We’re getting to know Michael Bampfield-Duggan of Wine Concepts in this post. Michael is a successful businessman who really seems to have got the balance right.
He loves outstanding food, serene getaway spots, soothing music, fine wine (of course) and, his wife, Renee.
If you’re keen on finding good quality wine at an excellent price – this is a man you need to know!
Claim to Fame:
The Upper Crust Restaurant in Cape Town for 21 years. Currently MD and co owner of Wine Concepts (Fine Wine merchants and Wine Consultants since 1998). Write a weekly wine column for iafrica.com.
Favourite music at the moment?
The House by Katie Melua and Caravan of Dreams by Peter White
What book(s) are you reading?
Rescue by Anita Shreve and The Strandveld by Marius Diemont.
Sweet or Savoury?
New Years Eve under the stars in the Cederberg!
What do you never go to a party without?
Good mood and a corkscrew!
Do you remember your first sip of champagne?
Not really but I do know it was more than a sip!
When do you usually drink champagne?
Do you keep champagne corks from special occasions?
We recycle the corks and keep the muselet!
The perfect accompaniment to bubbly?
Served in antique flutes with smoked salmon and good company.
Most memorable champagne moment?
10 years ago at my wine club, Gogga’s, we opened a magnum of 1973 Dom Perignon. The finest Champagne I have ever tasted and still have the empty bottle in my cellar!
You’re sitting at your favourite restaurant with chilled Genevieve MCC on the table. Who is joining you?
Renee! (His wife
Aaaah! What a guy!
Now beloved bubbly lovers, for interests sake, do you know what a muselet is? Let us know what you think it is (before you look it up!) in the comment box below.
PS: Wine Concepts are having a French Champagne Festival on 25th November – see you there!