It’s one word that always says a lot

January 08, 2018

Kyla Kirkpatrick, known as The Champagne Dame, is returning to Junction at Moama Bowling Club on February 4. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

CHAMPAGNE is an evocative word, and drink, conjuring images of the famous and the fashionable — with some gorgeous birds.

Now you’re wondering why birds?

For her third visit to Junction at Moama, self-proclaimed Champagne Dame Kyla Kirkpatrick will pop a cork and invite you into her world where champagne agrees with birds of all kinds.

Her champagne masterclass Birds and Bubbles will give everyone, she enthused, not just a passion for her favourite drink but a more balanced perception of the brands which make up this most exclusive of wine clubs.

‘‘It’s not just a wine tasting, it’s a complete journey,’’ Ms Kirkpatrick said.

‘‘And about giving people more knowledge and giving them the education not to simply pick by brand.

‘‘It’s also the rare opportunity to line up glasses and try champagnes of various styles and vintages — with some amazing food.’’

The lunch retraces the steps of geologists from Moët et Chandon in the 1960s as they tried to find the best areas in the world for replicating champagne.

Kyla’s four-course bird session will be partnered with five sparkling wines.

‘‘My favourite pairing at the moment is a crispy roast duck with a beautiful rosé,’’ she said.

Ms Kirkpatrick said she was excited to be holding the course at Junction because for her it was also a homecoming.

‘‘I used to holiday in Moama, and my family would have dinner at the bowling club,’’ she said.

‘‘To come home to my roots is nice.’’

Ms Kirkpatrick first became interested in champagne working in the finance industry where, she confesses, ‘‘you drink a lot of champagne’’.

‘‘But I really became interested in the history of champagne in 2005 after becoming interested in Napoleon and his love of the drink,’’ she said.

At which point she launched a new life for herself — and launched it with, of course, champagne.

‘‘I bought a one-way ticket, ended my long-term relationship, gave away my dog and sold my car,’’ she said.

Ms Kirkpatrick said the course was for beginners and even people who do not think they liked champagne.

‘‘You don’t need to be a champagne lover to come to my masterclass,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve had people walk in who’ve never tried champagne and have walked out converted.’’

Ms Kirkpatrick’s champagne course at Junction is on February 4 at 12.30pm and costs $149 a head.

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