8 Wine Trends To Watch in 2012 by Liz Palmer

Since the plunge in world markets, the wine market has not only bounced back, but is on a steady uphill rise. The market in fine wines has become reliable and with such potential for growth that no respectable financial portfolio should be without a select stock of first growth Bordeaux. Along with an increased awareness of fine wines for investment purposes, here are some further trends that seem to be gaining strength:

1.      Local Wines – The movement to reduce carbon emissions and consume locally grown products has extended to the wine industry in the past few years and this will continue to grow.

2.      Less is More – New world wines with overripe grapes and high alcohol contents have lost their popularity and will be replaced by classic, elegant wines with less alcohol levels (below 13 or 14%). This style marks the return to the tradition of flavorful, balanced wines. There will also be less wood flavors with more clear fruit forward wines.

3.      Retailers Resurgent – Employees have never been more knowledgeable and have become less snobby.  There will be more in-store tastings with a culture of service becoming more important.

4.      Burgundy is the New Bordeaux – As prices for Bordeaux continue to rise, more wine lovers are choosing wines from Burgundy. This is evidenced at some recent New York and Hong Kong wine auctions.

 5.   Sustainable Wines – The desire to make more natural wines, from organic or biodynamic vineyards with minimal intervention, including the addition of chemicals, is gaining more recognition.

New Zealand is set on becoming the first country with a fully sustainable wine industry by 2013, with many of the country’s big winemakers already producing organic wines. Expect this trend to continue growing in the coming years.

6.  Value – Although we seem to be out of the worst of the recession, we are looking for good mid-priced wines that offer great value for the price. Wines from the regions of South America, Australia, and Spain offer such value without the high price tag.

7.    Bends –  There is some truth to the power of blending to build better wine.  This is true for both whites and reds. It is worth watching the renewed market power of non-varietal wines. The average consumer is more willing to buy wine without it being marked chardonnay or merlot – this is a crucial shift.  We’ve transcended our neuroses about blended wines — insecurities that grew out of pre-1980s fondness for things like hearty burgundy. It also means that we won’t be intimidated to try wines from elsewhere in the world that doesn’t proclaim varietal identity on the label.

8.    Artisan Wine – Artisan wine trend gains momentum on either continent. You will find more of these wines on the shelf and wine lists.  This trend shows no signs of slowing down.

 

Liz Palmer
@Champagnehouses

 

 

 

Louis Roederer creates Foundation for Contemporary Art

Champagne Louis Roederer, a prestigious, family-owned house has announced the creation of the Louise Roederer Foundation for Contemporary Art. The aim of the Foundation is to promote and develop new contemporary art projects.

Founded in Reims in 1776, Louis Roederer owns several wine portfolios including Champagne. Through the creation of the Louis Roederer Foundation for Contemporary Art, the company aims to draw attention to its patronage of the arts, a company policy since 2003, through supporting new projects. To this end, the Foundation has entered into a partnership with the Palais de Tokyo Contemporary Art Gallery in Paris.

The Louis Roederer Foundation will support artistic innovation and allow art to become more accessible to the public. In order to achieve this, the Foundation is developing partnerships with various artistic institutions, the commissioning and purchase of works by artists with whom the house has created links over the past ten years, through supporting artists at exhibitions, previews and festivals all over the world.

 

Liz Palmer
@Champagnehouses

La connexion francophone – Soirée de réseautage (HNS)

La connexion francophone – Soirée de réseautage (HNS)

Faire les affaires en français ou/et avec les francophones


Mercredi 20 juin 2012 (18H à 21H)

Au restaurant Peridot – 81 rue Bloor est, Toronto, ON M4W 1A9 (juste à l’est de la rue Yonge)


Sponsors:


 

Picture of Yorkville

BilingualLink.com et MetroActive.org  organisent le premier événement de réseautage d’affaires sur la Connexion francophone à Toronto. C’est votre occasion de faire les plus gros contacts d’affaires et vous faire connaitre auprès des autres dirigeants francophones et francophiles, des entrepreneurs et chefs d’entreprises francophones et francophiles lors de cet événement exceptionnel qui se tiendra à Toronto au cœur du quartier Yorkville.

