Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries choose Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” Champagne for Wedding

Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” was the Champagne choice for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ wedding reception on Saturday, August 20th at a lavish private estate in Montecito, California.

Following the official ceremony, Kim and Kris’ guests, which included Eva Longoria, Ryan Seacrest & Julianne Hough, Venus & Serena Williams, Mario Lopez and Lindsay Lohan were escorted into the property’s mansion, where they enjoyed an Armand de Brignac Champagne reception.

Dinner included a four-course meal created by celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck. Armand de Brignac Brut Gold was served with appetizers and main dish, and dessert was served with Armand de Brignac Rose.

Dinner and speeches ended with a final toast with Armand de Brignac Rose Champagne.

Liz Palmer
Wine Writer


In celebration of NYC Fashion Week 2011, Mandarin Oriental has partnered with Moët & Chandon to create a glamorous Manhattan girls’ getaway – a Moët Champagne Slumber Party! Celebrate with three of your closest friends in luxury accommodations while enjoying quality time shopping, getting pampered, and bonding over copious amounts of Moët Imperial bubbly.

The ‘Moët Champagne Slumber Party’ package includes:

• One night in a suite for up to two people, or one night in a suite with a
connecting room for up to four people;

• Two bottles of Moët Imperial Champagne per suite/room;

• Manicures and pedicures in the hotel’s Five-Star Spa;

• Saks Fifth Avenue VIP shopping experience with a Personal Style Consultant; and

• A selection of ‘girls’ night in’ movies

Package rates range from $3,250 USD for one night of suite-only accommodations for up to two people, and start from $5,000 USD for one night of suite with connecting room accommodations for up to four people. This package will be available 8 September 2011 – 30 April 2012, is based on availability, and cannot be combined with other offers. Additional nights may be booked at prevailing rates – to book, contact reservations at:

+1 212 805 8800
+1 866 801 8880



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TOP CHAMPAGNES POURED AT 35,000 FEET – – 2011 Wines on the Wing awards

Twenty-eight international airlines submitted over one hundred and thirty-six wines from their current international business-class, international first-class and North American wine lists. Thirty-one professional judges tasted, tested and rated them. The results of the 2011 Global Traveler “Wines on the Wing” are now in.

Each wine was judged on a modified Davis 20-point scale. The judges’ individual scores for each wine were added and averaged, and the averaged scores of an airline’s submissions were totalled. The airlines with the highest total score won the Wines on the Wing awards.


This was the year for 1999 – V Australia won the International Business contest with Lanson Gold Label Brut 1999, which the judges called rich, complex, delicious and flavorsome. “We carefully select our Champagne and all our wines with an independent wine panel that meets four times a year,” said Alison Chalmer, General Manager, product, for Virgin Australia group. “In building our wine list, the aim is to enhance our restaurant-style in-flight dining experience.” In considering the best Champagne for the airline, the panel goes so far as to measure the persistence and spiral time of the bubbles, among other tests.

In the International First Class Champagne contest, Asiana Airlines came in first with Comtes de Taittinger Blanc de Blancs 1999, earning such judgments as “elegant with balanced acidity” and “both delicate citrus and toasty notes.”


1. Lanson Gold Label Brut 1999 — V Australia
2. Jacquart Brut Mosaïque, NV — Lufthansa
3. Piper-Heidsieck Brut Red Label, NV — Air New Zealand
4. TIE De Venoge Blanc de Blancs 2002 — Asiana Airlines
5. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut 1998
— Qatar Airways


1. Comtes de Taittinger Blanc de Blancs 1999
— Asiana Airlines
2. Cuvée Allegra Jacquart 2004 — Lufthansa
3. Drappier Grande Sendrée Brut 2004 — TAM
4. Bollinger La Grande Année Brut 2000 — Etihad Airways
5. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut, NV — American Airlines

How much do such winning wines cost an airline? While not many are willing to reveal, a few of the top-scoring airlines indulged us. Asiana spends approximately $2 million for 140,000 bottles for both business and first class. Etihad spends a total of about $6 million each year for its wines in all classes. OpenSkies would say only that “Wines are a priority spending area for us.” And EL AL’s answer was “A lot.”


Air Canada
Air New Zealand
American Airlines
American Airlines – North America
Asiana Airlines
Delta Air Lines
EL AL Israel Airlines
Etihad Airways
Iberia Airlines
Jet Airways
LAN Airlines
Qatar Airways
South African Airways
TAP Air Portugal
US Airways
US Airways – North America
V Australia
Virgin America – North America

Do You Live in London? Do You Love Champagne? Then You Will Love This Champagne Club UK Card

Champagne continues to be the “drink of choice” for many Londoners and the popularity of it is reflected in both consumption figures and also the extensive variety of Champagne available at restaurants and bars.

The Champagne Club UK offers members and their guests “A Glass Of House Champagne On The House” when dining at any of the London restaurants listed their website. You have a choice of over 100 London restaurants from Brassieres to Michelin-Starred!

The membership is a 12-month plan which also allows a maximum of 7 guests to enjoy “A Glass Of House Champagne On The House” prior to lunch or dinner.

Membership is currently priced at £60.00 and delivery of the card is fast and efficient. It comes beautifully gift wrap to further enhance that special feeling associated with Champagne.

“We’ve always loved Champagne in the UK, now residents and visitors to London can benefit from our favourite-loved drink at every meal simply by presenting a membership card and saying cheers! The Champagne Club UK will be rolling out to other cities extending the reach of members’ cards even further” Says founder Patricia Madden.

Liz Palmer
Wine and Travel Writer