News Release: Liz Palmer’s The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is now being recognized as the “The Champagne Bible for ALL wine lovers.”

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For Immediate Release 09/12/2016

 Liz Palmer’s The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is now being recognized as the “The Champagne Bible for ALL wine lovers.” 

Toronto, Canada: One of North America’s leading experts on Champagne, Liz Palmer wrote The Ultimate Guide To Champagne with a strong personal passion for Champagne and the region

This ground-breaking book has received critical acclaim by the industry and promises to wow the reader.

There is much more to champagne than the drink – Champagne is named after the region where it is grown, fermented and bottled.  This essential guide takes you to this region, explores its culture and honors its history.

The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is highly recommended for everyone, from beginners to experts.  It’s a remarkable point of reference into which any wine lover or professional can dip in and browse.

“The Champagne Bible for ALL wine lovers.”

Unlike any other book about Champagne, The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is the most comprehensive and visually stunning guide you’ll ever come across – in these pages you’ll discover: 316 pages including over 220 Engaging Photos, Maps, Detailed Charts, and Historical Anecdotes.

Liz Palmer’s The Ultimate Guide To Champagne has garnered praise from numerous influential wine journalists, and other industry peers:

“Liz, What a beautiful book!”

Frédéric Mairesse — Managing Director, Champagne Barons de Rothschild

“Liz, What a huge and fantastic work! Your book is a perfect achievement. Very complete, beautifully designed, clear and well written. It will be a “must have” for wine lovers but not only them. Sure it will have the biggest success. My warmest congratulations for this remarkable contribution to Champagne prestige.”
Representative of Comité Champagne
“Amongst well-known champagne authors like Michael Edwards and Tom Stevenson from the UK we can now add Liz Palmer from Canada. The ‘Ultimate Guide to Champagne’ is so comprehensive that Liz must has lived and worked like a monk the past years when she wrote it.

The ‘Ultimate Guide to Champagne’ has 22 chapters and three appendices. Nothing has been taken for granted – All facts have been checked and double checked. The book has topics on sustainability, economics, wine tourism, harvest, women in champagne,  etiquette and style –  whatever you are looking for, you will find it in this book!

It is well-written and is perfect for your nightstand! If it’s not on your nightstand, put it somewhere so you have easy access! I really loved it!”
Dr. Charlotte van Zummeren WA – winebusiness.nl,
International Wine Judge – Netherlands

“You can judge this book by its cover. The title might be considered a hostage to fortune but it is not an idle boast, this really is a thorough and complete guide to Champagne the region and champagne the wine. You can ‘cover-judge’ it further by the simple, stylish design, which heralds similar style in the layout and presentation of every page that follows. It’s classy and elegant, easy on the eye and easy to navigate too.

Liz Palmer is clearly an enthusiast whose love for all things champagne shines through on every page. That enthusiasm has served her well, for the task of researching and collating such a massive compendium of facts and figures, tales and anecdotes must have been daunting. To then present it in such a user-friendly fashion is another achievement. The Ultimate Guide is never weighty or intimidating, you can open it at any page, dip in for five minutes – which will turn into an hour – and each time you will come up with another nugget: a fun fact, a historical anecdote, the name of a favoured restaurant, a good place to stay a few nights.

This is not an in-depth treatise weighed down with tinder dry statistics and the like, but rather an impressive assemblage of information and detail that is particularly suited to anybody planning to visit the region. It is commendably thorough and in time it will surely find a place on the bookshelves of all champagne enthusiasts. Liz Palmer’s Ultimate Guide to Champagne does exactly what it says on the tin. And then some.”
Raymond Blake — Wine Editor, Food & Wine Magazine, Ireland & Author, Breakfast in Burgundy.

“Your book is really impressive – Through this book Liz shows us that the economic success of Champagne is based on passionate people, a long history,  landscapes and cities, a real and special “art de vivre!”
After reading this book you will never taste a glass of Champagne the same way”
Thierry Sabon
Président de la Fédération des Syndicats de Producteurs de l’AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape

“This is an invaluable reference for the serious student as well as the everyday wine lover, filled as it is with vital statistics and fun facts. Liz has put an enormous amount of work into this book and has striven to include all sorts of information such as places to stay and eat which makes this a one-stop shop, a must-carry for anyone travelling to the region. There is a wealth of information on the region, and the problems it faces, as well as advice on buying, storing and serving and much, much more besides.

I have to confess that I reviewed the soft-copy of this so I don’t know how much it actually weighs but it must be close to being worth its weight in gold in terms of the information contained therein. Well done, Liz – now take a well-earned rest with a glass of some of the finest bubbles you have in your cellar!”
Dermot Nolan MW (Master of Wine) – Dublin

“What a titanic work you’ve done putting this book together! Everything and more that one needs to know about Champagne!”

