Kirst Bisset

The Absa Champagne Festival 2013 was Exquisite
28 October 2013

Truth be told, champagne makes me happy. And no, I'm not talking about the alcohol in champagne (I am), but rather what it represents. Nobody opens a bottle of champagne to commiserate or to drown their sorrows. Champagne is a drink that represents all things festive and celebratory. So, when I was invited to the Absa Champagne Festival this year, I couldn't wait for the merriment to begin.


The festival was held at the majestic Summer Place in Johannesburg. If you haven't seen this venue, I suggest you break in make a plan to visit it. You feel like you have left Jozi and entered a scene from The Great Gatsby.

Summer Place

We were greeted by a throng of 'papparazzi' as well a holy grail tasting glass for us to sample all of the deliciousness. The decor, the food, and the energy could not be faulted.


Champers for days


Absa Champagne Festival

The lovely Jo-Anne Strauss was our MC for the evening and is still looking as ravishing as ever. After a few formalities, we were free to roam around and sample some of the finest champagne available and let me tell you, the more it flowed, the tastier it became. I was also so fascinated by the history and stories behind some of them. Stories far beyond the fact that champagne comes from France. The passion behind champagne could rival that of a Bulls supporter.

Jokes aside, I was so impressed by the festival and will be sure never to miss another one. Who's joining me next year?

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