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A call to bubbles

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Let the bubbles begin! Let the bubbles begin! Pictures provided by KL PR & Events

"Pleasure without champagne is purely artificial,"  said Oscar Wilde - and he should know, being the belle of the belle epoque!

The SizweNtsalubaGobodo Celebration of Bubbles Festival saw over 20 exquisite Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC) including Graham Beck, L’Ormarins, Steenberg, Genevieve MCC, Moreson and JC Le Roux quaffed at the Inanda Country Club in March.

Those who liked French bubbles were also in for a treat as Nicolas Feuillatte sold glasses of their brut and rose bubbly by the glass as did Veuve Cliquot and Piper Heidsieck (the latter providing their chic tasting slippers).

Guests were seen settling in for the afternoon, complete with no less than two bottles a group and Veuve Clicquot had set up a snazzy looking area with lounging cushions and petanque for those who got a little happy.

Gauteng's finest food trucks, including one dedicated to delicious vetkoek concoctions of chicken mayonnaise with caramelised onions, were ranged around the perimeter of the field so stomachs were well lined before the enslaught of bubbles.

The Armand de Brignac, which was purchased by rapper Jay Z last year but is still made by the Cattier family,was unfortunately not available by the glass but a bottle could be purchased for R3500 (R5000 for the rose). Even the empty bottles are valuable, I was told.

Graham Beck were plying the bubbles and I was told have made quite a hit in the movies, featuring in the James Bond movie, Carte Blanche. 007 always was a connoisseur of fine food and wines so the Cuvee Clive would have gone down very well.

Celebs and champagne lovers alike mingled dressed to impress at this highlight event on Gauteng’s social calendar.

The festival carried on over two days and was very well attended.

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