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Champagne Rosé or Pink Champagne?


Whether you call it champagne rosé or pink champagne, celebration and delight are promised in its name!

The NCSGI Blogger team came across this great article written by Sally Hillman and she has given us consent to publish it on our site for our readers to enjoy!

The summer of festivities is in full swing, and it’s one we all deserve. The holidays do their best to gently warp our sense of time, stretching days into nights of languid warmth and spirited conversation as long BBQ lunches and balmy dinner banquets become reference points, anchoring our days in place and time. In the unhurried, leisurely daze of summer, the only question of importance becomes, ‘What shall we eat?’, followed closely by ‘Now, what shall we drink?’.

Champagne Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Rosé NV

Native to the festive season, champagne rosé will more than likely rise to your internal call-and-response. Channelling the colour of celebration, champagne rosés span the full spectrum of glowy red hues—from the softest, blush pink to salmon and crimson—its supple, smooth mouthfeel pairing perfectly with holiday fare such as ham, turkey, all manner of crustaceans, salmon and light berry-based desserts.

But it’s also more than just a summer fling: champagne rosé also finds rhythm with gourmand ingredients all year round, its fruit-forward elegance and subtle tannic grip marrying wonderfully with the rich, hearty dishes that beckon from autumn through to winter.

Champagne André Clouet Rosé No 3 NV

Defying categorisation, champagne rosés are prized for their versatility and inherent freshness, thanks to the myriad of styles (varying in aroma, acidity, sweetness and texture) that can be created depending on the combination of fruit and the nature of elaboration and vinification.

The most popular technique for making champagne rosé is the assemblage method (rosé d’assemblage). Crafted from the seven permitted grape varieties in Champagne, still red and white wines are blended together to create a base wine before it undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle to create the magical effervescence. Champagne is the only appellation in France legally permitted to blend red and white wines together, marking champagne rosés made in this fashion a fascinating and delicious anomaly. The amount of red wine added (Pinot noir or Meunier) ranges from 5% to 20%, producing cuvées with delicate aromas, natural texture and a gentle pink hue with orange highlights.

The second technique for making champagne rosé is the saignée method (rosé de saignée). Translating to ‘bleeding’, the saignée process involves the brief maceration of uncrushed black grape varietals whereby the juice of the grapes is partially infused with their skins to increase the colour, aroma and texture of the resulting champagne rosé. Technically a subset of the process for making red wines, the pigmented juice is then siphoned off for alcoholic fermentation, leaving the remainder for the production of Coteaux Champenois (the dedicated appellation for still wine in Champagne). Champagne rosés produced using the saignée method tend to be rich and vinous, with intense colour and red berry flavour profiles.

Champagne Nicolas Maillart Rosé NV

Moreover, the dynamism and complexity of champagne rosés can be boosted by combining both techniques—assemblage and saignée— in the winemaking process! Innovative grower-producers, such as Nicolas Maillart, JM Sélèque and Laherte Frères, are known to diligently practise both methods, carefully balancing and blending wines from both methods to produce unique, expressive champagne rosés that are in a league of their own. Taking it further still, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, chef de cave at Louis Roederer, creates the House’s vintage champagne rosé by adding Chardonnay juice to the Pinot noir maceration, achieving greater integration of the two grape varieties before fermentation even begins!

For those wanting to step off the beaten track and explore new, exciting destinations in the realm of champagne rosé, we have curated a list of recommendations below, showcasing the most distinctive and approachable alternatives to enjoy and savour at present.

And so, as you settle into the sultry lull of the afternoon when the soothing heat of summer shifts and slows, right before you drift into a softly swinging, hammocked siesta after pondering food and champagne pairings for the evening’s sundown soirée, we encourage you to reach beyond the familiar and try something different. You just might find a new favourite in the enigmatic world of grower-producer champagne rosé, at a fraction of the Grande Marque price tag.

After all, a champagne rosé by any other name would smell as sweet and taste just as delicious!

Champagne rosé

INSTEAD OF: Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV [RRP $140]

TRY: Chartogne-Taillet Brut Le Rosé NV [RRP $130]

For the traditionalists.

A comparable blend of Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Meunier with the addition of Coteaux Champenois rouge (still red wine) vinified from renowned plots, Le Rosé is a fruity and savoury champagne rosé with a luxurious mouthfeel. Rich and refreshing, it is ideal as an aperitif or paired with hearty foods. An exception among the Chartogne-Taillet range, Le Rosé requires more varied oenological work than their single-vineyard champagnes: blending is carefully undertaken to ensure a champagne rosé that is consistently balanced and finessed without excessive opulence, fruitiness or tannicity.

Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Rosé NV

INSTEAD OF: Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV [RRP $100]

TRY: Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Rosé NV [RRP $115]

For the modernists. 

Cleverly swapping out Meunier for Pinot blanc—a rare, heirloom white grape varietal pioneered by  Champagne Pierre Gerbais in the Côte des Bar after World War II—Grains de Celles Rosé is an invigorating champagne rosé, elegantly revealing her terroir in freshness of fruit and fragrance. Comprising an exact representation of the Domaine’s holdings today (50% Pinot noir, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot blanc), the addition of still Pinot noir wine before secondary fermentation produces this vibrant, refreshing and accessible champagne rosé. A humbling, eye-opening experience for adventurers taking the roads less travelled.

Champagne Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Rosé NV

INSTEAD OF: Ruinart Rosé NV [RRP $180]

TRY: Nicolas Maillart Brut Rosé NV [RRP $130]

For admirers of qualitative champagne rosé.

Similar in composition to Ruinart’s Rosé but with the notable exception of using the saignéemethod, Brut Rosé is Nicolas Maillart’s flagship champagne rosé, comprising Pinot noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) cultivated exclusively from the Grand Cru village of Bouzy.

A fascinating champagne rosé blend, Pinot noir is prepared by first macerating its juice on its skins for 52 hours. The addition of still Pinot noir wine (7%) and reserve wines also boosts the aromatic complexity and textural richness of this robust, though fabulously fresh, champagne rosé.

Champagne Nicolas Maillart Brut Rosé NV

INSTEAD OF: Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Impérial NV [RRP $100]

TRY: André Clouet Rosé No. 3 NV [RRP $105]

For lovers of champagne rosé with Pinot noir inflections. 

Composed of 100% Pinot noir from the Grand Cru villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay in the Grande Montagne de Reims (Pinot noir’s spiritual homeland in Champagne), Rosé No. 3 NV is an enticing champagne rosé inspired by Coco Chanel’s iconic perfume. Each release is designated a number to denote the variations in colour and style that occur with each vintage—here, No. 3 marks a light, fresh and elegant aperitif-style champagne rosé.

Rosé No. 3 is produced with 50% of the current vintage and 50% reserve wine from a solera of 10 vintages, and 10%–15% of the champagne rosé comprises still red wine from Bouzy. The result: a well-structured and focused champagne rosé that yields a generosity of Pinot noir character, a gorgeous hue and a fine, bright finish.

Champagne André Clouet Rose No 3 NV

INSTEAD OF: Bollinger Rosé NV [RRP $147]

TRY: JM Sélèque Solessence Rosé NV [RRP $125]

For all occasions and cuisines.

Gastronomic magnificence defines the latest release of Solessence Rosé—stamped with intense minerality lending textural complexity and nuance, and imbued with red fruit and savoury notes derived from precise winemaking—making this the ideal champagne rosé to serve at the table.

Comprising 45% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier and 15% Pinot noir, Solessence Rosé is based on a single vintage blended with 40% reserve wine. Its colour and texture has two different sources: 10% skin-contact Meunier and 5% Coteaux Champenois from Pinot noir, with all fruit sourced from seven villages across the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay (Pierry, Moussy and Épernay), the Vallée de la Marne (Mardeuil, Dizy and Boursault) and the Côte des Blancs (Vertus).

Incredibly food friendly, Solessence Rosé is a superstar in its own right.

Champagne Jm Sélèque Solessence Rosé NV

INSTEAD OF: Billecart-Salmon Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé 2008 [RRP $380]

TRY: Louis Roederer Rosé 2014 [RRP $165]

For now and for later.

A true contender for value, Louis Roederer’s Rosé 2014 is an absolute steal at less than half the cost of Billecart’s vintage rosé. In fact, you’d be forgiven for indulging in more than one bottle: for immediate enjoyment now and for reaping the benefits of its enormous cellaring potential later.

Despite their Grande Marque scale, Louis Roederer retains the spirit of grower-producer winemaking. Jean-Baptiste tends to an astonishing 410 parcels in the Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages of the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. These plots, no further west than Cumières (where the soil becomes too heavy with clay), reflect the House’s desire to always taste chalk in their wines. The separate pressing and vinification of each parcel allows a greater clarity and expression of the diverse terroir. The absence—or very minimal use—of malolactic fermentation in the cuvées further supports this precision in flavour.

