Champagne Champions

Leanne Altmann and Nicole Smith have both been recognised at the 2018 Vin de Champagne Awards, held at the recently refurbished Quay Restaurant in Sydney on 10 September.

Altmann, the beverage director at Andrew McConnell Restaurants, was awarded in the Professional category, while Smith, a practice manager at Sunshine Eye Clinic, took out the Amateur category.

Nicole Smith, Hannelore Rima and Leanne Altmann.

The winners sat a face-to-face test and tasting exam. The prizes are invaluable, intensive trips to Champagne to learn more about the region from local producers and vignerons. For an in-depth interview with Altmann, check out the February/March 2019 issue of GT WINE.