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Our specialty is seeking out exclusive “grower-producer” champagnes whose complexity and diverse characteristics are as individual as the vignerons who produce them.⁣ ⁣ Although we do embrace and respect the extraordinary vintages⁣ from the celebrated Grande Marques.⁣ ⁣ Enter Louis Roederer - a quest for perfection spanning two⁣ centuries.⁣ ⁣ The Cristal Rosé 2008 remains a favourite.⁣ ⁣ 📸@louisroederer_

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Whilst the village of Ambonnay may be known for the power and intensity of its fruit, like neighbouring Bouzy, it is in fact characterised by a freshness from crisp acidity and noticeable minerality. What all of this translates to is an undeniable elegance that underscores wines from this part of Champagne, and makes them some of the very best. In Issue No.2 of @vineandbubble Magazine, we profile Ambonnay, one of the greatest villages in the Montagne de Reims. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW ➡️ LINK IN BIO. . . .

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The champagnes of @champagnebrunopaillard are beautifully balanced, in a light and smooth style, yet rich and complex. In Issue No. 2 of @vineandbubble Magazine, Editor, Sara Underdown, spends the day with Alice Paillard in Reims, and discovers the inner workings of the house and their quality-focused approach applied from vine to wine. Pre-order your print or digital copy of Issue No. 2 now. Coming June! Link in bio. 🥂🍾 . . .

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If you’re in the trade, and interested in stocking a print copy of @vineandbubble Magazine, now is your chance. Email sara@vineandbubble.com for more details. Issue No.2 will be released in June. 🥂🍾 . . .

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Rediscovering some images taken by @tyson_stelzer of Tony Love and I last year. We were at Adelaide’s very first @tastechampevent which was a significant step in our city attracting more champagne events in the future. Despite Adelaide’s comparatively smaller population, there is an appetite for fine wine (and in particular, champagne) that is noticeable. People here possess impressively high wine IQs. Since moving back to Adelaide some 18 months ago, I’ve noticed increasing interest from champagne representatives in our city, many now adding it to their itineraries. For champagne lovers like me, it’s nice to see Adelaide on the map for champagne producers. . . .

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In Issue No.2 of @vineandbubble Magazine, we will take a closer look at the silent work of yeasts in creating the magical combination of aromas and textures we associate with champagne wines. With each issue, my hope is to engage technical specialists who are capable of communicating some of these more complex issues with a wider audience. This time, I’m lucky to have expert contributor and award-winning sparkling winemaker, Kate Laurie, on board from @deviationrdwine to share her knowledge with our readers. You can pre-order a print or digital copy of Issue No.2 now (available in June). Link in bio. 🍾🥂 . 📸 @vicpug . . .

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In Issue No.2 of @vineandbubble Magazine, we take a closer look at the silent work of yeasts in creating the magical combination of aromas and textures we associate with champagne wines. We are lucky to have expert contributor, and award-winning sparkling winemaker, Kate Laurie, on board from @deviationrdwine to share her knowledge with our readers. You can pre-order a print or digital copy of Issue No.2 now (available in June). Link in bio. 🍾🥂 . 📸. @vicpug . . .

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Seriously sexy look for the new vintage 2012 @ghmumm! ❤❤❤🥂

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And a champagne or two at the end of the day never hurt. 🍾 From one Mum to all of you, Happy Mother’s Day.

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The best way to celebrate Mother’s Day, with @ghmumm! A vertical tasting and a little sabrage with these fabulous women! Thanks for the brilliant photos too, you superstar @tamwrigley_official

#tamwrigley #istyletv #vintagechampagne #ghmumm #mummchampagne #champagneaustralia #visitsunshinecoast
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Dropping a few hints about what’s inside Issue No.2 of @vineandbubble Magazine, coming June! We will have more than 80 pages of original content written by our expert contributors, beautifully designed, and with quality photography. Highlights include: M is for Meunier - We take an in-depth look at the misunderstood varietal, meunier, with champagne expert, Yoko Ota-Sawyer, and our experienced tasting panel. The Beauty of Self-Destruction - Award-winning Adelaide Hills sparkling winemaker, Kate Laurie, shines a light on the silent work of yeasts in creating the magical combination of aromas and textures we associate with champagne wines. Changing Seasons, A Year in Champagne - Megan Barber recounts her experience from the last two years, having traded in her day job as a champagne house ambassador in Australia for a life in France. There she was mentored by one of Champagne’s youngest and most dynamic producers, at Frerejean Frères in Avize. Megan’s journey represents the seasons of the region, and a very special time in her life. Bruno Paillard – Sara Underdown visits Champagne Bruno Paillard, in Reims, and discovers the inner workings of the house and their quality-focused approach applied from vine to wine. How to Experience Champagne Like a Local – Champagne educator and consultant, Amanda Reboul, shares her insider's tips on getting the most out of a visit to Champagne. Label Leaders - Award-winning champagne author, Kaaren Palmer, decodes champagne labels and shares her views on understanding more about the wine within. Plus - Champagne Arrivals, A History of the Vin de Champagne Awards, Trade Relations, The Tasting Room, Climate Change in Champagne, Profiling Ambonnay, Modern Match: Champagne and Food Pairing...and so much more! Pre-order a print or digital copy now. Link in bio. 🥂🍾 . . .