Cet événement consacré aux activités commerciales en français ou avec les francophones au Canada et à l’étranger est organisé par MetroActive et Bilinguallink.com, respectivement  importante entreprise de gestion de réseau et principale ressource au Canada spécialisée dans la connexion avec les opportunités bilingues dans le marché et les entreprises qui ont des besoins en ressources humaines avec les personnes qui parlent français.

Plus de 1,3 millions de personnes  ont déclaré qu’elles  pouvaient parler français en Ontario et beaucoup d’entre elles résident à Toronto. Vous avez certainement besoin d’élargir votre clientèle ou votre marché pour votre entreprise, vos produits ou vos services. Ne ratez donc pas cette occasion de maillage d’affaires exceptionnelle.

Branchez-vous au marché des affaires au Canada et appuyez-vous sur l’héritage français du Canada pour accéder aux marchés francophones des autres pays! Cet événement réunira les entreprises exerçant leurs activités en français, aux entreprises cherchant à pénétrer les communautés francophones (au Canada et à l’étranger), aux organismes cherchant à se connecter aux francophones et les  francophones cherchant à élargir leurs occasions d’affaires pendant une soirée de réseautage réunissant  les cadres d’entreprise, aux entrepreneurs et d’autres professionnels très actifs de la région.

C’est une occasion idéale pour tout entrepreneur ou professionnel fournisseur de produits ou services voulant pénétrer de nouveaux marchés et segments de la population, atteindre de nouveaux sommets ou tout simplement diversifier ses services.

Tony Zapacosta (left) and his son Philip (right) owners of Nanni Couture European Fashions at Hazelton Lanes
Rose Cathy Handy, CEO, Bilinqual Link.com

L’évènement Hosted Networking Social (ou HNS) est une forme intensive et efficace de faire le réseautage d’affaires. Il est conçu pour produire des résultats palpables pour votre entreprise tout en vous permettant de développer des relations d’affaires avec vos clients actuels et clients potentiels que vous n’aurez pas pu  rencontrer autrement, ou des relations que vous n’aurez pas pu développer plus rapidement.  Par le Hosted Networking Social vous pouvez de manière significative réduire le nombre de mois consacrés à développer des relations à quelques jours, ou même à une soirée.

Avec une expérience professionnelle qui date de 2001, le HNS a mis en contact des dizaines de milliers de professionnels de la Grande région de Toronto et a créé des occasions d’investissement et d’affaires pour ceux qui y ont assisté, particulièrement pour ceux qui avaient choisis d’organiser un évènement. Le format sera semblable à celui des soirées de réseautage  Autumn Hosted Networking Social et November Hosted Networking Social, qui ont été toutes les deux  animées à guichet fermé.

Host Companies:

Baldo Minaudo, President of MetroActive and Author of ‘The Banker Who Saved His Soul’
Helping People and Opportunity Meet

Rose Cathy HANDY, President, www.bilinguallink.com and author of “From homeless to CEO”
Connecting employers and candidates in the Bilingual Market

Dress Code: Business attire or equivalent

Note: You must provide proof of full payment for admission into the event. Purchase is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another individual as long as you provide that person with your proof of payment along with your signature on the bottom and note that says “I transfer my ticket to the bearer of this receipt”. We reserve the right to change event details without notice, so make sure you check event post online before event. We reserve the right to refuse admission to the event or to remove individuals from the event without refund of admission price, for whatever reason, but especially for inappropriate behaviour or complaints from, or harassment of other guests. This event is not appropriate for network marketing or multi-level marketing sales or recruitment. There may be a photographer and film crew present to record parts of the event – if you would like to be omitted from the recordings you must indicate so in writing upon signing in at the event. You’re contact information will be provided to the sponsors of the event unless you indicate in writing upon signing up at the event.

OPTIONS (all options include one drink ticket – Bring your proof of payment for admission):

1. Reserve your spot now for only $10 plus $1.30 HST (Non-refundable) to guarantee your spot and ticket price and pay $35 cash at door ($30.97 plus HST of $4.03).

2. Buy your ticket now for $40.00 (plus $5.20 HST) and guarantee you’ll have your spot.

3. Show up at the event and pay $40 (plus HST) – NOTE: Door price may increase before event.

FOR DETAILS:

MetroActive t: (416) 564-0245

Networking to get results at events!

There are events and seminars happening throughout the month that you are attending and taking the time, energy and money to network. You must be prepared for the opportunity and be able to follow up with goal to achieve desired results.

