VINE & BUBBLE Magazine is Australia’s only champagne magazine.
It is a boutique and independent magazine dedicated to telling the story of the wine behind the bubbles, first published in November 2018 by Editor, Sara Underdown.
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. In 2019, she became a finalist in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards.
VINE & BUBBLE Magazine brings together a network of Australian wine journalists, sommeliers, educators and industry representatives as regular contributors. They are knowledgeable and extremely passionate about the subject of our passion – champagne. As a team of champagne lovers and communicators, we are thrilled to share our united passion with wine-loving audiences.
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Sara Editor and Publisher
Many would know Kate Laurie 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
Ned Goodwin MW is unlike any other. Born in London, raised in Australia and educated in Tokyo and Paris, Ned splits his time between Tokyo – where he resided for 14 years – and his beloved Sydney. Ned is a dux of the Len Evans Tutorial, Japan’s first Master of Wine, educator, consultant, judge, critic and a highly regarded motivational speaker and presenter on the topic of his passion. He has served as Wine Director – educator and buyer – for one of Asia’s largest restaurant groups, Global Dining Japan, and has been appointed to the ‘Wine Committee’ at Italy’s most illustrious estate, Biondi-Santi. Ned also co-writes the Halliday Guide as a chief critic and has served as Bettane et Desseauve’s critical voice across Antipodean wines for the Chinese market. As host to wine dinners for winemakers, châteaux owners, Hollywood stars and corporate organisations, Ned has a unique ability to hold an audience’s attention like no other.
Ned Goodwin MW Ned Goodwin MW
Kaaren Palmer 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
Caroline Henry is a journalist, writer and educator specialising in terroir-driven champagne. In 2017 she self-published her first book, Terroir Champagne: The Luxury of Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Cuvées. Since 2012, she has been the Champagne correspondent for Wine-Searcher and occasionally writes for Decanter, among other publications.
In 2018, her work received recognition by the Champenois winegrowers, when she was the first woman to receive the coveted Terres et Vins de Champagne prize.
Caroline Henry Caroline Henry
Some may know Yoko Ota-Sawyer 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 Reboul’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 Barber 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
Liinaa Berry is one of Adelaide’s star sommeliers. She started her career at resorts in Mauritius and the Seychelles in 2013 and, in 2015, moved to Australia where she was responsible for curating the Crafers Hotel cellar in South Australia, which went on to win the Best Pub List in the country. Liinaa later joined 2KW Bar, offering hard-to-find producers, a great representation of old-world classics, and a selection of progressive wines. She has been a host of SBS’s Battle of the Vines, sat on numerous tasting panels and hosted tasting events all in the name of her passion. Liinaa recently assumed the position as Head Sommelier at one of Adelaide’s premier establishments – Leigh Street Wine Bar – with a focus on natural wines from Australia and around the world.
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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.
Anja Lewis Canny Grapes
Grower champagne importer, David Donald, offers the largest range of Special Club champagne in Australia. A Laureate of the prestigious Vin de Champagne Award, David is one of our country’s foremost champagne experts, passionate about engaging producers directly with their customers. He has worked in the wine trade for 25 years, mostly in fine wine retail but also education, marketing and production. David was a pioneer for online retailing for champagne two decades ago and now owns www.ddchampagnes.com.au, a place where he showcases great but lesser-known artisan producers that he fully believes in.