A dash of Seduction…

C’est l’amour vrai!

Australia’s Brand Ambassador for Piper-Heidsieck Samuel Le Douarin (28) shares his love of Champagne & Oysters


Samuel pictured above (centre)

Q: How did you become involved with Piper-Heidsieck?

A: I was introduced to the wine world in my early 20’s, thanks to the owner of a wine shop from my hometown in France. From there, I decided to immerse myself in it and began studying at a business school in Burgundy. My studies encouraged me to travel around the world – the UK, New Zealand, Spain, Canada, USA – to explore the wine industry from top to bottom and meet incredibly passionate people. Recently graduated, I’m now Piper-Heidsieck brand ambassador for Australia. It’s very exciting to represent the most awarded house of the century in a country that has a great love for Champagne!

Q: What is your relationship with wine and Champagne in particular?

A: I’m passionate about wine because it’s such a comprehensive drink with its many exciting aspects: stories, landscapes, gastronomy… Also, wine is incredibly diverse and made all around the world, shared between family and friends at different occasions! As for Champagne, it has always been the favoured wine in my family whether we open it for celebrating a specific event, or sharing a great moment all together. 


Q: What is so special about Oysters?

A: I’m from a region of France called Brittany (“Bretagne” in French) that is surrounded by the sea with the English Channel in the north and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. Naturally I have always enjoyed eating fresh seafood from our shores, oysters in particular! I love how oysters can take you on a journey: the layers of flavours and textures, but also the possibility of greater culinary experiences through various recipes and pairings, no matter if it’s simple or complex – it’s very exciting!

Q: Why do you think Oysters and Champagne make a great pairing?

A: I believe it’s partly because they share many common features… Firstly, there are different varieties of oysters just like you’d find three grape varieties used in Champagne. Then, just as we have chalk terroirs originating from ancient seas that provide specific flavours to Champagne – oysters taste differently according to the waters where they come from, there is even a classification of “crus” in France you can compare this to. Also, growing oysters requires time and a savoir-faire (ed. expertise) like we do with Champagne. Finally, I would say that the most important is that oysters and Champagne are better when shared!

Join Samuel at our exclusive Champagne & Oyster Masterclass, Tuesday 22nd August at 6.15pm
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For the Love of Wine

Wine Anyone?

See our Wine Journal – curated by Master of Wine Ned Goodwin

Australia’s love affair with wine is rich in history, its roots as deep as the late 1700’s with the introduction of vine cuttings by the Governor Phillip on the First Fleet in 1788. Now the fourth largest international exporter of wine, Australia has fast become a leader in producing award winning wines. Although built on a foundation of traditional “old world” wine-making, today many of our wine makers have a reputation for creating new trends in the industry – words such as “ethical”, “bio-dynamic”, “alternative varieties” trending hot in the cellar door.

Australia Wine Month across the month of May is the celebration of the above – playing host to hundreds of events throughout the country with our wine makers taking centre stage at the table.

To celebrate this, we’ve decided to name our Top 3 influencers of Australian wine:

James Busby (1802 – 1871) known as “the father of wine”. Originally from Scotland, his family immigrated to New South Wales in 1824. Although some wine makers were successfully producing in Australia at the time, it was Busby’s return from France and Spain in 1833 that helped the industry lift its game. Busby introduced a serious selection of grape varieties, including most classic French grapes and a good selection of grapes for fortified wine production.

Max Schubert (1915 -1994) the creator of the Grange Hermitage (Penfolds) and a pioneer of Australian wine. Schubert was born to Lutheran parents in a German community on the fringes of the Barossa Valley and started working at Penfolds in the 1930’s as a messenger boy, dedicating his entire life to the company and the wine industry.

Bryan Martin of Clonakilla and Ravensworth wines. Making a name for himself with his organic approach to wine-making, “boutique stuff” sized production and a passion to produce food-ready wines. An accomplished cook, forager and writer on the aesthetics of the relationship between wine and food, Martin has become well respected and admired in the industry.

The Morrison will be showcasing a selection of our favourite Australian wine, with white and red wine flights available throughout the month and a special oven baked  Normandy Camembert with melba toast & fresh dates by Culinary Director chef Sean Connolly – the perfect accompaniment to a drop of vino!

Join us to celebrate the world-class wine produced in our own backyard and book a place at our table!

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History of Two-Up

Anzac Cookies, AC/DC + Two Pennies

Australia may be a young country, but it’s rich in culture and tradition – a nostalgic nod to the simple things in life and the commemoration of mateship during harder times.

This is never clearer than on ANZAC Day – known as the nation’s day of remembrance, where friends and family gather early in the morning to pay respect to the men and women who’ve served their country.

This is the day where the game two-up is legally allowed to be played – hotel pubs and bars across the country will clear some space in the room, and slowly but surely the excited sound of cheers and anticipation fills the air, someone will yell “Come in spinner!” and the clink of two pennies hitting the ground becomes a familiar sound of the day.

