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Spirits Spotlight: Piper-Heidsieck Returns To The Oscars® With Limited Edition Magnums



HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of yesterday's 89th Oscars® Nominations Announcement, Piper-Heidsieck, the revered French Champagne house known worldwide for its red and gold label, announced its return to the red carpet as the sole Champagne to be served during the 2017 Academy Awards® season.

"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."

To honor this great partnership, Piper-Heidsieck has created a limited-edition magnum bottle to be poured exclusively at the ceremony and Governors Ball, the Academy's official Oscars after-party. 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. Piper-Heidsieck believes that nothing less than a magnum is worthy of the grandeur of Oscars night.

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. 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 as well as the Governors Ball.

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

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A Grand & Bold Story with the Cinema

The house has long supported cinema with boldness and grandeur, dating back to 1933, when a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck appeared in SONS OF THE DESERT, the debut film of Laurel and Hardy. In 1964, Piper-Heidsieck celebrated Rex Harrison's Oscar for his role in MY FAIR LADY with a tailor-made 48-liter bottle that was literally as tall as the 5-foot-10 actor. Piper-Heidsieck continues to support the enrichment and preservation of film heritage through the French Cinémathèque and has been the official champagne of the International Cannes Film Festival for more than two decades.

ABOUT Piper-Heidsieck
Created in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck who aimed to create a wine worthy of a Queen, Piper-Heidsieck is one of France's oldest Champagne houses. With a grand history, Piper-Heidsieck has been synonymous with excellence, boldness, and grandeur for over 230 years. One of the world's most awarded Champagnes, Piper-Heidsieck benefits from the expertise of celebrated winemaker, Régis Camus, who has been named "Sparkling Winemaker of the Year" eight times over the past ten years. Piper-Heidsieck is part of the EPI Group.

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck is imported in the United States by Terlato Wines.


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Drink Spotlight: Ginseng Up Kola Champagne



Premium Ginseng Drink with Cane Sugar

Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Natural Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Artificial Color (FD&C Yellow #6), Ginseng Tea, No Preservatives Added.





About the Company
For more than 6,000 years, the Chinese have used Ginseng to boost their energy, reduce stress, improve memory and cognitive function, enhance libido, lower cholesterol, eliminate toxins, and even prevent infection.

Ginseng is extracted from the root of the Ginseng plant and is classified as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are botanical compounds that are believed to help restore balance and normalcy to the body's systems - including the nervous and immune systems.

While Ginseng has traditionally been brewed and consumed as a tea, Ginseng UP, a lightly carbonated beverage, gives today's consumers a convenient, refreshing, all-natural way to reap the potential benefits of Ginseng. Each flavor is specially formulated with natural ingredients, some containing little or no added cane sugar.

Ginseng UP was founded in 1981 and is formulated and bottled in Worcester, Massachusetts. You'll find Ginseng UP in natural grocery, health food and supermarkets. If it's not available near you, ask your grocer to order some today!





Company: Ginseng Up
Brand: Ginseng Up
Origin: USA
Category: Soft Drinks
Packaging: 12oz glass bottle
Claims: All Natural, No Caffeine, No High Fructose Corn Syrup
Variants: View Range Here
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Website: ginsengup.com










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Chocolate Spotlight: Vosges Haut Krug Champagne Truffle Collection



This confectionery finery is a blend of 85% cacao dark chocolate touched with Katrina's favorite bespoke Grand Cuvée, Krug® Champagne and formed into traditionally shaped truffles resembling their underground namesakes, the truffle mushroom. Every 16 piece Champagne Truffle box is made to order and delivered at its absolute freshest.

Contains: Soy and milk. Contains less than 5% Alcohol.
Manufactured in a facility that handles tree nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, milk, wheat and soy.


About Vosges Haut Chocolate
Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s intriguing chocolate creations are made with the finest ingredients from around the world, sourced by Founder and Chocolatier Katrina Markoff. Three days following her graduation from Vanderbilt University, Katrina moved to Paris to pursue her dream of studying the culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu. Using her palate as her guide, she then embarked on a world tour that began with an apprenticeship in Spain under the direction of Ferran Adrià and continued east through Southeast Asia and Australia. The purple house of Vosges Haut-Chocolat and the concept of Travel the World through Chocolate™ were inspired by her journeys. Katrina’s fusion of indigenous spices, flowers, roots, herbs and liqueurs with premium chocolate creates a sensory experience that nurtures awareness of and appreciation for the world’s diverse cultures.



