Breakfast is better with bubblies
From The International Herald Tribune:An oasis of wine in South Africa
BY BAZ DREISINGER
Breakfast is better with bubblies. I learned this shortly after waking up one crisp morning at the Steenberg Hotel and Vineyards, a storied South African property that seems to have emerged from the pages of a Jane Austen novel. Picture a 17th-century manor house against a backdrop of cloud-cloaked mountains, with Egyptian geese and guinea fowl poised picturesquely on the lawn. Never mind a cappuccino; my prawn and goat cheese omelet was perfectly paired with a glass of Steenberg's signature Graham Beck Brut NV — the same one, incidentally, served at Nelson Mandela's inauguration.
After several days in Constantia, a suburb about 15 kilometers, or 10 miles, south of Cape Town, one may start to swear that, really, everything is better with bubblies. Or sauvignon blanc, or shiraz — anything grown and bottled in the Constantia Valley, one of the Southern Hemisphere's oldest winemaking regions.