Bursting Bubbles by Robert Walters
A secret history of Champagne and the rise of the great growers
Many of our clients will know that a number of years ago I published a series of articles on the history of the grower Champagne movement in World of Fine Wine Magazine. The research behind these articles drove me to take it one (significant) step further and produce a book on the subject. Bursting Bubbles: A Secret History of Champagne and the Rise of the Great Growers is both a new history of Champagne (that challenges the traditional histories that have been told of the region) as well as a voyage through the region from North to South, visiting many of the greatest growers along the way.
It’s a book that is likely to ruffle some feathers as it is highly critical of the conventional practices of the region while also debunking many of the most persistent myths about Champagne. It also names a few names. But my aim was not to be controversial per se. Rather my hope is that the book can spark the kind of conversation that will help to drive the region forward. I am hoping that it leads us (the trade and wine lovers in general) to demand more from Champagne. I have tried to write it in a style that will appeal to both professionals and the broader, wine drinking public – in short, anyone who has an interest in Champagne. I’m humbled to say that Andrew Jefford has contributed the foreword and that the book has received advance praise from the likes of Jefford, Andrea Frost and Jesús Barquín.
Chef & Sommelier - Open Up Effervescent Flute (200ml)
$64.95 for a pack of 6 glasses
One of the finest Champagne glasses available.
Champagne or sparkling wines are best suited for this style of glass and should be filled to the waist, which encourages oxygenation due to the large surface area. The aromas are perfectly concentrated as a result of the tapered top while the base has been carefully etched to release fine bubbles. In order to appreciate the full flavour, the distinctive shape of the glass allows the wine to be guided to the centre of the tongue.
Chef & Sommelier - Open Up Pro Taster Wine Glass (320ml)
$54.95 for pack of 6 glassesSpecially designed to be both technical and practical, the Pro Tasting glass is excellent for both home drinking and professional tastings. Providing young wines with exceptional oxygenation.
Cut Crystal Glencairn Glass Whisky Glass
Cuvee By Deniz Karaca Chocolate Amphora 65%
A bold blend with 70% of the beans coming from a single plantation nestled within the ancient rainforests of Peru.
Strong impressions of red and tropical fruit in the front palate, followed by complex layers of natural acidity which make it appear considerably less sweet than a common 65% dark chocolate.
Cuvee By Deniz Karaca Chocolate Soleo 38%
Volcanic soil and the ideal climate conditions on the beautiful island of Java is what makes this chocolate truly outstanding. A rich milk chocolate that impresses with strong hints of caramel throughout the front palate, screaming dulce de leche all the way. The meticulous attention to detail during the fermentation and roasting process lends it its slight roast notes and a buttery finish.
Cuvee By Deniz Karaca Grand Cru Chocolate 75%
A chocolate proud of its origins planted in the wild earth of Africa. It starts of by showing an intricate fruity/blossomy fragrance indicating the richness in tannins that gives it its defined cocoa flavour.
There is lots of cherry and red plum breaking through the slight bitterness of the cocoa, finished by a hint of acidity in the back palate which tends to linger around for a bit.
Perfect for the chocoholic preferring less sweetness and more cocoa.
Denver & Leily Whisky Glass
Designed in Melbourne, this hand-blown tumbler is designed for whisky - providing a wide base to encourage aroma while the shaped sides keep the flavours swirling around above the whisky.
Each glass comes in a protective gift tin.
Gift Card: $50
A gift card to be redeemed in store at 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney.
Gift Card: $75
Gift Card to be redeemed in-store at 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney.
Glencairn Iona Beer Glass
The Glencairn Crystal Iona Beer Glasses are perfect for anyone who truely enjoys and apprecates good craft beer. This glass will give an unmatched drinking experience, and will really bring out the full taste due to it's design.
Notice the design of the glass, the tapering mouth allows an ease of capturing the aromas on the nose. The wide bowl allows for the fullest appreciation of the color.
The glasses are 3.5 inches wide and 5.75 inches tall and holds up to 11.75 ounces.
These glasses are the Glencairn Iona Beer Glasses from the Glencairn Crystal factory in Scotland.
Glencairn Iona Water Jug (Half Pint)