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For the savvy swirler and sophisticated sipper, impress them with an annual subscription to Australia’s only champagne magazine. Purchase a gift of subscription and a special email will be sent to your recipient with your chosen message. The latest copy of VINE & BUBBLE Magazine will be sent to them upon release. They will receive two issues. SHOP NOW. Link in bio. 🥂🍾 . . .

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What shall we do with unexpected time to kill? See Erin at the divine @the.loose.goose for complex, masterful 2009 vintage @moetchandon

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Fabulous Champagne @laurentperrieraustralia tasting with brand ambassador @caroline_desaulle from Paris. Based in Tours-Sur-Marne and dating from 1812 it certainly has some history behind it... thanks @prime_wines @nelsonwineco For bringing them along. We had a look at 6 fantastic wines across the range which showed the individuality of each wine amongst the house style which is extended lees time and only stainless steel. Ultra Brut (1.5g/l dosage/5 years on lees) - 1981 first vintage in this iteration though dates all the way back to 1886. Bring me some oysters! La Cuvee (10.5g/l dosage/4 years on lees) - made from some 100 crus with 55% chardy, 35% pinot noir and the rest pinot meunier. Nice complexity here with fine mousse means great drinking. 2007 Millesime (10g/l dosage/10 years on lees). 50% Grand Cru Chardonnay from Chouilly, Cramant, La Mesnil-sur-Oger & Oger. 50% Grand Cru Pinot Noir from Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Verzy & Verzenay. Very young at tight at this stage - shows considerable possibility for ageing and will be excellent. Grand Siecle (6g/l dosage/8 years on lees) . this wine is to show the art of blending. It is 55% grand cru chardonnay and 45% grand cru Pinot Noir from 3 vintages - each vintage is to represent a certain attribute. 2004 for freshenss, 2002 for structure and 1999 for elegance. My oh my this is an amazing wine - such power and finesse… extraordinary. Cuvee Rose - (9g/l dosage/5 years on lees). First made in 1968 i’ve always felt like this is drinking sunshine. It is 100% pinot noir and usually spends 42-78 time on skins to get the berry notes NOT the colour. This wine is crafted as a fragrance and it is chockers full of red berries with a nice underlying note of blackcurrant leaf. Delish. Finally the Harmony Demi-Sec (40g/l dosage/4 years on lees). With a break down of 40% chardonnay, 30% pinot noir and the rest pinot meunier this is a richer and fuller style with some sweetness. Definitely has the acidity to back it up so pair with with cheese or dessert with vanilla. All in all an excellent tasting. Stay tuned for a masterclass in October

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What would you pair with @veuveclicquotau Rosé NV? Veuve Clicquot’s flagship rosé champagne is a full-bodied rosé complemented by both fruit and savoury notes yet strawberries and cherries take charge in a pinot driven style, revealing strength and length. Food wise, we would suggest pairing it with sushi and sashimi. These umami flavoured dishes match well with rosé styles. The acidity and crispness of rosé champagne is needed to balance the oily texture of the raw fish. If foods are dipped in soy, the flavour changes and wines need to be more intensely flavoured. Veuve’s full-bodied style is capable of holding its own with these stronger flavours. . . .

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Delicious dinner tonight with Laurence Alamanos, Export Manager for @champagne_ayala_official and the team from House of Fine Wine. Ayala is a house that flies under the radar, but their elegant chardonnay driven cuvées are very good and worth discovering if you haven’t done so already. I particularly admire their vintage blanc de blancs which, surprisingly, constitutes only 3% of total production. I find it beautifully textured yet feather light and vibrant. 🥂🍾 . . .

