Press Release: Canadian Author selected finalist in the prestigious Gourmand Wine and Drinks Awards

TORONTO – The Gourmand Awards jury has announced that “The Ultimate Guide to Champagne” by Liz Palmer is a finalist in the category “Best French Wine Book”. The book was published by Liz Palmer Media Group Inc., Toronto.

The Gourmand World Cookbook and Wine Book Awards, often noted as the “Oscars” of the food and wine world, were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, of the liqueur and cognacs family, and take place in prominent cities each year. Celebrating global cookbook and wine book publishing, the awards feature many world-renowned chefs, photographers, wine writers and food writers each year.

This year there were over 10,000 submissions from over 209 countries competing for the awards. The list of finalists can be found here: http://www.cookbookfair.com/

“Being announced a 2017 finalist in the Gourmand World Cookbook and Wine Book Awards was a surreal feeling,” says Liz. “I was sitting on the tarmac at the João Paulo II Airport (Azores) going through my emails and found the press release … I wanted to jump up and down—I was so excited!!” “It’s truly a real honour to be nominated!”

The Ultimate Guide To Champagne will now compete in its category against winners from other countries for the Best in the World. The results will be announced on May 27 & 28, 2017 at the Gourmand Awards Ceremony in Yantai, China.

ABOUT THE BOOK
There is much more to champagne than the drink – Champagne is named after the region where it is grown, fermented and bottled. This essential guide takes you to this region, explores its culture and honours its history.

Unlike any other book about Champagne, The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is the most comprehensive and visually stunning guide you’ll ever come across – in these pages you’ll discover:

Over 220 Engaging Photos, Maps, Detailed Charts, and Historical Anecdotes
How to Explore the Region
Grape Varieties and Styles
Grand Marques / Growers and Cooperatives, The Annual Viticulture Cycle, Harvest and Production, Champagne and Food Pairing Guides
How to Cook with Champagne
Recipes from Champagne Families
How to Taste and Identify Flavors
How to describe and Rate Champagne
How to Shop, Store and Serve
Champagne Etiquette & Style
Tips for Weddings
International Champagne Bars
The Economics of Champagne
Health Benefits
Science Facts
Extensive Glossaries
and much more…

The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is highly recommended for everyone, from beginners to experts. It’s a remarkable point of reference into which any wine lover or professional can dip in and browse.

The Champagne Bible for ALL wine lovers.

Amazon and Kindle Site https://goo.gl/a7JH9j

ABOUT THE GOURMAND AWARDS

• The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. Every year, they honour the best food and wine books, printed or digital.
• Books from 209 countries participate in these prestigious awards, the only international competition of the sector.
• Every year, Gourmand gives the awards in a very special location for gastronomy. The awards ceremony is an opportunity to meet top people in the world of food wine and books: hundreds of international publishers, authors, chefs and journalists participate.

Canadian Press Contact
liz@liz-palmer.com
phone +1 (416) 616-0999

Liz Palmer is available for interviews and live appearances.

THE COMITÉ CHAMPAGNE’S LONDON TASTING GETS NEW NAME AND NEW VENUE

Françoise Peretti, Director of the UK Champagne Bureau has confirm that the Annual Champagne Tasting has now been rebranded as “The Official #Champagne Experience Day.”  The event is officially planned for March 29 and will be held at the art and design college Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross.

The venue has good natural light with massive space, covering more than 800m2.

As for the content of the newly-rebranded event, Peretti said that the Comité Champagne would be introducing three tutored masterclasses to run alongside the tasting, and would be expanding the themed central tasting table to reflect the major stylistic trends of Champagne.

As well, there will be a free-pour tasting area that will increase to cover three types of Champagne, with vintage and rosé both confirmed, although the third theme is yet to be decided.

Central to the event, like previous Comité Champagne tastings in London, will be over sixty tables for the major brands to showcase their latest releases.

In terms of target audience, Peretti said that the day would be designed to attract buyers from the off- and on-trade, as well as media from trade and consumer press, along with those from both digital and printed publications.

According to Peretti, a particular focus this year will be writers from lifestyle, travel and environmental media following the acceleration in wine tourism and sustainable viticulture in Champagne prompted by the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing for the region, which was achieved in July 2015.

She also announced that the Comité Champagne was planning a “stand alone” event specifically for wine educators, which she said was necessary to meet their particular needs.

Here is an overview of the changes:

  • The Annual Champagne Tasting has been rebranded as The Official #Champagne Experience Day;
  • While it will retain its slot in the month of March, it will be held on 29 March – two weeks later than its usual timing;
  • The Official #Champagne Experience Day will be held at art and design college Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross;
  • The event will keep the individual brand tables, but will introduce three themed central tables reflecting the key styles of Champagne in growth, including vintage and rosé;
  • The revamped tasting will include more content, such as three tutored Champagne masterclasses, with space for up to 40 attendees at each one; and
  • The Comité Champagne is planning a standalone event to address the specific needs of wine educators.

PIPER-HEIDSIECK RETURNS TO THE 2017 OSCARS WITH LIMITED EDITION MAGNUMS

 

On the heels of yesterday’s 89th Oscars nominations announcement, Piper-Heidsieck, the revered Champagne house, announced its return to the red carpet as the Champagne to be served during the 2017 Academy Awards season.

To honor this partnership, Piper-Heidsieck has created a limited-edition magnum to be poured exclusively at the ceremony and Governors Ball. An exceptional bottle for an exceptional night, the Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut magnum is enrobed in red and features a design of gold film that encircles the bottle.

