Posts Tagged ‘Liz Palmer’

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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George Brown College Inaugural Wine Symposium – June 25

This year’s theme will focus on The Business of Wine in the new Global Economy: An exploration of trends in the World of Wine. On June 25th, George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts brings together a renowned group of wine industry leaders for an in-depth look at The Business of Wine in…

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SOTHEBY’S INTRODUCES ‘INSTANT’ FINE WINE CELLARS

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…

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2017 Bordeaux Futures Prices + Analysis

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…

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The Ultimate Guide to Champagne is now available at La Cité du Vin’s “Reading Room” as a Champagne Reference

I’m honoured to announce that my book “The Ultimate Guide to Champagne” is now available at La Cité du Vin’s “Reading Room” reference library 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, historic, artistic and anthropological works relating to the…

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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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Terroir and Origin Are the Heart of Cognac’s New Visual Identity

The words “Cognac France” in a timelessly elegant font, are written over a rich, earth-tone image in the exact shape of the Cognac region; these are the essential elements of the Cognac appellation’s new visual identity. This logo reminds us that this inimitable and world-famous beverage is a product of one, and only one, place. Unveiled worldwide on November 14, the new…

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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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Toronto Event – Champagne Tips For the Holidays

  “Tis the Season for Champagne! Join us at The Fine Wine Reserve for our first Annual Holiday Event!   Champagne + Cognac + French Pastries + Appetizers + Chocolate   Champagne Food Pairing Tips + Recipes + Christmas Music by Robert Roland Further details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toronto-wine-event-champagne-tips-for-the-holidays-by-liz-palmer-tickets-38507123844

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Louis Roederer Releases Cristal Vinothèque

Champagne Louis Roederer has released the first of its limited edition, extra-aged Cristal, known as ‘Vinothèque’. The release covers both the 1995 brut and 1996 rosé, which were disgorged over 10 years ago but then kept back in Roederer’s cellars for further aging. The Vinothèque wines have a slightly lower dosage of 7g/l compared with…

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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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Wine Review: La Crema Sonoma Coast 2015 Pinot Noir 

  Varietal:        Pinot Noir (100%? Region:          Sonoma Coast Producer:      La Crema Winery Alcohol:         13.9% This wine exhibits a deep ruby color with promising aromas of red cherry, blackberry and red pepper with some hints of spice; in the mouth, it offers multi-layers flavors of berries, plums,…

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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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Champagne Review: J. de Telmont Grand Rose Brut

J. de Telmont This Champagne is produced in Damery in the Marne Valley by J. de Telmont, one of the last Champagne houses to be family-owned and operated. Currently the House is headed by Bertrand Lhopital. With his sister Pascale, and his brother-in-law Philippe, the fourth Lhopital generation is working to keep J. de Telmont’s…

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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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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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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 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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Wine Review: Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Le pas de L’Aigle, 2013

Varietal/s: Grenache, Syrah   Region: Gigondas, France Producer: Pierre Amadieu  Alcohol: 14.5% Character: Rich and intense Vintage: 2013 Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Le pas de L’Aigle has a deep ruby color; it exudes aromas of black raspberry, plum and spicecake; on the palate red and dark berry flavors, with some pepper notes are framed by supple tannins that…

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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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Piper-Heidsieck To Launch Essentiel

Piper-Heidsieck is launching a cuvee this September aimed at the champagne connoisseur and will be exclusive to the UK on-trade and select wine merchants. Essentiel is a low-dosage offering at 5g/l compared to the Brut NV at 9/10g/l, and has received an additional 12-18 months of ageing. Additional information will be displayed on the label,…

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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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Wine Review: Montecillo Crianza 2011

Varietals: Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano (10%) Region: Rioja, Spain Producer: Bodegas Montecillo SA Alcohol: 13.5% This deep ruby wine features medium woody, spicy and fruity aromas; on the palate are flavors of cedar, vanilla and sweet, jammy red and black fruits; fleshy tannins with long length. Suggested Food Pairing This is a versatile food wine. Enjoy with…

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Wine Review: Lamberti Santepietre Pinot Grigio

Varietal: 85% Pinot grigio; 15% complementary grapes Region: Veneto, Italy Producer: Lamberti Alcohol: 12% Pale lemon hue; bouquet of delicate fruits and flowers with hits of honey; refreshing, well balanced with exotic fruits and apples on the palate precede a medium finish. Suggested Food Pairing Light hors-d’oeuvres, fish, cold white meats  liz-palmer.com – June 18,…

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Wine Review: Bodega Norton 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon (100%) Region: Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. Producer: Bodega Norton Alcohol: 13.6% Deep ruby-red in color; with aromas of blackberry and red pepper with hints of spice; dry with full body, balanced acidity and firm structure; ripe black fruit is enhanced by notes of vanilla and black pepper, with flavours lingering on…

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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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Champagne Lanson releases special sleeves for Wimbledon

With Wimbledon fast approaching Champagne Lanson has released special promotional items. Champagne Lanson has been a longtime sponsor for Wimbledon and special for 2017 Champagne Lanson is promoting its 75cl Black and Rosé Labels with special sleeves imitating the iconic Wimbledon courts, with white lines and labels. Champagne Lanson travel retail director Olivier de La…

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CHAMPAGNE CASTELNAU UNVEILS NEW LOOK

Champagne Castelnau showcased its new branding last week, which aims to appeal to a younger audience, at the UK market launch in London. The repackaging takes on a much more minimalist look, which is designed to give the house a more contemporary feel. While the new logo comprises of two linked letter Cs for Champagne…

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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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Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2015  – Wine Review

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2015   Wine Review Lush tropical fruit integrated with some citrus notes. These flavors are carried through to the palate with some hints of vanilla spice to round out the long, lingering finish. Recommended Food Pairings: White meats, brie, goat cheese, parmesan, butter and cream sauces. Notes: America’s #1 selling Chardonnay…

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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 Ultimate Guide to Champagne Book Review by Zis Parras Ph.D.

This book is an excellent resource for the wine enthusiast and novice alike. Liz Palmer has truly written the ultimate guide to Champagne. This book covers all the key points about Champagne from the history, business, gastronomy, tourism, and many references to Champagne in popular culture. Palmer describes the region of Champagne with a level…

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Book Review: Anna Thompson, Sommelier

The Ultimate Guide to Champagne by Liz Palmer confirms its title as the best achievable book on Champagne of its kind. It sparkles with details in both facts and visuals and is easily browsed through or read in depth. Her creative approach in the layout reveals that Champagne is about much more than the region…

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“The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” is now available on global markets

Liz Palmer’s “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” is now available in additional global markets. Including Canada and USA, the new markets include UK, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy. The book can be ordered online through Amazon and Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0991894634 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0991894634 http://www.amazon.de/dp/0991894634 http://www.amazon.es/dp/0991894634 http://www.amazon.fr/dp/0991894634 http://www.amazon.it/dp/0991894634 https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Guide-Champagne-Liz-Palmer/dp/ About “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” There is much more…

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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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Another Five Star Review – The Ultimate Guide to Champagne

“What a grand accomplishment, Liz.  There is so much practical information in your book that I do not find in other books about Champagne.  So much so that I cannot think of any aspect of Champagne you do not cover.  Not only do you give the reader the basics of Champagne, its history and buying and serving tips…

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Anteprima Amarone – The 2013 Vintage

 The Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella is happy to announce the countdown for Anteprima Amarone – the 2013 Vintage. The event will take place at the beautiful and historical Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona, from January 28th to the 30th. The three days include: January 28 is press day, January 29 is reserved…

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