Posts Tagged ‘Champagne’

Liv-ex top 50 most-searched wines in 2018

Each year around the summer season, Liv-ex examines the top 50 most-viewed wines, based on visits to their website from January to July.  The search-data acts as a barometer for the interests of fine wine merchants, showing where there have been changes in the trade’s interests each year. Firsts still first The Bordeaux First Growths continue…

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Japan Overtakes Germany in Champagne Export Market

Japan has overtaken Germany in export volumes of champagne for the first time in history, according to recent data provided by Comité Champagne. Japan imported 12.8m bottles between 2016-17, which is a 21.3% increase on the previous year, leapfrogging them above Germany into third place. “Over the past 20 years, Japan has produced 3,000 sommeliers…

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Champagne shipments for 2017

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…

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Champagne Review: Comte de Senneval Champagne

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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The Golden Globes 2018 and Moët & Chandon

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,…

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Champagne Tips and Trends for the Holiday Season — Liz Palmer  

Whether you’re clinking glasses at a festive reception or toasting with family over turkey dinner, there’s nothing quite like a glass of Champagne at Christmas! Glamorous, festive and celebratory – here are some champagne tips to get the party started. 1. Champagne only comes from the Champagne region which is north east of France, or…

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“Christmas Kiss” Champagne Cocktail created by Liz Palmer

“Christmas Kiss” Ingredients 〜2 round ice cubes (made with Harrods Lemmon grass tea and 3-4 pink peppercorns) 〜3 oz brut Champagne 〜½ tsp of confit de champagne a la rose 〜Fresh rosemary sprigs 〜Champagne coupe Instructions Place two ice cubes into a chilled Champagne coupe, add ½ tsp of confit de champagne a la rose,…

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Press Release: Liz Palmer’s website ranks as one of the top Champagne sites

Toronto, November 29, 2017/PRNewswire/ — Industry professionals have ranked Liz Palmer’s website (www.liz-palmer.com) as one of the “Top Forty Champagne Websites” on the web. Chosen from thousands of top Champagne websites and blogs Feedspot used analytics, indexing and social metrics, with data being refreshed once a week. The awards were announced Friday, November 24th. Websites…

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SIX WAYS YOU CAN CELEBRATE CHAMPAGNE DAY ON OCTOBER 20TH, 2017

This is one of my favorite events of the year!  Wine lovers around the world raise a flute or two to the quintessential wine of celebration. The eighth annual “Global Champagne Day” takes place this year October 20, 2017.  Its exclusively a global social media event. Here are some ideas to celebrate this unique sparkling…

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Champagne Review Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé Champagne

        Varietal:     100% Pinot Noir Region:      Champagne Producer:   Laurent-Perrier Group Style:         Rich and Complex Alcohol:     12% The maceration on the skins for three days provides this glorious pink color with tinges of orange; displays aromas of raspberry, red currant, cherry and citrus; on the palate – intense fruit…

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Toronto Champagne Workshop: Learn About Rose Champagne

  Not only is Rosé Champagne popular, it is sophisticated and carefully crafted! At its best it combines yeasty complexity with supple fruitiness (from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes). Each champagne house has its own approach to this delightful wine style.  We will be tasting two side-by-side in this very popular workshop. To highlight…

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Toronto Champagne Workshop: From Terroir to Wine

Join award winning Author, Liz Palmer for unique champagne experiences! Liz has created a series of introductory workshops for wine enthusiasts which will stimulate your mind and your all your senses.  The first one is From Terroir To Wine Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Fine Wine Reserve 439 King Street West Toronto,…

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Perrier-Jouët Wins 2 Golds at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships for its magnums Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2004 and Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé

The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships is the most respected, comprehensive and rigorous international sparkling wine competition in the world. The 2017 edition attracted entries from 29 countries, which was more than ever before. Perrier-Jouët is very proud to have been awarded by the judges two Gold medals for two magnums: Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque…

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2017 Champagne Harvest

The Comité Champagne have announced the yield for the Champagne harvest is 10,800 kg per hectare including 500kg per hectare to be unblocked from the reserves. The Minister of Agriculture recently announced that the French wine harvest would be ‘historically low’. Yields in some wine making areas such as Bordeaux and the Jura have been…

