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Champagne? Oui!

2010 October 2
by Reemski

Champagne…which girl doesn’t like the occasional glass of bubbles? Recently, I was invited along as a friend’s +1  to a Champagne Masterclass at the Sofitel Wentworth hosted by The Champagne Bureau. The Champagne Bureau, with branches all over the world,  is tasked with protecting the Champagne brand, promoting the wines of the region, and basically encouraging us all to drink true Champagne! What a great job!

The Masterclass was a small pre-event held around the main event, which is the Vin De Champagne awards, which was held last week here in Sydney. The aim of the Award is to find amateur and professional ambassadors for Champagne, those who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. If I knew enough about wine and champagne I would love to win this award as the winner is flown to the Champagne region and hosted for two weeks. How Fabulous!

Today, we are led through a class on Rose Champagnes matched with canapes,  just the thing to welcome spring.

This is a who’s who of French Champagne and we’re incredibly lucky to be trying some of these…

Blue Swimmer Crab, chive and lime aioli

Slow Cooked Ocean Trout, Seaweed salad, Smoked Sour Cream

Smoked Salmon Roulade, with Salmon roe and Sour Cream

Rare Loin of Lamb, Butternut Puree and Crispy Taro

Raspberry Friand

I learnt that:

  • It’s the chalky soil in the Champagne area that keeps champagne at the correct temperature
  • That it’s Pinot Noir that makes Rose pink!
  • That Rose’s are a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir
  • Bernadette O’Shea has the most incredible Champagne knowledge, and palate being able to detect the different years in a single mouthful!
  • Of those we tasted, I preferred the Taittinger, Bollinger and Mumm
  • Wives are included in Champagne names, e.g Perrier-Jouët (Pierre Nicolas Perrier and Adèle Jouët and The Widow Clicquot)
  • Champagne is fermented in the bottle, so that is why the bottles are so thick and strong
  • Every bottle of Champagne has been manhandled at least 200 times by the time it gets to you
  • Champagne is Vegan!
  • There are some Champagne’s with no added sugar, low kilojoule! Pol Roger Pure is one

“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”
Lily Bollinger

This is not a sponsored post, I attended as a guest of a friend

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  1. October 2, 2010

    Oh, that sounds like fun! It’s coming up to champagne season here (even though I don’t go to the Spring races, I can’t help but be influenced by all the bubbles around and about) so will be having some champagne over the next few weeks. Love the Bollinger quote!
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  2. October 2, 2010

    That would have been a great event 🙂
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  3. October 3, 2010

    Very interesting facts! And Bernadette O’Shea has quite a talent!
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  4. October 3, 2010

    J’adore champagne! (or sparkling, for that matter) Sounds like a very educational and enjoyable event!
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  5. October 3, 2010

    This sounds like it was a fabulous experience! Even if the wines hadn’t been up to expectation, the food looks rather mouth-watering already! Interesting facts on champagne, some of it I didn’t know. Thanks for sharing!
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  6. October 4, 2010

    Sounds decadent and delightful! What a wonderful way to ‘experience’ champagne (and the food looks exquisite!).

  7. October 4, 2010

    Oh god a champagne rose tasting I have to do this before I die.
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  8. October 4, 2010

    @RealityRaver If you ever see Bernadette O’Shea offering a class in Sydney, you MUST go! She’s amazing!

    @Radhika Yep, You’re right, even if it was crappy champagne it would have been delightful!

  9. October 5, 2010

    champagne + canapes? I am in love 🙂
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  10. October 5, 2010

    What a great event to be a +1 for! Rose Champagne and delectable canapes – lucky girl.
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  11. October 8, 2010

    Looks like a fantastic event
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  12. October 8, 2010

    Sounds like you had fun! I love the last pic of the friand… yum!

  13. October 11, 2010

    I’ve been saving this post in my feed unread till I got a chance to read through the details – love the trivia about champagne! Had no idea about the rose blends and haven’t even heard of the pinto meunier variety (not that I pretend to know much about wine though). Great post – now I fancy a tipple!
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  14. October 14, 2010

    Wow, what a fabulous night, Reem – definitely my kind of fun! And I’ll keep an eye out for anything Bernadette does, I’m intrigued…
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