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Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ®

Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ®

 2 – 4 December 2011

Only 5 days left! Buy your ticket now! The Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique and Champagne Festival will be welcoming visitors from around the country over the weekend of 2 to 4 December to this annual social calendar highlight. Sponsored by Investec Specialist Bank.

Taste some of France’s best Champagnes alongside the finest Cap Classiques to emerge from the wine cellars of South Africa. Renowned wineries participating in this popular festival include Boschendal, Colmant, Dieu Donne, Graham Beck Wines, Krone, La Motte, Morena, Môreson, Pierre Jourdan, Simonsig, Steenberg, Rickety Bridge and Villiera. Champagnes will be represented by brands such as Billecart Salmon, Tribaut and Veuve Clicquot.

Visitors to the festival will be treated to gastronomic delights. Some of the participating restaurants include Haute Cabriere, Le Quartier Français, Bread & Wine, La Motte Farm Shop, Roca, Wild Peacock Products, Le Franschhoek and for those with a sweet tooth, Huguenot Fine Chocolates.

The theme for this year’s festival is black and white, with the emphasis on Hats and Fascinators, and a prize will be awarded to the best dressed couple. A best dressed couple will be selected every day of the festival.

An R180.00 per person entrance fee allows you access to the festival. You’ll also receive a complimentary tasting glass and booklet of tasting coupons. Additional tasting coupons will be available for purchase. Children under 18 years of age will be allowed free entry to the festival.

Tickets can be purchased through, but hurry as tickets are limited. Once the marquee is full no further patrons will be admitted.

For any enquiries please contact:

 Darielle Robertson – Events Manager: Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourist Association

Tel: 021 876 2861


Food Wine Design Fair – This weekend……. in Jozi

Live in Jozi and a fan of the deliciously beautiful things in life?

Then you need to prioritize a visit to the second annual Food Wine Design Fair, taking place on the rooftop of the Hyde Park Shopping Centre from 25-27 November.

Here you will sample top local produce, taste brilliant boutique wines and brews, and find furniture and decorative pieces as well as fashion items and jewellery from hom…e-grown designers – this year the _ line-up includes the likes of Taste of Karoo, Bar Bar Black Sheep, &Union, Graham Beck, Grande Provence, Missibaba, Koop, Mingo Lamberti, Goet and Tinsel (just to name a few).

We are particularly looking forward to seeing at the Graham Beck Wines stand for a good few glasses of our delicious bubblies.

For more information on the fair visit

It’s time for the Swartland Revolution II

Posted by Helena Sheridan

The time has come. Soon I will be on my way to Riebeek Kasteel and set-up will commence. Then the wait will be almost over as we prepare to welcome you to the Swartland once again! We are ecstatic and blown away by the fact that we have gone from 150 guests at our first event to selling out over 250 tickets this year. We thank you for your support and promise you that we will not leave you wanting…

As you start to pack your bags and prep your livers, here are a few things we would like you to consider:
The times on Webtickets were a bit deurmekaar. Registration starts at 4pm on the famous stoep at the Royal Hotel. Please allow yourself enough time (to sit in the stop & go road works at the Riebeek turn off just outside Malmesbury; to dig into your goodie bag, packed with even more surprises than last year and to unwind & have a drink on the longest stoep south of the Limpopo river) before Quality First, our first tasting at 6pm. See the full programme here if you haven’t learned it off by heart yet.

Dinner will take place at a secret new location called Bazaar. Last year the wind was icy, so bring a warm jacket that you can stand close to the fire with. ‘Die Baardskeerdersbos Orkes’ will entertain us with some lekker tunes, so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to eat meat like never before.

In support of No-regret-Fridays and Arrive-Alive-don’t-drink-and-drive we have arranged for some local taxis to be at the BBQ venue to take you home once you have had enough great Swartland wines. Or if you are staying in Riebeek Kasteel, just walk it will make you feel very European… We have also made sure the local bar 6 Degrees will be fully stocked and open into the early hours of Saturday morning.

Also remember that we will once again auction off some hard to come by items during lunch on Saturday. These items are:
We will have a twitter feed up – for instant feedback and to see what you are thinking, so bring your fast typing fingers, make sure you follow us and remember the hashtag #SR2011

Please note: if you booked for friends, please send this on to them so they are in the know. If you sold your ticket to one of those desperate snoozers please let us know of the name change for registration…

I will see you in Riebeek on 11.11.11 –


Helena Sheridan
PR and publicity – The Swartland Revolution
+27 (0)83 558 6594
+27 (0)21 461 9875

Franschhoek pops the corks at ‘Franschhoek Uncorked’!

Franschhoek pops the corks at ‘Franschhoek Uncorked’!.

Full Programme of the weekend. Lot and lots of beautiful things to do. See you there!

