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Here’s how to store and serve Champagne the right way

Champagne and celebrations come hand in hand. There’s nothing quite like the sound of the cork releasing and the bubbles fizzing for marking a special moment.

But how much do you know about the right way to store and serve your Champagne?

Jeremy Allan, who heads up the distribution of luxury Champagne house Mod Sélection in Australia, offers his tips for the dos and don’ts of French fizz.

DON’T: Store your bubbly in the fridge

While champagne can be stored for several years prior to being consumed, the appropriate care must be taken to preserve it properly. It’s a common misconception that champagne should be stored in a fridge. While fridges can be useful for chilling champagne just prior to serving it, they’re actually not a good storage option long-term. Rather, it’s better to store it upright in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. This will help protect the integrity of the bottle and effectively retain its distinctive characteristics. When stored correctly outside of the fridge, the flavour and colours will develop during this period, taking on unique notes and characteristics over time.

DO: Forget the pop

It may be fun to pop the cork, but it’s best to keep the wire cage on when opening your bottle. Not only does this help you control the cork, but it also gives you leverage to help separate the cork from the bottle. When removing the cork, hold the top of the cage with your thumb to keep the cork in place, and untwist the wire, then hold the cage and cork together in one hand while using the other to twist the bottle’s base in a circular direction away from the cork to slowly work the cork out.

DON’T: Use a Champagne flute

There’s a better way to enjoy your bubbly—and it’s not out of a Champagne flute. Opting for a white wine, tulip-shaped or regular wine glass will allow more depth of flavour and complexity, while also enabling it to breathe and aromas to develop. You should also hold the glass by the stem to avoid your hands warming the Champagne up too quickly, as nobody likes warm bubbles.

DO: Keep your Champagne chilled

The best temperature to serve Champagne is 8-10 degrees celsius, which is around the same temperature as the cellar where the champagne producer would have first stored it. For convenience when outdoor dining, the best and quickest way is to get a bucket and fill it with water, ice, and a healthy dash of table salt.

DO: Know your food pairings

There are few foods that do not pair with Champagne, however the rule of thumb is that anything with salt, butter, oil or fat will work best. The crisp acidity of Champagne cuts through any fats on the palate, dancing with the flavours, and making you want to come back for more. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, especially when pairing complex styles of Champagne, as they can lend themselves to unexpected pairing discoveries. Think: seafood, truffle fries, cheese and charcuterie, a gourmet burger; more-is-more.

Poet Amanda Gorman to promote literacy as Estee Lauder’s Global Changemaker

Award-winning writer, poet and activist Amanda Gorman has added another title to her list of achievements, joining Estée Lauder in a three year contract.

The 23-year-old American is best known for becoming the youngest inaugural poet in US history, reciting her work The Hill We Climb at the January 21 ceremony where Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.

Beauty brands have a history of signing well known faces to promote their products and overall brand, but the multidimensional new partnership is not the traditional advertising deal, and paves the way for new, more meaningful collaborations to become widespread in the beauty business.

In a statement to mark the news, Estée Lauder Companies said the partnership intends to acknowledge and celebrate a new generation of leaders inspiring change. As part of the deal it will contribute US$3m over three years to Writing Change, the company’s initiative to advance literacy ‘as a pathway to equality, access, and social change’.

In addition Gorman will act as curator of Writing Change and appear and ‘bring her voice of change’ in Estée Lauder campaigns from the northern spring of 2022.

 

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The young Los Angeles resident, who graduated cum laude from Harvard University and in 2017 was named National Youth Poet Laureate, told Vogue earlier this year that since the inauguration she had fielded (and turned down) offers in excess of US$17m. ““I have to be conscious of taking commissions that speak to me,” she said.

In a statement regarding the Estee Lauder deal however, Gorman declared she was honored to represent a brand founded by “such an inspiring and daring woman”.

“Mrs. Estée Lauder shattered glass ceilings as a leader in business 75 years ago, she says.

“Embracing this spirit, I am delighted that our partnership will help inspire women, girls, and all people around the world to do great things, to disrupt, to be confident, and to be future leaders in whatever path they take.”

Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies said Gorman embodies a new generation and demonstrates the importance and influence of voice.

“As a company, we are committed to nurturing the leaders and talent of the future, empowering them to use their voices—and to use them loudly,” he said. “We are thrilled to partner with Amanda as we embark on this collective journey to strengthen our commitment to girls’ education, helping provide the skills needed to be heard around the globe.”

Besides the newly announced deal Gorman has recently completed two new books to be released shortly. Lyrical picture book Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem will be released on September 21 and a collection of poems, Call Us What We Carry is expected to land December 7.