Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Limited Edition Armand de Brignac Champagne Truffles – Created by the Chocolate Luxury Truffle Chocolatiers


Armand de Brignac the No. 1 Champagne in the world has collaborated with luxury truffle chocolatiers, the Chocolate, to produce the ultimate taste of luxury for Valentine’s Day, ‘Limited Edition Armand de Brignac Champagne Truffles Created by the Chocolate’

Armand de Brignac Champagne is a limited-production prestige cuvée that is produced by award-winning Champagne Cattier house of Chigny-les-Roses, France. The Cattier family has owned and cultivated vineyards in the Montagne de Reims terroir in the French Champagne region since 1763.

Created exclusively for Valentine’s Day, the bespoke handmade truffles are crafted using 63% Toscano Black, sourced from a small, family-run team of artisan chocolate makers based outside the Italian historic city of Pisa. The family prides themselves on their focus and desire to create the best chocolate in the world, and it comes as no surprise that they were awarded the prestigious ‘Golden Bean’ Best Bean to Bar award by the revered Academy of Chocolate.

The family uses a traditional granite stone mill to refine the cocoa beans and the ganache is created using a mixture of cocoa, cream and Armand de Brignac Champagne. At the final stage, the 15 truffles are flaked with edible 24-carat gold, enclosed in a bespoke boutique box featuring an edible pure 24-carat gold inlay, which has been designed to compliment Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Champagne.

A bottle of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold is also included and is presented in a black lacquer wooden box, fitted with an engraved nameplate and lined in black velvet.

Armand de Brignac and the Chocolate perfectly complement each other through their creative passion, use of traditional methods, approach to craftsmanship and their desire to create the best! These characteristics make the Limited Edition Armand de Brignac Champagne Truffles created by the Chocolate the perfect Valentine’s gift – for her and for him.


This bespoke gift is only available in the UK for a limited period, and can be purchased from www.the-chocolate.com for £400. Delivery of this unique hand-made product is within five days or can be expressed for specific delivery date.

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses

Moet & Chandon’s Oscar Cocktail Contest

Moet & Chandon is holding a competition to find the best “Oscar Cocktail” and the winning drink will be served at the Governors Ball. The winner will also receive tickets to a behind-the-scenes “Oscar weekend” with bleacher seats on the red carpet, and much more.

The winner will be determined by the number of “likes” received along with a panel of judges. Judges include: renowned mixologist and cocktail writer, Lindsay Nader; Moët & Chandon USA’s Vice President, Ludovic du Plessis; Oscar-nominated costume designer and Chair of the Academy’s Governors Ball, Jeffrey Kurland; and chef, and host of the Cooking Chanel’s FoodCrafters, Aida Mollenkamp.

The winner and his/her guest will receive:

• a three-night stay at a Marriot hotel
• roundtrip airfare on United Airlines
• tickets to the Governors Ball Preview Event
• red carpet bleacher seats at the Fan Experience Red Carpet Arrival and Viewing Party on Oscar Sunday
• access to the official Oscar viewing party at El Capitan

To enter: http://oscarcontest.moet.com
Submit your recipe (which includes Moet & Chandon) and photo.

Liz Palmer
@Champagnehouses

Moët Hennessy’s Profits Rise 18% In 2011

Moët Hennessy’s net revenue increased 8% to €3.52 billion ($4.62b) in 2011, as profits from recurring operations for the year jumped 18% to €1.1 billion ($1.44b). Fourth-quarter revenue was up 9.4% to €1.21 billion ($1.59b).

Moët Hennessy attributed trading up in the Champagne business as well as strong upward momentum by Hennessy Cognac over the past year as key growth factors.

Moët Hennessy’s company-wide Champagne volume (led by Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot) rose 0.5% to 4.6 million cases globally last year, according to Impact Databank.

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses

London’s Cadogan Hotel Launches “Champagne Bath Menu” just in time for Valentine’s Day

While most couples celebrate with a glass or two of Champagne on Valentine’s Day, The Cadogan has unveiled such indulgence of bubbly on a somewhat larger scale, by bathing in it!

“The Champagne Bath Menu” offers four imaginatively indulgent creations and is available from Valentine’s Day onward. You will have one of the most extravagant unforgettable experiences, in true celebrity style.

Did you know that it takes approximately 120 bottles of Champagne to fill one of Cadogan’s baths? Yes, it does! Not only will a personal butler will fill your bath with Champagne, your Champagne bathing experience is also accompanied by chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of vintage Champagne.


Champagne Bath Menu
~ Per Bath ~

Louis de Custine Brut – £4,000
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut – £6,000
Perrier Jouet ‘Blason’ Rose – £8,000
Dom Perignon Vintage – £25,000
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The Cadogan
75 Sloane Street
Knightsbridge
London
SW1X 9SG

Reservations:
020 7235 7141
www.cadogan.com

Taittinger is the Champagne of choice for SAG Awards

During the 18th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards ceremony behind the scenes event at The Shrine Auditorium Champagne Taittinger is the Champagne of choice.

The results are in after months and weeks of voting, Hollywood’s actors finally name their picks for the best performances in the films and TV shows of 2011 at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The SAG honors, which are closely watched in the race for Oscars, follow the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice given by media watchers, as well as acknowledgements from the U.S. Producers Guild and Directors Guild, which represent their respective professional groups in industry matters.

The SAG Awards are a key barometer of which films and actors have a good chance at winning Oscars, the world’s top film honors given on February 26 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, because performers make up the largest voting branch of the academy.

The SAG Awards air on U.S. TV on Sunday night from Los Angeles on cable networks TNT and TBS, and on Global Television in Canada.

Liz Palmer
@Champagnehouses