Month: September 2014

British Airways A380 Champagne in the air.

By Dr Champagne

So I am leaving for the airport and Bobo asks why I am going to Johannesburg for the weekend. Naturally white lied. Truth be told there was a conference I was speaking at but part of the journey involved the new BA A380 in first class!

After spending much of the day in the Concorde room boarded the A380 seat 3A.

BA differs from both Emirates and Thai in having the First Class cabin forward on the main floor. While I enjoyed both Thai and specially Emirates with its showers and great meal and wine, I loved the feel of spaciousness on the main floor. The ceiling felt higher and the space felt wider.

Usual great first class service with pajamas.

For the first time for me in the air there was a true tasting menu paired with wines? The lobster was divine. Three champagnes on offer!!!

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AIR CANADA GOES FROM BAD TO WORSE

By Dr Champagne

Kissed Bobo goodbye as he set of to the Glen to boulder. He of course asked me where I was going. Explained I was off to Victoria for my 30 year reunion and all he asked was ” dad please don’t complain about Air Canada again”.

I am also wondering if this is a happy champagne blog or a rant on Air Canada. But to put it into perspective I paid an obscene amount of money for this ticket!

Of course needless to say NO CHAMPAGNE anywhere and I think Air Canada and Ken Chase have decided not to stock any wine that costs more than 10 dollars a bottle!!!

But the main point of this RANT is Air Canada’s new high density Boeing 777. I thought the pods were bad, but this is like flying in a coffin. No room for a 5′ 11″ dude, the space is narrow and there is no way to get comfortable .

With this and the replacement of AC mainline by AC Rouge on many destinations, eg Las Vegas or Maui, I think Air Canada is going to go from the best airline in North America to the worst.

I urge all champagne lovers to fly one world alliance British Airways and Cathay Pacific (they get it).

Check out the COFFIN, Air Canada’s new business class seat is a FAILURE.

Sorry Bobo I know FIRST WORLD problems!!!!

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The Champagne Addict takes Greece!

THE CHAMPAGNE ADDICT IN GREECE!
Candy Champagne

Dr. Champagne and the Champagne Surgeon came to visit the Champagne Greek and myself in Greece this summer. It was a whirlwind trip of sun and fun mixed with great food, lots of laughs, wonderful company and of course, amazing champagne!!!

We started on the island of Rhodes. The island is located in the Eastern Aegean Sea and is one of the biggest modern Greek islands. Historically, Rhodes was famous for the Colossus of Rhodes and today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Our time in Rhodes included:
– Rock climbing http://www.rodosclimb.info
– Lunch in Charaki Harbour (a small and quiet picturesque fishing village located next to Lindos the site of an ancient Acropolis)
– Dinner at Skalakia taverna, a local gem in the heart of the village of Pastida (Pastida is one of the more traditional villages on the island and is located inland on the west coast of Rhodes)

What Champagne Addict trip wouldn’t be complete without a tasting though? Check out Dr. Champagne’s Dom Perignon 2000 vs. Moet & Chandon blind challenge (can you guess which one won – HA!):

https://thechampagneaddict.com/2014/08/26/dom-perignon-vintage-2000-vs-moet-chandon-imperial/

After fun in Rhodes, the next stop was the mainland -– Athena! We travelled to the Athenian Riviera which is nestled in a breathtaking peninsula on the Saronic Gulf. We stayed at the Astir Beach Palace complex which is located in Vouliagmeni (a fashionable suburban area about 20 minutes outside of Athens). It also happens to be home to Matsuhisa Nobu Athens where we enjoyed some fabulous dinners.

We were so lucky to enjoy some great champagne overlooking sunset on the sea — sabred with precision and perfectly by the Champagne Surgeon.

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Major sunset

The Champagne Addict takes Greece! Attached are the pictures.

CHARAKI HARBOUR

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DOM IN PASTIDA, RHODES (AND SOME MOET ROSE TOO)

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Moet rose

OUR RHODES DAMAGE (“THE DEAD SOLDIERS”)

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HELLLLLLLO ATHENIAN RIVIERA

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belle epoque

Athens sunset

MATSUHISA NOBU ATHENS

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Nobu

black cod

green peppers

Nobu burger

nobu hamachi

tacos

Waygu tacos

SUNSET NOBU

AIR CANADA FINALLY GET’S A LOUNGE RIGHT

By Dr Champagne

Bobo my boy was really worried when I travelled through Terminal 2 to fly AC back from London Heathrow. We went through all the lounges in The Queen’s Terminal, another blog.

The Maple Leaf lounge got it right this time in London. They pour champagne, all be it a growers champagne. Food was amazing, with a Panini bar, cold station and amazing hot food. AC should look at who runs this lounge to manage all their lounges.

Also maybe an exclusive lounge only super elite members that always serve premier liquor and champagne like the BA first lounge.

Ken Chase get on board.

Bobo was happy that I was happy with his national airline.

Baby Champagne was happy she got Mac and cheese

Surgeon champagne just shrugged her shoulders.

So Air Canada and Ken Chase learn from the operator of this lounge. I chased down the manager and it is the Performa gate group.

Ken Chase should talk to AC about setting up an exclusive Super Elite lounge!!!

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