The Perth Champagne Club was launched in August 2013 and is fast becoming one of the leading suppliers of Champagne and fine wine in Australia, striving to take on the world! The club values each customer, from local Perth clients to shoppers in the UK. The first online Champagne & wine store in the world to accept Bitcoin for payment, the Perth Champagne Club offers the best Champagne that France has to offer, delivered to your doorstep.
Kitchen Warehouse celebrates its exclusive evening with Manu this month with the Perth Champagne Club as one of its sponsors, who will be providing glasses of bubbly for the event. As a preview, Nick Gaskin, founder of the Perth Champagne Club, brings you some tips on how to best choose a bottle of Champagne:
1. Do your research beforehand
There are a number of ways to research Champagne. You can read online reviews, expert tasting notes or my favourite method – trial by tasting. Try a number of different styles of champagne:
Blanc de Blancs
Blancs de Noir
Different Growers – there are 319 different villages, 2124 Champagne houses and 19000 grape growers in the Champagne region. Try the large Champagne houses like Veuve Clicquot, Moet & Chandon and Pol Roger, but don’t be afraid to broaden your horizons and try some of the small family owned producers like Janisson & Fils, Georges Vessell and Frank Bonville.
2. Pick a Champagne to suit the occasion
These days there are Champagnes to suit nearly all tastes and budgets. For an every day ‘quaffer’ you might go to the favourites like Moet & Chandon ($55) or a small grower like Janisson & Fils ($60). But if you really want to impress your guests, you might look to something a little more rare such as Salon ($795) or Louis Roederer Cristal ($350).
3. Select the right glass
The best way for a Champagne to express itself is – surprisingly – not to drink from a traditional Champagne flute or coupe. If you’re drinking a prestige cuvee and you want to enjoy all of those delicate flavours, a tulip shaped bulb is the best, or if you don’t have any handy, a white wine glass is more than sufficient.
4. Choose a Champagne to suit your food
Champagne is not only excellent as an aperitif or starter drink, it’s actually very food friendly. Here are some ideas:
Blanc de Blancs – white meats like chicken as well as delicate seafood such as oysters and scallops
Rose – smoked salmon, grilled salmon and charcuterie
Aged Vintage Champagne – foie gras, lobster, white flesh fish
5. Have fun
The best way to enjoy a variety of different Champagnes is to invite a bunch of friends over for a dinner party and charge a price of admission as a bottle of Champagne! It’s a great way for trying lots of different styles. Remember – Champagne is a fun, celebratory drink, don’t take it too seriously.
To find out more about Perth Champagne Club, visit www.perthchampagneclub.com or follow them on Instagram @perthchampagneclub.