Champagne Brunch at Telkom Business Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience

26 July 2011

Every year since August 1997, Michael Fridjhon has hosted a wine event that is at once breathtaking in its range and spectacular in its execution. Selecting a theme, he assembles the finest examples from extraordinary and unobtainable vintages to present at a Masterclass® tasting, followed by a gala dinner. Only the greatest international benchmark wines are tasted, only the most thoughtfully matched courses served. For the fewer than 200 guests who make this event an annual pilgrimage, there is nothing like it anywhere in the world.

The Sunday morning Louis Roederer Champagne Brunch will provide the perfect conclusion to this extraordinary weekend. Last year’s innovation – the inclusion of a special course to complement the service of Cristal – will again be a feature and includes Caspian Caviar and pan-fried Foie Gras. There will, in addition, be the usual offering of unlimited amounts of oysters from several different origins, sushi, truffled scrambled eggs and a degustation of prosciutto, a selection of cheeses, fruit and extraordinary desserts.

The Champagne selection – this year from Louis Roederer – is equally generous: from the specially paired service of Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 with canapés of Caspian Caviar and pan-fried Foie Gras to the endless supplies of Roederer Rosé 2005 and Brut Premier which accompany the brunch. This is a once-a-year occasion which offers a sense of another less rushed, less stressed and less restrained era to which we should all return – if only for a morning of perfect indulgence.

WineStyle has secured a limited number of Champagne Brunch slots for our online readers. A special offer of R1 725 (incl. VAT) per person is available for the first 10 guests who book by Friday 5th of August.

The Telkom Business Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience 2011
Louis Roederer Champagne Brunch 

Date: Sunday 28th August 2011
Venue: The Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, Corner of Oxford Road and Biermann Avenue, Rosebank
Time: Registration 10h00 for 10h30 sharp start until 13h30

For more information: 
OutSorceress Marketing
Telephone: 011 482 5936/5/4

A WineStyle special offer booking form is attached (click here to download): kindly complete and forward to Alex Mason-Gordon or fax to 011 507 6027 no later than Friday, 5th August.

2nd Swartland Revolution – 11 & 12 November 2011

With the raging success of the inaugural Swartland Revolution organisers have made 250 tickets available for this year’s Revolution that will take place on the weekend of 11 – 12 November 2011 in Riebeek Kasteel.

With guest feedback that included praise such as “the best wine event that I have ever attended”; “like Woodstock… but without the sex”; “world class performance” and “a revolution against boring wines, against boring events; this was a revolt against the plain and the sad, the straight and the narrow; it was simply a benchmarking of joie de vivre” most of last year’s attendees have already booked their place at this year’s event.


The programme for 2011 has just been finalised and is bigger (and even better) than in 2010;

Three tastings of benchmark wines:

– Eight wines from the local Mullineux Cellar;

Olivier Clape presenting six of his wines from The Northern Rhone in France

– and nine wines, all personal favourites selected by London based wine writer Jamie Goode, ze German Sommelier Jorg Pfutzner and local kenner Michael Fridjhon.

The food will again be “simply superb” as noted by 2010 revolutionary: – Celeb chef Reuben Riffel and his team are ready to braai up a storm once more. If last year’s BBQ was any indication we can expect mountains of perfectly prepared meat, salads to stun and fire grilled veggies that will impress even the most hard core carnivores.

– For Saturday lunch the team at Bar Bar Black Sheep will again prepare a truly local feast to mesmerise guests.

The event will conclude with The Swartland Independent Street Party. At R50 per person this tasting is more accessible and open to the public. With local producers showcasing their natural wines it will attract a whole new crowd as we take over the Riebeek Main Street and party into the sunset.

Tickets are on sale at webtickets.

Full weekend package (incl all meals and tastings): R1750 pp

Reuben’s BBQ only: R500 pp

Breakfast and Coffee only: R75 pp

Bar Bar Black Sheep festival feast only: R350 pp

Swartland Independent Street Party: R50 pp


More info at:


Follow us on Twitter: @swartlandrev

Cell: 083 558 65 94

Inaugural Feast of SA Shiraz & Charcuterie 2011 at Hartenberg Wine Estate

4 June 2011

12 – 5pm

Hartenberg Estate

R150 pp includes a Glass & Tastings

Wine Participants: Boekenhoutskloof, De Trafford, Eagles Nest, Hartenberg, Haskell, La Motte, Kleinood, Luddite, Raka, Rust en Vrede, Nico van der Merwe Wines.

Charcuterie Participants: Bread & Wine, The Charcuterie, Societi Bistro, Lucas Jamon

Bread Producers: Café Des Arts,   De Oude Bank Bakkerij, La Motte, Bread & Wine

Cheese Producers: Le Petite France, Anura Cheeses, Dalewood Fromage, Fromage de France, Benguela Trading and more

 Olive Producers: Blue Sky Organics, Chrisnas Olives, Kleinood


For more info:

Darielle 084 207 3820