ch bureauIn the same way that a Napa wine comes only from Napa Valley, California, Champagne comes only from Champagne, France. As of January 1, 2014, Canada joins the group of nations that put truth-in-labeling first.

This change in the law isolates the United States even more as over 45% of all sparkling wine are still mislabeled “Champagne.” This practice seeks to trade on the good name of another location, as well as mislead consumers. This deception is a problem for all winemakers who seek to differentiate their products by location.

Winemaking regions around the world rely on their place name (or Geographic Indication, or “GI,” as it is referred to in Europe) to differentiate themselves from other winemaking regions. Consumers rely on these names to choose their wine as the name reflects where it comes from, its quality and its specific characteristics.

Champagne produces about 300 million bottles a year, a small percentage of the approximately three billion bottles of sparkling wine that are sold worldwide every year. And producers throughout the world, including the United States, Australia, Italy and Spain, profitably produce and sell millions of bottles of sparkling wine without using the name “Champagne.”

Most countries have robust truth-in-labeling laws that protect consumers from being deceived by requiring the name of a wine’s location be reserved exclusively for the regions where the wine is produced and grown. As of January 1, 2014, Canada will become the latest country to join the global movement in support of robust truth-in-labeling laws on their wine labels.

Most Canadian wine producers stopped using “Champagne” and other wine growing place names (Sherry, Port, etc.) many years ago, but the January 1 milestone will make the change official. Canada will now join the majority of countries around the world – including the European Union, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa – that believe when consumers buy a bottle of wine, they should be able to rely on the truthfulness of the bottle’s label.

With Canada’s approaching change in law, there are very few countries which do not adequately protect Champagne’s name. While the United States has yet to ban mislabeled wines that misuse the name Champagne, many quality producers in the United States proudly and successfully use the term “sparkling wine” to describe their wines. We look forward to a time when the U.S. and others joining this growing body of countries which reserve the name Champagne exclusively for wines from Champagne, France.

Source: Champagne Bureau


UnknownA collection of Moët & Chandon dating back to 1914 was sold for £147,333 at auction this week.

The collection, spanning 270 bottles from 2004 to 1914, was sold by Sotheby’s at its London sale on November 13.
The highlight of the sale were three lots each of two bottles of the 1914 vintage;100 years old and particularly commemorative with the advent of the centenary of the First World War next year.

Valued at £4,800 – £6,000, one lot alone made £10,340 and the three combined sold for £24,910.
Other top sellers included another six bottles in three lots of the 1921 vintage, which sold for £8,813 per two bottles and three bottles of the 1928 which sold for £5,405 apiece.

Serena Sutcliffe MW, Sotheby’s international head of wine, commented: “The Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1914 is an extraordinary Champagne, both historic and glorious in taste and we are thrilled the price reflected the brilliance of the wine.”

Source: The Drinks Business

Chicago’s First Official Champagne Grand Tasting

2The largest official Champagne tasting in the United States kicks off today at the Ivy Room in Chicago. Trade and media attendees will have the opportunity to taste more than 100 unique wines from 36 different Champagne producers.

The event celebrates those wines produced in Champagne, France, which can only be called Champagne. Organized by the Comite Champagne, which represents all the grape growers and houses of Champagne, the tasting gives media, trade and the wine industry a special opportunity to taste and increase their knowledge of a wide variety of wines from the region available on the U.S. market.

“This is the first time we have hosted a Champagne tasting in Chicago and the fourth one we have held in the United States,” said Sam Heitner, director of the Champagne Bureau, USA the representative of the Comite Champagne in the United States. “The selection of more than 30 Champagne brands highlights the authentic qualities that are born from the land, climate and centuries-old methods that can only be found in Champagne, France.”

Jean-Marie Barillere, the Chairman of the Comite Champagne, and Thibaut Le Mailloux, Communications Director of the Comite Champagne are attending the tasting along with leadership from a number of prominent Champagne producers.

“Champagne is a location, 90 miles northeast of Paris, clearly defined and delimited since 1927; this wine region is integral to our unique product. That is why we say that ‘Champagne only comes from Champagne’ and why virtually every country in the world reserves the Champagne name exclusively for these wines,” said Le Mailloux. “With this event, we seek to increase understanding of the Champagne region in the United States, reaffirm the organization’s long-standing commitment to supporting the U.S. market and ensure U.S. trade, journalists and consumers know Champagne only comes from Champagne, France.”

Earlier this year, China and Brazil officially reserved the “Champagne” name for wines only from Champagne, France. Canada will follow on January 1, 2014. These countries join numerous others including Australia, India, Mexico, the EU and South Africa in ensuring that wine labels make it clear: Champagne only comes from Champagne, France.

