By Jo Rittey


Like to drink champagne when you’re happy and when you’re sad? Sometimes drink it when you’re alone? When you have company you consider it obligatory? You trifle with it if you’re not hungry and drink it when you are? Otherwise you never touch it – unless you’re thirsty? Well you’re in good company. Madame Lilly Bollinger constantly proclaimed her passion for the effervescent nectar over the course of her 30 year reign of the Champagne house Renaud Bollinger.


And now you can channel a little bit of Madame Bollinger’s fervour at Melbourne’s Champagne Festival. Hosted by Wine Republic  and featuring Koko Black paired chocolates, the free, three-day Melbourne Champagne Festival will run from Friday 9 December till Sunday 11 December, across its three Melbourne stores.


For anyone who loves champagne (and chocolate) this is your chance to try hard-to-find bubbles that have been hand picked from the best boutique, small production growers across the world. Experience rare champagnes that have long been the secret of serious collectors and sommeliers the world over, from leading boutique brands such as Larmandier BernierDelamotteHenriotDe Sousa and Thienot.


Don’t expect big­ brand champagnes sold everywhere that you’ve been drinking for year says co-owner, Tom O’Mara. “After trying these amazing wines, you will never want to buy another bottle of Moet or Veuve again.”


Just in time for the warmer months and the festive season. Ah, the synchronicity.


For more information visit the event page.

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Wine Republic

118 Chapel St, Windsor Friday 9 Dec


265 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Saturday 10 Dec


226 High St, Northcote

Sunday 11 Dec

2pm–5 pm





Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and loves cooking lamb shanks. Armed with a PhD in Medieval French Literature, an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than sharing a meal and good conversation with friends


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