Wine Review: Fleur Du Cap 2016 Bergkelder Selection Chardonnay

Varietal: Chardonnay (100%)
Region: Western Cape, South Africa
Producer: Bergkelder Ltd.
Alcohol: 13.6%

This lush offering is medium-bodied, brilliantly clear with light straw hues; boasts fresh citrus notes on the nose followed by hints of tropical fruit, revealing hints of oak and spice, which unveils right through on the taste; a beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity that leads to long lingering finish.

Suggested Food Pairing
This wine works wonders with seafood especially shellfish, mussels and oysters. It is also a good choice for creamy curies, rich chicken dishes and medium cheeses. Serve chilled, but not ice cold.

liz-palmer.com – June 13, 2017
Rating: 90 points

Notes:
Fleur du Cap has been ranked amongst the world’s finest Chardonnays as one of only two South African wines to receive a gold medal at the 2015 Chardonnay du Monde competition in Burgundy, France.

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Liz Palmer is Guest Speaker at Charles Steven Trenholme’s Importing Wine, Beer, Spirit For Pleasure & Profit Seminar

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Liz Palmer attends Charles Steven Trenholme’s Importing Wine, Beer, Spirit for Pleasure & Profit Seminar on Saturday June 3th, 2017 (Toronto, Ontario as a guest speaker. Liz discusses her journey from wine journalist to award winning Author. She goes on to speak about her upcoming champagne workshops which are commencing this fall at The Fine Wine Reserve, and her wine Tourism company “Global Wine Holidays” with the first trips starting 2018 in to the Champagne Region, Cognac and Bordeaux.

About Liz Palmer
Liz Palmer is a well-respected wine journalist since 2004 and has an international reputation as a critic and judge. Liz has had the pleasure of interviewing and tasting with some of the industry’s leading winemakers, professors and personalities.

Liz Palmer’s articles have appeared in national and international magazines. She is one of four founding international hosts for #ChampagneDay 2011-2017; she has served as a judge for the 2013-2017 Global Traveler’s Wines on the Wing airline wine competition (New York); 2014-2017 Michelangelo International Wine Awards (South Africa) 2014-2017; and for The Stevie Awards for Women in Business (New York) (2014-2017).

Her Memberships include: Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada, Circle of Wine Writers (UK) – Circle Committee, International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV); Wine Century Club (NYC), and The Fine Wine Reserve.

2017 Awards:
Liz Palmer’s first book, “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” has received the National Award for the best French Wine Book at the Gourmand World Awards 2017 and has been accepted for the 2017 Taste Canada Awards [Culinary Narratives Category] with winners being announced October 2017. On April 7th, 2017 she was awarded the title of “Dame Chevalier” of the Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne at an official ceremony in Paris.

About Steven Trenholme’s Importing Wine, Beer, Spirit For Pleasure & Profit Seminar 

MORNING SESSION
Where to find new and interesting wines, spirits and beers
How to start your own successful import agency
Determining the best strategy for new product development
How to negotiate with suppliers
Marketing channels – which are the best for you and your suppliers
Opportunities as a Consignment and/or Private Stock Agent
Employment opportunities in the beverage alcohol industry
A light lunch will be served.

AFTERNOON SESSION
How products are priced
Agent commissions and promotional allowances
Ordering samples
Dealing effectively with the LCBO
Selecting the right products for today’s market
How the LCBO selects products and how to increase your chance of success
Vintages – a lucrative market
Determining the best strategy for a new product launch
Working with LCBO wine consultants – how to find an sales support at store level
Working with the media
Other provincial markets: Privatization, Options & Opportunities