Thought to have originated from a game called Pitch & Toss (played with a single coin), two-up was played among the poorer English and Irish citizens in the 18th century, brought over by immigrants and convicts – spreading in popularity throughout the goldfields in the eastern colonies by the 1850’s. The game was played extensively by Australian soldiers during WWI and WWII from which came the tradition of it being played on Anzac Day.

Two-up famously was legalised in NSW and Victoria in the 1990’s, primarily being played in RSL’s and pubs on commemorative days such as Anzac Day. Queensland only legalised the game in 2012.

 The Morrison will be hosting two-up at its annual Anzac Day event on Tuesday 25th April – with doors opening from 8am, get in on the two-up action, a spin of the kip and good times all round!

Set to be a great day with a special Aussie themed menu, draught beer and classic Aussie rock – be sure to drop in and say hi! With a performance by the LLC Southern Cross pipe band, live DJ and a display of military vehicles for charity, there’ll be no shortage of fun to be had by all.

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Super Bowl 51 Live

Calling all American Footy Fans!

Hut… Hut… Hike! Watch the Super Bowl 51 LIVE and LOUD at The Morrison Bar Sydney.

On Monday 6th February 2017 we’ll be converting The Morrison into the ultimate sport lovers den! Doors will open to the public at 8am sharp, with large televisions showing pre-game hype, official Super Bowl ads, the half-time show and the main event itself (kick-off at 10.30am).

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Stay hydrated with Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa’s and Coors beer – drink specials will be available throughout the day.

A special American style menu will also be running across the full venue: think Chilli Dogs and Fat Boy Burgers with a Morrison twist!

Get in on the action – this is one sporting event you don’t want to miss!

This event welcomes walk-ins only, so try your best to arrive early to secure the best seats.

Year of the Rooster: CNY Cock-Tail Hour

Lunar Love @ The Morrison Bar

Health, wealth and happiness. The Chinese New Year is upon us and like any celebration it’s a time to meet with friends and family, eat good food and if you’re lucky like me, your 91 year old Chinese grandma gives you a little red envelope with $20 in it.

As we enter a new lunar calendar, it’s a wonderful time to be in Sydney – warm summer nights perfect for late night dining, cool refreshing cocktails, and picturesque night markets with glowing lanterns swinging in the breeze and the smell of sticky sweet BBQ in the air.

This year The Morrison Bar presents Lunar Love, a delicious blend of Gin, cranberry, lychee and elderflower.

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Sweet and creamy, with subtle notes of herbs & citrus – only $16!

Better yet – for every Lunar Love sold, The Morrison will donate $2 to Cure Brain Cancer, the official charity partner for the City of Sydney‘s Chinese New Year Festival. A fair trade we think, and a wonderful way to celebrate the Year of the Rooster while supporting a fantastic cause.

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Looking to celebrate CNY in style? Check out our MENU’s or BOOK a table today.

The Chinese New Year Festival runs from the 27th January – 12th February 2017.

Vacay Your Way!

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Ladies and gentlemen, may we have your attention please!

Our Executive Chef Sean Connolly is giving you the opportunity to vacay your way and go into the draw to win the ultimate Byron Bay weekend, or a super chic Sydney staycation!

You’ve got to be in it to win, so get clicking. Share the competition with you friends on social media, and you’ll score extra entries.

Here is what’s up for grabs – get clicking!

Meet Our Oyster Farmers!

John and Ben Ralston are 5th generation oyster farmers from Ralston Bros Oyster on the Clyde river in Batemans Bay – 4 hours south of Sydney. The Ralston family has over 140 years of oyster farming history and the boys have been taking boats out in the river since they could walk. “I remember dad giving me my first row boat and telling me I was only allowed to stay out the front of his shed. I would always sneak down the river only to be towed back to the shed by another passing oyster farmer “ – Ben Ralston

The Ralston Bros business has come a long way and we are lucky enough to be the first restaurant in Sydney to be buying both brands the Le Petit Waterfall Oyster and The Waterfall
Oyster. The Ralston brothers finish their oysters in a special ways to achieve an amazing flavour. The method used to finish their oysters is a family secret and we couldn’t sweet talk the brothers enough into spilling the beans. So you will have to come and try them for yourself! Ralston Bros Waterfall Oysters are finished in the freshest oceanic water that comes into the Clyde River giving a fresh crisp taste. And The Le Petit Waterfall Oysters are finished in the river where the fresh Clyde Mountain water mixes with the oceanic salt water to give a sweet creamy flavour.The Brothers have shown us their amazing family history and their brand shines through the Ralston Bros Oysters logo. This is a photo the boys took of their father driving down the river.

High Five Yourself

We’ve all seen the viral e-card about high fiving your boss … in the face with a chair. Yep it’s funny but we don’t recommend it.

Instead, head down to The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room for our version of the high five –  $5 drinks from 5pm to 7pm every day.

Yes every single day.

You work hard and need to be rewarded.  Come down and high five yourself.