I had an opportunity recently to compare two Champagnes with a good local méthode traditionnelle.
The stoush over the right to continue using the name ‘prosecco’ on Australian wines is a bizarre story.
In the build-up to the year’s end, I was lucky enough to attend several BYO dinners for hard-core wine heads, including two Champagne dinners.
Boll & Cie Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV, Champagne, AUD $99
Wine plays a central role in many Christmas celebrations. Here is a selection of wines befitting of the season.
Look behind the froth and bubble and you find Australia is far from a mature or sophisticated market.
Among the top wines in my tasting were two outstanding non-vintage wines.
Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Special Club Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay 2010, Champagne, AUD $140
John Noble has been appointed to head the Champagne Bureau in Australia, succeeding Elisabeth Drysdale.
Alfred Gratien Brut NV, Champagne, AUD $93