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My inner geek and the Champagne Bureau of Australia

Image credit: Michel Guillard – Collection CIVC Since completing my WSET Diploma last year, it is not often I find myself in a room geeking out about structure, blind tasting and blending components. But a few weeks back that is just where I found myself and it was perfect! The Vin de Champagne is a […]

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Bubbles in Wan Chai – Champagne Thiénot at Berry Bros. & Rudd

A relative newcomer to the world of sparkling wine, Champagne Thiénot was established in 1985 by Alain Thiénot. Given that many of the great names in Champagne can trace their history back centuries it speaks volumes that a comparative youngster has gained such a foothold in the minds of Champagne drinkers. Last night Berry Bros. […]

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Greco di Tufo; still or sparkling? Or … what exactly is that?

Wines Tasted Feudi di San Gregorio, Campania, Italy Greco di Tufo sparkling, NV Feudi di San Gregorio, Campania, Italy, Greco di Tufo, 2012 The weather in Hong Kong has been pretty gloomy of late so to cheer myself up I’ve been thinking of all those chilled wines I intend to enjoy as I attempt to manage […]

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48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Champagne Gosset

Champagnes Tasted Gosset, Grand Blanc de Blancs, NV Gosset, Grand Rosé Gosset, Grand Reserve Gosset, Celebris 2002, Extra Brut The final appointment for the 48 hours I spent in Épernay was to Champagne Gosset in rue Godart Roger with the absolutely lovely Nathalie Dufour, Export Sales Administrator. Despite Nathalie’s best efforts and although the sun […]

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48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Salon and Delamotte

Credit: Champagne Salon Delamotte Champagnes Tasted Delamotte, Brut Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs,NV Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs, 2002 Delamotte, Rosé  Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1999 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1997 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1996 Following my visit to Besserat de Bellefon I had dinner at Les Avises where by sheer good fortune I happened to arrive […]

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48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon

Champagnes Tasted Besserat de Bellefon, Blanc de Blancs NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut Rosé NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut NV Besserat de Bellefon, Extra Brut Besserat de Bellefon, Brut 2002 Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Edmond Besserat and two generations later a grandson of the same name married Yvonne de […]

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48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Champagne Lenoble

Champagnes Tasted Champagne AR Lenoble, Cuvee Intense NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, 2006 I first encountered Champagne AR Lenoble at the Altaya Wines Annual Tasting last year. So when I realised I was going to be in Épernay I immediately […]