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🤩 Stylish, sexy @kikibarandeatery has R de @ruinart by the glass! Outstanding champagne, clever choice with the tasty tapas menu

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What’s in a name?⁣ ⁣ An appellation is a legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where a food or wine is from - in this case champagne.⁣ ⁣ The Appellation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) may have restrictions other than geographical boundaries, such as aspects of the production process.⁣ ⁣ To learn more about the Champagne AOC, visit Le Journal (link in bio) or sign up to our mailing list.⁣

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It has been a privilege to collaborate with my long-term champagne mentor, Jim Smith, on piecing together an article on the history of the Vin de Champagne Awards in Australia, a unique accolade that forms part of the Comité Champagne's worldwide promotional activities. Despite its 43 year history, very little is known about its origins. However, with a lot of detailed research undertaken by Jim, we’ve been able to establish a solid story. I very much enjoyed interviewing former Director of the Champagne Information Centre (now Champagne Bureau Australia), Holly Kerr (Forsyth), who was appointed to the role in 1979. The ensuing 22 years involved Holly organising and promoting the Award, during which time it became prestigious and fiercely contested with entries received from all over Australia. Interest was largely driven by increasingly discerning consumers after Holly opened the Award to include members of the general public, instead of just hospitality professionals. Holly’s stroke of genius, in making the Awards more accessible, was arguably the single most important factor in putting Australia on the map, and in the minds, of champagne producers in those early years. The article is an extensive piece and highlights the original sequence of events that have made the Awards what they are today. It will be published in Issue No.2 of @vineandbubble Magazine, due out in June. You can pre-order a copy now. Link in bio. 🥂🍾 . . .

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Discovery! Divine NV @champagne_billecart_salmon and lychee with lemon myrtle sherbet

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Fabulous dinner tasting 3 exquisite champagnes by @champagne_ayala_official with charming and gracious Laurence! The 2012 Blanc de Blancs is newly released and characteristically luminous, refined and generous with a very long finish.

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Selecting a beautiful wine is only the first step in the journey of celebrating champagne.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We believe the right glass is the key, and only use the Jamesse Collection by Lehmann Glass.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Why?⁣⁣ · The perfect size and shape enhances effervescence and swirling · This allows the wine to stretch, releasing the diversity of aromas and⁣⁣ · The clarity of the lead-free crystal glass makes it possible to appreciate the beauty of the many shades of champagne. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ To share in the experience, contact Sally Hillman directly for more information via www.sallyhillman.com.au or email Sally@sallyhillman.com.au ⁣ ⁣

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Weekend plans? Make sure you place your order for a copy of @vineandbubble Magazine Issue No. 2. Coming June! Highlights include: M is for Meunier - We take an in-depth look at the misunderstood varietal, meunier, with champagne expert, Yoko Ota-Sawyer, and our experienced tasting panel. The Beauty of Self-Destruction - Award-winning Adelaide Hills sparkling winemaker, Kate Laurie, shines a light on the silent work of yeasts in creating the magical combination of aromas and textures we associate with champagne wines. Changing Seasons, A Year in Champagne - Megan Barber recounts her experience from the last two years, having traded in her day job as a champagne house ambassador in Australia for a life in France. There she was mentored by one of Champagne’s youngest and most dynamic producers, at Frerejean Frères in Avize. Megan’s journey represents the seasons of the region, and a very special time in her life. Bruno Paillard – Sara Underdown visits Champagne Bruno Paillard, in Reims, and discovers the inner workings of the house and their quality-focused approach applied from vine to wine. How to Experience Champagne Like a Local – Champagne educator and consultant, Amanda Reboul, shares her insider's tips on getting the most out of a visit to Champagne. Label Leaders - Award-winning champagne author, Kaaren Palmer, decodes champagne labels and shares her views on understanding more about the wine within. And more! Link in bio. 🥂🍾 . . .

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Our line-up from Sunday’s tasting which was all about blanc de blancs from the 2011 vintage (with one exception). All displayed merits of varying degrees but there were three that stood out. Agrapart Minéral Extra-Brut 2011: Remains one of my favourite Blanc de Blancs for its incredible purity and precision without sacrificing complexity. Its youthful nose was defined by slatey mineral notes, sea spray, bush pepper and raw cashews. On the palate, it appeared clean, precise and fresh yet with a delicate creaminess that tempered its zesty acidity. I loved its lemon wedge come saline mouth-watering appeal. Yum! Lovely long and dry length too. Larmandier-Bernier’s Terre de Vertus 2011: A highly refined champagne that appeared fresh and ripe. Aromas of pear tarte tatin, melted butter and caramel (as it opened in the glass). The palate was refined, elegant and delicate due, in part, to softer acidity and powder-fine chalkiness. Lastly, Pierre Peters Cuvée Speciale 'Les Chetillons' 2004 (which was added to the mix): Developing nose of salty-sweet appeal reminiscent of Turkish Delight, sea spray and toast. A full-bodied and vinous palate displayed cooked fruits and some spice. Nicely balanced. Ended with a long and delicious finish. This was an interesting comparison with its 2011 equivalent which I found a little reductive. Thank you to @dianajaquillard for curating this lovely tasting and to @kaarenpalmerchampagne for hosting and supplying some champagne treats. 🍾🥂 . . .