The 2017 Academy Awards season marks the third year of a long-term partnership between Piper-Heidsieck and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“On behalf of Piper-Heidsieck, I want to congratulate all the nominees for this great recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” said Benoit Collard, global executive director of Piper-Heidsieck. “Piper-Heidsieck has a long and rich association with cinema and is proud to return to the Oscars, the ultimate arbiter of cinematic achievement in film.”

In addition to the awards ceremony on February 26, Piper-Heidsieck will be poured at Academy events in Los Angeles, New York and London, including the Oscars Nominees Luncheon on February 6.

Get red carpet ready for Oscars® night with Piper-Heidsieck! #PiperReady

CHAMPAGNE SHIPMENTS DROP 2%

Champagne shipped a total of 306.6 million bottles in 2016, a decline of 2% from 2015.

According to the estimates released by Comité Champagne this past week, Champagne shipments worldwide, including the French market, fell by 6 million bottles in the past 12 months compared to the same period in 2015, when the region shipped a total of 312.5m bottles.

The final figure of 306.6m for 2016 means that Champagne sales have now dropped back below 2014’s total, which amounted to 307.1m bottles, taking the region even further from its record, which was achieved ten years ago in 2007, when it shipped almost 338.8m bottles (see figures below).

Explaining the fall in the number of bottles shipped in 2016, Jean-Marie Barillère, who is president of the Union des Maisons de Champagne, told Drinks Business that the decline was a result of falling sales in the French and British markets.

“The total decrease has been done by France and England,” he said.

As much as two thirds of the 6m global decline can be attributed to France alone, which sold 4m fewer bottles in 2017 – last year’s domestic market for Champagne totaled 158m bottles, compared to 162m in 2016.

Meanwhile, Barillère recorded that Champagne shipments to the UK alone had fallen by around 3m bottles, in contrast to other European nations such as Spain and Italy, which, he said, had enjoyed increases, meaning that the EU (excluding France) accounted for 77.5m bottles in 2016, down from 80.2m in 2015.

Outside its domestic market and Europe, Champagne did enjoy growth in 2016, but with a modest 0.5% increase, this represented an extra 600,000 bottles from 70.3m in 2015 to 70.9m last year.

Although the figures for value have yet to be released, Barillère said that the total would be down by 1-2% due to exchange rates, although he stressed that 2017 would be Champagne’s second highest ever year for turnover, having set a new record in 2016, when it reached €4.75 billion.

Indeed, if the drop was the full 2%, a total of €4.65bn for 2016 would still surpass the previous record set in 2007, when sales reached €4.56bn prior to the global financial slowdown.

The decline in shipments for 2016 has surprised some in the region, particularly as the yields set in June last year for the 2016 harvest were designed to deliver a production of 315m bottles, slightly higher than the shipment total for 2015.

Usually the yields are set to bring about a supply of Champagne that is similar if not a bit higher than the current demand.

Explaining why the yields were set to produce 315m bottles, Michel Letter, managing director of Mumm and Perrier Jouët, told db that the global market for Champagne was looking more promising in May and June last year when the yields were set*, adding that the French and UK markets had declined more than expected, while the US had not risen as much as many in Champagne had initially thought.

Summing up, he admitted, “We were a bit optimistic”.

* The yield for the 2016 harvest was set in June at 9,700 kilos per hectare with a further 1,100kg/ha to be taken from the reserve at the start of February. This produces approximately 283m bottles from the harvest with a further 32m bottles coming from the reserve, making a total production of 315m bottles.

Figures from the Comité Champagne for 2016, with % change compared to 2015:

Total shipments for 2016: 306.6m bottles (down 1.9%)

Total revenue (estimate) €4.65 billion (down 2%)

France: 158.1 million bottles (down 2.3%)

EU countries (other than France): 77.5 million bottles (down 3.3%)

Exports outside the EU: 70.9 million bottles (up 0.5%)

Champagne global shipments over the past 11 years (volume, bottles)

2006: 321.8m

2007: 338.8m

2008: 322.6m

2009: 293.3m

2010: 319.5m

2011: 323.0m

2012: 308.6m

2013: 305.0m

2104: 307.1m

2015: 312.5m

2016: 306.6m

Champagne global shipments over the past 11 years (value, Euros)

2006: 4.179bn

2007: 4.558bn

2008: 4.440bn

2009: 3.728bn

2010: 4.108bn

2011: 4.408bn

2012: 4.382bn

2013: 4.365bn

2104: 4.500bn

2015: 4.750bn

2016: 4.650bn

 

Sources:  The Drinks Business – January 2017, and
Comité Champagne (CIVC)

 

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/01/champagne-shipments-drop-2-to-306-6m-bottles/

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards Champagne Cocktail is Revealed

Jimmy Fallon, the host of the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards and other celebrities and guests will be sipping “The Moët Diamond”.

Actress Olivia Culpo, the created of  The Moët Diamond was in Beverly Hills on Tuesday to unveil the cocktail she created for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards – here it is direct from the source:

The Moët Diamond

3 ounces Moët Imperial Brut Champagne

½ ounce orange liqueur

2 dashes cherry bitters

1 rock candy stick

Preparation: Pour orange liqueur into champagne flute and add dash of cherry bitters. Gently pour chilled champagne.

Served: Straight up, without ice

Garnish: Rock candy stick and orange zest

While you are sipping Moët Diamond here’s everything you need to know about the 74th annual show that honors the best in TV and film.

It airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC

The show, takes place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., and will air live from coast to coast. E! will have a Red Carpet Live arrival special starting at 7 p.m. ET, and Ryan Seacrest will begin NBC’s pre-show coverage at 6 p.m ET.

You can stream the show only if…

... you have a cable subscription. You need to select your TV provider to watch NBC from a streaming device. The red carpet will stream on Twitter starting at 6 p.m. ET.