Networking is concept that has to be done on an ongoing basis to create momentum to yield you results. Attracting qualified clients that you can offer you specific packages that you offer is the goal.

Connecting

Building your list in one aspect that is important to do a daily basis whether your meeting people online or offline, there are important resources that will begin to add up with connections on LinkedIn and other social networking sites you belong to.

It all begins with you business with is your billboard and your most important marketing tool you have that you can leverage in any situation. When you are at a networking event or going bowling with friends, being prepared for the opportunity is the most strategy to remember. American Express has a great saying “never leave home without it” same goes for you business card, its part of you like the clothes you wear every day.

Information

You have an expertise in specific areas from networking, wealth to resources you want to share, important aspect of networking is you to be able to fill the needs of others. Recently at an event where I noticed that attendee didn’t have a website for his construction business, high recommended that he should have a website that is prospective clients should visit, offered to email him some of my contacts to assist him with that.
When you hand you business cards out you can advise you contacts that “you appreciate referrals and will to offer compensation for completed transactions” this creates a strong signal of confidence your abilities and willing to create a win-win situation.

Monetize

The most important part in creating a strong networking system is the ability to monetize easy and effectively. Knowing your product and the package that specifically is best for you potential client.
Have a follow-up system that create results with every contact you meet will either you yield you a meeting to do presentation or connection for future.
Making follow-up calls within 24hr is imperative in your execution of your complete package. The ability to pick up of the phone and connection is the only way to create a strong connection. Do not rely on only sending email appreciating meeting your connections or just adding them to your LinkedIn connection or to your monthly newsletter, which can be done a later time.
Your goal is to deal with the strong leads in a timely manner. Increase you database is an important part of the networking strategy which needs to be done. Be aware that the warm leads are important because you either made a commitment with them or left a good impression that they want to learn more about your products or services.
Doing the above mention strategies over and over again will get you the results you need to have a growing and profitable business.

Go out there and Get Connected Make Wealth Happen!

Jim S Pagiamtzis J
About Get Connected Make Wealth Happen!Published Author, Speaker and Elite Entrepreneur Jim Pagiamtzis is the founder of Get Connected Make Wealth Happen! has been articles published online by Toronto Public Library Small Biz Express, Centennial College, Happen.ca Linking People and Entrepreneurs,How’s Business blog (Staples Business Depot) and Metro Active.org.  Printed articles for FedEx Freight Canada (Newsletter) Centennial College Ascent Magazine. Has been on That Channel.com speaking on How to become Networking Success.Jim Pagiamtzis in 5 years has successfully leveraged his written articles into speaking all over the GTA from consulting with Burkert Fluid Control, Enterprise Toronto, Career Door, Skills for Change and Trios College. Has delivered keynote for Monarch Park Collegiate spoke on 3 keys task to success and How to attract a Mentor. His dynamic speaking style has empowered and inspired his audience to learn, do and apply his simple and effective Parformance Selling System. Jim has also volunteered with Junior Achievement in Toronto on “Economics of Staying in School”

Academy Awards: The “Moet Red Carpet Glamour” is unveiled as the exclusive Champagne cocktail for the Governors Ball

Moet & Chandon, the Champagne of success and glamour since 1743, announces the winner of the inaugural Moet Oscar Cocktail Contest. The legendary Champagne House congratulates Chicago native Adam Seger, whose “Moet Red Carpet Glamour” cocktail dazzled a panel of expert judges and social media experts. The Moet Red Carpet Glamour cocktail was selected for its originality, taste and popularity and will be brought to life at the 2012 Governors Ball, the after-party of the 84th Academy Awards®.

The Moet Red Carpet Glamour captures the essence of Hollywood glamour with exquisite notes of heady cardamom and kaffir lime that develop a refreshing and harmonious taste. This winning cocktail was chosen for its combination of the Hum® botanical spirit with Moet & Chandon Imperial, which highlights the flavor profile of Champagne while truly celebrating the elegance of the Academy Awards.

“The Moet Red Carpet Glamour cocktail will be a gorgeous addition to this year’s Governors Ball,” said Aida Mollenkamp, Moet & Chandon’s Award Season home entertaining expert. “The cocktail is intriguing and innovative yet still allows the flavor of the Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne to shine.”

Aida Mollenkamp has joined Moet & Chandon as this year’s home entertaining expert in a new Oscar season collaboration.  The acclaimed chef and culinary curator, known for her signature combinations of fresh, seasonal ingredients and use of ethnic flavors.