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This year marks the birth of a champagne icon, @moetchandon Brut Impérial. Over the past 150 years, Moët’s flagship has been accompanied by some unforgettable moments of celebration and glamour. Its remarkable history across time, as well as moments in culture and fashion, has solidified its place as the world’s most recognised champagne. A limited edition bottle to commemorate 150 years will be made available in Australia at the end of June, RRP $70. In Issue No. 2 of @vineandbubble Magazine, we take a look back at the making of this quintessential champagne icon. PRE-ORDER OUR JUNE ISSUE. LINK IN BIO. 🍾🥂 . . .

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Since 1995, Laurent Champs chef de cave at Vilmart & Cie has instilled a renewed energy leading the house with both heart and mind.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ His attention to detail and independent spirit, has seen the house develop an identity and reputation for quality the world over - with their wines now exported to over 30 countries. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Environmentally friendly viticulture is also at the heart of how the house operates. Their careful land management practices enable the production of unique wines that truly reflect their terroir. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ One of our favourites is the Grand Cellier cuvée, a regular feature of our Le Salon experiences.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Santé Sally 🥂⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

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Beautiful dahlias from our friends @pashflowers, setting the scene at our Le Salon expérience this week 💐⁣ ⁣ A fun and educational evening, with a seven course dégustation style fine dining menu 🥂⁣ ⁣

#SallyHillman #CelebratingChampagne #LesExperiences
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We are pleased to announce that Issue No. 2 of @vineandbubble Magazine will be available as a print copy, in addition to digital. This issue, we offer more than 60 pages of original content, written by leading sommeliers, wine writers, industry representatives and educators with expert knowledge of champagne. You can pre-order a print copy now via www.vineandbubble.com (link in bio). International shipping is also available. If you are in the trade, and would like to purchase multiple copies for re-sale or to supply customers, please email us for further details at sara@vineandbubble.com . . .

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I’m pleased to announce that Issue No. 2 of @vineandbubble Magazine will be available as a print copy, in addition to digital. I was reluctant to go down this path on account of the expense and logistical challenges associated with traditional print media, but I’ve had a lot of feedback from readers saying this is an option they would like. I get it; there’s something unquestionably pleasing about the tactility of a print magazine, not to mention, old habits die hard. You can pre-order a print copy now via www.vineandbubble.com (link in bio). International shipping is also available. If you are in the trade, and would like to purchase multiple copies for re-sale or to supply customers, please email me for further details at sara@vineandbubble.com . . .

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‪Beyond the luxe allure of its esteemed brand, Dom Pérignon’s true appeal can be found in its metamorphosis over decades of time. Read more about our re-tasting of P2 1998 and 2000. Link in bio. 🥂🍾 . . .

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Wow! After tasting @champagnelanson Extra Age I went back and bought every bottle the store had! It defines the art of blending great vintages from exceptional vines. Rich, complex, fresh and savoury. Ideal champagne for drinking and keeping!

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New champagne! Bernard Remy began in 1968 as a family vineyard in the Cote des Blancs, producing just 17,000 bottles - now producing 150,000 bottles per year with passion and respect for tradition. This Blanc de Blancs is bright, lively and flavourful, with green flecks in the wine and delicate citrus and white flower notes. I love all the stylish details and that top hat stopper!

#bernardremychampagne #selectwines #champagne #champagneaustralia
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A Saturday afternoon well spent with Jacques Lassaigne ‘Les Vignes de Montgueux’ 🥂⁣ ⁣⁣ ‘Les Vignes de Montgueux’ Extra Brut NV is a blanc de blancs, the zero dosage allows an unmasked expression of the chalk terroir as well as the chardonnay varietal. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It is fresh, minerally, citrusy, refreshing, clean and perfect with food.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This beautiful wine is perfectly paired with Moreton Bay Bugs, bbq’d in the shell finished with lemon agrumato, a spritz of lemon juice and scattered with fresh mint. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

#emmanuellassaigne #SallyHillman #CelebratingChampagne #LesExperiences
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A delicious way to ideally begin celebrating Easter with generously fruit-filled @pol_roger Rose 2009 and sumptuous seafood at iconic Doyles on the beach!