Rosé 2014 comprises 63% Pinot noir and 37% Chardonnay cropped from 35 small Estate plots encompassing the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs, respectively. Adopting a unique method for creating champagne rosé, Jean-Baptiste macerates Pinot noir with a small amount of Chardonnay for a long, gentle infusion to achieve the perfect integration of both grape varieties before fermentation even begins.

Champagne Louis Roederer Rosé 2014

This summer, and all year long, we invite you to slow down and smell, sip, swirl and savour the champagne rosé. We’ll be right there with you.

Peruse our champagne rosé recommendations in Le Shop.


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Sally Hillman – Celebrating Champagne is one of Australia’s leading online retailers of fine champagne, Lehmann glassware and champagne gifts for corporate & special occasions. They have also become well known for creating bespoke champagne experiences and virtual tastings.

Specialising in the flourishing world of boutique grower-producer champagne, Sally Hillman Founder and Principal is personally available to guide you on your journey of discovering the irresistible magic and sophistication of champagne.

Cosmetic Dentistry Growing in Popularity During the Covid Pandemic

Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s not too often that you will hear COVID-19 described as “perfect” in any way, but it has, in fact, provided a perfect opportunity for cosmetic dentistry to grow in popularity during the covid pandemic.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, interest in procedures such as tooth whitening has been showing a significant rise. There are a variety of reasons why people are choosing this time to explore their options for cosmetic dentistry. As more and more people get vaccinated, and the Government eases COVID-19 restrictions and rules, the social resurgence has put one major focus on one thing; what’s been hiding behind the masks.


One simple reason is that being at home more, people are noticing their appearance more. Some are fretting over real or potential weight gain and others are using their time to become more active and get in better shape. Both ends of the spectrum are looking at themselves with a more critical eye and seeing areas that they would like to improve.

Additionally, work meetings, school classes, and social gatherings have migrated to an online environment. Having a sunny smile in Sunbury when meeting with friends or co-workers in person, we can communicate in several non-verbal ways, through our style of dress, body language, and more. Now that so much communication is taking place online, some of those visual cues are not.

The focus of our communication online is, therefore, centred on our facial expressions, making our smiles more important than ever before. As a result, many of us are now paying more attention to our smiles and finding things that we either previously overlooked or didn’t consider significant enough to warrant a corrective procedure. A crooked tooth may not have been particularly bothersome in the past, but when it’s front and centre during a business meeting, there is more incentive to correct it.


In many ways, this might seem like a less-than-ideal time for a cosmetic procedure. Over the past several months, many people and businesses have found themselves tightening their belts due to financial difficulties. In other cases, however, money has suddenly become available. Travel plans have been scrapped for countless vacationers, leaving them with unanticipated funds that they are investing in themselves.

  • Veneers (thin, non-invasive applications)
  • Invisalign (invisible aligners)
  • Teeth whitening (very effective professional systems)
  • Implants (best option for missing teeth)

This has provided both the means and opportunity to seek out cosmetic dentistry, with tooth whitening, tooth straightening, and other procedures proving popular. Patients have been able to consult with their dentists via Zoom, Skype, and other apps, allowing for the process to begin even before setting foot in the dentist’s office.


Smile makeovers are often complete overhauls of a smile that melts hearts in Melton, and whilst they have been popular in the past for certain age groups, They’re starting to see this diversify a lot more too.

Another possible factor in the upswing in interest might be that some prefer to be more subtle about having work done. By having their procedures done during social isolation, they have an excuse to not be seen for a couple of days, after which they return with “something different.” 

This has been a trying year on many fronts, with COVID having a major impact on virtually everyone’s life. Improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry can be a great way to give yourself a morale boost. If you have been considering a cosmetic procedure, now may be the perfect time to get it done. 

Thinking about cosmetic dentistry but not sure which procedure will be the best for your condition? 

There are multiple ways cosmetic dentistry can fix narrow smiles, worn and uneven teeth, In the meantime, you can view this cosmetic dentistry in Australia for dental treatments and a basic overview of what they offer and fees that you would like to pursue.

