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Classic Magazine

Over the past 22 years, The Classic LifeStyle Magazine has enjoyed significant growth on the International stage. What was initially a very modest 16-page corporate booklet, has now become a stunning 300-page coffee table publication, showcasing some of the world’s leading luxury travel destinations, restaurants, brands & technology. The success of the Classic has been based around its strong corporate relationships and its very unique editorial contributions.

In this year’s 2019 Classic Lifestyle Magazine we celebrate the ‘Champagne Edition’ by travelling to one of the world’s largest champagne producers and prominent champagne house, Moet & Chandon in Epernay, France… you could imagine my excitement. As a chef and non-drinker, indulging in my first ever glass of Champagne; a 2008 vintage Dom Perignon with a handful of matured parmesan cheese…I had to ask myself why I’d left it for so many years, I’ll never know! For the pioneers Madame Clicquot, Dom Perignon, Dom Ruinart, Joseph Krug and Claude Moet, we salute you for your extraordinary vision and confirming to me most importantly, that these magical elixir’s are perfect to drink and as you’ll later read, even better to cook with. We are also thrilled to include a photographic legend on our cover. Graham Shearer has over three decades graced the covers of the world’s leading fashions magazines and this year, we celebrate Graham’s Underwater Exhibition that beautiufully complements the effervescence necessary to showcase our Champagne Edition.

With the intoxicating European summer hot on everyone’s bucket list, we set sail on the River Seine on the Viking Rolf, visiting the beautiful gardens and charming farmhouse where impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked, the setting that would inspire many of his masterpieces. We traced the footsteps of Joan of Arc in Rouen and walked the hallowed ground of Normandy’s American Military Cemetery and the beaches of World War II.

With Royal wedding’s at fever pitch this year, we would pound the streets of Copenhagen hoping for a glimpse of Princess Mary whilst photographing the picturesque surroundings of the quaint fishing village of Nyhavn and the fairy-tale charms of the Tivoli Gardens. It was then off to Gothenburg, Oslo, the old fortress town of Fredericia, Hamburg and Amsterdam all to be part of our Nordic adventure on the Viking Sky.

For those Aussie wine connoisseurs, join us as we escape to Western Australia’s rugged coastline of Margaret River radiating with award winning wineries, restaurants, truffle farms and ancient caves. A trip to Melbourne also bedazzled us in winter, showcasing it’s eclectic array of flourishing restaurants along Toorak Rd, South Yarra, sampling there fabulous Vittoria coffee’s.

However, it was Sean Connolly that English-born Aussie chef, with his six award winning restaurants in three corners of the globe including UAE, New Zealand and Australia that really stole the show, with ‘The Ultimate Champagne Luncheon’ hosted by the Classic Lifestyle Magazine in August at the Hyatt Regency Sydney, with a world first, delivering a magical menu, cooking in only the very best champagnes on offer.

Special thanks must go to the continued support of all our elite partners and lifetime friends including our One World Partners Qantas, British Airways & American Airlines; the inspiring Canon team, Bose, Moet & Chandon, Vittoria, Victorinox, Sydney Luggage Centre and Hyatt Regency Sydney.

So sit back, relax, elevate those feet and reward yourself with your favourite glass of bubbles and enjoy this year’s Champagne Extravaganza!