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Party Champagnes

My Top Five Party Champagnes

My top party champagnes are ones I take to parties knowing it will be a share-fest and nothing will be very expensive. The point is to have fun more than worry too much about what you’re drinking or how much you spent.

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Australia Day Champagnes

Top 5 ‘Straya Day Champagnes

So before the die-hard Aussies ask me… you’re drinking Champagne on Australia Day? Really??? Hell yes! Let’s address this up-front… because what else would I drink on Australia Day?

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Champagne Dosage

Champagne Dosage

Champagne dosage refers to the amount of sugar (or sweetening) dosage in the liqueur d’expedition*, which is a blend of sugar and wine added to the wine just before bottling. Champagne dosage can vary the taste of the champagne dramatically.

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rosé champagne

Rosé Champagne

Rosé champagne is made one of two ways – by blending with still red wine or by allowing the juice to make contact with the red grape skins.

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Vintage Champagne

Vintage Champagne

Vintage champagne is crafted from the grapes of just one single harvest or year so each vintages will possess a unique character.

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Cuvée De Prestige Champagne

Cuvée De Prestige Champagne

The easiest way to “explain” cuvée de prestige champagnes is to give a few examples and let the best of the best in champagnes speak for themselves.
Arguably the most famous examples of cuvee de prestige champagnes are Dom Perignon and Cristal.

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making champagne

Making Champagne Part III … Cellar To Your Glass

We left our Making Champagne miniseries just after adding the liqueur de tirage (yeast and sugar) before we sent the bottles to the cellars.
In Part III, we’ll see more geeky science stuff and more fancy French words for ageing champagne. We’ll cover all the cool stuff that happens in the dark, musty underground cellars to turn still wine into beautiful, bubbly champagne!

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Making Champagne Part II – Turning Juice Into Wine

We left our champagne saga just as our little grapes were crushed! Still very early on in its journey, our champagne isn’t technically a wine yet and it’s missing its all-important bubbles.
But before the end of this chapter in its story, our baby grape juice will blossom into wine and we’ll add the magic ingredient to give it its sparkle.

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Making Champagne

Making Champagne Part I …. Vine Time

Welcome to Part One of the bubble and flute Making Champagne three part miniseries… an epic journey from Grape to Glass.

It is a tale of romance… the Chef de Caves’ love for grapes and their wines. It has drama and suspense… what will the climate hold? Harsh heat or cold frosts? And how will the wine makers blend the wines to bring us the champagnes we know and love, year in, year out?

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