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Champagne and Sparkling Masterclass

This masterclass will guide you through three wine flights comparing the Deviation Road sparkling range against iconic Champagnes. The evening will finish with an opportunity for you to taste a mystery wine and test out what you've learnt. 

This is the perfect event for those beginning to explore the world of bubbles right through to seasoned Champagne and Sparkling connoisseurs. 

blends • rosé • blanc de noirs

WHEN Thursday 24th February 2022, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
WHERE 207 Scott Creek Road, Longwood  
BOOKINGS > online store
or call 08 8339 2633 (bookings essential)

Sabre Club members must be logged in to access discounted pricing. Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds for any event tickets purchased, however you are welcome to on-sell or give away your ticket if you can no longer attend.


About your hosts

Kate Laurie

Clocking up over 20 years as the sole wine maker for two small wineries, Kate has been hands on in all facets of grape and wine production. Stone Bridge Estate was created in partnership with her parents, and Deviation Road with her husband, which gave her the freedom to create the wine styles and have input on the direction for each winery from the beginning – in particular the sparkling wine range. Having lived and studied winemaking in Champagne out of high school, her passion was quickly focused on mastering the art of creating quality sparkling wines within their own regional context. 

Hamish Laurie

Hamish has winemaking in his blood. His great-great-grandmother was South Australia’s first female winemaker and his vineyard is one of the oldest in the region. Together with his father, he created Hillstowe wines in 1991, which became a successful international brand. When Hillstowe was sold in 2001, the opportunity arose for Hamish to build his own winery. Joined by Kate later that year, the path forward was set. Hamish occupies a number of roles at Deviation Road - overseeing the business operations, as well as chief tractor driver (and fixer), disgorger, handy man and blending partner. 

Kaaren Palmer

Kaaren Palmer is one of Australia’s leading authorities on Champagne. A collector, educator and award-winning author, Kaaren is also a Dame-Chevalier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

Nick Ryan 

Thrown out of university in Adelaide and moving to Sydney, Nick Ryan used the knowledge he’d gained raiding his old man’s cellar to land a job with one of Sydney’s leading wine merchants.

Realising that writing about it was easier than lifting it has led him to where he is now. He’s a wine columnist for The Australia newspaper and a regular contributor to Gourmet Traveller Wine and GQ.

He has judged in many Australian and international wine shows and is a graduate of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial.

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