A dinner date with Charles

I recently attended a magnificent Charles Heidsieck degustation dinner in Brisbane, Australia, prepared by celebrated chef Jason Peppler and hosted by Australia’s own champagne connoisseur Bernadette O’Shea and Charles Heidsieck’s brand ambassador Andrew Correy. The champagnes by this house are extraordinary and they are deservedly rated as one of the greatest houses in Champagne. Charles […]

The iconic Taillevent is coming to London


The iconic Parisian restaurant Taillevent is bringing its brilliance to Cavendish Square, London in September 2015. Set to become a notable addition to the London gastronomy scene, Les 110 de Taillevent will deliver a relaxed style brasserie with a focus on the wine experience. The Gardinier family-owned group behind the two-Michelin starred Le Taillevent will bring a unique […]

What’s in a glass?

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You could be forgiven for thinking that all champagne should be served in a traditional flute or flat coupe glass, but for most champagnes – especially more complex older wines – the shape and make of your glass matters more than you might imagine. The liquid decadence of intricate and mature champagne requires a little […]

Occasions when Champagne should be enjoyed.

Champagne is synonymous with prestige, fun and celebrating! Why must we wait for a specific date? Madame Lily Bollinger was asked “When do you drink champagne?” and the formidable woman replied: “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. […]

A French Adventure: Bon voyage!

My fantastic French adventure has begun in style, relaxing in the Singapore Airlines Kris lounge at Brisbane airport with my first glass of champagne. My friends and I have begun with the sublime instead of working up to it, which might have been wiser! We are drinking the matchless 2002 Dom Perignon. This champagne’s pinot […]