My Story

 

CJ in the Champagne Armand de Brignac vineyard (rose)

I fell in love with everything French, but especially champagne on my first student visit to France, aged 15, after watching way too many Bond films. My pen pal’s father, an hotelier, immediately inducted me with great gusto into that famous French art de vivre. After just three weeks I was totally hooked on all things French, but especially champagne, and so began the longest love affair of my life…

Back in the late 1980s, friends at the University of Reading were the first to dub me Champagne Jayne – they used to describe me as “blonde, bubbly and irrepressibly cheerful, just like her favourite beverage”.

CJ teaching

I decided to turn this passion into my career, spending decades investing in my champagne and sparkling category knowledge, building international wine industry networks, and developing a globally recognised personal brand, known simply as ‘Champagne Jayne’.

Since I launched my own ‘edutainment’ agency in 2003 my audiences have ranged from business moguls to TV stars, politicians, Hollywood celebrities or simply people who enjoy the conviviality of drinking and talking about bubbly.

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As ‘Champagne Jayne’, my sole purpose is to help educate and entertain people on the intricacies of appreciating the world’s most enigmatic fine wines, but my palette remains a ‘free agent’ and I have never imported, distributed or sold any champagne or sparkling wines.

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Whether writing articles for some of the world’s leading magazines, presenting on TV or at international food and wine industry conferences and festivals across four continents, or authoring an award winning book on the history and global development of champagne (‘Champagnes – Behind The Bubbles’ won the Gourmand 2011 Best French Wine Book Australia), I’m always in my happiest place when I’m sharing my passion for champagne with others.

I invite you to discover more about the magical world of champagne behind the bubbles through the Champagne Jayne website, online TV channels and through joining me for real life events…

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