Armand de Brignac Dynastie

Armand de Brignac Dynastie is a rare collection of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Champagne which includes various bottle formats from the standard 750ml bottle to and including the exclusive 30-litre Midas.

Hakkasan Las Vegas, a new five-level culinary and nightlife mecca at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, is the first nightlife complex in the world to offer the Armand de Brignac Dynastie collection.

Hakkasan has exclusively listed the package for $500,000, making it the world’s most extravagant bottle service experience.

Collectively, the Armand de Brignac Dynastie amounts to 109 bottles of prestige cuvee Champagne.

Researchers Reveal Link Between Champagne and Cognitive Health

A recent study reveals that drinking champagne, anywhere from 1 to 3 glasses per week, could benefit your memory and postpone the onset of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain disorders. The study was recently published in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signalling.

The research team, consisting of scientists from the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom, discovered that the phenolic compounds that are found in champagne are responsible for improving spatial memory. This is the type of memory involved in the gathering of information related to the environment. According to the research team, these phenolic compounds modulate signals from the cortex and hippocampus, the areas of the brain related to learning and memorizing. The compounds were also found to adjust the effect of several proteins that are directly connected to the memorizing process. Previous studies have shown that the levels of these particular proteins drop with aging, thus causing the memorizing process to be less effective. This, in turn, leads to the worsening of one’s memory and is considered to be one of the causes for the onset of dementia. Their study reveals that the phenolic compounds found in champagne can slow down the loss of these proteins, thus also slowing down the aging process of the brain.

When compared to other products that contain phenolic compounds, such as white wine, champagne has the highest levels. Champagne is predominantly derived from Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier, which are types of red grapes, and Chardonnay, a type of white grapes. The phenolic compounds found in these particular types of grapes are considered to be the one that have the most beneficial effects on the brain. One of the authors of the study, professor Jeremy Spencer, notes that ”These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory. Several precedent studies have shown that flavonoids, the compounds found in red wine, also have beneficial effects on the human organism, if consumed moderately.

The current study shows that even though champagne doesn’t contain flavonoids, its effect on the brain function and brain aging process is still present, being achieved by the phenolic acids. Professor Spencer advocates on a moderate consumption of alcohol, due to the fact that their study results show that even small quantities of champagne per week can be effective. The main author of the study, David Vauzour, adds that their future studies will focus on the transition of these studies to human models. Currently, the effect has been achieved through intake of other foods rich in polyphenol, such as cocoa and blueberries. Precedent studies that were conducted by research teams from the University of Reading showed that 2 glasses of champagne per day have favorable effects on both the heart and circulation and could be responsible for lowering the risk of cardiac arrest and other cardiovascular disorders.

Moët & Chandon is the official Champagne The Great Gatsby

Moët & Chandon has joined a stellar list of sponsors for the Great Gatsby production — The Baz Luhrmann movie is based on the classic novel by F.Scott Fitzgerald and is due to hit theatres May 10th.

Great Gatsby is set during a time when importing wine from Europe to Canada was done illegally. Coincidentally, Moët & Chandon is putting their 1921 vintage on sale — perfecting marketing on both ends. Leonardo DiCaprio is part of the collaboration and promises to be in Cannes. We are not sure what they have in mind – a “Gatsby” inspired cocktail is almost definitely part of the plan!

Sunshine to Launch Canada’s First Veuve Clicquot Snow Bar

Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard resort will unveil Canada’s first Veuve Clicquot Champagne and Oyster Bar officially on Saturday, April 27th, 2013.

The on-mountain venue, located in the spring patio of historic Trappers Saloon, will offer guests an exclusive location to take in Sunshine’s Spring Concert Series.

Sunshine’s new après ski offering, which is well-known in resorts around the globe, will enable guests to sample one of the most recognizable Champagne brands while enjoying freshly shucked West Coast oysters.

“Veuve Clicquot snow bars are recognized at top destinations around the globe, and it is our pleasure to provide guests with such a unique offering this spring,” says Dave Riley, Chief Operating Officer, Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort.

The Veuve Clicquot Champagne and Oyster Bar is opened each weekend from 11:30 a.m. through 3 p.m., coinciding with the resort’s popular outdoor concert events.

Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort is close to the town of Banff, provides skiers and boarders with12-lifts including seven modern high speed quad chairs, the most in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the world’s fastest 8 passenger gondolas. Stay slope-side in the Rockies only “ski-in ski-out” hotel and ski or ride 3,300 acres and three mountains in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia along the Continental Divide during Canada’s longest season from November to late May.

Global Champagne exports rise 3.4%

Champagne exports across the globe have increased by 3.4% in value while the number of bottles exported fell by four million in 2012, according to the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC).
The UK topped the list with Champagne exports increasing by 0.5% in value despite volumes dropped by 6.1% to 32.4 million bottles.

The increase in value was due to heavy spending from wealthy consumers from Russia and China living in London and often visit restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs – these places account for 30% of UK sales.
UK Champagne Bureau, the educational and promotional arm of CIVC, director Françoise Peretti said though the consumption of Champagne has gone down, consumers are paying high for the drinks. “We are seeing a new market emerging, as discerning consumers come and settle in London from developing Champagne markets such as China, India and Russia,” Peretti added. “This is where they choose to come to explore the best of Champagne.”

Liz Palmer