Champagne Lanson Gold Label Vintage 2008, NZD $99
Champagne imports into Australia grew by a massive 23% in value and 15.5% in volume during 2016-17.
There is plenty of evidence to support my belief that New Zealand has the potential to become a serious producer of high-quality sparkling wine.
The wines of Pierre Péters and Vilmart are some of Champagne’s finest, although not its best known.
Occasionally, I get to attend an event where amazing old bottles of great wine are opened.
The entire Perrier-Jouët Champagne range is now bottled under Mytik* cork closures in the Australian market, which is good news.
I recently ate at Sydney Cantonese restaurant Golden Century with winemaker Daniel Wagner, of Weingut Wagner-Stempel in Rheinhessen.
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.