#polroger #vintagechampagne #doylesonthebeach #champagneaustralia #sydney #visitsydney
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@louisroederer_ Brut Premier has long been a favourite of mine, and when the 2013 base arrived a little over a year ago, it was nothing short of ecclesiastical to me. Two months ago I tasted their latest incarnation of Brut Premier with the 2014 base. It’s different to 2013; it’s softer for one thing, with a creamier and silkier texture. Yet it remains true to its DNA; delicate, with an underlying richness, controlled and focused. 🍾🥂 . . .

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What is a Sally Hillman experience?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Our bespoke tastings feature seasonal menus with exquisite fine dining dishes to showcase the individual nature of the selected champagnes.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Tastings, or flights as they are known, may be horizontal, where a range of wines from the same year will be sampled, or vertical, where just one label is in the spotlight with the tasting focussing on different vintages.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A Sally Hillman experience will introduce you to a wide range of champagnes. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Our speciality is seeking out exclusive “grower-producer” champagnes whose complexity and diverse characters are as individualistic as the vignerons who produce them.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Our Autumn experiences de la maison have a limited capacity and will sell out quickly. To reserve your place, please contact Sally Hillman directly via the website (link in bio) or Sally@sallyhillman.com.au⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

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A proactive environmental agenda is a mantle @duvalleroy proudly carries, having introduced a number of progressive approaches in the vineyard – and cellar – to produce more natural wines. House matriarch, Carol Duval-Leroy, who has spearheaded the company since 1991, can be credited with making the house what it is today; quality-focused and aspirational. Together with her three sons, Julien, Charles and Louis, Carol has forged an independent path of family ownership uncommon for the region. It has granted them a great deal of control over their purpose and future. I spoke with Duval-Leroy’s head of sales, Helge Paasche, about the plight of the house, and their Australian agenda, during his recent trip to Australia. Link in bio. 🍾🥂 . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #wine #winewriting #mychampagne #duvalleroy
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A proactive environmental agenda is a mantle @duvalleroy proudly carries, having introduced a number of progressive approaches in the vineyard – and cellar – to produce more natural wines. House matriarch, Carol Duval-Leroy, who has spearheaded the company since 1991, can be credited with making the house what it is today; quality-focused and aspirational. Together with her three sons, Julien, Charles and Louis, Carol has forged an independent path of family ownership uncommon for the region. It has granted them a great deal of control over their purpose and future. We spoke with Duval-Leroy’s head of sales, Helge Paasche, about the plight of the house, and their Australian agenda, during his recent trip to Australia. Link in bio. 🍾🥂 . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #wine #winewriting #mychampagne #duvalleroy
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A sneak peek from our photo shoot yesterday at @montrachet_restaurant in Brisbane. This is their new Head Sommelier, Alexis Rojat, who heralds from Merivale’s famed Mr Wong in Sydney. Alexis and Venue Manager, Romain Maunier (who also transitioned from Merivale) bring a high calibre of wine expertise not only to the restaurant, but also to Brisbane. And they really love champagne too! 🍾🥂 📸 @juditloshphotographer . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #wine #winewriting #mychampagne #montrachet #brisbane #brisbanedining
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Tonight's treat is Jacob serving us @pol_roger 2008 vintage and it's sublime. We love @spicerspottspoint

