Last week Friday was global Champagne Day, a day when bubbly enthusiasts the world over raise a glass of champers to toast the drink itself. Being mal for good champagne, I was thrilled to be invited to celebrate the day with Taittinger, a real French champagne from Reims, France, at the Table Bay Hotel.
The highlight of the event was their ENORMOUS, unbelievably real-looking champagne bottle cake:
Aside from le koek a la awesomeness, they had all sorts of other wildly decadent treats on offer and I still can’t get over how much attention to detail went into decorating each and every indulgence. To give you an idea, their strawberries were wearing chocolate tuxedos!
They also had gold-leaf bedazzled koeksisters, a ‘rainbow nation’ cheesecake, chocolate mousse in teensy li’l chocolate cups and more…
The rainbow nation cheesecake is bottom left in the above piccie. I just have to show you a close up of how it’s literally every colour of the rainbow when you cut into it:
I know it’s wicked, but I couldn’t help revelling in the fact that while most of Cape Town was stuck at a desk, I was sipping heavenly champers and eating berries that were better dressed than I was.
After getting our fill of sweets (read: 2kg of lemon meringue pie) as well as a few savouries that included four different quiche alone, lovely Linette did the honours and cut the cake.
A big thank you to Linette from Taittinger for being the most divine host (and wicked good company to boot). Now that I’m getting used to (good) champagne, I’m going to struggle to sip on much else. Thus, these beautifully-boxed Taittinger 750ml bottles are going on my Christmas wish list.
Otherwise, if you want to spend time with Taittinger too, catch up with them at the ‘Finer Things in Life’ French Champagne Festival at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa on Friday the 23rd of November from 6 to 9 pm.
Tickets are R360 but you’ll get to sip over 20 cuvees from premium and boutique champagne houses, take in a James Bond-inspired car show, listen to live music and nibble on oysters, cheese, sushi, fine chocolate and more.