ProWein 2017: Record Number of Exhibitors and Participants

With new record exhibitor and visitor participation, this year’s ProWein, International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirits, impressively confirmed its status as the world’s most important business platform for the international wine and spirits sector. Over 6,500 exhibitors from more than 60 nations presented their creations to 58,500 trade visitors from 130 countries (2016: 55,700 from 126 countries) at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.
 A total of 50% of the exhibitors were from Italy (1,600) and France (1,500), followed by Germany (1,000), the New World (600), Austria, Spain and Portugal. In focus were the new wines from all relevant winegrowing regions complemented by 300 spirits specialties. A famous exhibitor was Sting with his Il Palagio winery from Tuscany. Together with his wife Trudie Styler the superstar presented his wines at ProWein 2017.
  This year visitor numbers also set new standards. Every second trade visitors came to Düsseldorf from abroad. Particularly pleasing was the high number of managers: at least two-thirds of all trade visitors were top decision-makers and came to ProWein with the intention to invest: almost 60% of all trade visitors concluded their business deals during the trade fair or plan to place orders after the show. Every second trade visitor visitors also found new suppliers. “ProWein is an incredibly intensive trade fair. For three days very concentrated and effective business is done here. Visitors included key players – important importers and representatives from large international commercial chains. Again this year the sector showed how strong and capable it is. An extremely high number of orders were placed and many new business ideas were discussed,” stated Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf.
  The exhibitors’ comprehensive ranges were supplemented by special focal points such as the Champagne Lounge, the Organic World with organic wines, the Tasting Area by Mundus Vini and the fizzz Lounge. At the “same but different” special show companies presented unusual wine and spirits production and marketing concepts. The concurrent ancillary program consisted of some 500 tastings and events, either at the exhibitors’ stands or in the ProWein Forum. These events were geared towards retail and restaurants and provided key impulses and information. One highlight was British wine critic Jancis Robinson’s presentation of her personal ProWein favorites.
  Of particular interest this year was the new ProWein Business Report, developed in collaboration with the renowned Geisenheim University (Germany). About 1,500 wine sector experts from 46 countries took part in the survey about international wine markets, marketing trends and the development of wine sales channels. The report provides an overview of the sector’s current mood and in future will serve as an annual barometer of trends. Participants included wine producers (small and large wineries, cooperatives) as well as marketers (specialty retailers/wine merchants, wholesalers, importers/exporters, hotels and gastronomy).

Vinexpo announces major New York exhibition March 5-6, 2018

Vinexpo New York will feature two days of business meetings, tastings, conferences, master classes and networking events.

The leading international exhibition for wine and spirits professionals is bound for the U.S. with Vinexpo New York, March 5-6, 2018. Produced in association with Diversified Communications, the show is expected to host exhibitors from all wine-producing regions around the globe to the world’s largest wine-consuming market – a distinction the U.S. has held since 2010. Show organizers aim to propose a new type of event for the wine and spirits industry, which will be adapted to the fast-evolving US market. Vinexpo New York will be open exclusively to the national trade. Targeted visitors are importers, distributors, retailers, brokers, e-commerce, on-trade buyers and sommeliers.

Held in the Javits Center’s 45,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed River Pavilion, Vinexpo New York will feature two days of business meetings, tastings, conferences, master classes and networking events. Its exhibition will showcase the newest wines and spirits introduced to the U.S. market.

“The time is right to bring Vinexpo to the U.S. market, which leads the world in wine consumption and whose influence only continues to grow,” said Guillaume Deglise, CEO of Vinexpo, which has held bi-annual exhibitions in Bordeaux since 1981 and has expanded into Asia since 1998, with shows in Hong Kong and Tokyo. “Vinexpo New York will present American buyers with an unmatched opportunity to experience, on their own turf, wines and spirits from international markets, including a number of products that have never before been available in the U.S. market.”

“We’re excited to combine forces with Vinexpo to bring the international world of wine and spirits to New York – the trade capital of the U.S.,” added Mary Larkin, Executive Vice President of Diversified Communications. A leading international media company based in Portland, Maine, Diversified produces trade events across the globe for a wide range of industries.

A catalyst for international wine and spirits business, France-based Vinexpo draws thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of buyers, importers, sommeliers, distributors, retailers and other qualified professionals to its exhibitions in Bordeaux and Asia. Its June 2017 show in Bordeaux will be no exception, with as many as 2,300 exhibitors and 48,000 trade visitors from 151 countries expected to descend on the city’s Parc des Expositions, June 18-21.

Vinexpo New York attendee registration will open in September 2017. For more information, visit www.vinexponewyork.com.

About Vinexpo
Founded in 1981, Vinexpo is the world’s leading show for wine and spirits professionals and a partner for the wine and spirits industry worldwide. Vinexpo is held in Bordeaux in odd-numbered years. Since 1998, Vinexpo Hong Kong (formerly known as Vinexpo Asia-Pacific) has taken place in even-numbered years, and in 2014, Vinexpo expanded to the Japanese market with the debut of Vinexpo Tokyo, also held in even-numbered years. The two have become key exhibitions of the industry in Asia. Before each exhibition, Vinexpo commissions studies on industry-specific issues and presents the findings in conferences around the world. Since 1999, it has produced a world market study with a five-year outlook, as well as a variety of trend reports. For more information, visit www.vinexpo.com.

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, digital products, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: technology, seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified has divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2015  – Wine Review

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2015  
Wine Review

Lush tropical fruit integrated with some citrus notes. These flavors are carried through to the palate with some hints of vanilla spice to round out the long, lingering finish.

Recommended Food Pairings:

White meats, brie, goat cheese, parmesan, butter and cream sauces.

Notes:

America’s #1 selling Chardonnay for 25 years!

90/100
Liz Palmer
March 14 2017