#polroger #vintagechampagne #spicersretreats #spicerspottspoint #champagneaustralia
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The line-up from Sunday’s tasting, my first @vineandbubble event. 🍾🥂 We profiled the village of Vertus, in the Côte des Blancs, with Larmandier-Bernier and Vve Fourny & Fils. Such an interesting comparison between these two quality producers and various terroir. We explored... Bracket 1 - North and South of Vertus Bracket 2 - Vintages Bracket 3 - Rosé Our group of eager tasters were captivated by the wines; how pure, flavoursome and approachable they all were. Highlights from Larmandier-Bernier included the Terre de Vertus 2011 (one we tasted last year with Pierre Larmandier before its Aussie release). You would never know it was a zero dosage champagne for its ripeness and flavour. A thing of beauty; restrained and finely balanced. Their Rosé de Saignée was also a hit for its tension, vivacity and chalkiness, uncommon for a 100% pinot noir rosé. Vve Fourny’s Blanc de Blancs NV was an immediate pleaser for its creamy finesse, freshness and precision. It was particularly pleasing to hear that everyone was keen to go home and explore these champagnes further. A day well spent! . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #wine #winewriting #mychampagne #larmandierbernier #veuvefourny
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A little snap-shot from our first @vineandbubble tasting in Adelaide over the weekend. We profiled the village of Vertus, in the Côte des Blancs, with Larmandier-Bernier and Vve Fourny & Fils. Such an interesting comparison between these two quality producers and various terroir. We sampled: Bracket 1 - North and South of Vertus @larmandier.bernier Longitude NV @larmandier.bernier Latitude NV Vve Fourny Blanc de Blancs NV Bracket 2 - Vintage @larmandier.bernier Terre de Vertus Brut Nature 2011 Vve Fourny Monts de Vertus Extra Brut 2009 Bracket 3 - Rosé @larmandier.bernier Rosé de Saignée NV Vve Fourny Rosé Brut NV Our group of eager tasters were captivated by the wines; how pure, flavoursome and approachable they all were. Highlights from Larmandier-Bernier included the Terre de Vertus 2011 (one we tasted last year with Pierre Larmandier before its Aussie release). You would never know it was a zero dosage champagne for its ripeness and flavour. A thing of beauty; restrained and finely balanced. Their Rosé de Saignée was also a hit for its tension, vivacity and chalkiness, uncommon for a 100% pinot noir rosé. Vve Fourny’s Blanc de Blancs NV was an immediate pleaser for its creamy finesse, freshness and precision. It was particularly pleasing to hear that everyone was keen to go home and explore these champagnes further. . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #wine #winewriting #mychampagne #larmandierbernier #veuvefourny
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Fantastic French inspired lunch at @montrachet_restaurant in Brisbane today as well as an interview and photo shoot with their talented team. Montrachet boasts an extensive champagne list of houses and growers including some impressive prestige cuvées from older vintages. It’s one of the top places to drink champagne in Brisbane with some of the very best French inspired food I’ve had. I look forward to featuring them in the next issue of @vineandbubble Magazine. Thank you to Shannon, Clare and Romain. 🙏🍾🥂 . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #wine #winewriting #mychampagne #montrachet
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The best champagne in the Hunter Valley is at @spicersguesthouse...today's choice is fresh and complex 2012 @louisroederer_

#louisroederer #vintagechampagne #champagneaustralia #spicersretreats #spicersguesthouse
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Oh how we’d love one of these 🥂🍾 📸 Pinterest

#SallyHillman #CelebratingChampagne
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This weekend we will host our very first VINE & BUBBLE tasting, profiling the village of Vertus, from Champagne’s chardonnay heartland; the Côte des Blancs. Last April we visited @manufourny and @larmandier.bernier to learn more about their champagnes and the terroir from which they derive their character. We will shine the light on the producers we feature in each issue with tastings and other events. Information on upcoming tastings will be published following the release of Issue No. 2 in June. 🍾🥂 . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #wine #winewriting #mychampagne #larmandierbernier #veuvefourny #vertus #chardonnay
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This weekend, Le Printemps des Champagnes, also known as Champagne Week, will kick-off in Reims. The event has become an annual pilgrimage for wine professionals around the globe keen to explore the diversity of champagne with tastings of still wine and finished champagne. It is bound to be a particularly festive occasion celebrating the merits of the 2018 harvest. . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #wine #winewriting #mychampagne
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Terroir - a french word, said to have no English equivalent.⁣ ⁣ Terroir translates into English as the earth or soil, but this tells us as little about the complexity of terroir as describing a Parisian artist and an Australian cattle station stockman as both being from Earth. It is true at a basic level but doesn’t capture the cultural ( or in the case of wine, viticultural) elements that contribute to the character of each. ⁣ Terroir depends on the soil type, micro-climate, topography and production techniques; all which combine to give the wine a unique personality.⁣ ⁣ Visit ‘Le Journal’ via the link in bio, to learn more about the delicate art of terroir.⁣ ⁣