Moet Red Carpet Glamour Cocktail Recipe:

  • Fill a chilled Champagne flute 1/2 way with ice.
  • Stir 1 ounce of fresh squeezed Sour Mix and Hum® Botanical Spirit with fresh ice.
  • Strain into flute to fill 1/2 way.
  • Top with Moet & Chandon Imperial.
  • Garnish with a single rose petal.
  • Continually refresh as you wish with Moet & Chandon Imperial as the Champagne will float on top of the Hum Sour, but its effervescence will deliver Hum’s heady cardamom & Kaffir lime notes.
  • Fresh Squeeze Sour Mix Preparation: Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water until sugar is completely dissolved. Add 1 cup fresh lime juice and 1 cup fresh lemon juice and refrigerate.

As winner of the 2012 Moet Oscar Cocktail Contest, Adam Seger and a guest will receive an exciting behind-the-scenes Oscar weekend, including a three-night stay at the JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live, round-trip airfare on United Airlines, car service, tickets to the Governors Ball Preview Event, red carpet bleacher seats at the Fan Experience Red Carpet Arrival and Viewing Party on Oscar Sunday and access to the official Oscar viewing party at El Capitan.

 

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses

 

 

 

French Connections

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French Affair Hosted Networking Social

Adding Value to Your Business With French-speaking People

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 (6-9 PM)

at Peridot Resto Lounge – 81 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A9 (Just East of Yonge St.)

With Great Hosts to Help You Network

Sponsors:

 

Picture of YorkvilleMetroActive and Bilingual Link are organizing the first annual French Affair Hosted Networking Social in Toronto’s Yorkville District at Peridot Resto Lounge – 81 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A9 (Just East of Yonge St.). The event will bring together French speaking executives, entrepreneurs, and business owners for an evening of networking among Toronto’s most cultured and active French-speaking business professionals.

An event dedicated to the opportunities and pleasures of doing business with French-speaking companies and individuals both within and outside Canada brought to you by MetroActive, Canada’s leading business networking organization and Bilingual Link, Canada’s leading resource for connecting bilingual talent with business human resource needs. This event is in the tradition of MetroActive’s hugely successful proprietary hosted networking social format and leverages Bilingual Link’s established industry relationships and expertise.

Tony Zapacosta (left) and his son Philip (right) owners of Nanni Couture European Fashions at Hazelton Lanes

Tap into Canada’s French business market and leverage Canada’s French heritage to reach French markets in other countries! The event will bring together French-based companies, companies looking to reach French communities (within and outside Canada), organizations looking to hire French-speaking individuals and French-speaking individuals looking for career opportunities for an evening of networking among Toronto’s most active corporate executives, business owners and other business professionals.This is an ideal opportunity for: 1. Individuals looking to expand their professional network, 2. Businesses looking to expand their presence among the French-speaking community and to better understand this community, 3. Organizations servicing the French-speaking community interested in reaching those within the French community in the Greater Toronto Area, and 4. Individuals wanting to do business in French. You don’t need to be fully bilingual to take advantage of the French-speaking community, but you do need to understand the community and to develop the appropriate network, relationships and awareness of your business.

Rose Cathy Handy, CEO, Bilinqual Link.com

Join our MetroActive hosts and members for an evening focused on discovering and discussing the French culture, doing business with the French-speaking community, and exploring related business opportunities. Take advantage of individual business introductions, socializing, and networking with the heads of some of Canada’s French-speaking businesses and organizations.  Enjoy exploring the latest developments, happenings and opportunities among Canada’s French speaking community.

The evening will begin by focusing on business networking and information exchange and will later evolve into a more casual and relaxed atmosphere. 

Reserve your admission today. Most of our events are sold out and we have to turn away dozens of individuals who don’t buy tickets far enough in advance. Don’t delay!

Admission Price Includes: 1. One drink ticket good for house red and white wines, domestic bottled beer or bar rail drinks (vodka, rye, rum, gin).

