Champagne Krug launches ID code … a new way of communicating with consumers in the digital age

Champagne Krug has recently launched ID codes for its top non-vintage blend “Grande Cuvée”. This ID code will detail disgorgement date, and will link to harvest conditions in the years, which the wine is based.

“We know that Krug lovers are interested in how Grande Cuvée ages and this information will enable those with several different blends in their cellars in five years’ time to see which is the oldest” says Olivier Krug, who was recently London for the launch of Krug Vintage 2000 and Clos du Mesnil 2000.

Liz Palmer


and you should because it is the quintessential, epicurean experience. Carefully paired, it is one sensual, unforgettable happening!

Few things are more rich, decadent and delicious than chocolate and Champagne yet pairing them together is no easy feat. For instance, with the sweetness of chocolate, Champagne appears tart; even the secs and demi-secs they are too delicate to stand up to the cocoa butter mouthfeel of chocolate. Chocolate also has a palatability combination of fat, sweetness and bitterness which also makes it a difficult pairing partner.

One Saturday afternoon in September I met with Author Doreen Pendgracs in Toronto to explore and indulge in a unique pairing of the two.

Doreen is currently traveling the world researching and writing an exciting book on Chocolate, entitled: ‘Chocolatour’. In this book Doreen will indulge in international small chocolate houses. When she learned that I was also working on a book on small Champagne houses, we decided to meet, and compare notes on our passions, publishing ventures, travels, and to pair one cult grower champagne with an unique chocolate find.


The Champagne:

A 1998 Champagne Tarlant Prestige
Extra Brut Champagne
[65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir]


Champagne Tarlant was handed down from father to son in the art and passion of growing grapes and producing the famous wines since 1687, is situated close to Epernay on the hillside of Marne Valley, Oeuilly. The Tarlant family still perpetuates the tradition, now successfully in the hands of Melanie Tarlant alongside her brother Benoit Tarlant which are the twelfth generation to make Tarlant Champagne.



Champagne Tarlant
21 Rue de la Coopérative, 51480 Oeuilly
# 03 26 58 30 60

Tasting Notes:

Colour: straw with a lively mousse;

Nose: The elegance of this cuvee carries you through the gentle fragrances of ripe pears, roasted nuts and fresh flowers- shows a complex yet delicate nose;

Mouth: The oak has given the wine additional depth in its body; is delicate with a background of fresh almonds, slightly minerally acid backbone, and overall a good and refined style;

After 13 years in the bottle, this 1998 vintage shows perfect balance and extraordinary smoothness.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018


The Chocolate:

Chocopologie Bar
Caramel and Hawaiian Sea Salt
Rich 71% Ecuadorian Single Bean Dark Chocolate filled with Burnt Caramel and Hawaiian Sea Salt


CHOCOPOLOGIE, is a European style Bistro and Chocolate café located in Norwalk, CT with full serve light-far incorporating chocolate into every aspect of the experience.

A variety of handmade, award winning artisanal products from truffles, sauces, bars and the classic signature chocolate box are available to purchase.

Customers can watch the pastry chef/baker producing these handmade chocolates and other on-site confections.

Chocopologie Cafe
12 South Main St. Norwalk, CT 06854
Tel: 203.854.4754

Tasting Notes:

A wonderful combination of flavors including bursts of dark savory chocolate, gooey luscious burnt caramel and savory Hawaiian sea salt; sensational, sinfully delicious as it melts.

In between our conservations on book proposals, agents, publishers and manuscripts and here are our findings:


A match made in Heaven – Oh, Yes!

Dark chocolate contains the least amount of sugar and has the highest amount of cocoa among all of the chocolate types. It is a rich intense flavour, and when you follow the general rule of thumb of choosing the same strength wine to chocolate, then champagne with “nut” notes should match well with this type of chocolate. The chocolate paired perfectly with this complex yet subtle champagne.

We also discovered the love affair between champagne and salt – a perfect match!

See my tips on matching chocolate with Champagne: @

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Liz Palmer
@champagne House

World’s 50 Best Bars 2011 Announced

PDT, New York

The 2011 World’s 50 Best Bars list has been published, in partnership with sponsor Stolichnaya. This year, New York speakeasy PDT (“Please Don’t Tell”) took the top spot, with London hotel bars The Connaught and the Artesian in second and third place.

Back to New York for number 4 with Death & Co. A full list of the Top 50 can be seen below.

The poll was conducted by World’s 50 Best Bars editor Lucy Britner and US drinks writer Camper English. The pair canvassed around 100 bar professionals including the Playboy Club’s Salvatore Calabrese, King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, Esquire US’s David Wondrich and diamond ice-carver Hidetsugu Ueno. We believe this is the first time that the top names in the industry have come together to vote for their favourite bars – making it our most authoritative list to date.