#SallyHillman #CelebratingChampagne #LeJournal #Terroir
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In the last 30 years, Champagne’s average temperature has increased by 1.2 ºC with a corresponding change in blossoming and harvest dates, moving forward by a fortnight. The Comité Champagne has stated that a small increase in temperature is in fact desirable if the increase is limited to around 2 ºC, but what happens if things are less than optimistic? Over the past two decades, a sustainable winegrowing/making strategy has become widely accepted by growers and producers as the region’s future; designed to preserve and enhance its unique terroir for the sake of the environment, heritage and quality of wine. It’s a topic that headlines the industry’s collective environmental agenda, spearheaded by the Comité Champagne, as part of the ‘Champagne Climate Change Plan’ launched in 2003 to reduce carbon emissions 75 percent by 2050. Under the plan, stakeholders are encouraged to make leaps in their journey toward environmental sustainability and achieve certification via the VDC (Viticulture Durable en Champagne) or France’s HVE (Haute Valeur Environmentale) certification. Further to this, in late 2018, the Presidents of the Union of Champagne Houses and Champagne Growers Union set two key objectives for the Champagne region: zero herbicide by 2025 and 100 percent of vineyards certified by 2030. It signals a massive step forward, and solid commitment, by the region as a collective. READ MORE 👉 ISSUE NO.2 of @vineandbubble Magazine this June. 📸 @vicpug . . .

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Introducing Megan Barber to the team of contributors at @vineandbubble Magazine. Megan is as passionate about champagne as an industry as she is about the wine. Beginning her professional career as a brand development manager in Sydney for one of Champagne’s oldest Grandes Marques, her enthusiasm for the wine inspired a year in France. There she was able to indulge her curiosity and passion for champagne, travelling regularly from Paris to the region, where she was mentored by one of Champagne’s youngest and most dynamic producers. From her extensive tastings of vins clairs in winter and spring, through to the toil of harvest 2018 in summer, Megan’s journey of Champagne represents the seasons of the region, and a very special time in her life. We’re excited to have her on board. 🥂🍾 Follow @meganb_xo . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #winewriting #writing
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Introducing Megan Barber to the team of contributors at @vineandbubble Magazine. Megan is as passionate about champagne as an industry as she is about the wine. Beginning her professional career as a brand development manager in Sydney for one of Champagne’s oldest Grandes Marques, her enthusiasm for the wine inspired a year in France. There she was able to indulge her curiosity and passion for champagne, travelling regularly from Paris to the region, where she was mentored by one of Champagne’s youngest and most dynamic producers. From her extensive tastings of vins clairs in winter and spring, through to the toil of harvest 2018 in summer, Megan’s journey of Champagne represents the seasons of the region, and a very special time in her life. We’re excited to have her on board. 🥂🍾 Follow @meganb_xo . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay
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Feeling a little spoiled from last night’s @champagne_bollinger soirée at @tastingaustralia in Adelaide. Superb, locally sourced produce prepared by chef extraordinaire, @simonbryantchef. Coffin bay oysters, abalone, pippis and shark (sustainable) were just some of the delicacies expertly matched to some of Bollinger’s best cuvées by @stockwine. La Grande Année 2007 was truly radiant on account of its depth, bright acidity and mineral tension. Its subtle oxidative aromas paired so well with the aged cheddar profiteroles. Nice to finally meet Bollinger’s International Director of Sales, Guy de Rivoire, who flew in for the occasion. Thank you for inviting me @champagne_bollinger, you sure know how to impress. . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #bollinger #tastingaustralia
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A delightful tasting of the Côte des Blancs this afternoon 🥂 ⁣ ⁣ Agrapart & Fils Minéral Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 2011 - truly the expression in a bottle of its origin. ⁣ ⁣ It comes from two neighbouring blocks, each on the border of their villages, Avize and Cramant, which have the same geological profile. The vines grow in chalk, covered with a thin layer of topsoil and produce a champagne that is mouth-wateringly mineral and refreshing.⁣ ⁣ Perfectly paired with a petit brioche bun filled with crayfish, watercress and aioli.⁣ ⁣ Pierre Péters Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs is also a wine very reflective of the terroir upon which it is grown, the villages of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant all just south of Épernay.⁣ ⁣ The low dosage of this elegant fresh wine, enhances the salty minerality, leaving you salivating and happy to return quickly for the next sip. You must try it with shallow fried crispy zucchini flowers, stuffed with creamy herbed goats cheese.⁣ ⁣ Our next Champagne Saturday next week 13 April is SOLD OUT. Please contact us via the link in our bio for information about future experiences, places are limited. ⁣

#agrapart #SallyHilman #CelebratingChampagne #LesExperiences
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I got to share a special, last bottle of @champagnealfredgratien 1999 with a great friend and it was perfect- tasting of berries, tropical fruit, pastry, butter, honey and syrup as it warmed in the glass.