Draw Prizes: TBA

Hosts:

Baldo Minaudo, President of MetroActive and Author of ‘The Banker Who Saved His Soul’
Helping People and Opportunity Meet

Rose Cathy HANDY, President, www.bilinguallink.com and author of “From homeless to CEO”
Connecting employers and candidates in the Bilingual Market


Dress Code: Business attire or equivalent

Note: You must provide proof of full payment for admission into the event. Purchase is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another individual as long as you provide that person with your proof of payment along with your signature on the bottom and note that says “I transfer my ticket to the bearer of this receipt”. We reserve the right to change event details without notice, so make sure you check event post online before event. We reserve the right to refuse admission to the event or to remove individuals from the event without refund of admission price, for whatever reason, but especially for inappropriate behaviour or complaints from, or harassment of other guests. This event is not appropriate for network marketing or multi-level marketing sales or recruitment. There may be a photographer and film crew present to record parts of the event – if you would like to be omitted from the recordings you must indicate so in writing upon signing in at the event. You’re contact information will be provided to the sponsors of the event unless you indicate in writing upon signing up at the event.

The HNS is managed and hosted by MetroActive (www.MetroActive.org), a GTA leader in business-to-business networking and social interaction. MetroActive is Canada’s premier business networking organization begun in 1997 and with a membership based in the Greater Toronto Area and which is primarily composed of corporate executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, investors and other high net worth, high disposable income individuals. You can see pictures from some of our over 1,000 past events on our facebook group page – http://www.facebook.com/groups/2367429038/. We are also on LinkedIn, twitter, meetup, youtube and yahoogroups. At October’s event we had over 120 people attending and at November’s event we had over 130 and had to turn away people at both events that hadn’t bought or reserved their ticket in advance.

OPTIONS (all options include one drink ticket – Bring your proof of payment for admission):

1. Reserve your spot now for only $10 plus $1.30 HST (Non-refundable) to guarantee your spot and ticket price and pay $35 cash at door ($30.97 plus HST of $4.03).

2. Buy your ticket now for $40.00 (plus $5.20 HST) and guarantee you’ll have your spot.

3. Show up at the event and pay $40 (plus HST) – NOTE: Door price may increase before event.

FOR DETAILS:

MetroActive t: (416) 564-0245

Amazing week living the Get Connected Make Wealth Happen Lifestyle! Jan 31st- Feb 5th 2012

It was an amazing week speaking and sharing and generating business less than 7 days!

Tuesday Jan 31,2012 attended the Toronto Finance group near the airport. Shared my insights Networking and Blogging success. Patrick Bizindavyi www.journeymanstories.blogspot.com (Author of Journey Man Stories and President of Goal Achieves Canada talk about his 10 years success on how networking created opportunities for him, on how his blog propelled his success to become a book and rewarding speaking and consulting career.

Rania Effat shared her recent success in starting her new blog www.livingoutmypurpose.wordpress.com and how she took action to achieve her immediate success. Mira Sirotic one the attendees past on a referral regarding opportunity to be on panel for an event for Junior Leadership Program in Toronto. (More on that later) Big thanks go to Larry Cooper for this opportunity. Had met him at a Klemmer & Associates event last week of December 2011.

On February 1st 9:00am had an amazing radio interview with Fatima Omar Khamissa Founder of God Conscious Women’s Institute.She has radio show (www.americanmuslim362) (It felt as if I was on Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN!) where every Wednesday she talks to inspire and motivate people who want to share with the world their success and how they can do the same

We talked about the power of been great networking, having mentors to learn from in our journey of success. Access to resources from local libraries and audios to learn from and being on the journey being lifelong learners.

On Wednesday February 2nd had great Skype call from Baldo Minaudo President of Metro Active in Toronto. (www.metroactive.org) regarding the opportunity to do article features for his Metro Active membership and assist him with his social media campaign!

Friday February 3rd Mastermind event in North York
Was invited by Patrick Bizindavyi and Bonnie Chan to participate in mastermind group that is starting in North York. Have be part of a successful Goal Achievers mastermind group since February 2011, it was great share my experience and impart them on the new members

Had great phone conversation on February 3nd with Rob Canyon (mentor by Brian Tracy) on Friday Feb 3 regarding Business, life and Success. Gave me new title for my book How to be successful in Social Media less than 30 days(7). Came due a talk I was scheduled to do at Business Connection 2012 in Toronto on February 7,2012. At the time as in 1st place and would have 5 minutes to talk on stage. Rob Canyon suggested to leverage the book at then end to use and give-away and to create excited to engage in audience with result of collecting business cards from participants for book material. Engaging title and high perceived value( key secret revealed on how seminar industry works)

Saturday Feb 4th London Tap House event in Toronto

Few weeks ago got a great Facebook message from Ravi Amir if I was interested in speaking about networking success at an evening event he had organized. I was intrigued and developed talk called “How to become a Dating Success in less than 30 days” Looked forward to sharing my experience and insights. As it turned out talk didn’t happen due to timing but we did do some one on one session with a few participants. Below is a brief comment:
Bhanu Rana made this statement “ Jim, thanks for the short talk, your insight and positive attitude turned my night around, it turned out to be great night after all!”

