Beer and food pairing potential hailed by top chef

By Liz Palmer

Beer is becoming an increasingly popular accompaniment to meals and one of the world’s best chefs has given it his endorsement.  A Global Data report shows that 47% of consumers find the concept of pairing food and beer appealing, leaving it behind only wine in terms of popularity. Joan Roca, chef of Girona’s three Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca – twice voted the world’s best restaurant – told DRN: “Beer gives…

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Franciacorta, Italy’s Premium Sparkling Wine

By Liz Palmer

What and Where is Franciacorta? Franciacorta is a sparkling wine from the Province of Brescia, Northern Italy with DOCG status. It was first referenced as Franzacurta in the Eighth Book of Brescia in 1277. Guido Berlucchi produced the first Franciacorta in 1961, and during 1995 the sparkling wines of Franciacorta were awarded DOCG status. This tells you that Franciacorta has some history but it’s is a very young wine appellation and it…

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2014 Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon “Vintner’s Reserve”

By Liz Palmer

“This lush, round and rich vintage is back by popular demand!” Vintage: 2014 Varietal: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot & 1% Malbec Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Sonoma County State or country: CA/USA Price: $27.95 [Canadian] Available: In Ontario, Vintages # 331603 Review date: March 17, 2018 Review: This dark ruby wine has aromas of lush black cherry and cassis with some vanilla and dried herb notes; on the palate, there is a…

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Champagne shipments for 2017

By Liz Palmer

The final figures for Champagne shipments in 2017 were recently announced. Total sales amounted to 307.3 million bottles, which is + 0.4% compared to 2016. The French market dropped by 2.5% with 153.7 million bottles. “A decline stronger than expected due to disappointing sales in December,” commented Maxime Toubart, president of the Syndicat Général des Vignerons, co-president of the Comité Champagne. The export, up 3.5%, nearly equals France with 153.6 million bottles. The growth…

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Champagne Review: Comte de Senneval Champagne

By Liz Palmer

Champagne Review: Comte de Senneval Champagne Autolytic notes of biscuit and toast, with creamy lemon and apple with hints of tropical fruit on the palate; persistent bubbles. Alcohol: 12.50% Grapes: Chardonnay Pinot Meunier Pinot Noir Score: 89 Excellent price 19 € Food pairing suggestions  Pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna ), shellfish, mild and soft cheese

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Liz Palmer listed by Social Vignerons as one of 2018’s Top 40 Wine Influencers

By Liz Palmer

Canadian award-winning author and wine journalist Liz Palmer has been named as one of 2018’s Top 40 Wine Influencers –Liz states: “It’s such an honor to listed as one of the Top 40 Wine Influencers and to be amongst notable magazines, brands, worthy peers.” “I’m thrilled!” Who are the 2018 “Top 40” Social Media Power Influencers around the topic of wine? For the fourth year, Julien Miquel, founder of Social Vignerons has compiled a…

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Cognac XO classification to rise to 10 years

By Liz Palmer

    The BNIC (BNIC Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) has recently announced that the classification for XO Cognac is set to change on April 1, 2018. What does this mean? This means that the youngest eau-de-vie included in a blended Cognac labelled XO* must be aged in barrels for at least 10 years, instead of the 6 years previously required.   A statement from BNIC recently explained that: “The new measure…

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The Golden Globes 2018 and Moët & Chandon

By Liz Palmer

Moët & Chandon has been the champagne of choice for the Golden Globes for over twenty-five years. In celebration of the award show’s 75th anniversary, Moet has joined up with actress Jamie Chung to create “Moët 75”, the official cocktail for 2018. Made with fresh blood orange juice, the Moët 75 is bright and fruity, and packs a small punch with a touch of Volcan de mi Tierra—LVMH’s first tequila which was…

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