My Interview with Ange Aiello of iYellow Wine Club

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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!

Wine Review: 2014 La Crema Willamette Pinot Noir

2014 La Crema Willamette Pinot Noir
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Varietal:  Pinot Noir (100%)
Region:  Williamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Winery:  La Crema/Jackson Wine Estates International

Review by Liz Palmer

liz-palmer.com – November 27 2016

Rating: 90 points

This lush offering is a medium-bodied, satin-smooth Oregonian Pinot Noir that has classic aromas of fleshy ripe cherry and berry in a delicate frame work. Racy acidity on the palate – intense but polished.

Pairs well with grilled salmon, seared tuna, and roast beef.

VINTAGES Number: 385757   |   $38.95

 

 

 

 

Toronto Wine Lovers — The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is now available at Ben McNally Books

Toronto-based Wine Writer, Liz Palmer’s The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is now available at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto — “Toronto’s Most Beautiful Bookstore”

About 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.  This 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 stunning guide you’ll ever come across – in these pages you’ll discover:

Over 220 Engaging Photos, Maps, Detailed Charts, and Historical Anecdotes

How to Explore the Region

Grape Varieties and Styles

Grand Marques / Growers and Cooperatives, The Annual Viticulture Cycle, Harvest and Production, Champagne and Food Pairing Guides

How to Cook with Champagne

Recipes from Champagne Families

How to Taste and Identify Flavors

How to describe and Rate Champagne

How to Shop, Store and Serve

Champagne Etiquette & Style

Tips for Weddings

International Champagne Bars

The Economics of Champagne

Health Benefits

Science Facts

Extensive Glossaries

and much more…

 

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.

So pop open your favorite Champagne, pour yourself a glass, and start reading The Ultimate Guide To Champagne!

http://benmcnallybooks.com/

Wine Book Signing: Liz Palmer’s The Ultimate Guide To Champagne with BCCTC, BCBC and CNBPA – Toronto

img_0105-5 img_0098-2On November 15, 2016, I had an exceptional book signing at PJ O’Brien’s Pub – 9 Colborne St, Toronto.

The event was hosted by:

The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce [BCCTC];
Belgian Canadian Business Chamber [BCBC]; and
 Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association Inc. [CNBPA]

I’m very happy to say event was sold out!

I was elated and happy to see old friends and meet new BCCTC, BCBC and CNBPA members. In attendance were my dear friends Milo Vassallo, former Consulate General of Malta, Christian Frayssignes President of EUCCAN and VP of Belgian Canada Business Chamber, and Idalia Obregon, Executive Director of BCCTC.

The Quote of the night was The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is “The Champagne Bible for ALL wine lovers!”