Majestic Douro Valley produces some of the finest red and whites in the world

By Liz Palmer

Majestic Douro Valley produces some of the finest red and whites in the world There is a dangerous beauty to Portugal’s Douro wine region.  With its treacherously steep slopes, extreme summer heart, perilous roads, and a wild river – why would wine growers consider growing grapes here?  Just take a sip of the red and white wines from this region and then you know why! With three World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO,…

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SOTHEBY’S INTRODUCES ‘INSTANT’ FINE WINE CELLARS

By Liz Palmer

SOTHEBY’S INTRODUCES ‘INSTANT’ FINE WINE CELLARS Sotheby’s Retail has introduced an ‘Instant Cellars’ concept, giving customers in the US and Hong Kong the chance to buy wine collections for drinking, cellaring and investment. In the US, these cellar ‘starter packs’ range from a simple introductory cellar costing US$5,000 to a collection costing US$25,000, with two further options in-between; while only two options are, currently, available in Hong Kong. The number of wines,…

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La Cité du Vin et The Ultimate Guide To Champagne

By Liz Palmer

It’s official “The Ultimate Guide to Champagne” is now available at La Cité du Vin’s “Reading Room” reference library.  The librarian has added it to La Cité du Vin’s collection under the category of “Champagne Books”. La Cité du Vin’s “Reading Room” is an area open to everyone, offering a wide selection of literary, historical, artistic and anthropological works relating to the world of wine. Here you will discover more than 1,200 key works…

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Champagne Event with The International Wine and Food Society-Oakville

By Liz Palmer

It was a culinary evening of magic, from the moment I arrived at the private home in Oakville, I knew that a night of elegance and celebration was ahead! It was an honour and privilege to participate in this event as the “Special Guest” speaker, to discuss my book “The Ultimate Guide to Champagne” and personally sign 40+ copies. The event was well-organized by Christian Frayssignes, Dale and Jim Egan and catered…

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2017 Bordeaux Futures Prices + Analysis

By Liz Palmer

Chateau Palmer released its prices on April 23, ahead of others — a rarity, as other Bordeaux’s top châteaus wait to see how the other wineries position themselves. In addition, the Margaux a third-growth released the first tranche at 20 percent below its 2016 release price. A few thereafter, others followed Palmer’s example. Bordeaux watchers are left wondering what the top estates will do in a challenging year for sales. Will they…

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Enjoy International #SauvignonBlancDay with Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2017

By Liz Palmer

located in Marlborough, Yealands Family Wines produces award-winning wines in harmony with nature. Yealands Family Wines lead the world in sustainable winegrowing. The Sauvignon Blanc is from selected parcels in Yealands’ Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley – with a consistent warm and dry climate, and cool nights it creates a long growing season. Tasting notes The bouquet shows some notes of blackcurrant and passionfruit with fresh aromas of herbs and lemon…

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Direct Train London to Bordeaux Planned for 2020

By Liz Palmer

A direct high speed railway that would take passengers from London to Bordeaux in under five hours could be in operation by 2020, according to the chief executive of the HS1 rail network.   Currently travellers from London to Bordeaux have to change trains in Paris. The Paris route takes 5h 25m, including a 1 hour 5 minutes connection in Paris, travelling from London to Bordeaux. The current return connection in Paris…

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SANDRO BOTTEGA AWARDED RIEDEL WINE MAKER OF THE YEAR IN TORONTO

By Liz Palmer

Sandro Bottega, the owner and Managing Director of the Italian winery and distillery Bottega, will be honoured this evening with the 2018 Riedel® Winemaker of the Year Award.  Sandro Bottega will receive the award from The Cambridge Food & Wine Society, on behalf of Riedel, the Austrian crystal glassmaker who is the world leader in functional wine decanter design. The official ceremony is held this evening at the historical Biagio Ristorante, 155…

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