These votes were coupled with global votes from 100 bars polled or featured in the 2010 list. Votes were received from every continent and bars in 16 countries made the top 50.

Lucy Britner said: “This year, voters have walked through phone booths and wardrobes, rung bells on unmarked doors and called to book appointments in order to file their nominations for the World’s 50 Best Bars. The list seems to pay homage to the speakeasy- style bar, which goes hand-in-hand with knowing how to create the classics, unearth old recipes and recreate forgotten ingredients.

“At the same time, voters are romanced by exquisitely decorated hotel bars that serve beautifully prepared drinks, made by immaculately turned-out bartenders. The wealth of diversity and expertise in the bar scene makes this one of the most exciting lists to date.”

1. PDT, New York

2 Connaught, London

3 Artesian, London

4 Death & Co. New York

5 Milk & Honey, London

6 American Bar at the Savoy, London

7 69 Colebrooke Row, London

8 Drink, Boston US

9 Harry’s New York Bar, Paris

10 Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia

11 Pegu Club, NY

12 Dry Martini Bar, Barcelona

13 Eau De Vie, Sydney

14 Bramble, Edinburgh

15 Employees Only, New York

16 La Capilla Bar, Mexico

17 Merchant Hotel, Belfast

18 Nightjar, London

19 Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco

20 Buddha Bar, Paris

21 Skyview Bar, Dubai

22 The Varnish, Los Angeles

23 Tippling Club, Singapore

24 Milk & Honey, New York

25 878 Bar, Buenos Aires

26 Der Raum, Melbourne

27 Callooh Callay, London

28 Clover Club, New York

29 Door74, Amsterdam

30 Tommy’s, San Francisco

31 Floridita, Havana

32 City Space, Moscow

33 Matterhorn, Wellington, NZ

34 High Five Bar, Tokyo

35 Le Lion, Hamburg

36 LAB, London

37 Boadas, Barcelona

38 Dutch Kills, New York

39 Worship St Whistling Shop, London

40 BarAgricole, San Francisco

41 Papa Doble, Montpellier

42 Quo Vadis, London

43 Lounge Bohemia, London

44 Mayahuel, New York

45 Mutis, Barcelona

46 Ruby, Copenhagen

47 Rules, London

48 Hemingway Bar, Paris

49 Zuma, Dubai

50 Star Bar, Tokyo

Liz Palmer

Winston’s Champagne Bar – A Step Back In Time

Brian Gefter and Michael Satsky, club entrepreneurs, who cater to international clientele, recently opened Winston’s Champagne Bar. This elegant opulent champagne-only bar is located beneath the Gansevoort Park Hotel, New York.

The petite airy space evokes 1940s opulence with black reflective surfaces, Napoleonic wallpaper, bubble chandeliers, a yellow Schumann piano, and A cozy balcony which reached up a circular staircase.

Cocktail music from the 1940’s fills the air while you enjoy your Champagne sipping.

There are over 100 choices from 20 houses. Including the Grande Marque, there is also an emphasis on grower Champagnes, including: Billiot, Egly Ouriet and Jacques Selosse, and the finds by the glass prove to be a great adventure, including Godmé and Agrapart.

Men in dark, conservative attire. Some women in suits, lots with over plunging necklines, others slither about in reptilian-print leggings.

Timeless luxury! It’s for the jet-set crowd that’s already arrived.

Winston’s Champagne Bar
420 Park Avenue South (East 29th Street)
(212) 929-9070
Open daily from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Liz Palmer

Pop-up Symphony at Searcys Champagne Bar St Pancras Grand – Europe’s longest Champagne bar

This past week, to the surprise of Searcys Champagne Bar St Pancras Grand patrons, and travelers of Pancras Grand a ‘Pop-Up’ rendition of the finale of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at St Pancras International was performed.

Patrons and travelers were serenaded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and massed choir, led by the BBC SO Principal Guest Conductor David Robertson performing one of the greatest European anthems of all time – ‘Ode to Joy’.

Ailish Tynan, Daniela Lehner, Allan Clayton and James Rutherford make up the quartet of soloists for this unique performance, which heralds the most in-depth exploration of the Symphony ever undertaken by the BBC.

“Ode to have been lucky to have been there!”

Not only is Searcys Champagne Bar St Pancras Grand the largest Champagne bar in Europe, I have found it to have the largest selection of Grande Marque houses in the UK, with 20 offerings by-the-glass.

Liz Palmer