Champagne Fest 2019: a day dedicated to champagne comes back to Adelaide this October

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Champagne Fest is back! Champagne Fest 2019 will take place on 27 October.

At the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, Champagne Fest 2019 will lead you on a champagne and sparkling wine tasting voyage.

 

THE DAY

To drink?

There will be more than 40 different champagnes available on the day. In addition, there will also be sparkling wines from Australia, America and from across Europe.

 

To eat?

The National Wine Centre’s Executive Chef, Steven Clark, has created a menu of fresh seafood and local produce.

 

Entertainment?

Brian Ruiz and Entertainment Adelaide will get you up and dancing with their music.

 

ENTRANCE TICKET

Your Champagne Fest 2019 entry ticket gives you:

  • champagne and sparkling wine tastings from $2 per tasting;
  • wines to be bought by the glass or by the bottle;
  • access to the dancefloor and the tunes from Brian Ruiz an Entertainment Adelaide;
  • seafood and other local produce to buy from the various food stations.

These tickets cost $25 (in advance or $30 on the day) and not only give you entrance to Champagne Fest 2019 but also $8 credit to buy food or drink at Champagne Fest 2019.

 

Deviation Road Sparkling VIP PACKAGE

The Deviation Road Sparkling VIP Room, in the gallery on the first floor of the National Wine Centre gives you the perfect opportunity to make the most of Champagne Fest 2019.

 

Deviation Road makes interesting cool climate wines from mature vines in the Adelaide Hills. Hamish and Kate Laurie continue a 5-generation tradition of family wine-making. Their range of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines have received many accolades, confirming their status as one of the leading sparkling wine producers in Australia.

 

Hamish and Kate Laurie. Image: Deviation Road website

 

Also, did you know that Kate Laurie studied champagne production in France? She studied her two year advanced diploma in winemaking and oenology at the Lycée Viticole d’Avize and even wrote her thesis in French!

 

You Deviation Road VIP ticket costs $150 and gives you:

  • entry to Champagne Fest ($25 for entry alone)
  • access to the Deviation Road VIP zone, where you can talk to Kate et Hamish Laurie from Deviation Road about their wines and wine-making processes;
  • a 5 hour food and drink package: canapés and a selection of sparkling, white and red wines, beers, ciders and soft drinks.
G.H. Mumm Champagne VIP pACKAGE

This package, which is making its debut in 2019, is already sold out.

From midday to 5pm, this package gives you access to the G.H. Mumm chamapgne VIP Room for a 5 hours food and drink package including champagne, white and red wines, beer, cider and soft drinks as well as a selection of foods.

 

MASTERCLASSES

If you’re not happy with just drinking champagne at Champagne Fest, there are two masterclasses which might interest you. The National Wine Centre’s sommelier, James, and a panel of some of Australia’s best producers of sparkling wine will lead the classes.

 

Champagne Fest: Grower Masterclass 

12:00 – 12:45 | $75

There are more than 3,500 champagne growers brands, of which each of them only makes champagne from their own grapes. This class will highlight 6 grower/makers from different parts of the champagne region from Agrapart to Pierre Peters.

 

Champagne Fest: Better late, than never  

2:00pm – 2:45pm | $95

Late Disgorgement or dégorgement tardif refers to the late release of a Sparkling wine with an extended time on lees. This class will take you through some of the panel’s favourite L.D Champagnes and compare them with some local counterparts.

 

TICKETS – Champagne Fest 2019

 

Entry only: $25 online (or $30 at the entry to Champagne Fest 2019)

Deviation Road VIP Package:  $150

GH Mumm VIP Package: $200 SOLD OUT

 

You can purchase your entry tickets or the packages here.

 

You can also purchase tickets to the masterclasses here.

 

If you wish to read more about Champagne Fest, you can also read our review of Champagne Fest 2017.

 

What’s your favourite champagne? Have you already tried Deviation Road’s sparkling wines?

 

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The Wine Science Show is another French themed show at Adelaide Fringe 2019

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We had a chat with Luke about The Wine Science Show that he is presenting at the Adelaide Fringe in 2019.

Luke, you’re bringing The Wine Science Show to the Adelaide Fringe. Tell us about the show
Hey, thanks. Well, the Wine Science Show tells the history of Champagne production, using biology, chemistry, psychology, neuroscience and physics, and I have a bunch of jokes too. So I guess it’s edu-comedy in a sense, or history-comedy. People laugh and learn, that’s for sure.

 

You’re a wine industry expert, science student and comedian and in this show you will be making use of all those backgrounds. Which was your first love?
Oh comedy. I wrote a lot as a child, mainly to escape bullying and life back then. I’ve always tried to write funny. It makes my University assignments harder than they need to be. I have always asked a lot of questions too, which would explain the science intrigue. Working in wine, which I started because of family involvement, I always asked those extra questions like why does alcohol affect the body and why do we get hangovers, and because I never liked the answers given – they were too simple or non-existent, I did extra research and that’s what makes part of the show.

 

Who is this The Wine Science Show for?
I think everyone, but that sounds like a generalisation. I guess because of the content you really do have to pay attention, so young kids might not get it. Still, I have had parents bring children. There’s no swearing – well, I say merde a couple of times, does that count? Anyway I’m not mocking anyone, it’s really for people who have a curious mind and a good sense of humour. You’ll laugh, and you’ll learn something. If that sounds like a good mix, then come along.

 

Can we drink during the show?
Sure. It’s at the National Wine Centre, so I can’t see any reason to stop you. I’m pretty confident they’ll be happy if you drink the place dry. I doubt they’ll have Champagne though. Probably some Adelaide Hills sparkling, but that’s still good.

 

What’s your favourite wine?
Yikes. To be honest it always depends on what I’m eating. The best wine I’ve had, well, I think there was an ‘86 d’Yquem, and an 80a, and some Mongeard, but the most memorable was a cheap Billi Billi from Mount Langi, back when it was a Shiraz Grenache, I think it was a ‘96, drunk with friends. Good times beat great wines. That’s the point after all.

 

What wine can you not stand?
Oh, young me would have said sauvignon blanc, but then you have a Didier Dagueneau and your world changes. There’s plenty I won’t drink, but I don’t mock anyone’s wine anymore. People are allowed to have fun… unless it is made from a freeze-dried packet.

 

What can we expect to learn from this The Wine Science Show?
Everything. I leave no stone unturned. Ha. Narr, there’ll be myths debunked and history revealed. It not only explains what alcohol does, like why we actually get hangovers and what causes the feeling of being drunk, but also explains how the massive mistake and attempted cover-up of bubbles in Champagne wine got transformed into this iconic luxury item we have today. Plus you get to learn a little bit about syphilis in the 1600s.

 

Anything about French vs Australian wines in the The Wine Science Show?
No. Sorry. It’s all about the French and a bit to do with trade to the English in this show.

 

Anything else to add?
Not really. It is a fun and interesting show. Come along. You’ll be smarter than your friends afterwards.

 

The Wine Science Show is on nightly at 6pm from 14 to 20 February at the National Wine Centre. You can purchase your tickets here.

 

What do you know about wine?