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Champage Lanson releases limited edition Music Box

Champagne Lanson is releasing an audacious and elegant Music Box that combines the visual elements of the Lanson brand with a unique concept that enables an amplified sound when paired with a smartphone. The result is a case which doubles as a portable speaker. With a special resonance system, this new Music Box packaging allows…

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WINE REVIEW: RUINART ROSÉ

BLEND – VINIFICATION: Blend constructed on a base of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, mostly classified as Premiers Crus with 20 to 25% coming from wines reserved from the 2 previous years. 45% of the Chardonnay is from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims vineyards 55% of the Pinot Noir is from the Montagne…

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WINE REVIEW: RUINART BLANC DE BLANCS

The blend is 100% Chardonnay from various years (20 to 25% of which are wines reserved from the 2 previous years). A large majority of Premiers Crus from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims vineyards for aromatic refinement, supplemented by Sézannais wines known to provide maturity. Finally, several wines from the north of…

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Champagne-Lovers: Dom Pérignon Has Now Launched an On-Demand Delivery Service

[c attid=”5986″ aption id=”attachment_5986″ align=”alignleft” width=”1600″] (PRNewsfoto/Dom Pérignon)[/caption]Dom Pérignon now offers to consumers in selected areas of the U.S., starting with Miami and New York, the ability to purchase its vintages directly via their website: www.domperignon.com The sales will be made by licensed retailers, facilitated by third-party technology and delivery service Thirstie, through its independent…

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Champagne News: 2017 Harvest

At a meeting this past week in Epernay, CIVC, Champagne growers and houses agreed to set the available yield for the 2017 harvest at “10,800 kilograms per hectare, including 500 kg/ha to be released from the “reserve”. This decision is based on favorable agronomic prospects, to date estimated between 10,000 and 11,000 kg/ha, with a…

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Champagne Review: Baron-Fuenté NV Grands Cépages Chardonnay

Liz Palmer Champagne ReviewThis is Baron-Fuenté’s top wine. Light gold hue with expressive nose intermixing aromas of pear, nuts and citrus fruit; the palate is well-balanced; the minerality is palpable with a zingy edge and lemon-zest flavors which flow through to a long palate. Pair with: This fruity well-balanced champagne will be ideal with turbot…

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Dom Pérignon Pop-Up at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, is celebrating summer in style with the launch of an exclusive Dom Pérignon Pop Up Bar in the Hotel’s lush garden. Located in the hotel’s garden among the bougainvilleas, rosebays and hibiscus, the Dom Pérignon Pop Up Bar offers an ideal setting to enjoy a pre-dinner or post-dinner…

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Champagne is on a strong upswing in the U.S. market

Propelled by a new generation of highly aspirational consumers, Champagne is on a strong upswing in the U.S. market. Depletions have accelerated each of the past two years, advancing by 5% in 2016 to surpass 1.4 million cases, according to Impact Databank. Meanwhile, shipment value has exploded. Since 2010, Champagne shipments to the U.S. have…

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The Ultimate Guide To Champagne – Book Award Updates!

Liz Palmer AuthorOver the last few months I’ve mentioned various awards that my first book “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” has been up for. Here is some more news I want to share with you! My book has won the National Award for the best French Wine Book at the Gourmand World Awards 2017. The…

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Moët & Chandon Champagne 6-Packs

Just in time for wedding season and Memorial Day weekend, Moët & Chandon just released its first 6-pack of mini champagne bottles (137mL bottles) of its classic Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne. Tasting notes include a blend that’s crisp, fresh, smooth, and easy to drink with light body and fruity notes. This release is currently…

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Veuve Clicquot introduces Extra Brut Extra Old Champagne

Veuve Clicquot recently unveiled Extra Brut Extra Old champagne. This happens to be the brand’s novel low-dosage cuvée and an “exclusive expression of Yellow Label”. The international launch event for the cuvée was hosted a few weeks ago by cellar master Dominique Demarville, who announced that the new creation is a result of the richness…

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The Official #Champagne Experience Day – London

