Moet Launches “Moet Ice Imperial”

Moet & Chandon has just launched a Champagne designed to be served over ice.

Moet Ice Imperial is a new assemblage made of 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. The Champagne is demi-sec and it has had successful trials in the USA, France and Germany.

Chef de Cave Benoit Gouez describes Moet Ice Imperial: “An aromatic intensity strikes immediately with tropical fruit aromas and hints of soft spices and aromatic plants such as blackcurrant and peppermint. The attack in the mouth is ample and fleshy, with a rich explosion of fruit and sweet aromas such as toffee or quince jelly. Then the acidity emerges for a refreshing finish with notes of grapefruit and ginger. The rich structure offers a hint of sweetness, and stands up against dilution while catering to all palates.”

London’s May Fair Hotel Launches “150” Champagne Experience

May Fair Hotel has recently launched a new Champagne initiative called “150”, named after the measurement of a magnum of champagne.

The 5-star hotel, located in the eponymous May Fair district in London’s West End, has created the service in partnership with Moët Hennessy UK.

Under the new offering, guests can enjoy premium magnums of vintage champagnes paired with a menu of small plate dining from the hotel’s Chef Patron Silvena Rowe.

Hotel General Manager, Anthony Lee, said: “The May Fair has always been a high profile place and the place to be seen.”

The idea behind “150” is to provide an exclusive experience by offering magnum bottle service of premium champagne paired with a carefully selected menu by Chef Patron Silvena Rowe.

Amongst the lavish food and champagne combinations are the Dom Pérignon Vintage Rosé 1998 for 12 guests, featuring four magnums of Dom Pérignon coupled with four canapés for each guest, priced at £4,400.

The May Fair Hotel
Stratton Street,
W1J 8LT,
United Kingdom
44 (0)20 7629 7777

Narcisse Tea & Champagne Lounge: Pairing Tea or Champagne with a Scottsdale Twist

Offering the tradition of a spot of tea or a flute of Champagne with a Scottsdale twist is Narcisse Tea & Champagne Lounge, located in the Scottsdale Quarter.

“Champagne is wine with bubbles,” states Narcisse’s co-owner Tom Zummo who has travelled the world and brought the idea of pairing high quality tea with the sophistication of champagne.

With over 125 Champagnes by-the-bottle to choose from (including non-vintage, vintage, grower-producer, prestige cuvées, and rosé) and over 65 Champagnes by-the-glass.

With a relaxing day vibe comes a hip evening with DJ’s and the popping sounds of champagne. Nothing says celebration like the bubbles of champagne or the soothing scents of teas.

Price: ***

Neighbourhood: Scottsdale, AZ

Cross Street: Scottsdale and Greenway/Hayden

Executive Chef: Nate Wood

Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International

Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Dress Code: Smart Casual



Narcisse Tea & Champagne Lounge
At The Scottsdale Quarter
15257 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale AZ
(480) 588-2244

World’s Millionaire Ranks Seen Soaring Through 2020

The rich keep getting richer, both in the United States and especially in the world’s emerging markets.

Public and private investments controlled by the richest families are expected to more than double in value to $202 trillion (122.66 trillion pounds) by 2020, from $92 trillion this year, according to survey of millionaires in 25 countries by Deloitte LLP.

Meanwhile the ranks of families with more than a million dollars will also increase, by two-thirds to 55.5 million in the developed world. They will more than double to 10 million in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil.

Still, Deloitte predicts the bulk of the world’s wealthiest families will continue to be found in the United States and Europe, despite the wealth management industry’s obsession with emerging markets.

“There’s no question these markets are of fundamental importance over the long term, but wealth managers can’t overlook the value of their home base,” said Andrew Freeman, executive director of the Deloitte Centre for Financial Services.

Deloitte notes that China, Brazil, Russia and other emerging markets are minting new millionaires at a faster rate than established markets, powered by economic expansion, commodity prices and development.

Across 10 emerging markets, millionaire household wealth is seen tripling to $25 trillion from $7 trillion this year. By 2020 China will likely join the ranks of the top 10 richest economies with $3.6 trillion of wealth.

India’s average millionaire would be wealthier than the average American millionaire.

Among emerging markets, Deloitte expects China to continue to be the driving force in the growth of millionaire wealth, followed by Brazil and Russia. In the developed markets, Australia and Singapore will have the fastest growth rate of millionaire households.

Millionaires in Singapore, a hub for wealth management in the Far East, may surpass Switzerland as the world’s highest per millionaire wealth by 2015 with $4.5 million, according to the study, conducted by Oxford Economics.

That said, the United States is likely to remain home to the most millionaires, doubling to 20 million households by 2020 from this year. The total wealth among U.S. millionaires will reach $87 trillion by 2020, an annual growth rate of 9 percent.

As a result, Deloitte’s Freeman said banks, brokers and trusts have plenty of growth opportunities in states like California, Florida and New Jersey, which has the greatest density of U.S. millionaires.

Wealth in the study includes financial assets (stocks, bonds, and other investments) and nonfinancial assets including primary residence, durables, business equity and other assets.


For Mother’s Day, the Answer Is Dry Rosé from Provence

Honor the women in your life this Mother’s Day with a glass or two of dry rosé wine from the Provence region of France. Provence is the birthplace of dry rosé and the world’s leading rosé region. Made from red grapes, rosé from Provence are elegant wines – they have the body of red wine and the crispness of white. They are refreshing, very versatile, and pair well with a variety of cuisines.

“Wine aficionados know that dry rosés from Provence are celebratory wines, and Mother’s Day is one of those perfect occasions,” said Francois Millo, director of the CIVP/Provence Wine Council. Whether served with a casual brunch or a formal family dinner, rosé will complement the Mother’s Day meal from beginning to end – from poached salmon to ripe berries to rich chocolate truffles.

With the growing fashion in dry rosé, a bottle of Provençal rosé will enhance the day for wives, mothers, grandmothers, and aunts alike. “I’m delighted to see the rising appreciation for dry rosé from Provence on North American shores,” said Millo.

An affordable luxury, Provence rosé is typically priced between $12 and $20 per bottle, making it one of the best values in fine wine on the market today.