VINE & BUBBLE Magazine is Australia’s only champagne magazine, dedicated to telling the real story of champagne as it applies to Australia.
We embrace all that is interesting, important, trending and relevant to our public and trade readership and aspire to communicate the message of champagne in a joyous and inquisitive way.
VINE & BUBBLE Magazine was founded by Editor and Writer, Sara Underdown, in March 2018. A finalist in the prestigious 2016 and 2018 Vin de Champagne Awards, Sara is WSET qualified (Advanced) and has been contributing to the champagne industry in Australia for the past decade.
We bring together a network of Australian wine journalists, sommeliers and educators as regular contributors. They are knowledgeable and extremely passionate. Above all, they are genuinely connected to Champagne and its people, each one travelling regularly to the region, reporting back with real knowledge and authenticity.
As a team of champagne lovers and communicators, we are thrilled to share our united passion with wine-loving audiences.
Sara Founder and Editor
Many would know Kate as the multi-award-winning sparkling winemaker and co-owner of Adelaide Hills winery, Deviation Road Winery. Most, however, would be unaware of her extensive background living and studying in Champagne. In 1997, Kate completed an Advanced Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lycée Viticole d’Avize. Her studies and work experience included writing a thesis in French and gaining experience at Champagne Doyard Mahé (Vertus), Domaine Oury-Schreiber (Vitry) and Champagne Sanger (Avize).
In Australia, Kate is celebrated for her premium méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines.
Kate Laurie Deviation Road
Kaaren is an award-winning author and educator on the subject of her passion – champagne. After many years working in the corporate world, Kaaren turned her focus to explore the science and art of champagne, living in and visiting the region for extended periods of time.
In 2016 Kaaren published the acclaimed Champagne – A Tasting Journey and won the Gourmand International Food and Wine Book Award for Best French Wine Book 2016. She is a Dame Chevalier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and contributes to numerous food and wine publications.
Kaaren Palmer Kaaren Palmer
Some may know Yoko as the tirelessly dedicated illustrator of all things champagne under the auspices of @yokobubble on Instagram. Others may know her for her educated palate and unwavering passion for Champagne’s finest growers.
Paris educated, Boston based, Yoko, has more than 10 years’ experience in the wine industry working across retail sales in the United States, wine judging in the United Kingdom, Japan and France, as well as working numerous harvests and other cellar jobs in Champagne and Mosel.
Yoko Ota-Sawyer Yoko Ota-Sawyer
An independent champagne presenter and consultant, Amanda’s passion is to bring champagne to life through the power of education. Since returning to Australia after many years living in France, Amanda has become known for her bespoke events, masterclasses, lunches and dinners, as well as speaking engagements with corporate and public audiences.
In 2014, she was a finalist in the professional category of the Vin de Champagne Awards and has since coordinated annual tours to the Champagne region, introducing Australians to its history and the diversity of champagne wines. In 2016, Amanda founded ‘Effervescence’ a highly acclaimed and unique festival in Queensland dedicated exclusively to champagne.
Amanda Reboul Tasting The Stars
Megan is as passionate about champagne as an industry as she is about the wine. Beginning her professional career as a Brand Development Manager in Sydney for one of Champagne’s oldest Grandes Marques, her enthusiasm for the wine inspired a year in France where she was mentored by one of Champagne’s youngest and most dynamic producers.
At the end of 2018, Megan returned to Australia to assume a role as Brand Development Manager with Noble Spirits in New South Wales.
Megan Barber Megan Barber
Cam O’Keefe is a young sommelier and owner of Centra Hotel in Geelong. He is a lover of all styles of champagne and has a particular interest in wine growers.
Cam is part of a new generation of champagne enthusiasts and aficionados; a lover of the black varietals (any way they come) and terroir-driven cuvées.
Winner of the coveted Vin de Champagne Award (professional category) in 2016 and named Australian Young Restaurateur 2018, Cam travels annually to the region and spends time amongst the vines and in the cellar with the region’s leading growers and producers.
Cam O’Keefe Centra Hotel
Anja Lewis is a Perth-based wine enthusiast, educator and consultant through her company, Canny Grapes.
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Anja swapped corporate life for a life in wine, hosting masterclasses, tastings, functions and presentations all in the name of her vinous passion. Her appetite is particularly whetted for champagne which saw her become a finalist in the 2016 Vin de Champagne Awards.
Tirelessly studious, Anja possesses an Advanced Certificate from the WSET and is pursuing her Diploma along the way to becoming a Master of Wine.