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Party venues are great meeting venues for party animals. Party venues vary in size. There are medium-sized party rooms as well as large-sized party spots. There are teenie weenie party venues too for hosting birthday parties for kids. These party centers are equipped with dolls’ houses, toy trains, artificial zoos and swings and slides. Party spots for kids have to be designed keeping the safety of the children in mind. The soiree venues in Mumbai and Calcutta are perfect for hosting children’s birthday parties. It is easy to choose party venues from a catalog of venues. Otherwise, you might just get a bit confused when you’re comparing venue charges, venue locations and venue facilities of different venues.

The online diary planner is an ideal venue manager. The online diary planner is capable of storing the venue details of countless party venues. Photographs of bash venues may be uploaded easily into an online diary planner for reference and comparison. The online diary planner allows you to get a look at attractive gala venues from its single user-friendly platform.

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When people talk about salads, they mostly think that it’s just the little dish made up of lettuce and other fixings, toppings and dressing they eat before starting the main course of every meal. Some will think that it’s just the optional food you get from the salad bar at the corner of the restaurant. But nowadays, as more people become health conscious, making salad as the main course of the meal is becoming a great idea.

Main course salads have become quite a hit during these times when people are already mindful of what they eat. And in order for them to enjoy each meal, they are trying find ways into making their salads a delightful treat. Besides, salads are very easy to prepare. They are simply fixings thrown together and then consumed to fill up any empty stomach, taking you at most 15 minutes to prepare.

In preparation for a main course salad, try using a salad plate or some decorative salad bowl to enhance the presentation of the meal. Taco salad bowls can also work perfectly for any salad. These salad bowls can be seen on most grocery stores and doesn’t necessarily need to be used for tacos. And if you really want to be creative, try using pita bread or taco shells for the main course salad base.

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Whatever your buying-requirements are, now you have the luxury of more options to get the best deals on the product you want. The internet has given an innovative platform coupled with new marketing tactics to promote products in every vertical of life, whether it is electronic products, household products or music instruments. And when it comes to choosing the music related instruments, online music store are much more versatile.

If you are passionate about music and have a special talent of playing music-instruments, but you might not able to locate the right music store, then online music stores is something that you can fully count on them. Online music stores are also better for both the buyers and for the retailers as it becomes easier for the user to pick a range of musical instruments from a particular instrument store that suits their taste and needs. As compared to brick and mortar shop, you can buy music instruments in a cheaper price and also can get exciting offers and gifts with every purchase. Whether you are looking for electric guitars, mixers, keyboards midi or musical instrument amplifiers etc, these online music stores have got it all which is also from top-brands.

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Purifying water for drinking is one of the best ways to protect the health and well-being of your family. Drinking water contamination does NOT have to be a problem in your household. This article will explain what the best way of purifying water for drinking at home is so you can assure that your tap water is safe enough to consume.

A quality water purification system for your home can be one of the cheapest ways to supply clean, healthy water to your family. There are various types of filtration systems to choose from, but some obviously work better than others. Here’s a list of the most common ways of purifying water for drinking, explaining why each of them are worth using or not:

*Point-of-Use Distillation – A process that passes water over a heated coil, causing it to vaporize and become gaseous. It’s later converted back to a liquid after it passes through a cooling chamber. This method can effectively remove inorganic compounds like lead, calcium, and magnesium but it’s not too good at removing organic chemicals because they vaporize at much lower temperatures than water does.

*Reverse Osmosis – exposes water under pressure to a semi permeable membrane with a very fine pore structure. Most contaminants are molecularly larger than water is so they are rejected by the membrane. However, beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron are also removed which are bodies are use to getting from water to help it function properly. They also require expensive maintenance and high water pressure to work properly.

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Hiking offers many benefits. But I would have to say that there are five that cannot be overlooked. Those top five benefits of hiking are:

1. Outdoors, outdoors, outdoors. The best place to go hiking is outdoors. Hiking in a mall is sufficient when the weather is bad. But hiking outdoors offers so many more benefits. The cool breeze on your face as you go out in the early morning. The soft drizzle bathing you and your gear as you make your way along the path. The birds singing; the butterflies; and the gentle breeze cannot be appreciated in the mall.

2. Exercise. Yes, we all know we should exercise more. But do we do it? I know I don’t. And I know the reason I don’t. It’s boring! I could get on my treadmill and go three miles in almost as many hours. But I would be inside the house, listening to the tv or staring out my window. Boring! Plus it would seem like an eternity. I could go the same distance, three miles, take my time doing it, and enjoy the outdoors. At the same time I could have a pleasant conversation with my family. And depending on where I went hiking, I might see some ruins or historical landmarks, a beautiful waterfall, stop for lunch along the way, all while getting my necessary exercise. And even though it might take a long time, it would go by so fast.

