Kibo Sushi Announces Partnership With T.OS to Develop Retail Blockchain Solution

By Liz Palmer

Kibo Sushi is proud to announce that it’s teaming up with T.OS (pronounced ‘tios’), a leading digital currency company, to develop a blockchain payment system for the Canadian food service industry. “Kibo Sushi is continuously looking to optimize our customers’ experience at our restaurants,” said Bo Seo, founder of Kibo Sushi. “T.OS is looking to the future of payments and is working to normalize the use of crypto-currency. With this partnership, customers…

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Champagne’s Trade Shares Continue to Rise

By Liz Palmer

Champagne’s trade share has risen from 1% to 8% by value in the past eight years, with the number of unique Champagnes trading having multiplied in the same time frame, according to a recent report. Between 2008 and 2014, the champagne region’s overall trade share hovered between 1-3% by value. So far in 2018, it has contributed 8% of market activity, up from 6.2% last year, according to Lev-ex latest “Champagne Report.”…

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Australia’s Orlando Marzo Named World’s Best Bartender

By Liz Palmer

Orlando Marzo, from Melbourne’s acclaimed Lûmé restaurant, has been named the world’s best bartender by the largest global bartending competition, WORLD CLASS Global Bartender of the Year 2018. Orlando competed against over 10,000 bartenders from every corner of the globe.  The competition lasted six months, with over one hundred challenges and countless cocktails. It culminated in a four-day final, where 56 of the best bartenders in the industry battled it out in…

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Emmanuel Macron Opens Presidential Wine Cellar to Public

By Liz Palmer

France’s Elysée Palace has officially opened its doors to its wine cellar first time this past weekend as part of a bid by President Emmanuel Macron to promote national heritage. There were 350 members of the public who toured the cavernous cellar which houses 14,000 bottles, from all the wine growing regions of France. “This is the first time we’ve opened the cellar to the public,” Virginie Routis, the Elysée’s sommelier for the past 11…

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News Release: Cision® Partners with (Toronto-based) Top International Wine and Spirts journalist/Judge/Author and Influencer Liz Palmer

By Liz Palmer

TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 / PRNewswire/Toronto-based wine journalist/judge/Author and one of the world’s top wine and spirits social media influencers Liz Palmer and Cision, one of the industry’s largest content distribution networks, have partnered to distribute content across each other’s respective networks respective networks.  Liz Palmer said, “My team and I are very excited about sharing Cision’s real-time content with our audience.  Cision’s PR Newswire is one of the largest content distribution networks and will further expand our reach.” …

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Champagne Mumm Launches Zero-Gravity Bottle Design

By Liz Palmer

It took three years of research and experimentation to develop Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar, the first champagne designed to be tasted in space. For this world premiere, Maison Mumm symbolically chose to fly over the vineyards of Reims to present its innovation during a zero-gravity flight. Science Serving Champagne Maison Mumm’s goal was to take champagne into space while maintaining its integrity – that is to say, respecting its aromas, the tasting…

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Results of 2018 Airline Wine Competition

By Liz Palmer

Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited magazine for luxury business and leisure travelers, has released the results of its 15th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition. The competition, held at the end of May, took place at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, in New York City. Expert judges participated in the blind tasting of 22 airlines’ white, red and sparkling wines. The judges hailed from a wide range of specialties, including…

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2018 Champagne Harvest – A Vintage Year

By Liz Palmer

The Champagne Harvest begins on August 21. The region has had a year of extreme weather. Growers and houses saw record winter rainfall, with 345mm from November 2017 to January 2018. This beats the previous high of 338mm which was set in 1965, according to the Comité. A prolonged, cold winter has given way to good weather with flowering early June along with above average temperatures and sunshine hours. Optimism around the…

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