Cap Classique – South Africa’s Shining Star with Cathy Van Zyl MW Zoom Video

It’s the perfect weather for a chilled bottle of something fizzy. In my glass, a delicious Methode Cap Classique (MCC) Rose from Paul René in Robertson, South Africa.

To many of us MCC is a relative newcomer on the ever-growing traditional sparkling scene but next year South Africa will celebrate 50 years since its creation.

Unable to use the term Method Champenoise (or any mention of the Champagne region), the South African growers who drew inspiration from the French region came up with the ‘Classic Cape Methode’ or in French, Methode Cap Classic. The pioneering credit goes to the Simonsig Estate.

Cap Classique – South Africa’s Shining Star with Cathy Van Zyl MW Virtual Event

Topic: Cap Classique – South Africa’s Shining Star with Cathy Van Zyl MW
Time: Thursday 13th August 7pm UK Time, 8pm South African Standard Time

It’s the perfect weather for a chilled bottle of something fizzy. In my glass, a delicious Methode Cap Classique (MCC) Rose from Paul René in Robertson, South Africa.

To many of us MCC is a relative newcomer on the ever-growing traditional sparkling scene but next year South Africa will celebrate 50 years since its creation.

Unable to use the term Method Champenoise (or any mention of the Champagne region), the South African growers who drew inspiration from the French region came up with the ‘Classic Cape Methode’ or in French, Methode Cap Classic. The pioneering credit goes to the Simonsig Estate.

Santorini, Assyrtiko and learning from the genius, Haridimos Hatzidakis. A conversation with Stella Papadimitriou, Chief Oenologist, Hatzidakis wines

Hatzidakis wines with Winemaker Stella Papadimitriou

For the lover of Greek wines, no introduction is needed for the wines of Santorini. For those who have yet to try any wines from this beautiful Aegean Island, you should!

Topic: Santorini, Assyrtiko and learning from the genius, Haridimos Hatzidakis. A conversation with Stella Papadimitriou, Chief Oenologist, Hatzidakis wines
Time: Thursday 23rd July 7pm UK time, 9pm Greece time

Naoussa in Northern Greece the kingdom of Xinomavro

Naoussa in Northern Greece is the kingdom of Xinomavro. This grape, grown all over northern Greece, finds its best expression here, in the hills surrounding Naoussa city. Nestling in the shadow of Mount Vermio, the 400 hectares of vineyards are scattered in small plots on an area the size of the entire Saint Emilion and Haut Medoc combined. According to Stelios Boutaris, owner and winemaker at Kir-Yianni, one of the leading producers in the region, the Naoussa vineyards resemble the Burgundy plantings, vineyards, carefully selected to best suit Xinomavero , rather than the Bordeaux vineyards of big plots that carpet the landscape.

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