Daniel Lalonde, Chief Executive of LVMH is in India for the first time. Being interviewed at the top floor of Delhi’s recently opened Leela Palace Hotel, he states: “India is acquiring a taste for Champagne. Not only is it the 27th largest consumer of Champagne in the world,” he says. “But I believe that in the next few years India can easily reach the top 10.”

India is doing its bit. A few kilometers south, at the F Bar nightclub, where Lalonde’s company has established a Dom Perignon lounge to promote its luxury Champagne. Indians flush with money frequently a few times a week and spend upwards of Rs35,000 a bottle on bubbly.

Liz Palmer

Champagne Launch: Moët & Chandon’s Golden Premium Jeroboam… “Message ON a Bottle”

Lavishly wrapped in gold leaves and hand-gilt by French artisan Arthus Bertrand, each limited edition Golden Premium Jeroboam will come with a marked gold medallion and an Epernay wax seal. The traditional handcrafted Moet & Chandon ribbon is also part of the luxe bottle’s decoration. Moët & Chandon has made each bottle unique, by offering a special pen so the consumer can create a special moment of celebration. Personalization is very important in Moet & Chandon’s tradition, they have created numerous custom bottles for special events, including the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the wedding of Grace of Monaco.

Liz Palmer

Champagne Deutz to Make U.S. Representation Transition in 2012

After 13 years within the Maisons Marques & Domaines USA, Inc. (MMD) portfolio, Champagne Deutz will soon enter a new phase in the U.S. market.

Starting in 2012 Champagne Deutz will initiate a Regional Representation strategy, which means the brand will be represented by importers/distributors independent from the Champagne Louis Roederer network; thus following the worldwide protocol for the brand.

Fabrice Rosset, Chairman & CEO of Champagne Deutz, states: “Our worldwide strategy has been to have a separate importer from the rest of the wineries within the Group Roederer. It has served us well and we feel now is the time for the U.S. to follow the same strategy. I would like to commend MMD and its marketing and sales teams for building the image of our House and for establishing our presence nationally.”

Gregory Balogh, President & CEO of MMD, comments: “We are proud of our achievement and our partnership with Champagne Deutz over these many years. It has allowed the brand to get the attention it deserves in the highly competitive U.S. market. We wish our colleagues and friends of Champagne Deutz success in the future. We will always remain fans of this great brand.”

One of the oldest members of Champagne’s prestigious Grandes Marques houses, Champagne Deutz of Ay, France, ( ) has been making distinctive champagnes marked by finesse, elegance and complexity since 1838. The house has upheld the traditions of fine Champagne making handed down through five generations. Owning a significant portion of its own vineyards, Deutz selects only top rated grapes from 275 acres of vineyards in the finest crus of Champagne. The wines are slowly and carefully aged in the chalk-walled cellars far beneath the historic village of Ay.

Liz Palmer


Trying to figure out what to give the wine lover in your life takes some thought. The obvious choice, of course, is a bottle of wine. Wine books are a wonderful alternative gift choice. Not only are they perfect for the novice, enthusiast and expert, they can be read over and over again, you don’t have to replace the cork, and the pages are always full!

Here is a collection of wine books released in 2011 that should satisfy the intellectual palate of any wine lover in your life:

The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine by Karen Page; Andrew Dorenburg

The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain by Jesus Barquin, Luis Gutierrez, and Victor de la Serna

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Creating Wine – The Emergence of a World Industry, 1840-1914 by James Simpson

An Ideal Wine One Generation’s Pursuit of Perfection – and Profit – in California by David Darlington

Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers by Katherine Cole

1000 Great Everyday Wines From the World’s Best Wineries by Jim Gordon

The Finest Wines of California: A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines by Stephen Brook

Liz Palmer
Wine and Lifestyle Writer

Veuve Clicquot Clicq’Up Café & Champagne Bar comes to Miami

Veuve Clicquot is the official Champagne of Design Miami. VC is taking their baseling a step further by introducing Veuve Clicquot Clicq’Up Café and Champagne bar, a mobile food truck with adjacent champagne lounge that pops-up in key locations in Miami from Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 2.

Tapping into the local chef talent, Veuve Clicquot hired gastroPod’s Chef Jeremiah, who will be serving a crispy white corn cake with poached egg and chipotle cream, curry pork tacos, and conch salad, among other things. Buy a bottle of Veuve and be the first to have your own Cliq’Up, the origami pop-up champagne bucket that inspired the food truck’s name -“Artful, isn’t it?”

· Tuesday, November 29: Design Miami Pavilion, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

· Wednesday, November 30: Art Basel Outdoor Art Exhibit, 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

· Thursday, December 1: The Stage in the Design District, 38th and 1st Ct, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

· Friday, December 2: The Stage in the Design District, 38th and 1st Ct, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Liz Palmer