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Champagne in the Lounges in Haneda Airport HND

By Dr Champagne 

” I won daddy ” exclaimed Bobo, he was in a climbing competition while I was away in Seoul. Miss him so much! Transited through Tokyo in Haneda airport. 

I unfortunately have to report that in lounges this is a waste land for champagne lovers.

First tried the Skylounge accessible by most credit cards only if they are issued in Japan, not worth the effort 

   
 

Then off to the Cathay Pacific lounge, beautiful space with a noodle bar but no champagne only sparkling wine, have an Emerald One Alliance card through BA so talked my way in.

   
    
    
    
 

The staff in this lounge are amazing. A greatp lounge upto the bar this airline sets can’t understand why there was no champagne on offer.

Off to the Tait lounge got in because of my Gold Delta, no champagne but a nice enough lounge food was average

   
    

Was flying Star Alliance so was allowed into the Star Alliance Lounge operated by ANA which had a First Suite Lounge and a Business Class Lounge . There is NO CHAMPAGNE in the business class lounge, a choice of Sake though. There is champagne in the First Lounge but was only allowed to photograph it 

 

In desperation tried the JAL First Class Sakura lounge. Aono understood the importance of reporting on the champagne situation. This is really the best lounge for Champagne lovers in HND. There is a choice of two Monopole by Heidsieck and one of my favorites Laurent Perrier

              

There is a fridge full of Laurent Perrier

One bonus they have the Red Suite got my shoes shined 

       

They also have a chef that makes food to order

Never made it into the ANA suite lounge but for the great food, two choices of champagne and the bonus of getting my shoes shined in my opinion this s the best lounge in Haneda. So if you fly out of Tokyo think of flying One World and not Star Alliance.

Thank you Aono

Sorry I wasn’t home Bobo.

  

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Ozone the best brunch in Hong Kong for champagne lovers …free flowing Dom Perignon 2006

By Dr Champagne 

” Dad the only reason you are going to give a talk in Ho Chi Minh city is because you can go for brunch at Ozone on you way back ” exclaimed Bobo the Prince. I have to admit there was a kernel of truth in that statement.

Ozone sits on top of the Ritz Carlton in Kowloon and advertises it self as the highest bar in the world. Stunning views of Hong Kong and Victoria harbor. By night sleak bar filled with the Beautiful. On Sumday turns into a champagne lovers dream.

The Dom flows freely on the Sunday Brunch this  weekend the 2006 Vintage

   
    
 
Dan is a Frenchman doing his internship away from his Swiss Hospitalty program. Had great tips on navigating the buffet.

   
 
There is a sushi bar a tapas bar as well as the entree which is al carte. Also other wine, beer and spirits are available. I had the Wagyu beef burger kept drinking the Dom even though they had a Malbec available.

   
    
    
    
 
The hotel itself is stunning and it is worthwhile stsying on the club floor good snacks and free flowing Moet

  
The Ritz Carlton Kowloon is worth a visit as the highest hotel in the world and this amazing brunch, a champagne lovers dream.

Ok Bobo you were partially correct, Ozone was worth a stop on the way back from Saigon.

Go here if you are ever in HKG on a Sunday.

Flying out of La Guardia just got easier with the AMEX Centurion Lounge

By Dr Champagne

Bobo is in London at the Bond premiere so snuck out to NYC with the Champagne Surgeon for the wine spectator meeting.

Flying out of La Guardia has always been a chore but if you are an AMEX card member it just got a lot more pleasurable, you will obtain access to the brand new Centurion Lounge in terminal B.

Admissions are free for Platinum and Centurion card members. Centurion card holders have the added benefit of a glass of Champagne and today they were pouring Veuve

   
    
   
They have a great wine and cocktail selection that is complimentary and they offer prosecco as their sparkling

   
    

Loved the Widow Veuve with the tomato soup. 

Great selection of food, buffet though!

   
   
Enjoy loved this wine, especially the Veuve in the lounge

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Kiin Kiin CONTINUED

By Dr Champagne

Ok Bobo the Prince has no patientce  for idiots that don’t know basic computer skills. Posted the last blog before it was finished and don’t know how to go back and edit.

The mushroom Kom Ta two ways two wines, said it before you have to eat here if you are a foodie that loves ethnic food.

   

Next an Australian Cab paired with grilled beef and beef with oyster sauce!

   

  

  

 

I am so glad I didn’t have any breakfast or lunch, the hell of working for a living but also the saving grace for a night like this!!

Dessert  starts
   
Paired with a Moscato D’ Asti

   
   
Final pairing was with a Sherry

   
 
Banana cake with Coconut.