In 2012, Champagne shipped 308 million bottles worldwide, with more than 17.7 million bottles shipped to the United States, making it Champagne’s second largest export market behind the UK.

SOURCE Champagne Bureau, USA

Perrier Jouët designs new champagne for affluent clubbers

PJ-Honey-small1Affluent young Americans are the target audience of Perrier Jouët’s new Nuit Blanche champagne sub-brand which will be sold in clubs.

Perrier Jouët’s century-old design has been revamped with an edgy” new look. The hand-drawn anemone flower, which has been part of the Perrier Jouët brand since being created by Belle-Epouqe artist Émile Gallé in 1902, has been redesigned with “fresh green, white and gold” outlines to create a more dynamic feel.

Liz Palmer

Results of the 9th Annual Wines On The Wing Airline Wine Competition


Global Traveler, a premier luxury business and travel magazine, has released the results of its ninth annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition.

The competition was held in the spring at The Westin, New York Grand Central – I participated, along with twenty-four judges in a blind tasting of Business Class and First Class Wines; here are the final results, along with the judge’s bios and a link The Global Traveler article.

1. British Airways
2. All Nippon Airlines
3. Jet Airways
4. China Airlines
5. American Airlines

1. Brussels Airlines
2. All Nippon Airlines
3. Delta Air Lines
4. United
5. TAM

1. G.H. Mumm Brut, NV – Hainan Airlines
2. Pol Roger Extra Cuvée de Réserve 2000 – China Airlines
3. Laurent-Perrier Grande Siècle, NV – British Airways
4. Castelnau Blanc de Blancs 1999 – United
5. Drappier Grande Sendrée 2005 – TAM

1. Laurent-Perrier Brut, NV – Brussels Airlines
2. Montaudon Réserve Première Brut, NV – All Nippon Airways
3. G.H. Mumm Brut, NV – Hainan Airlines
4. Tie — Jacquart Brut Mosaïque, NV – Delta Air Lines and
Jacquart Brut Mosaïque, NV – Etihad Airways
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve, NV – United
5. Billecart-Salmon Brut, NV – Jet Airways

1. Louis Jadot Puligny- Montrachet 2010, France – Jet Airways
2. Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 2009, Grand Cru, France – Jet Airways
3. Henri Darnat Meursault Clos du Domaine 2010, France – American Airlines
4. August Kesseler Riesling 2008, Germany – All Nippon Airways
5. A. Schmitt Riesling 2009, Germany – China Airlines

1. Albert Bichot Saint- Véran 2011, France – All Nippon Airways
2. Ridgeback Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Africa – South African Airways
3. Joseph Drouhin Saint- Véran 2011, France – Delta Air Lines
4. Dreissigacker Silvaner & Chardonnay 2012, Germany – airberlin
5. Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay 2011, California – United

1. Torres Sangre de Toro 2011, Spain – Hainan Airlines
2. Château Larrivet-Haut Brion 2005, France – British Airways
3. Château Malescot Saint- Exupéry 2008, France – All Nippon Airways
4. Tie — Château Langoa- Barton 1997, France – China Airlines and
Aquamarine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Israel – EL AL Israel Airlines
5. Wairau Hills Pinot Noir 2011, New Zealand – Etihad Airways

1. Torres Sangre de Toro 2011, Spain – Hainan Airlines
2. Abadia Retuerta 2009, Spain – TAM
3. Zuccardi Zeta 2008, Argentina – LAN
4. Barón Ladrón de Guevara 2010, Spain – Air Berlin
5. Château Laroque 2003, France – Etihad Airways

Delta Air Lines

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut, NV, California – American Airlines

Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2011, California – Delta Air Lines

Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, California – Virgin America

Represented by China Airlines and Delta Air Lines


Colman Andrews is the editorial director of He was the co-founder of Saveur Magazine and, earlier, the wine columnist for Los Angeles Magazine. He is the winner of eight James Beard awards including one for Best Writing on Wine and Spirits.

Manos Angelakis is the senior wine and food writer for Luxury Web Magazine and the author of the semi-monthly Oenophile Blog. As a writer, critic and experienced judge, he travels extensively throughout the world’s wine regions.

Cesar Baeza is an enologist, consultant and educator for the wine industry. A native of Chile, he studied winemaking there and in France, Spain and California and worked in many wineries. For 20 years, he was wine master and coowner of Brotherhood Winery, New York State.

Philip di Belardino is director of fine wine development at Banfi Vintners and Excelsior Wines, a frequent wine lecturer at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and the Culinary Institute of America, and a speaker at wine dinners. He has been in the wine business since 1973.

