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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Sip, Crack, Snap!

Crab Carnival 2017 Media Night

If you haven’t already heard, a carnival dedicated to our favourite crustacean is back for its fourth year!
The annual Morrison Crab Carnival showcased its hero food and beverages at its Media Launch on Tuesday 14th March to selection of the cities coolest kids, foodies and one or two crab virgins!

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Culinary Director chef Sean Connolly and his team whipped up an array of delightful crabby canapes: Crab & Mayo filled Doughnut Holes – with sweet shredded blue swimmer meat and a sprinkle of Japanese kelp pepper. Dressed Spanner Crab Remoulade Tacos – with celeriac, chives, creme fraiche & a hint of lemon zest. Mini Open Crab Pies with short crust pastry, king crab meat, smoked cod and buttered leeks.

Guests sipped on a selection of delicious crabby friendly drinks, hero’s this year being the When Crabby Met Mary cocktail and Crab-Apple Sangria, as well as the James Squire “The Chancer” and Oakridge ‘Over the Shoulder’ Chardonnay keeping our crittery curious friends well-watered!

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As the night kicked on in a crab-ulous manner, Sean Connolly presented his Typhoon Shelter Muddy dish – crispy fried whole mud crabs, with chili, blackbean, garlic, fresh coriander and shallots. Accompanied by King Crab Mac & Cheese and steamed Chinese greens drizzled in a luxurious crabby chili oil, tables were heaving under the glorious weight of a feast fit for the ultimate seafood fanatics!

Special guest Frank Theodore from De Costi Seafood passionately talked the room through the different types of crabs on the Crab Carnival menu, explaining the importance of how and where we source our crabs from – such as using traps (as opposed to trawling) and sourcing male crabs of some species.

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A scrumptious dessert of Cherry Sorbet & Coconut Sago with crushed pistachios rounded off the evening, the subtle sweetness of the sorbet with a tropical cream base was the perfect way to end an incredible meal.

Crab Carnival runs for 28 days – Monday 20th March to Sunday 16th April 2017
Don’t miss out – Book your place at our table today!

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Wine Of The Month

The Grape Escape – Wine of the Month

It should come as no surprise that here at The Morrison we have a serious obsession with wine, with over 130 different bottles of the good stuff on our current wine list sourced from makers all over the world, we consider ourselves very lucky…

Every day we have the privilege of recommending these incredible wines to our customers, offering an insight to the history of the maker, the vineyard, and not only the flavour profile – but also food matches for the ultimate umami escapism.

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Introducing our Wine of the Month, the 2011 Tyrrell’s STEVENS Single Vineyard Hunter Semillon. An award winning vintage thanks to our good friends the Tyrrell’s family and their infamous friendly “handshake” deal with Neil Stevens, the owner of Stevens Glenoak Vineyard.

Using grapes picked in late January 2011 and bottled almost 5 months later, the Stevens is a beautiful example of a semi mature Hunter Semillon and understandably an icon of the Tyrrell’s single vineyard portfolio.

The nose shows fresh citrus and floral characters, with only a hint of toasty bottle age development.

The palate is dominated by zesty lime, with a mineral edge and softened acidity and structure.

A glass of this elegant drop can be enjoyed all year round, but as we move into the summer season, we recommend treating yourself to a dozen freshly shucked oysters.

The love affair between citrus profiled wines and oysters is stronger than ever when it comes to a wine like this.

Take for example a fresh rock oyster, with its salty, mineral tones – the Semillon’s lemon and lime zing, hints of tropical fruits, and textural acidic finish, compliments the oysters flavour perfectly. Add a squeeze of lemon, or a dash of mignonette and you’ll find yourself ordering another round!

Tyrrell’s Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon is available by the glass ($17) and bottle ($78)

We’ll see you at the bar!

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.

Hump Night Drinks on Us

Join us for hump night every Wednesday night and win a round of drinks

Every half hour from 6 pm in our parlour bar,  we’ll be rolling the barrel. If we pull out the same number as your office level, the drinks are on us!

Huh, don’t get it? Ok let us explain…
So there’s a barrel full of numbers (just like lotto), we roll the barrel and mix up the numbers … roll, roll, roll. Then our Tower Draw Host pulls out a number. If that matches the level you work on then happy days – it’s a round of drinks for you and your colleagues.

Our tip: Bring your business card and bring your colleagues. No point being a Nancy and drinking freebies on your own.