3. Little equipment or gear necessary. When going for a hike, you don’t need a lot of specialized equipment or gear. Good sturdy shoes, appropriate clothes, and plenty of water. If you go hiking in the desert or warm climate, make sure you wear sunscreen. If you plan on being out for awhile, you might want to bring a backpack along with some protein bars. If you do plan on enjoying a meal, just pack some sandwiches, water, and snacks. After being on the trail for a while, stop for a break and enjoy lunch. Once you discover how much you enjoy hiking, then you might want to get some of that special hiking equipment and gear. But in the beginning, just enjoy yourself.

4. Photo opportunites galore. When out in nature, don’t forget to bring a camera. I have found that my little 5.0 digital camera takes amazing pictures during a hike. It is very lightweight. I have memories galore of all the hikes we’ve taken. You will have photo opportunities in nature that just don’t present themselves in town. Stopping to take pictures offers you a chance to get a breather and take home a memory. If using a digital camera, bring along extra cards just in case. And make sure to charge you battery the night before the hike.

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A common ingredient in natural products, essential oils are used commonly through inhalation or by topical application of diluted oil. Because these oils are so readily available to the public, many people incorrectly assume that no particular knowledge or training is needed to use them. Unfortunately, there are many who make this mistake. Some have read a little about aromatherapy, or a friend or supplier has told them a particular oil is good for this or that. But essential oils can cause problems if used incorrectly. How much do you really know about these powerful botanicals?

Some have read a little about aromatherapy, or a friend or supplier has told them a particular oil is good for this or that. But essential oils can cause problems if used incorrectly. How much do you really know about these powerful botanicals?

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids extracted from plant material-bark, berries, flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, or twigs-that are produced in several different ways.

The most common is steam distillation, in which pressurized steam is passed through plant material, causing oils to evaporate out. The resulting mixture of oil and steam is condensed back into a liquid, and the oil is skimmed off.

Plants that are too fragile for steam distillation, such as jasmine, orange blossom, and rose, can have their oils extracted using solvents. Oils created by this process are called absolutes and are generally used in perfumes or diffusers because the solvent residue makes most of them unsuitable for topical use.

A third method is carbon dioxide extraction. While these oils are technically absolutes, the pressurized carbon dioxide used as a solvent leaves no harmful residue and also creates a thicker oil with a more rounded aroma.

Finally, cold-pressed essential oils are those that have been extracted from fruit rind by grinding and pressing it.

Most essential oils do not have an indefinite shelf life: citrus oils will lose their efficacy after about six months, while most floral oils will last a year or maybe two. A few-cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood, and vetiver-become better with age. You can refrigerate oils that you do not use often. It is also a good idea to store them away from sunlight, in small bottles with less air space.

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The word yoga is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline from the Sanskrit word “yuj” (to yoke or bind). A male practitioner is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.
The Postures ….

The contemporary western approach to yoga is not based on any particular belief or religion, however Yoga does has its roots in Hinduism and Brahmanism. Yoga was developed by seers or ascetics living primarily in the southern parts of India. The seers observed nature and lived as close as they could to the earth, studying the many aspects of nature, the animals and themselves. By observing and emulating the different postures and habits of the animal kingdom they were able to develop grace, strength and wisdom.

It was through these very disciplined lives that the practice of the yoga postures were developed. It was necessary to develop a series of postures to keep the body lithe and able to endure long periods of stillness when in meditation.
The Writings ….

Brahmanism dates back to containing sacred scriptures called “the Vedas”. These scriptures contained instructions and incantations. It was in the oldest text “Rg-Veda” from the scriptures that the word Yoga first appeared, this was nearly 5000 years ago. The fourth text called “Atharva-Veda” contains mainly spells for magical rites and health cures many of which use medicinal plants. This text provided the average person with the spells and incantations to use in their everyday life and this practice of “Veda” can still be seen in the streets of India today.
The Bhagavad-Gita, another ancient work on spiritual life describes itself as a yoga treatise, although it uses the word Yoga as a spiritual means. It was from this literature that Patanjali’s “eight limbs of yoga” were developed. Yoga Sutra’s are primarily concerned with developing the “nature of the mind” and I will explain more of this in the next section.

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