“Austria Uncorked” Trump Hotel, Toronto …..where Canadian wine experts got their grüv on!

 

 Photo by Liz Palmer

This year “Austria Uncorked” has travelled north, and has chosen the newly launched Trump Hotel, Toronto to present their top Austrian wines.  On April 16, 2012 Canadian wine experts tasted the vintages of 30 wine makers from the famous wine growing regions of Lower Austria (Wachau, Kamptal, Kremstal, Traisental, Weinviertel, the hot spring region Tattendorf), the Burgenland (Neusiedlersee, Carnuntum), the south part of Styria (also referred to as the Styrian Tuscany) and Vienna.

Along with Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch and Riesling the much-anticipated 2011 vintage, was poured and paired with cuisine from EDO Sushi, Amaya express and Mengrai Gourmet.

Participating Agents and Wineries:

H.H.D. Imports Inc.
Lamprecht International Ltd.
Lifford Wine Agency
B & W Wines
David Thompson Vintage Trade LTD
Noble Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
The Small Winemakers Collection Inc.
Maison InVino Inc.
Kylix Wines-Grape Expectations
Le Sommelier Inc.
Company Violet Hill Wine Imports Ltd.
P&S WINE AND LEISURE CELLARS
Mark Anthony Group
Woodman Wines & Spirits Inc.
The case for Wine Vin Passion
J. Cipelli Wines & Spirits
Grape Wines
Family Wine Merchants
Dionysus Wines & Spirits Ltd.
Weingut Markowitsch Gerhard
Weingut Loimer
Weingut Leopold
Weingut Jurtschitsch
Weingut Angerer Kurt
Weingut Rabl
Weingut Steininger
Weingut Bründlmayer
Laurenz Five Fine Wine
Weingut Forstreiter
Winzer Krems
Weinkellerei Lenz Moser
Wein-Gut Nigl
Weingut Müller
Salomon Undhof
Arachon T.FX.T
Weingut Weninger
Weingut Heinrich Gernot und Heike
HAFNER – Family Estate
Weingut Angerhof Tschida
Weingut Andert
Weingut Nittnaus Hans u. Christine
Weingut Beck
Zantho
Weingut Tement
Sattlerhof
Johanneshof Reinisch
Weingut Huber Markus
Domäne Wachau
Weingut Pfaffl
Weingut Zahel

Liz Palmer

OCTOBER 28 IS GLOBAL #CHAMPAGNEDAY – HERE IS A CONDENSED GUIDE FOR YOUR CHAMPAGNE SIPPING

THE PRACTICAL PART

Not every wine that sparkles can be called champagne. True champagne comes from a special region in France located 90 miles northeast of Paris. Champagne has a legendary history, and has for many hundreds of years been part of many cultural events and historical traditions. This region has a combination of chalky sub-soils and cool climate, which produces the only grapes in the world that can yield the Champagne of legends!

Grape Varieties and Styles
The three primary grape varieties that that are used to make Champagne are pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay. The dark-skinned pinot noir and pinot meunier give Champagne its length and backbone, while chardonnay gives it acidity notes and biscuit flavour. There are several other grape varieties that are permitted for historical reasons, and are used occasionally.

Non-vintage
A non-vintage Champagne includes a blend of grapes from several vintages. They also have a consistent style, and are made for immediate consumption. Most Champagne is non-vintage. Only a few non-vintage Champagnes will benefit from further aging.

Vintage
Champagne vintages are declared only for outstanding harvest years and are made from a single harvest year. The producers reserve their finest fruit for this style of Champagne, adding to its desirability. Not every year is declared a vintage year.

Presitge Cuvées
This is a proprietary blend, the top of the producer’s range, and is most suitable for cellaring. The trend is that these Champagnes come delivered in very expressive, distinctively-shaped, and labeled bottles. These Champagnes are usually made with grapes from Grand Cru vineyards.

Blanc de Blancs
Blanc de blanc is a French term that means “white of whites”, and is used to designate Champagnes made exclusively from chardonnay grapes. The blanc de blancs style is popular as an apértif due to their light, dry taste.

Blanc de Noirs
Blanc de Noirs is another French term that means “white of black”. This sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. What it tells you is that the Champagne has been made only using black grapes. Champagne made from black grapes are typically full bodied with intense richness.

