Two years ago, for April Fool’s day, we summoned a photographer and shot some pictures of our office kitchen, with one important improvement: the filtered water dispenser was retouched to look like it dispensed bubbly. Now, it seems our dreams were not so far fetched. Bubbly dispensers have landed in South Africa.
Called Fizzecco, the system dispenses chilled sparkling wine through a handsome tap, from recyclable kegs, removing that bothersome and time-consuming opening process, and ensuring that fresh, cold bubbly is always available.
Hennie de Jager explains: “I started the bubbly on tap concept last year when I returned to SA after spending five years in the UK, where prosecco on tap is everywhere.”
For now, the group’s brut is the only option available. According to Hennie it’s a “fresh, easy-drinking bubbly made from a blend of sauvignon and chenin blanc that gets the balance between fruitiness and acidity just right.” (Isn’t all bubbly easy drinking? Just wondering…)
The team is also working on a blush rosé for those after a less dry bubbly.
It’s already available at several restaurants in the Western and Eastern Cape, including Craft Wheat & Hops (Stellenbosch), King Fisher Restaurant (George), The Blind Pig (Wilderness), Praia Morena (Cape Town CBD), Craft Burger Bar (Sea Point) and The Pizza Shack (Ottery). The team are also targeting the events market, and offer Fizzecco stations for weddings and festivals.
To be clear, we STILL do not have a tap serving chilled bubbly in our offices, and our idea for a bubbly pipeline from Franschhoek to Bree St. remains unbuilt despite its obvious brilliance in the field of urban planning.