There’s nothing like the sound of corks popping to get me into a festive mood. I’ve heard that it’s been scientifically proven that the sound of a popping champagne cork releases endorphins into your brain and if this is the case, I strongly feel that the “festive season” should be renamed the “endorphin season”.
This past weekend I gathered (almost) all my favourite people at my home for a festive dinner with Krone MCC. If you don’t know, Methode Cap Classique is the term for South African “Champagne”. It’s made using the exact same method as French Champagne, but cannot carry the name “Champagne” because it doesn’t come from the region in France.
Krone is one of South Africa’s top MCC producers and definitely one of my favourites. It’s grown and made on the farm Twee Jonge Gezellen, out in Tulbagh. The wines are a classic blend of my two favourite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Brut is a showcase all the classic flavours of the ideal MCC; a creamy biscuitiness with fine bubbles that create a party in on your palate.
I’m particularly partial to the stunning Rose, which has a beautiful light pink colour and a deliciously dry fruity flavour.
For my Christmas party, I bought some special champagne glasses which I searched for for absolute ages. I eventually found them at Woolworths and bought every one in stock (sorry). I wanted the day to be quite special, so I decided on a jade and rose gold colour scheme (to match the wine, to be honest) and rented some table decor items from Plush Props in Woodstock.
The menu was classic, with gammon, roast chicken and roast potatoes. I also did a few vegetarian options; creamy mushroom tartlets, roast cauliflower and vine roast tomatoes and little basil, tomato and mozzarella bites.
I also did a repeat of my edible Christmas wreath, which was such a hit the first time. It definitely delivered again. It’s so easy to make and is a beautiful centrepiece for a festive table.
Our afternoon stretched into evening as bottle after bottle of Krone was popped. Endorphins and love flooded my brain and heart as my friends ate and laughed. It was such a special day and I’m so glad I managed to get most of the people I love together before the end of the year.
After a case of bubbles, we opened up a few bottles of Krone’s still wine. It’s a Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend with a GENIUS cork that’s been patented by the farm. It’s a champagne cork that doesn’t need a bottle opener. This is a great gift for wine lovers, by the way.
Our evening only ended after midnight, once all the food and all the wine had been enjoyed. If you haven’t made the time yet, I encourage you to get your friends together for one last special evening before the year ends. There’s nothing like it.
WIN A CASE OF KRONE FOR CHRISTMAS
To make your festive season even more bubbly Krone is giving you the opportunity to win a case of your choice of their wine. You could be celebrating the end of the year with a case of the Brut, Rose or Chardonnay Pinot Noir still wine.
HOW TO ENTER
To enter, all you have to do is comment below with your favourite memory of this year. Don’t forget to leave your name and email address. I can’t wait to read about your best part of 2015!
T&C’s: Competition open to South Africans only. Competition will run until Friday, 18 December in order to have the delivery to the winner in time for Christmas.
* This post is sponsored. Thanks so much to Krone for making our festive celebration even more special.