So Bobo for an ethnic foodie this was the best choice for me!

Sorry NOMA thank you HENRIK.

Kiin Kiin you HAVE to eat here when you visit Copenhagen

By Dr Champagne 

So Bobo the Prince looked at me when I was leaving and asked if I was going to go to Noma. I admit I had been invited by a group but decided to go to Kiin Kiin instead.

It is the only one star Michelin Thai restaurant in the world.

When you first walk in you are seated in a lounge where you are served Thai street food. A beautiful tea is served but I also chose a glass of the house champagne

   
 
The restaurant has a comfortable vibe with the amazing chef Henrik Yde ever present in the front lines as well

   
 
Senses get overwhelmed!! But I remember memorable moments when my senses went into shock, a food memory I will never forget and the cone they served was one of those moments for me

   
    
   
After you are taken upstair for the tasting menu. My advice go for the wine pairings Henrik does an amazing job, just sublime.

   
 
Gets a little molecular when the soup is served with a syringe that changes into noodles

   
 
Their version of Pad Thai was actually a prawn pasta served with a Detuz Demi

   
   
To DIE for you have to eat here. Next was the Snow Ball salad where they make the dressing at the table, who does that anymore? Served with a crisp vibrant Riesling.

   
    
   
Onto a Gew├╝rztraminer for the frozen red curry lobster

   
   
Said it before you have to eat here.

The wine pairings continued with a German Pinot Noir and a Barbera D Asti, the Pinot was paired with a creamy Tom Ka with mushrooms in a cream sauce and the Barbera with the Tom Ja in almost a Demi

Bollinger and Bond

By Dr Champagne

Was sitting in the lobby bar at D’Angleterre and remembered when Bobo the Prince glanced over at me and asked ” dad have you booked my ticket to London ” he is on his way to London for the premier of the new James Bond Movie Spectre.

Champagne Bollinger has been in every Bond movie since Live and Let Die.

They poured me a glass of Bollinger Rose

  
Pink Salmon in color, balanced, fresh, strawberry and rasberry notes with a slightly sweet toasty finish.

Loved it and yes Bobo your ticket is booked.

Me and Pa and Era Ora

Dr Champagne 

So Pa is my hero. You know that old age question ” these two are going to get hit by a car and you can only save one ” Bobo would save Pa.

So for Pa it is only about value for money. Life for me is to short and all aboutexperience.

In Cooenhagen already filled to the gills with Champagne from all the champagne at Balazhar!!
Went for a tasting menu at Era Ora. Lots of chatter  on the Internet.

Yes they did not pour me champagne but an exceptable sparkling from Lamordia .

Then the meal progressed

   
    
    
   
Who the hell pours Dal Forno in s tasting menu.

Am I married. Definitely to Bobo’s mum but our waitress was amazing and the crew in the back rocks. This is a STAR chef.

   

So for Pa value for money zero. For foodies like me value for experience 100%. This crew is knowledgable and rocks. Don’t come here for value, pizza, pasta! Come here for the one course that rocks you!!

Loved it. Value for money ZERO.

Value for a foodie PRICELESS.  

It’s all about James E

Dr Champagne 

So Bobo sent me me an e mail. For him it’s like actually writing a letter basically not done in the real world.

” Why are you embrassing me!!! Blogging again ” Bobo it is all about James E asking what happened!

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
So thank you Jamie E, we drink champagne everyday we should blog at least weekly.

Candy Champagne you are on alert,

Sorry Bobo!

Champagne GARDET great value for US the champagne addicts of the world

By Dr Champagne

” Why do I always have to ALWAYS carry in you champagne ” grumbled Bobo.

When we are champagne addicts stocking up is a regular occurrence. Also to be frank sometimes we have to stock for consumers and not those that help replenish the cellar.

So we look for great value champagnes that taste great and we don’t mind pouring for the free loaders!! I think if you haven’t tried this one buy a bunch.

  

  
Why I like it. Great mouth feel, strong and vibrant. The nose is mature with toasty flavours. Brioche on the finish.

Buy some. 

Thank you Bobo.

La Grande Annee Bollinger 1997

By Dr Champagne 

Sometimes somebody hands you a bottle of champagne and you just have to share

   
 
Bobo knows that besides Krug I absolutely love Bolly. The 1997 Grande Annee had a beautiful deep honey color, bubbles were few and a little flat not the crisp mouth feel of a young Champagne. I of course pointed out to Bobo that he wasn’t even born when these grapes were picked.

Taste can just be described as funky and licqueur like. Not my style of champagne but was still a treat to drink and contemplate what I was up to in 1997. Mostly no good!