Annual Champagne Tasting at the Ultimo Wine Centre

Forget oversized Christmas trees and glittering tinsel in shopping centres. Nothing heralds the approach of the holiday season more than the Ultimo Wine Centre announcing its annual Champagne tasting. Forming part of our Foodie Triangle, The UWC has been a regular haunt for many years, an enotheque that often satisfies our craving for libations discovered during our travels.

The free event was held  on Saturday December 5  with several marques and vintages available to taste. Familiar faces, regulars and enthusiasts gathered around as popping bottles at midday punctuating the air with anticipation of that first sip of French bubbles.

Held on their premises in the inner city suburb of Ultimo, this year’s tasting was divided between the store and the adjoining loading dock, a welcome move since attendance is often high and the shop gets crammed with people trying to get close to the tasting tables.

The ambience was one of celebration, as one would expect from a Champagne tasting, held in a setting redolent of a fine art gallery housing some of the best crus locally and internationally.

Below are some of the Champagne houses participating in the tasting.

Champagne Taitinger Prelude and NV – Brillecart Salmon Demi Sec, Bollinger, Jacquesson NV #733

Louis Roederer and Gonet-Medeville – Audrey Dupois, Brillecart Salmon Brut Reserve and Blanc de Blanc

Champagne Gosset 1999 – Ployez-Jacquemart NV and Rene Geoffroy NV

Larmandier Bernier NV – Gosset 1999 Pouring

Egly Ouriet NV and Agarapart NV Blanc de Blanc – Gosset gift packs

Ultimo Wine Centre
Shop c21/99 Jones St
Ultimo NSW 2007


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.