#vintagechampagne #alfredgratien #visitsunshinecoast #champagneaustralia
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Honoured to receive my medal for the Vin de Champagne award from the CIVC in Champagne this week. 🙏 🥂🍾

#champagne #vdc2018 #champagneaustralia #champagneonlycomesfromchampagne #champagnebureauaustralia #vindechampagne
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@vineandbubble recommends.... Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 | RRP $425 60% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay. 20% vinified in oak casks. 16% malolactic fermentation. 10 years ageing in bottle. Less than 8g/L dosage. Tasted in Reims and Sydney, 2018. As if the expectations for Cristal couldn’t be any higher, along comes the legendary 2008 vintage to raise the bar again. Fortunately, expectations are realised thanks to the capable hands of chef de cave, Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, who declared it his ‘best Cristal to date’. Released in September 2018, Cristal 2008 represents a point of clarity in champagne seldom reached. Pale gold to the eye, the nose reveals a cleansing minerality of sea spray and wet chalk. There is a delicate complexity from yellow stone fruits, nuts and spice. On the palate, it is illusively light and expressively chalky sitting paradoxically with fruit intensity. The acidity is fine and softly integrated yet its unyielding saline streak keeps things focused. It also carries the lowest dosage in Cristal history, less than 8g/L. Worthy of your attention now, but the best is yet to come. Demand for this beauty is high. Catch it while you can! . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #louisroederer #cristal
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Food and wine lovers from around the world will descend upon Adelaide this coming week to experience collaborations from world-class chefs and sommeliers at @tastingaustralia. We are thrilled to be kicking off the program with @champagne_bollinger in the heart of Adelaide at Town Square with International Director of Sales, Guy de Rivoire. @tastingaustralia is an event not to be missed by any food or wine lover. Tickets to events may still be purchased at www.tastingaustralia.com.au 🍾🥂 . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #bollinger #tastingaustralia
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Re-reading this excellent article on meunier in Issue 59 from the @worldoffinewine. I love this quote: “It no longer seemed to matter whether meunier was the equal of chardonnay or pinot noir. It was something different, and different had become something better than equal.” This past month I have explored the world of meunier with extensive tastings and readings, preparing for our meunier feature in the next issue of @vineandbubble. I cannot think of anyone better to pen an article on this misunderstood varietal than @yokobubble, who is passionately dedicated to communicating its story. I’m looking forward to sharing our meunier feature with everyone who appreciates champagne diversity and intrigue as much as we do. 🍾🥂✨ . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #meunier
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ADVERTISE in @vineandbubble Magazine Issue No.2, due out this June. Advertising with us provides access to a dedicated audience of wine lovers who possess a high level of wine knowledge and have discernible interests. VINE & BUBBLE Magazine is unique in the Australian landscape of wine journals and magazines. No other magazine has contributors who regularly travel to Champagne, reporting back with real knowledge and authenticity. Our writers are leading sommeliers, wine writers, industry representatives and educators with expert knowledge of champagne. We are fast becoming a trusted reference for trades people and a source of information for champagne lovers across Australia. Contact editor, Sara Underdown, for our Advertising Kit at sara@vineandbubble.com . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #advertising
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Brunch at @spicersbalfourhotel begins this way.

#spicersretreats #spicersbalfourhotel #champagne #champagneaustralia #perrierjouet
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Flowers enhance the beauty of our champagne experiences.⁣ Much like our menus, we use flowers seasonally. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Last winter, we used beautiful French Tulips from @pashflowers, pictured here.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ In spring, we used Roses, in vivid yellow, orange and pink.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And throughout summer we used beautiful milky-white Peonies. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In Autumn we’ll be using Dahlias. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Tell us, what are your favourite flowers?⁣

#SallyHilman #CelebratingChampagne #LesExperiences⁣
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Hanging out with the stunning @champagne_kate_au at an exquisite @ghmummau RSRV dinner held at the @mayfairhoteladelaide. The hotel is pouring RSRV Blanc de Blancs, exclusively, by the glass and bottle at their rooftop bar. RSRV’s 2012 Blanc de Blancs, sourced solely from Cramant, is particularly pure and elegant attributed, in part, to its lower pressure (just 4.5 bars). And with just 6g/L dosage, its delicacy and chalky minerality is allowed to shine through. One of the finest blanc de blancs I’ve tried from 2012. . . .

#champagne #champagnetasting #wine #winetasting #trade #sommlife #champagnelover #sommelier #champagneaustralia #winelover #france #finedining #foodandwine #finewine #winelover #frenchwine #australia #instachampagne #vineandbubble #wineeducation #paris #instawine #reims #epernay #ghmumm #mayfairhotel #adelaide
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