One of Krone winemaker Stephan de Beer’s recommended wine and food pairings is serving a sweeter bubbly with fresh apple pie and ice-cream. Bubbly, for him, can be served at any time and for any occasion. Little wonder since his passion is Méthode Cap Classique (MCC).  Gautengers will get the chance to taste five of his fabulous bubblies when they visit The Johannesburg Cap Classique & Champagne Festival which takes place on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 from 12:00 to 17:00 (both days) at the Inanda Polo Club.
The festival is a not-to-be-missed celebration of the country’s finest Cap Classiques as well as acclaimed Champagnes from France and Prosecco from Italy.
MCC, the South African version of champagne – with the bubbly made using the bottle fermented process used by the French – has seen a spectacular rise in both production and sales in the South African marketplace and it is now the country’s fastest growing wine style. Consumers can’t get enough of it.
In 1992, there were 14 sparkling wine producers in South Africa. Today there are 220 MCC producers with over 300 MCC labels on the market.
To what does De Beer attribute the big surge in popularity of South African bubbles in this country?
“Everyone has a few celebrations throughout the year that requires a good bottle of bubbly or two and MCC is the drink of choice even at a friendly braai. I also think that the attractiveness is helped by the fact that it is more affordable and accessible than French Champagne, keeping in mind that they are made the same way.
“We may be fairly young when it comes to the international market but on the quality side we are definitely up there and offer superb value,” says De Beer.
Krone will be showing off five bubblies at the festival – Krone Brut, Krone Rosé, Krone Night Nectar and Krone Night Nectar Rosé as well as their newly released R.D. 2006.
Says De Beer about the R.D 2006: “R.D. means Recently Disgorged and highlights that the disgorgement of the wine from the yeast lees was deliberately delayed to just prior to the release of the bottle.”
So what are some of his favourite bubbly and food pairings?
“That’s easy … Krone Brut with pork belly; Krone Rosé and a fresh salmon dish and Krone Demi Sec with fresh apple pie and ice cream. Try it, you’ll see.”
MCC producers at The Johannesburg Cap Classique & Champagne Festival – which is proudly sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth – include Anthonij Rupert Wines who will present their L’Ormarins range, Genevieve, Simonsig, Paul René, Black Elephant Vintners, Graham Beck, Silverthorn, Pierre Jourdan, Boschendal, Pongracz, Villiera, Saronsberg and Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel which was the first MCC made back in 1971 and which sold for only R3 a bottle (making it the most expensive local wine on the market at the time!). French Champagne will be represented by the likes of Bollinger, G.H Mumm, Taittinger, Nicolas Feuillatte and Luc Belaire and festival-goers will be able to try and buy Prosecco from Sartori, Valdo and Da Luca.
The Johannesburg Cap Classique and Champagne Festival:

  • Saturday, April 13 from 12h00 to 17h00;
  • Sunday, April 14, 2018 from 12h00 to 17h00
  • Venue: Inanda Polo Cub
  • Cost: R380 per person which includes a glass and 10 tasting coupons.
  • Booking:
  • Social media: #BubblyFestival

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