Channel 7 Oscars Viewing Party Champagne & Sparkling Guide

Celebrity Style Bubbles On Any Budget

As Hollywood celebrities walk the red carpet for the 85th Academy Awards, Channel 7 The Morning Show hosts Larry & Kylie are treated to a walk-through selection of Best in Show Bubbles matched to easy at home food fit for any Oscars celebration by Jayne Powell (aka Champagne Jayne) 2012 Champagne Educator of the Year, award-winning author and real life Champagne Dame (Dame Chevalier).

From left to right Bay of Fires Tasmanian Cuvee (note: #notachampagnewine ), Champagne Paul Bara, Arras Grand Vintage Tasmania (note: #notachampagnewine ), Champagne Dom Perignon, Champagne Armand de Brignac

Wine No 1: Bay of Fires Tasmanian Cuvee Rose (AU$25) (note: #notachampagnewine )

Great Value/Quality price point Tasmanian sparkling rose made by award-winning Australian winemaker Peter Dredge. Crisp and persistent with rich strawberry fruits and snappy citrus flavours.

Food matching: the perfect party match with oysters or smoked salmon and creme fraiche on blinis

Learn more about Tasmania’s Bay of Fires  (note: #notachampagnewine )

Wine No 2: Champagne Paul Bara Grand Cru Rose (AU$75)

What’s not to love about this excellent quality well priced small grower rose champagne which comes from a village called “Bouzy”! Made exclusively from grand cru fruit, this fine rose champagne oozes strawberrys and cream with crisp red fruit flavours and fine acidity which really cries out for food.

Food matching: wonderful match for salmon or duck roast dishes but also the perfect partner in crime for strawberry or raspberry desserts.

Learn more about Champagne Paul Bara 

Wine No 3: Arras Grand Vintage 2004 (AU$50)  (note: #notachampagnewine )

Often beating French champagne in blind tastings this smooth Australian local operator is all about subtley and finesse. “Arras” by Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker Ed Carr is a very elegant example of vintage sparkling wine made from cool climate Tasmanian premium chardonnay and pinot noir fruit. Amazing pastry and citrus notes on the nose followed rich seductive complex vanilla and yeasty flavours on the palate, nicely backed up by long lingering fine acidity.

Food matching: As a vintage wine aged 7 years on lees before release, Arras 2004 has the body to match main courses like barbequed chicken, lemon pastry based desserts or even something really simple like toffee popcorn. Alternatively enjoy this wine at aperitif time with oysters!

Learn more about House of Arras (note: #notachampagnewine )

Wine No 4: Dom Perignon 2003 (AU$200)

Its incredible to think that the first vintage of Dom Perignon was successfully launched in 1936, right in the middle of the depression era between the first and second world wars, and then went on became a firm favourite with secret agent 007 James Bond in the 1960s. Today Dom Perignon is still a legendary prestige champagne, renowned for its sumptuous yeasty and nutty bouquet and everlasting balanced palate, which seamlessly holds the note between the finesse of chardonnay and the body of pinot noir.

Food matching: Naturally Dom Perignon can accompany any fine meal, but its also simply perfect with sushi, cheese or even nut snacks.

Learn more about Champagne Dom Perignon

Wine No 5: Armand de Brignac (AU $550)

Gold First released in 2006, thanks to the patronage of superstars from the sport, music and film worlds, NEW prestige cuvee champagne Armand de Brignac (made by the Cattier family) has quickly become one of the most talked about champagne brands in the world. A multi-vintage blend (containing reserve wines aged in oak casks to add even more complexity) Armand de Brignac is a rich, refined and yet powerful style of champagne. Bold and complex on the nose and then peachy on the palate (almost Krug like but without the length) this champagne oozes quality but is very approachable and can be enjoyed with pretty much anything. Voted No 1 champagne in the world in 2010.

Food matching: Anything goes from banana on toast to lemon cheesecake or a nice roast chicken dish. Or just cheese.

Learn more about Champagne Armand de Brignac

Why Match Champagne With Food?

Champagne effortlessly perks up your palate and stimulates your appetite – but did you know that champagne’s best kept secret is that its a much more versatile partner for food than most still wines? Bear in mind that champagne has a natural affinity with the saltiness of fresh seafood and also the sharpness of fresh fruit. In fact champagne is pretty much the only dry wine you can successfully pair with dessert!

By the end of the Academy Awards ceremony all the actors are literally starving so they rush over to the Governor’s Ball and inhale as many Wolfgang Puck canapés as humanly possible at the after show dinner. Over 40 different bite size dishes are fed to 1,600 VIP guests at one of these Oscars banquets, all washed down with magnums of Moet & Chandon Brutal Imperial (Moet has been official Academy Awards champagne sponsor since 2009).

Learn about the Moet Oscars Cocktail Competition & Winning Recipe.

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