ICYMI, earlier this year Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced a controversial new law that sent France’s champagne industry into a bit of a frenzy.
Basically, the new law forces producers from France’s famous Champagne region to label their champagne as “sparkling wine”, because according to Putin, that’s what it is. Meanwhile, sparkling wine producers in Russia can sell their bubbly beverage as “shampanskoye”, meaning champagne in Russian!
As a result, the French Champagne Committee has called on its industry members to put a pause on shipments to Russia for the time being, but Moët Hennessy, the maker of Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon champagnes, is complying to Putin’s demand and has added “sparkling wine” to the back of its bottles going to Russia. Go figure…
Meanwhile in Australia, the festive season is kicking off and it wouldn’t be complete without champagne /bubbly/sparkling. Whatever you want to call it, we’ve rounded up some of the best venues on the A LIST Guide for poppin’ bottles all summer long.
A sunny afternoon spent on Sydney Harbour is hard to beat and there’s no better way to take it all in than on-board Hamptons Sydney, a lavish purpose-built floating events space with a luxe beach house vibe, exquisitely prepared fresh food, and free-flowing champagne.
Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club
Oozing classic maritime elegance at every turn, the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club’s lower-level events space spills out onto a large deck and lush green lawn, catering for up to 300 guests set against the stunning backdrop of Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne city skyline.
InterContinental Perth City Centre
The Gallery Meetings Suites at InterContinental Perth City Centre offer a range of spaces ideal for any type of event, but its outdoor terrace that gets our vote for hosting a sophisticated champagne reception.
The Baths Restaurant & Events
Kick off your summer soirée with champagne and canapés on The Baths’ breezy West Deck, which looks out to sparkling bay views from its idyllic waterfront location on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Westin Brisbane
Host your cocktail or champagne reception at The Westin Brisbane’s Nautilus Pool and give your guests a tropical pool party experience at Brisbane’s one and only resort-style swim-up pool bar.