London’s May Fair Hotel Launches “150” Champagne Experience

May Fair Hotel has recently launched a new Champagne initiative called “150”, named after the measurement of a magnum of champagne.

The 5-star hotel, located in the eponymous May Fair district in London’s West End, has created the service in partnership with Moët Hennessy UK.

Under the new offering, guests can enjoy premium magnums of vintage champagnes paired with a menu of small plate dining from the hotel’s Chef Patron Silvena Rowe.

Hotel General Manager, Anthony Lee, said: “The May Fair has always been a high profile place and the place to be seen.”

The idea behind “150” is to provide an exclusive experience by offering magnum bottle service of premium champagne paired with a carefully selected menu by Chef Patron Silvena Rowe.

Amongst the lavish food and champagne combinations are the Dom Pérignon Vintage Rosé 1998 for 12 guests, featuring four magnums of Dom Pérignon coupled with four canapés for each guest, priced at £4,400.

The May Fair Hotel
Stratton Street,
London,
W1J 8LT,
United Kingdom
44 (0)20 7629 7777
http://www.themayfairhotel.co.uk

Narcisse Tea & Champagne Lounge: Pairing Tea or Champagne with a Scottsdale Twist

Offering the tradition of a spot of tea or a flute of Champagne with a Scottsdale twist is Narcisse Tea & Champagne Lounge, located in the Scottsdale Quarter.

“Champagne is wine with bubbles,” states Narcisse’s co-owner Tom Zummo who has travelled the world and brought the idea of pairing high quality tea with the sophistication of champagne.

With over 125 Champagnes by-the-bottle to choose from (including non-vintage, vintage, grower-producer, prestige cuvées, and rosé) and over 65 Champagnes by-the-glass.

With a relaxing day vibe comes a hip evening with DJ’s and the popping sounds of champagne. Nothing says celebration like the bubbles of champagne or the soothing scents of teas.

Price: ***

Neighbourhood: Scottsdale, AZ

Cross Street: Scottsdale and Greenway/Hayden

Executive Chef: Nate Wood

Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International

Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Website: http://narcisselounge.com

Email: info@narcisselounge.com

Narcisse Tea & Champagne Lounge
At The Scottsdale Quarter
15257 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale AZ
(480) 588-2244

LVMH Sales Beat Forecasts

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, the world’s biggest luxury group, posted a 17-per-cent rise in first-quarter sales on Monday that beat analysts’ expectations despite the earthquake disaster in Japan, a key luxury market.

The owner of handbag maker Louis Vuitton, Hennessy cognac and Moët & Chandon champagne had sales of €5.25-billion ($7.2-billion) in the three months to March 31. The average estimate in a Reuters poll of nine analysts was €4.97-billion.

“All business groups recorded double-digit organic revenue growth in the quarter,” including Louis Vuitton, LVMH said in a statement that cited strong momentum in the United States, Europe and Asia.

The wines and spirits and watches and jewellery divisions “continued their strong recovery due to a confirmed return in client demand,” LVMH said.

At its annual general meeting on March 31, LVMH said it expected the impact of Japan’s woes on overall annual sales to be limited. Japan accounts for 9 per cent of group revenue.

The company did not give any further details in its statement on Monday. LVMH is due to hold a conference call on its sales on Tuesday.

British luxury competitor Burberry is due to give a second-half trading update on Tuesday, while L’Oreal, which competes with LVMH in perfumes and cosmetics, is expected to report first-quarter sales.

LVMH provided no forecasts, but said key priorities for the year will be brand development, cost controls and targeted investments.

In March, LVMH agreed to acquire Italian jeweller Bulgari for €3.7-billion in a deal analysts said sent a message to luxury peer Hermès SA that LVMH could make a friendly deal. LVMH owns more than 20 per cent of Hermès.

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A Royal Wedding Champagne Breakfast… will it be Champagne Bollinger?

No doubt millions will be watching the next “royal wedding,” when Prince William weds Catherine Middleton in a few weeks. For those in North America, that will require a very early morning—beginning at 3 a.m. on the West Coast.

There’s no word yet on which Champagne will be served at the reception. The cake designs, however, are said to be quite impressive! There is a good chance that the bubbly will come from Champagne Bollinger as it stems back to Queen Victoria who issued a royal warrant to Bollinger in 1884 and then Prince Charles served it at both his bachelor party and at his wedding reception.

For those inspired to toast William and Kate on their wedding day with a Champagne breakfast, Bollinger has created a menu of “Royal Wedding Breakfast Pairings,” intended of course to accompany a glass of Bollinger: Bubble and squeak or kedgeree to accompany a nice old-fashioned English breakfast would be spot on, but caviar and toast points with black truffles and poached eggs are more our fancy.

Searcys Rolls Out Champagne Bar: One New Change

Searcys has recently rolled out its latest Champagne Bar One New Change, which is located in the St Paul’s shopping district. Overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral Bar One New Change can accommodate up to 100 guests and will host an extensive Champagne list including over 30 varieties by the flute and over 100 cuvées by the bottle.

The champagne list aims to celebrate the seasons and all styles of Champagne are expected to be represented; features include tasting flights, vintage profiles, rare vintages as well as the theatrical decanting of Champagne.

Champagne will also be matched with fine foods, namely tapas style “plates” such as foie gras and green peppercorn terrine or smoked tuna with almonds.

Michelle Cartwright, the Searcys Champagne Bar concept development manager, said: “To be part of such an exciting launch is a privilege and Searcys is proud to present a bar in such a great retail development.”

Searcys operates at a number of iconic locations, including 40/30, St Pancras Champagne Bar, Westfield Champagne Bar, the Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery and the Hurlingham Club.

Searcys plans to launch a further five Champagne Bars in 2011 at various transport hubs and retail outlets.