The National Wine Centre’s always popular Champagne Fest was held Sunday, October 29th, 2018 and the National Wine Education & Training Centre was lucky enough to be involved. NWETC wine educator Yaelle Satlman presented two sparkling wine masterclasses, each one full with eager bubbly-lovers looking to learn more about their favourite wine style.
The first class of the day looked at the differences and similarities between Champagne and Australian Sparkling, with guests sampling non-vintage, vintage and rose wines from Perrier Jouet and Adelaide Hills producer Deviation Road.
Later that afternoon, Yaelle took a group through a Champagne Sensory Experience where popular labels were obscured and the wines were tasted, discussed and dissected “blind”. The idea was to look at, smell and taste the wines without any preconceived notions, giving participants the chance to judge their favourite wine on palate alone! All proceeds from this masterclass went to help the wonderful people at Can Do For Kids who help children with vision and hearing impairments.
Each class ran through the unique winemaking techniques employed to make sparkling wine, the main varietals used and their varietal influences as well the characteristics to look for in top quality sparkling wine.
We can’t wait to clink flutes and do it all again in 2018!
Many thanks to the National Wine Centre for supplying these wonderful images.