30 October 2011

Sydney Sunrise Global Champagne Day 2011, The American Club, CBD Sydney (28 Oct 2011)

Level 14, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Bubbles of global happiness

Thanks to the bubbly and effervescent Champagne Jayne for inviting me along to her Sydney Champagne Day celebration which was both educational and fun. A selection of quality champagnes were on offer to take guests through a palate journey of appreciation guided by hosts Jayne Powell and Ed Carr (sparkling winemaker). The final champagne tasting of Armand de Brignac was apparently awarded World's No. 1 champagne by FINE Champagne Magazine. With a spare AUD $550 you'd be able to pick up a bottle from Champagne Gallery. There were some champagnes I preferred over others but I tried them all too quickly due to arriving a bit late to take notice of which ones they were. The event was held on Level 14 of the The American Club which boasted fantastic views over the Royal Botanic Gardens and towards Sydney harbour. To come back and enjoy a drink at the bar you'd actually have to be a member which isn't cheap at $845.25/year, although if you're between 21 and 28 you get it for $556.50. I think most of their business is through corporate events and weddings which the space seems well-suited for.

PROS: Quality champagnes to celebrate Champagne Day, Venue space has great views over Sydney Harbour
CONS: There's no signage outside the building to let you know where The American Club is so you have to make sure you take notice of the address
MUST TRY: Celebrating Champagne Day next year

Ed Carr and Champagne Jayne cheers to Champagne Day

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet Blanc de Blancs - Variety 1er cru chardonnay; Champagne Paul Bara Grand Cru Rose - Variety Grand Cru pinot noir

Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve - Variety 40% chardonnay, 60% pinot noir

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve - Variety 40% pinot noir, 35% pinot meunier, 25% chardonnay

Champagne Duval Leroy Rose - Variety pinot noir & chardonnay

Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1999, Pol Roger vintage champagnes are usually a 60% pinot noir 40% chardonnay

Champagne Pommery Cuvee Louise - Variety 60% chardonnay, 40% pinot noir

Armand de Brignac - Variety 40% chardonnay, 40% pinot noir, 20% pinot meunier

Cheese plate to line the stomach

Champagnes book available

Champagne 007 — nice spread!

Champagnes on offer


Decor and view

Bar area

Nice toilets

View over Royal Botanic Gardens

View towards Sydney harbour

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