Comité Champagne launches (free) online course for trade professionals

The platform www.champagne-mooc.com offers insights designed for trade professionals who want to improve their knowledge of presenting, tasting, and selling Champagne. There are two versions available: the Classic Version and the Premium Version.  The courses are aimed at sommeliers, wine merchants, buyers, and sales representatives.

The Classic version, which is free, provides access to four educational modules: the Champagne making process; the Champagne terroir; the history and economy of Champagne; and diversity and tasting.

The Premium version costs E49 and has the same four education modules offered on the Classic course,  with additional content including extra videos, a test to assess the delegate’s knowledge, and the option to receive an official statement of completion.

The total course runs for less than five hours and the platform is available 7/24, with the option to start and pause at any time. The platform is available in both French and English with the possibility of subtitles in German, English, Chines, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Russian.

Champagne Sales 2018: Record High of €4.9 billion

Total volume of Champagne shipments declined by 1.8% in 2018 to 301.9 million bottles, with a total turnover reaching €4.9 billion – 0.3% higher than in 2017.

As reported by the Comité Champagne at Prowein today, exports of Champagne are on an upward trajectory, rising by 0.6% in volume and 1.8% in revenue.

In Champagne’s more traditional markets of France and the UK, which together account for 60% of total sales, volumes dropped by around 4% each, while by value turnover slipped by around 2% in both markets.

The UK market, which remains the largest export market by volume, imported 26.7m bottles in 2018, a decline of 3.6%, while value reached €406.2m, a drop of 2.2% – making it the second biggest export market by value after the USA.

However, demand is most dynamic beyond the European Union. The USA, which remains the biggest export market by value and second biggest by volume, saw exports rise by 2.7% to 23.7 million bottles. To Japan, exports increased by 5.5% to 13.6 million bottles, while exports to the “Chinese triangle” (mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) increased by 9.1% to 4.7 million bottles.

Following very significant growth over the past decade (+134%), Australia saw imports of Champagne dip slightly, by 1.8%, to 8.4m bottles, which was attributed to a “less favourable exchange rate”.

Other countries are emerging stronger for Champagne, including Canada which increased its imports by 4.8% to 2.3 million bottles, Mexico by 4.3% to 1.7m bottles, and South Africa, where sales topped the million-bottle mark for the very first time, recording growth of 38.4% by volume and by 43.4% by value – the highest increase of any market on both counts.

“The 2018 results validate the value creation strategy of the Champagne region, based on a continual pursuit of exceptional quality and rigorous environmental targets,” the Comité Champagne said. “From an agronomic point of view, 2018 was an unprecedented year with a bumper harvest of outstanding quality, boding extremely well for the future Champagne cuvées.”

Champagne shipments* over the past 10 years:

2018: 301.9m

2017: 307.3m

2016: 306.1m

2015: 313m

2014: 307m

2013: 305m

2012: 309m

2011: 323m

2010: 319m

2009: 293m

Source:  Drinks Business and Just Drinks

“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, add 3 ozs of brut Champagne and garnish with a rosemary sprig.
Enjoy!

Note:
Pink peppercorns are not true peppercorns, they are ripe berries from the Brazilian pepper tree. Because they are the same shape and size as true peppercorns and are marketed under “pink peppercorn.”

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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

Toronto Champagne Event: Japanese Food + Champagne – The Perfect Pairing!

Join us for a “Champagne Social’ and get some tips on pairing Japanese food with Champagne from leading Champagne expert Liz Palmer.

You will learn which champagne styles pair with sushi, sashimi and other Japanese cuisine, while sipping a champagne cocktail. You will see that “Japanese food comes alive with Champagne!” and that “Champagne is far more versatile as a food wine!”

After a brief seminar on tasting, we will be pairing 2-3 champagne styles with Japanese food.

Date: October 17, 2017  

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm 

Location: The Fine Wine Reserve, Toronto 

Registration: Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toronto-wine-event-japanese-food-and-champagne-the-perfect-pairing-tickets-38504408723?aff=es2

Twice a month, we offer you the opportunity to learn about champagne in a tasting guided by Award Winning Author and Dame Chevalier, Liz Palmer.

Next up:  

  • Champagne and Chocolate – [November 7 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm]; and
  • Creating Champagne Cocktails for the Holidays – [November 21 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm]

Do you have questions about Champagne Workshops + Corporate Events?   
You can reach me at: liz@liz-palmer.com