The Ultimate Guide to Champagne is exhilarating like ten million Champagne bubbles in your glass. Unlike many books of its genre, the guide urges for action, be it opening a bottle or planning a journey to the world’s most fabulous wine region. Liz Palmer’s fact-packed pages feature plenty of practical tips, curiosities and even style advice ensuring that the book will be a Champagne lover’s best companion on many different occasions.”
Eleonora Scholes, spaziovino.com, Publisher
Member of The Grand Jury Européen – Russia

“That’s what I called The Ultimate Guide! This book must inspire both amateurs and professionals. One could start reading any page and end up by the whole book. From history, science facts and health benefits through tourism and collecting to christening boats, corporate functions, weddings… Vinously good buy!”
Dr. Martin Kristek – Czech Republic

Critics and wine lovers hailed the first book by Liz Palmer, as one of the best Champagne books on the market.

The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is available on Amazon, Kindle, and select book stores.

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For further information, images, electronic or hard copy, please contact Liz Palmer at liz@liz-palmer.com or visit www.liz-palmer.com.

Note to editors:

The Ultimate Guide To Champagne was published by Liz Palmer Media Group October 2016 Paris, New York and Toronto, Canada.

The book designer is Paris-based agency Hachetag Co. www.hachetag.com

 

 

 

 

 

My Interview with Ange Aiello of iYellow Wine Club

picture1Taking Champagne with Madame Champenoise 

Liz Palmer graced the Wine Angels with her presence in the Cave (Toronto) last month to toast to the release of her new book The Ultimate Guide to Champagne. Liz’s love affair with wine began nine years ago, as she made the transition from law to a studying Somm. As we sipped, savoured, and yes, SABERED in her honour, it became apparent that we could all agree that no matter the question – Champagne is ALWAYS the answer. As we poured ourselves some champers and settled into chat – Liz told us about her continued book tour plans (Paris, New York and Toronto), and how she will soon be launching her own Champagne brand- How cool! Liz is fondly known as the “Queen of Champagne”, but we call her “Madame Champenoise”!

If you could describe the purpose of your book in one sentence, what would it be?

The Champagne Bible

Do you consider yourself a Champagne purist?

I’m a purist when it comes to vintage Champagne, but I am still open minded. There are people in France who don’t believe that you should cook with Champagne. Then, there is the topic of decanting Champagne, it does change the taste and effect the bubbles – true purists don’t agree with decanting.

What was the very first Champagne you drank in the region? 

Drappier Champagne from the Aube region. Champagne has been produced by the Drappier family for eight generations and I’ve have the honour to meet and taste with three generations Andre, Michel and Charline. I just fell in love with their wines when I visited them several years ago. They a “champagne table” that holds your champagne glass and purse – what else do you need.

What is your favourite Champagne?

The 1998 Dom Pérignon, I tasted with the chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy and a sommelier in a private intimate tasting experience a few years ago –  It was memorable! (Find it in the LCBO here)

Is there another female that inspires you?

It’s difficult naming one, but Maggie Henríquez, the CEO of Krug stands out, she is quite a dynamic woman. There are more females in ownership, management and board roles than ever before. I’ve interviewed quite a few of these women and have mentioned a few of them in my book “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” (even our very own Angela Aiello).

What is your favourite wine pairing?

Oysters and champagne –there is nothing better!

What are you wearing if Champagne is the perfect accessory?

Either an elegant evening gown or a bathrobe.

If you were talking to someone who didn’t know anything about Champagne, what would be the key thing you would want to tell them? 

Two things – firstly, how to shop for champagne, and secondly how to taste it.

When you’re not writing, or drinking Champagne, where are you and what’s in your glass?

I love Chablis. I also been going in between Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. During the spring time I focus on Provence rosé.

And the final question – have you ever sabered!?! And tell us about your experience.

I’m a beginner – I just bought my first saber from Reims, France and it is a Laguiole brand. I’ve been practicing off the back of my boat!

Liz’s champagne and wine adventures! Follow me on Instagram here!

Champagne Cheers! Drinking Champagne Is Surprisingly Good For You

imgresThe 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 as a glass of red wine. Most of the champagne production is made from red and white grapes which contains resveratrol. This is an important antioxidant that prevents damage to your blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol, and prevents blood clots.

Champagne also contains polyphenol antioxidants, which further protects the heart. This helps to reduce the risk of heart problems and strokes.

It can lower your risk of diabetes

A 2009 study in Canada showed that all wines, including champagne, can lower your risk of contracting diabetes by 13%.

It can prevent dementia

A glass or two of champagne has been known to prevent the onset of dementia. Some recent research found that the risk was almost halved for those who drank moderately.

It will keep you sharp

Research from the University of Columbia has shown that champagne contains proteins that are beneficial for your short-term memory. As well, a study from Reading University in 2013 states that three glasses of bubbles per week can help improve it.

It boosts your mood

We all know that light-headed buzz that you get from a glass of Champagne. It’s not just because of the alcohol, champagne contains magnesium, potassium and zinc which are all natural mood boosters.

Calories

Champagne contains less calories than red and white wine. A standard flute of champagne contains approximately 80 calories; whereas red and white wine which around120 calories per glass.

Champagne is good for you in moderation, of course!

From the famous words of Sir Winston Churchill:

“A single glass of Champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration..a bottle produces the opposite.”