Rosé
Rosé Champagnes are produced either by leaving the clear juice of black grapes to macerate on its skins for a short time or, the common method, by adding a small amount of still pinot noir red wine to the sparkling wine.

Sweetness (Brut to Doux)
In addition to classifying Champagne styles, classifications are also used to refer to sweetness. The amount of sugar added after the second fermentation and aging varies and will dictate the sweetness level of the Champagne.

• Brut: dry, less than 1.5% sugar (most common)
• Extra Sec: extra dry, 1.2 to 2% sugar
• Sec: medium sweet, 1.7 to 3.5% sugar
• Demi-Sec: sweet, 3.3 to 5% sugar (dessert Champagne)
• Doux: very sweet, over 5% sugar (dessert Champagne)

 

THE FUN PART – TASTING

What can you see? What can you smell? What can you Taste? Champagne deserves your undivided attention. You need time to appreciate its colour, effervescence, savour its aromas and define its dominant impressions.

Before you pop the cork, there are a few basic rules:
• Flutes should be clean and free of any traces of detergent or rinsing agent [could cause Champagne to flatten]
• Avoid all forms of perfume, i.e., personal or room fragrance [these will interfere with the appreciation of the aromas]
• Ideal drinking temperature is [8° – 10° C] – chill the bottle for 20 minutes in an ice bucket filled with ice
• When pouring, fill the glass only two-thirds [this allows the aromas to circulate]
• Once the Champagne is poured, allow some time for it to open up

Colour and Appearance
Once the Champagne is poured, place a sheet of white paper behind the glass try to identify the shade.

Colours can range from: pale gold; green gold; grey gold; straw yellow; yellow gold to antique gold. For rosé Champagnes colours range from coral pink, salmon pink to deep pink.

How does the Champagne look to you? Is it limpid, sparkling or silky?

And what about the bubbles, are they: light; fine; lively; plentiful or slow?

Nose
Once the initial effervescence has subsided, bring the flute to your nose and inhale slowly, at length and then inhale again. How do you describe the aromas? Are they floral, fruity, vegetal, or does the aroma remind you of dried fruits or some other indulgent delicacy?

Floral aromas can range from rose, lime blossom, orange blossom or violet.

Fruity smells will range from grapefruit, apple, pear, quince, peach, apricot, nectarine, mango, banana, lychee, coconut, cherry or currant.

Vegetal bouquets range from almond, grass, fern, to truffle.

Dried Fruit odours range from hazelnut, raisin to dried fig.

Other indulgent delicacy aromas include butter, brioche, toast, honey, candied fruit, vanilla and various spices.

Mouth
Champagne reveals its complex personality best on the palate. Try rolling the Champagne around your mouth – there is bound to be a dominant impression.

How does the Champagne feel?

Does it feel powerful, solid, comforting, smooth, light, mature, or opulent?

Now how would you describe the impression?

Is it creamy, delicate or complex?

Go ahead and enjoy what is hiding inside your flute glass!

To participate in the festivities on October 28, follow the #ChampagneDay hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and on other social media sites. For more information about #ChampagneDay or the worldwide effort to protect wine place names and origins, please visit http://bit.ly/rhBcbh or www.champagne.us.

Liz Palmer
coHost for #ChampagneDay
@champagneHouses
http://about.me/lizpalmer

VINTAGES’ 10TH ANNUAL AUCTION: OCTOBER 21 – 24 2011 [New exclusive lot: – 6 bottles of 1911 Moet & Chandon


 

 

 

 

VINTAGES’ 10th annual auction begins Friday, October 21 with a three-course dinner, and champagne reception featuring exclusive 100-point wines, including: Château Montrose 1990, Château Rieussec 2001; and Domaine de Pegau Cuvée da Capo 2000.

This is a rare opportunity to experience some of the best wines in the world.

Vintages Auction Details:

No tickets are required
Friday, October 21, 2011 8 pm (Lots 1-238)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 (Lots 239-1083)
Sunday, October 23, 2011 (Lots 1084-1907)

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Auction Location:

Waddington’s Auction House
275 King Street East, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario

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Cellarage:

All wines are stored and shipped from temperature controlled facilities.

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Vintages Auction 100-Point Dinner Details:

Chef Massimo Capra
Friday, October 21, 2011
Champagne Reception: 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm
Auction begins promptly at 8:00 pm

$375 per person

New BYO Policy – Vintages is thrilled to offer, for the very first time, a BYO policy during Friday evening of the sale.  Feel free to bring a special bottle to enjoy at the sale, and share with your tablemates.

