, sommeliers and wine masters and gave them 37 sparkling wines from eight nations to score out of 20. And the winner of the Battle of the Bubbles was Graham Beck Cuvée Clive (the very same bubbly served at President Obama’s inauguration).

And on 12 March, to launch our Tastes of 2017 wine-paired dinner programme, our Festival of Bubbles will once again joyfully spill out onto our lawns from 3pm. This year there will also be an international bubbly to try: Valdo Prosecco! See below for the full list of bubblies you’ll be able to try.

Buy your tickets for the Festival of Bubbles by emailing eat@vineyard.co.za or ring us on 021 657-4500. R250 per person.

Taste these MCC stars at our Festival of Bubbles
Saxenburg Brut MCC 2011; Leeuwenkuil Chenin Method Ancestrale 2016; Villiera Tradition Brut, Rosé Brut, Monro Brut 2010, Brut Natural 2012 and Domaine Grier Brut NV; Graham Beck Brut NV, Rosé NV, Blanc de Blancs 2012, Rosé 2011, and Bliss Demi Sec NV; Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs 2010, Brut Reserve 2010, Cuvée Rosé Brut  2010, and Blanc de Blanc; De Grendel MCC Brut 2014; Silverthorn Jewel Box 2012, The Genie NV, and The Green Man 2014; Avondale Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009; Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2007, 2014 and 2015, and Brut Rosé 2015; Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay, 1682 Pinot Noir, Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, and Lady R; Charles Fox Brut Rosé 2012 and Blanc de Blancs 2013; Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut MCC 2010 and Rose of Sharon Brut Rosé 2010; L’Ormarins Brut Classique NV, Brut Rosé 2013 and Blanc de Blancs 2012; Kleine Zalze NV Brut Rosé and Vintage Brut 2011; Le Lude Brut NV and Le Lude Rosé NV; Valdo Prosecco; Boschendal Brut Rosé and Prestige Cuvée Jean le Long Blanc de Blancs 2007; Waterford MCC 2009; Thelema Brut MCC 2013; Hermanuspietersfontein, Maria Elisabet se Vonkel 2014 and Reciprocal Wines.

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