Sunday February 5th JPL (Junior Leadership Program) in association with Go Vision

As mention earlier got great referral at the Toronto Finance Network event from Mira Sirotic (CMA). It was full house of students in 1st and 2nd year at the Hart House (University of Toronto Campus). HSBC was the sponsor of the event and had representatives from multiple branches. Due to last minute change we had opportunity to speak for 15 minutes to the group (brought my USB with my presentation just in case).

It was great to share my insight and experience on the journey of meeting mentors who affected my life in some many ways. From my earlier mentors Max Haroon, Terry Gogna to current mentors Patrick Bizindavyi, Marc Gordon (www.marctv.com)
Peter Chung consultant and University of Toronto alumni shared his paths of success and inspired attendees to continue to learn everyday and never stop.

Moral of the story:
Opportunities are everyone and it all begins with networking and meeting people everywhere you go. Follow up and getting results will get you lesson and experience to share with others.

 

 

Franco Stalteri on Champagne Burger… by Liz Palmer

If you’ve heard of Charlie’s Burgers, the stories have most likely been shrouded in mystery and intrigue. This auspicious, boundary-pushing, word-of-mouth popup-dining destination is the brainchild of Toronto resident Franco Stalteri.

I’m sitting down with Franco to discuss his latest venture “Champagne Charlie Burger” late December. Our meet-up took place at 416 Snack Bar one of his haunts and apparently a lively after-hours chefs’ hangout. The place is dark and sultry with the odd flicker of candle light and comfortable enough to interview and sip a glass or two of Champagne without much notice.

Franco is probably one of the most stylish, driven, and savvy guys you’ll ever meet in Toronto and as Director of Experimental Marketing at Your Brand Integrated Marketing Communications, he’s industry-connected.

 

LP  Tell me about Champagne Charlie Burger and the concept?

FS Charlie’s Burgers has been around for over 3 ½ years and I thought it would be good idea to bring Champagne as an added feature to our events.

It’s been a one-year project from sourcing the house/grower, an agent and designing the label.

I found a champagne grower who was intrigued with my dining concept and the thought of combining it with champagne  – he was willing to try something new.

LP  You sealed the deal and Champagne Charlie was born!

Franco presents Champagne Charlie Burger Blanc de Blancs Brut NV and strategically pours the champagne into my flute and his – we continue the conversation. I decline to eat as my focus was on the conversation and tasting notes.

LP  I’m very excited to hear …which are in the Champagne region, which classification, and which grower?

I pull out a map of the region.

FS The village of Oger as he writes on the map. It’s located in the department of Marne, region of Champagne-Ardenne, and in district of Épernay.

Henry de Vaugency is an eighth-generation Champagne grower and family-owned.

All of the grapes are sourced from their own Grand Cru vineyards –They has over 12 hectares of prime 1er Cru vines scattered over ten villages with predominately chardonnay grapes.

The production is onsite, including pressing, bottling, ageing, disgorging and labelling.

LP  Can you tell me some historical facts on this house?

FS  This house started in 1732 and is still family-run, and I believe the cellars date back to the 18th century.

LP  What about Champagne Charlie Burger?

FS  It’s a very good quality Champagne, Grand Cru, Blanc de Blanc, with a blend of 01/02 and 03 vintages.  It’s been cellar-aged for five years.

We have used it at some of our events and it’s been quite successful with guests.

Champagne Charlie Burger can be served as an aperitif, with appetizers, dinner or with dessert!

Sales are word-of-mouth and we are now on our 5th shipment.

LP  What are you pricing it at?

FS  A fair market price of $67.00 CDN

LP  So, what’s next for Franco Stalteri?

FS  I’m working on something exciting for February – watch and see!

 

Tasting Notes:

VISUAL ASPECT: Brilliant colour and golden tints; fine lively bubbles with plenty of finesse.

