About Bernadette



Bernadette O’Shea has been saluted by France’s finest champagne makers. They pay tribute to her exceptional palate, profound champagne knowledge, and the enthusiasm with which she imparts her skill. She has been honoured in Australia since 1984, when she became the first non professional woman to win the coveted Vin de Champagne Award, an award she currently co-judges. 

A full-time champagne consultant and educator, she lives in Brisbane, enjoys a huge personal following of former and perennial students, and travels professionally both in Australia and Champagne, France.

Bernadette has been inducted as a Dame-Chevalier of the L'orde des Coteaux de Champagne and was made a Dame Officier of the order in 2010 and in 2014 appointed "Dame Chambellan".

In addition, Bernadette has been awarded the Diploma d'Honneur Corporation des Vignerons de Champagne or St Vincent's Award for her champagne teaching.

She has also been invested with the Chevalier de l’ordre du Merite Agricole, a knighthood from the French Government for her contribution to the champagne industry.

This is what some of the greatest in Champagne say about her....

‘Bernadette is energy, passion, taste, flair, smiles, conviction, elegance …’ - Rémi Krug, Champagne Krug.

‘Bernadette “Bubbles” O’Shea is able to add sparkle to your dullest day.’ - Béatrice Cointreau, Champagne Gosset.

‘Bernadette speaks of Champagne with such poetry and sensitivity that when you listen to her you hear the bubbles.’ - Frédéric Heidsieck, Champagne Louis Roederer.

'Besides her charm, knowledge and exceptional sense of humor, Bernadette is one of the great Ambassadors of Champagne.' - Count Audoin de Dampierre, Champagne Comte Audoin de Dampierre.


Watch Bernadette on Channel 7's Queensland Weekender plus other great interviews and stories. 





Here's Bernadette on ABC's the Collectors 




Read and hear more about Bernadette from these links below.


Click here to listen to Bernadette speaking with Fran Kelly on ABC Radio after the Gourmand awards.  Or Download the Podcast

Click here to view the article on Bernadette in Q Weekend Magazine in August 2011.

Click here to download Bernadette's article in Fine Champagne magazine on the 2009 Vin de Champagne Awards in Sydney.

Click here to see Bernadette's interview in MAP magazine