Still struggling to shift those kilos put on over the festive season, but not ready to put down the bubbly yet? With the latest and definitely most user-friendly diet to hit the headlines, you don’t have to! The Champagne Diet, devised by New Yorker Cara Leyba, encourages healthy eating and sparkling wine as an alternative to the puritanical and- let’s face it- depressing diets we inflict on ourselves post party season. There are no forbidden foods but the focus is on eating high-quality, nutrient-dense and delicious foods- with a glass or two of bubbly, of course!  The premise is that putting classy food into your body makes you value yourself more and you are therefore unlikely to overeat.  A glass of dry champagne only contains around 300kj, and no more than two glasses are allowed per day. Whether it works or not, it is definitely one that we won’t mind giving a go!

Try Avondale’s Armilla Methode Cap Classique as a pocket-friendly alternative to French Champagne- at R180 a bottle, it won’t break the bank. Cheers!

We rate Armilla because…

  • It is produced according to the BioLOGIC® methodology- an organic, biodynamic and scientific method of wine-farming
  • It is 100% organic and contains no allergy-aggravating sulphites
  • It is an artisanal, handcrafted, slow wine
  • It has gorgeous, environmentally-responsible packaging
  • It is absolutely delicious!

Armilla Brut Methode Cap Classique available from Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl. Visit for more information.