4 champagne events at Tasting Australia 2019

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All of the champagne events at Tasting Australia are taking place this weekend. Two have already sold out so keep them on your list for next year but tickets remain for the other two – get in quick!


Saturday Soirée with Champagne Bollinger

5.30pm 6 April, $95


Very special Tasting Australia 2019 guest Guy de Rivoire, Champagne Bollinger International Sales Director will host this pre-dinner soirée. Celebrate the festival’s first weekend in style with three different Champagnes that showcase the prowess and distinctive style of the famous Bollinger champagne house:

  • Bollinger Special Cuvée NV,
  • Bollinger Rosé NV; and
  • their much-admired La Grande Année 2007 –


The champagnes will be served with matched canapés from Festival Director Simon Bryant.


Set your Saturday night up in style or make it the perfect pre-dinner engagement before enjoying dinner at Glasshouse Kitchen Nouveau.



3pm 7 April $275


Settle in for a sparkling Sunday lunch; Champagne Bollinger will be poured with generosity alongside a whole host of iconic local champions of the bubble.


Acclaimed Australian chef David Thompson (Aaharn, Hong Kong), whose work at Nahm (Bangkok) found the restaurant named Asia’s best in 2014 will bring his signature lightness to the menu.


Federica Andrisani of Fico, Tasmania has pioneered the ‘neo bistro’ – honest food
meets fine dining.


Adelaide legend Vincenzo La Montagna (ex-Vincenzo’s Cucina Vera, Adelaide) returns to the spotlight, with author and chef Laura Cassai (former pastry chef Restaurant Orana) offering her expert knowledge of local ingredients.


East End Cellars Masterclass: Champagne Bollinger Collection – SOLD OUT

1:30pm 7 April $125


With a history dating back to 1829 and a global fan base that includes Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond, Champagne Bollinger is among the world’s most renowned and revered producers of champagne. In this in-depth tasting Champagne Bollinger International Sales Director Guy de Rivoire reveals the intimate detail that shapes the unique and distinguished style of the entire Champagne Bollinger collection.


Taste through Special Cuvée NV, Rosé NV, La Grande Année 2007, La Grande Année Rosé 2007 and the rare R.D. 2004.


With very limited places (now sold out), champagne lovers should not miss this rare opportunity to learn and taste first-hand.


Tasting Australia Airlines – Coffin Bay – SOLD OUT

8am 6 April $725

Escape the city for a day and head for the crystal blue waters where the world’s best
oysters await.


Join Tasting Australia Airlines (TAA) for a full-day of gastronomic adventure in one of the country’s most spectacular coastal locations, the Eyre Peninsula.


A short flight from Adelaide – complete with luxury in-flight drinks service of Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée presented by the Maison’s very own Guy de Rivoire – will start your day.


You will then be transferred to Coffin Bay Yacht Club for lunch where Guy will present a special tasting of rare Champagne Bollinger Cuvée to set the scene for a long and wonderful Tasting Australia 2019 lunch.


Australia’s favourite cook Maggie Beer, awaits your arrival and Tasting Australia’s beverage team will keep your glasses filled. The meal will be prepared by Peter Clarke (Vintners Bar and Grill) with input from lovable cook Maggie, celebrating premium local ingredients including the world-famous Coffin Bay oysters.


Following your meal, choose from one of Tasting Australia 2019’s leisure activities:

  • enjoy a 4WD tour; or
  • an oyster barge tour, or
  • go a little further with a seafood bay cruise.


As the sun begins to set, you’ll board the charter plane back to Adelaide, arriving in time for dinner.


You can also read about other Tasting Australia 2019 events here.


What’s your favourite champagne? Are you attending any Tasting Australia events?

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