NOSE: Notes of honey and green apple stand out, followed by complex citrus aromas; nicely mellow overall impression of a pure chardonnay that has aged for several years.

ON THE PALATE: very fresh, confirming the rich bouquet; lively yet delicate in the attack, followed by a long-lasting finish; good balance between vinosity and elegance.

Champagne Charlie Burger.. A brilliant effort 93/100

 

Charlie Burger Champagne is available through

www.charliesburgers.ca

http://twitter.com/CharliesBurgers

 

Liz Palmer

@champagnehouses

 

Is your Social Network Yielding Results?

The world of networking has evolved and many are struggling with how to utilize this amazing tool to generate results – from new clients to financial goals.

There are numerous authors who say they have cracked the code of the social networking domain, which can be looked at in different ways, depending on your target market and other specifics.
There are several ways to create interest that will bring potential customers right to you inbox. From online resources to off-line referrals, marketers refer to these as “attraction devices”.

Content is king

There has to be substance to what you create and share through blogging, tweeting and short messaging.
Connect with your audience first. Then continue the conversation by attending an event, meeting in person or connecting via phone.

Having a viable message the target audience finds interesting is a critical part of your content marketing strategy that gives you credibility.

Paul Tobey, a networking expert, tweets “adding a new name to your list everyday means you are working on your business”.  This is a powerful message that your audience may not realize they need to do.
This may cause someone to re-tweet your message or respond to you directly.
This approach can be used on all your social networks.  Keep track on responses and reaction to this so you can build on what works well and eliminate things that are not effective.
Attraction systems
You may have great content and still find it difficult to  get your potential clients to connect with you.
Overcoming this is all about two things: having a strong call to action and a place – most often your website – where potential customers can easily reach you.
Today email and social media are the most common ways to connect, but this can shift as technology changes. It is important to understand which channels your potential customers prefer and make these available.

A good strategy is to utilize email marketing campaigns to connect and create momentum that will generate interest from event, articles or special promotions.
Many business cards that I have seen recently have links where you can download chapters of their book. Free value that creates interest!

Follow up is important to create result

Now that you got referrals and leads coming in from your attraction system, an important step is to follow up in timely manner. Less than 48hrs is recommended, you don’t want them going to someone else!
Have systems in place, from questions for prospects to a list of the key things you need to communicate to close a sale. Have a paper and pen ready to take notes, whether you are in a meeting or on the phone.
As you grown business relationships, asks your customers for referrals.
Also ask existing customers if on they are enjoying working with you and pleased with your products and services.
This is great information to share in your online efforts or in written materials you may share with future clients.  Always be in motion that fuels your momentum that is acquired to achieve your financial goals you have set-up for the year.

Statistics have shown that it takes at 6 or more time of contact to have you prospect becoming your client. The value you share and how you package your product or service is going to be very important system to have in place that can repeated over and over.
Three steps you do are:

  • 1st Contact ( online or off-line)
  • 2nd Connect  ( meet and qualify)
  • 3rd Close (follow up –follow through)

Write these step outs and keep them on computer or on your phone. The key to success is to be in constant motion and momentum in your journey of success.
Your social network can you yield results as long as you generate the strategic engagement needed to create the momentum that will lead to monetary success.

Get Connected Make Wealth Happen!

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Jim S Pagiamtzis Jr.
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About Get Connected Make Wealth Happen!

Published Author, Speaker and Elite Entrepreneur Jim Pagiamtzis is the founder of Get Connected Make Wealth Happen! has been articles published online by Toronto Public Library Small Biz Express, Centennial College, Happen.ca Linking People and Entrepreneurs,How’s Business blog (Staples Business Depot) and Metro Active.org.  Printed articles for FedEx Freight Canada (Newsletter) Centennial College Ascent Magazine. Has been on That Channel.com speaking on How to become Networking Success.

Jim Pagiamtzis in 5 years has successfully leveraged his written articles into speaking all over the GTA from consulting with Burkert Fluid Control, Enterprise Toronto, Career Door, Skills for Change and Trios College. Has delivered keynote for Monarch Park Collegiate spoke on 3 keys task to success and How to attract a Mentor. His dynamic speaking style has empowered and inspired his audience to learn, do and apply his simple and effective Parformance Selling System. Jim has also volunteered with Junior Achievement in Toronto on “Economics of Staying in School”