Kate Del Castillo Becomes Moet Champagne Spokeswoman

The holidays are fast approaching, so expect plenty of champagne toasts in the next few weeks. And if you happen to live in Houston or Los Angeles, you may be able to clink a glass of bubbly with Kate del Castillo. The La Reina del Sur star is now “officially” a spokeswoman for Moet.

Kate will be participating in the “Estrella de Moet” campaign, which has her making several live appearances at champagne retail outlets. Customers who happen to be there on the right day and at the right time will get to meet del Castillo and join her for a spirited toast.

“I’m honored to be working with Moet and excited to toast with my fans in celebration of the holiday season,” Kate happily said in a recent statement.

As of right now, her appearance locations are being kept under wraps. What we do know is that del Castillo will be promoting the bubbly in Houston on November 11-12 and in Los Angeles during early December. So if you see a limo in the BevMo parking lot during that time, grab your camera and give our regards to Kate!

Liz Palmer

Moët & Chandon Unveiled As Official Champagne Of The ATP World Tour

The ATP and Moët & Chandon has announced a 3-year agreement that brings Moët & Chandon on board as the Official Champagne of the ATP World Tour.

As part of the agreement, Moët & Chandon will become a global sponsor of the ATP World Tour, a Gold Sponsor of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London, and the official presenting sponsor of the annual ATP World Tour Awards. In addition, Moët & Chandon will sponsor a new exclusive red carpet charity gala to kick off the ATP’s crown jewel event in London, hosted by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity on 17th November at Battersea Power Station.

Focused on celebrating memorable moments on the ATP World Tour throughout the season, the sponsorship will be activated through a range of promotional initiatives onsite at tournaments, across ATP digital channels, and the ATP’s weekly TV magazine show, ATP World Tour Uncovered.

Adam Helfant, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said: “We happily welcome Moët & Chandon as the new official champagne of the ATP World Tour and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Moët & Chandon is a global luxury brand that fits perfectly with the game of tennis. We look forward to celebrating many great moments together and raising money for an important cause this November.”

“Showcasing success is one of Moët & Chandon’s original values, and one which clearly resonates at ATP World Tour events. Tennis, in addition to brilliant matches and victories on court, is a perfect complement to our partnership with cinema, offering red carpet moments of its own, and providing new opportunities to share the magic of Moët & Chandon with the world,” noted Daniel Lalonde President and CEO of Moët & Chandon.

Philippe Sereys de Rothschild attends Halpern Portfolio Tasting October 27, 2011

It’s been an open secret for several years now — the Rothschild family has embarked on a new venture in Champagne. Last week, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, the chairman of the project, was in New York to launch Champagne Barons de Rothschild. The Champagne unites three different branches of the family: Benjamin, a Geneva banker who also owns Château Clarke; Eric, owner of Château Lafite Rothschild and several other estates; and Philippe, whose mother is Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, owner of Château Mouton Rothschild.

“For years, we had thought, ‘What could we do together? What could be fun?’” says de Rothschild. In 2005, the family toured the Côtes des Blancs and met vignerons they wanted to work with; then they tapped the technical expertise of Coopérative Vinicole de Vertus to make the wine.

The three current releases include a NV Brut, NV Blanc de Blancs and NV Rosé. All are well made, with the Blanc de Blancs a touch richer and creamier thanks to a bit more aging, but even the brut and rosé are aged four years prior to disgorging and then another nine months prior to release. “As soon as we decide to call it Champagne de Rothschild, there’s no discussion—we have to have the quality,” says de Rothschild.

Halpern Portfolio Wine Tasting October 27: Champagne Barons De Rothschild tasting with Frederic Mairesse, and Julian Hitner

Champagnes Tasted:

N/V Blanc de Blanc – 100% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs; green/gold in color; white fruit aromas, with notes of exotic fruits typical of Chardonnay grapes; lively bubbles; persistent in the mouth; a well balanced with nice acidity with a fresh, long finish – 95/100

N/V Rose – Pale rose colour with some hints of salmon; delicate red fruit aromas; fine lively bubbles; Silky and smooth in the mouth surprising through its delicacy and refinement; good length on the finish 93/100

N/V Brut – Rich and classic complex style, showing abundant toasty reserve-wine complexity, grilled nuts, nougat, some red fruits and spice; fine to medium bubbles; Creamy texture and a good finish 92/100

Halpern Portfolio Wine Tasting October 27: Champagne Gosset tasting with Philippe Manfredini

Champagnes Tasted:

N/V Grand Blanc de Blanc – A golden yellow with delicate green tints; fine lively bubbles; mineral and floral notes on the nose with apricot and citrus; very fresh with great harmony on the palate – overall a crisp and well-structured champagne – 93/100

2000 Grand Millesime Champagne – A bright, sparkling radiant yellow gold; Lively and effervescent bubbles; the initial nose exhales rich, complex notes; there is an atmosphere of a delicate notes almond, dried herbs, butter-pastries, honey, then notes of boxwood and incense with a subtle final note of menthol; the palate is lovely and fresh, dominated by Chardonnay; The wine’s consistency and richness is a signature of its wonderful maturity, the sweetness is perfectly balanced – 91/100

N/V Grand Rose Brut Champagne – A strong, clear salmon-pink hue; The nose is reminiscent of fresh summer fruits and berries with some insistent fragrances of cinnamon and nutmeg; The mouthful is generous, opulent and ripe marrying roundness and concentration with minerals and strawberry flavors. Infinitely silky, its elegant perfume and velvet bubbles tantalize the taste buds and caress the palate. The finish is remarkable, delicate and refined – 93/100