Lisa Donneson is proprietor of Bouké and Bouquet wines, produced on Long Island, New York. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and a member of the Institute of Wines & Spirits and Long Island Wine Council.

Carl Etcheverry is the sommelier at the Union League of Philadelphia, where he also hosts private wine functions in its Cellar 62. Before 2010, he was manager of a 26,000-bottle wine cellar at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and sommelier at its 5-star Lautrec restaurant.

John Fanning is partner and general manager of SD26, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. He has been general manager and/or wine director at Accademia di Vino, Il Trulli, Beppe, Felidia, Coco Pazzo, Le Madri and Palio in New York; and at Bramante and San Michelle in Rome.

Fred Ferretti is a wine and food writer whose articles appear in many national publications, and the Asian food authority for Food Arts magazine. Formerly a New York Times reporter, he was also a columnist for Gourmet magazine.

Xavier Flouret is the founder and CEO of Cognac One, a wine importing company based in New York. He is the creator of the Xavier Flouret label, a worldwide selection of wines, and importer of Champagne Lenoble, Château de Malengin and Cave de Tain, among other wines.

David Frieser is president of Beekman Liquors, Inc., a 56-year-old wine shop in Manhattan, and a frequent wine lecturer for clients. He has been professionally involved in wine for 30 years.
Curtis Green is president and founder of TenFolks Enterprises, a wine education and marketing company created to broaden interest in wine among African Americans through tastings, seminars and other events.

David Gross works with Sherbrooke Cellars, a wholesaler of small, highquality family-owned wineries. He has been in the wine trade for more than 20 years as a restaurant wine specialist with Southern Wine & Spirits and, earlier, as a caterer.

Harriet Lembeck is president of the Wine and Spirits Program where, for 30 years, she has taught consumers and wine trade personnel. She is the author of the sixth and seventh editions of Grossman’s Guide to Wine, Beers and Spirits and writes for Beverage Dynamics magazine.

Gilles Martin is the winemaker and director of operations at Sparkling Pointe winery on New York’s Long Island. French-born, he studied winemaking at Montpelier and worked at Roederer Estate and Delas Frères.

John McClement is wine and spirits director of All Weather Management, a restaurant group that includes Keens Chop House, NoHo Star, Temple Bar and Elephant & Castle in New York; Eccolo in California; and Elephant & Castle in Ireland.

Katherine Moore is general manager of Union Square Wine & Spirits, a large retail shop in Manhattan.

Elizabeth Palmer is a wine writer based in Toronto, Canada. Her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, China Wine News and other publications. She is currently writing three books about Champagne. One, The Woman’s Guide to Champagne, launches this fall.

Fred Price is New York metro sales manager for Maximum Wine Co., an importer/distributor specializing in family-owned artisanal estates. Previously, he was senior vice president at Noble House Wines. He has also been a sommelier and wine director in several restaurants.

Arno Schmidt has been the executive chef at New York’s The Waldorf Astoria, The Plaza and other famous hotels, where he organized numerous wine and food events. A native of Austria, he has worked in hospitality since 1946.

Robert Shack is owner of HB Wine Merchants/R.Shack Selections and of Clos Robert Winery in Sonoma, Calif. Earlier, he was vice president and manager of the Premiere Wine Merchants Division of Rémy Martin Amerique for 20 years.

John Sheldon is wine representative for Artisan and Pas Mal, two fine wine importers and distributors; founder and director of the 40-year-old New York Wine Tasting School; and wine consultant to restaurants and private clubs.

Peter Sichel is a fourth-generation wine grower and négociant and a leading authority on German and Bordeaux wines. He is the former chairman of H. Sichel Söhne which imported Blue Nun, former owner of Château Fourcas-Hosten in Bordeaux and author of two wine books.

Darrin Siegfried is owner of Il Gallo Giallo Wine Bar in New Paltz, N.Y., and president of the Sommelier Society of America. He has managed a number of restaurants in New York and created the Brooklyn wine shop Red, White and Bubbly.

Mary Taylor is the French wine portfolio manager for Sherbrooke Cellars and the founder of the Thoreau Wine Society. Previously, she worked in fine wines at Sotheby’s and at Acker Merrall & Condit. Her experience covers retail and distribution.

Cristian Vasquez is food and beverage director of The Westin New York Grand Central. Previously, he held the same position at the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, N.M. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, he has worked in hotel restaurant management since 1995.

Full article – Global Traveler, August, 2013:

Wines On The Wing 2013

I want to specially thank Air Canada for upgrading my from flight from Toronto to New York and return, to Business Class.

Liz Palmer