I attended the Europe largest Champagne tasting event on Wednesday 29th March, which has been rebranded as “The Official #Champagne Experience Day”.    “Invite Only”, it was held at Central Saint Martins, King’s Cross, London. It was very-well laid out with over 70 Champagne brands participating.  New for 2017, the Champagne Bureau UK set up free-pour…

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Global Champagne Shipments for 2016

Today, the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne released its sales and shipment results for the Champagne sector in 2016. Here is the list of the top markets for 2016, along with some findings: Champagne exports continues to progress, especially outside Europe; Consumers are diversifying their tastes and turning to Rosé Champagne and Prestige Cuvées…

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CHAMPAGNE AFFECTED BY CHARDONNAY SHORTAGE

During the London launch last week of Dom Ruinart 2006 and Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004, Ruinart’s Chef de Cave, Frédéric Panaïotis said that supply was now being constrained by the amount of Chardonnay grapes it could source for the house – a specialist in Blanc de Blancs Champagnes. “Everything is going well but my boss…

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Queen Elizabeth Ends Every Day with a Glass of Champagne

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning English monarch, ends each night with a glass of champagne. Her majesty’s cousin Margaret Rhodes reports that Elizabeth II drinks at least one glass of champagne before bed. The exact brand of her nightly libation is unknown, it’s almost certainly one of the eight brands that have been granted royal…

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Heidsieck’s “Champagne Charlie” is making a come back

Under EPI ownership, Charles Heidsieck is planning to resurrect its prestige cuvée called Champagne Charlie, which was axed in 1985 when Rémy Martin bought the brand. Champagne Charlie was launched with the 1979 vintage, and was named after the founder of the house, Charles-Camille Heidsieck, known as Champagne Charlie. According Stephen Leroux, “Champagne Charlie will…

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THE COMITÉ CHAMPAGNE’S LONDON TASTING GETS NEW NAME AND NEW VENUE

Françoise Peretti, Director of the UK Champagne Bureau has confirm that the Annual Champagne Tasting has now been rebranded as “The Official #Champagne Experience Day.”  The event is officially planned for March 29 and will be held at the art and design college Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross. The venue has good natural light with…

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PIPER-HEIDSIECK RETURNS TO THE 2017 OSCARS WITH LIMITED EDITION MAGNUMS

  On the heels of yesterday’s 89th Oscars nominations announcement, Piper-Heidsieck, the revered Champagne house, announced its return to the red carpet as the Champagne to be served during the 2017 Academy Awards season. To honor this partnership, Piper-Heidsieck has created a limited-edition magnum to be poured exclusively at the ceremony and Governors Ball. An exceptional…

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CHAMPAGNE SHIPMENTS DROP 2%

Champagne shipped a total of 306.6 million bottles in 2016, a decline of 2% from 2015. According to the estimates released by Comité Champagne this past week, Champagne shipments worldwide, including the French market, fell by 6 million bottles in the past 12 months compared to the same period in 2015, when the region shipped…

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Champagne Cheers! Drinking Champagne Is Surprisingly Good For You

The list of the benefits of champagne is long and keeps growing. Already well-known as heart healthy, champagne in moderation might help you lose weight, reduce forgetfulness, boost your immunity, and help prevent bone loss. Here are six reasons to stock up on champagne for the holiday season: Heart Health Champagne is just as healthy…

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Book Review: Liz Palmer’s The Ultimate Guide To Champagne

There is much more to champagne than the drink – Champagne is named after the region where it is grown, fermented and bottled. Liz Palmer’s essential guide takes you to this region, explores its culture and honours its history. Unlike any other book about Champagne, The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is the most comprehensive and visually…

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Champagne Announces 2016 Harvest Dates

  The Champagne region has announced the start dates for the 2016 harvest.  Commencing today (September 12) through to September 26h there will be over 120,000 pickers, porters, loaders and press operators descend on the vineyards of Champagne for the harvest – the moment every winegrower has been waiting for. Each harvest is different in…

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Which Airline has the Best Wine? The Results.

Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited magazine for business and luxury travelers, has released their results of its 12th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition. The competition, held May 10, took place at INNSIDE New York Nomad. I was one of the judges who participated in the blind tasting of airlines’ white, red and…

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MOËT LAUNCHES ONE-HOUR CHAMPAGNE DELIVERY IN LONDON UK

Moët & Chandon has launched its one-hour delivery service of its “on the rocks” Ice Imperial Champagne in London only – sorry guys and gals! Londoners can now have a chilled bottle of Moët Ice Impérial or Moët Ice Impérial Rosé delivered to their doorstep within the hour accompanied by two glasses filled with ice.…

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 The U.S. Becomes Champagne’s Top Export Market

The Champagne category is bubbling over in the U.S. market, driven by a dynamic premiumization trend. With per-case value up 20% to over €300 ($334) last year, the U.S. overtook the U.K. as Champagne’s top export market by value in 2015. Champagne shipments to the U.S. leapt 28% to €515 million ($573m) for the year, surpassing…

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Champagne physicist Gérard Liger-Belair’s recent observations revealed in the Journal of Food Engineering

Gérard Liger-Belair a physics professor at the University of Reims and expert in effervescence and oenology released his latest report entitled: “Unveiling self-organized two-dimensional (2D) convective cells in champagne glasses” Fabien Beaumont, Gérard Liger-Belair , Guillaume Polidori – Laboratoire de Thermomécanique (GRESPI), UFR Sciences Exactes et Naturelles, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, BP 1039, 51687, Reims…

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The Official Champagne Grand Tasting Returns to Chicago

The Champagne region’s annual official tasting in the United States was held at the The Ivy Room, Chicago on February 29, 2016. US Trade and media attendees had the opportunity to taste more than 100 champagnes from 35 growers and houses. The event celebrates Champagne: the sparkling wine produced in the French region of the same name.…

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WHAT MAKES VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE SO SPECIAL?

Liz Palmer, and Delphine Veissiere PhD The Champagne region, which is an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlée) is based on two key characteristics: assuring place of origin of each product and its method of production. It’s not the largest wine-growing region, but it is the most famous. The region is divided into four main growing areas;…

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Champagne Sales Set for Record Year

Champagne sales are set for a record year, driven by solid demand from export markets, favorable currencies and stabilizing sales in France, the fizzy drink’s home market. Industry estimates gathered by Reuters showed that about 312 million bottles of the prestige sparkling wine will have been dispatched in 2015, a rise of between 2 and…

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KRUG RELEASES 2002 VINTAGE IN LONDON, UK

Champagne house Krug launched its 2002 vintage in London, UK this week, with cellar master Eric Lebel dubbing it “a purebred stallion” that needed to be reined in due to its “assertive” and “muscular” nature. Lebel revealed that the wines produced in 2002 had a clear identity from the outset. “From the very first tastings,…

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CHAMPAGNE SALES SET FOR RECORD YEAR

Champagne sales reached a record high in 2015. Sales were driven by a strong demand from export markets, favorable exchange rates and sales in France. According to estimates from news service Reuters, 312 million bottles were sold last year, up 2-3% on 2014, while value sales were up 4.4% to €4.7 billion. A flurry of…

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Dom Pérignon 2006

The release of the 2006 marks the first time in the grand cuvée’s nearly-90 year history that five consecutive vintages have been made. Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave says – “I am a lucky man! The first decade of the new millenium has been prodigious for Dom Pérignon. I feel it might attain the golden…

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360° Champagne Experience

The Comité Champagne has launched a global communications campaign which focuses on a 360° film. This immersive film offers the viewer a virtual reality tour of the Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars. It was announced on July 4th 2015 that the Champagne region was granted world heritage status by UNESCO: “hillsides, houses, and cellars” of…

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#TBT FIVE TOP CHAMPAGNE BRANDS BY GLOBAL SALES FOR 2014

2014 Champagne sales hit second highest total on record with over 308m bottles of Champagne being sold. This represent a 1% rise in global Champagne sales from 2013. The Comite Champagne, formerly the CIVC, also estimated that worldwide Champagne sales reached 4.5bn euros in value terms, up from 4.3bn euros in 2013 and the second…

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