To order dinner tickets:

Contact Vintages at 416-365-5767 or 1-800-266-4764 Monday-Saturday 9 am to 6 pm

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New Exclusive Lot:

The first lot of the Friday night session will be six bottles of 1911 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage.  This Champagne is direct from the cellars of Moët et Chandon.  The estimate for this lot is $50,000 to $65,000.

The Moet Grand Vintage 1911 is exceeding rare, one of 10 remaining disgorged last January under the Grand Vintage Collection label.  The product comes in a beautiful custom leather case.

“It’s a stunning Champagne – an inspiration. I’m astounded by the fact that, after a hundred years, it overflows with vitality and energy, and boasts both impressive depth and amazing freshness,” Moët Chef du Cave Benoît Gouez.

Each of the 11 six-bottle cases are being offered to a different market around the world. The first case was auctioned at a gala dinner in Shanghai recently, selling for $100,000.

This will be the only case sold in Canada.

In addition, the winner of this lot is invited to experience courtesy of Moët & Chandon a private cellar visit including, a private Champagne tasting with a winemaker, lunch or dinner in Epernay, transportation from the airport to Moët & Chandon and back, and a one night in a 4 star hotel in Champagne.

In celebration of this event, special guests from Moët & Chandon will be joining us, and will be providing us with a special disgorgement of their 1992 Grand Vintage collection to pair with the appetizers for auction dinner.

Moet et Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1992 “Really taut, tight wine, its mature toastiness embedded in a steely, mineral, very dry texture. The acidity is assertive, wonderfully refreshing, so crisp. It may be 18 years old, but it looks likely to age for several years yet” – 96 Pts Wine Enthusiast”

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses

 

 

TO ALL TECH-SAVVY CHAMPAGNE LOVERS OCTOBER 28 IS GLOBAL #ChampagneDay

On Friday October 28th, 2011 between 1:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PT) Champagne lovers around the world will join the online conversation to celebrate the uniqueness of true Champagne from the Champagne region of France. This global event is set to run 24 hours to give everyone time to have a glass of Champagne when it makes sense in their time zone.

Champagne Day (International) Co-hosts are: Christian Oggenfuss, DWS, Andrea Immer, MS, Jayne Powell, Liz Palmer (Toronto), Mélanie and Benoît Tarlant, and Becky Sue Epstein

To participate in this “virtual celebration’: share on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, LinkedIn or any other social site using the #ChampagneDay hashtag all day October 28. You’ll be able to search what other Champagne lovers are sharing by using the #ChampagneDay hashtag.

Here is how you can join the #ChampagneDay conversations:

Register at http://champagneday.eventbrite.com/ – This keeps you in the loop of all the
latest happenings

• Choose your Champagnes for #ChampagneDay

• Whether you’re joining in on the Global celebration at home, at a restaurant, or decide
to visit one of the local co-hosted events, you can post your impressions, photos,
tasting notes, experiences, videos, and any other Champagne-related stories online for
others to see – just remember to tag them with the #ChampagneDay hashtag

• Track what other people are sharing by using Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Kurrently, and Twitter Search

#ChampagneDay C O N T E S T

As part of this celebration, The Champagne Bureau is hosting a contest to recognize authentic Champagne. One Grand Prize winner will be selected randomly and receive an iPad 2. Four runners-up will receive exclusive Champagne tasting kits.

To participate, send a picture of an authentic Champagne label to champagne@clsdc.com or post the picture to your Facebook profile, tag yourself, and The Champagne Bureau in the picture.

Contest entrants may submit multiple entries to increase their chances of winning. All entries must be unique, as duplicate entries will not be considered. For more information visit: Contest entrants may submit multiple entries to increase their chances of winning. All entries must be unique, as duplicate entries will not be considered. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/pEuH8d.

Last year’s Global #Champagne Day was an overwhelming success and this year’s is promising be even better!

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses

Purchasing Analyst Toronto 3 plus years experience strong excel

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advanced excel skill ( pivot) and at least 4 plus years of relevant experience -Reviews acquisitions with vendors for product detail -Maintains inventory and purchase order system and generates  analysis, and reports   please respond in word format and in confidence to: Barry.blostein@sympatico.ca executive search Toronto  905-763-0728