Company: Vosges
Brand: Vosges
Slogan: Travel the World Through Chocolate
Category: Chocolate
Origin: USA
Packaging: 16 pieces (9.8oz)
Claims: Premium
Variants: View all Varieties Here
Price: $48.00 USD
Where to buy: Direct on Website
Website: vosgeschocolate.com




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Selfridges gets a Champagne Vending Machine


Need a glass of bubbly to take the edge off while holiday shopping? You'll find what you need at London's Selfridges, which just installed a Moet & Chandon champagne vending machine. The mini bottles are even adorned with Swarovski crystals.

After caviar, cupcakes and high-end mascara, now there's a vending machine selling bottles of luxury bubbly by Moet & Chandon.

In what some see as the champagne house’s attempt at making bubbly more accessible to the general public, the new vending machine at London department store Selfridges dispenses blinged-out mini bottles of bubbly, bedecked with 350 deco-inspired Swarovski mini crystals.



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Product Spotlight: Acai Sparkletini by Verdi Spumante


Sparkletini is an elegant, all-natural malt beverage made in Italy by the renowned Bosca Family.

Sparkletini is a delightfully sparkling Spumante with a light, refreshing taste that’s perfect whenever you feel like enjoying a fun, sophisticated drink. Serve chilled to enjoy it’s balanced, clean taste.

Sparkletini also has a resealable cork closure that preserves all the sparkle until you’re ready for another glass of “The Sparkling Italian Fun!” No wonder it’s the fastest-growing Sparkling Italian Spumante in the U.S.!

Açaí Sparkletini by Verdi is proud to be partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, the leading non-profit organization in the fight against alzheimer’s disease. Açaí Sparkletini will be donating $1.00 from each case sold for research to help find a cure for this disease.

champagne flute glass Sparkletini Acaí Verdimosa with Acaí Sparkletini by Verdi
3 1/2 oz. Acaí Sparkletini by Verdi
1/2 oz. Acaí Pureé
A Dash of Cherry Juice




Company: Carriage House Imports
Brand: Verdi Spumante Sparkletini
Origin: USA (Imported from Italy)
Category: Alcohol
Packaging: 750ml bottle
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Variants: Acai, Green Apple, Raspberry, Peach
Price: $4.50 USD
Where to BuyView Here
Website verdispumante.com




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Is £10 champagne too good to be true?

It’s that time of year. Christmas lights and Jingle Bells, days that never get light, Heston’s hidden orange puddings piled up everywhere and supermarkets selling £10 bottles of champagne. Ten pound bottles of champagne! These seasonal offers are so established and so ubiquitous that it is easy to become blasé, but that really is extraordinarily cheap. A kilo of champagne grapes costs about €5.40 – £4.37 on a currency converter at the time of writing. Excise duty on a bottle of sparkling wine is £2.43. So if we add the duty to the cost of the raw ingredient and throw in the VAT on those two items alone we’re up to £8.14 before we’ve even made it, let alone bought a bottle to put it in or paid for any of the costs involved in shipping, warehousing, distribution…

This helps explain why, when I ask Asda’s Philippa Carr if it’s ever possible to make a profit on a £10 bottle of champagne, she laughs as she says, “I can’t possibly tell you that.”

And yet Asda is selling one – Pierre Darcy Champagne Brut NV (normal price £23.98) is down at £10 until January 3. Co-op has Aubert & Fils Brut NV at £12.99 on a “better than half-price” deal. M&S’s Louis Chaurey Brut NV is half price at £15 down from £30 until the new year, or £12.75 a bottle if you buy 12 to qualify for a further 15 per cent discount.

Over at Tesco, De Vallois Brut NV was as low as £9.67 for online shoppers buying by the case, though you still had to pay £14 for it in store (it’s now £20), meaning as far as the grab-one-from-the-shelf shopper is concerned, Aldi pips them all with its Philizot Champagne Brut NV. This used to cost £12.99, but went down on November 22 to the permanent price of £9.99.

Aside from the stunt pulled by Woolworths a few years ago when it sold a limited number of bottles of champagne for £5 each, I don’t ever remember champagne discounting being so ferocious. “Across the board it’s become more competitive,” says Carr.

Great for drinkers, sheer madness for the retailers, surely? “The only reason everyone does this crazy discounting is because everyone else does it,” says one industry insider. “It’s a chicken and egg scenario.”

Champagne is one of the products that stores such as Aldi and Lidl – and, to some extent, everyone else — cannily use to establish the perception that they are cheaper or that they are good value.

It’s also what Carr calls a “crosstown deal” meaning that people make a special journey to buy it. “They’re going online and checking all the deals and then going out to get the best one,” she says. The hope is that while they are there, they’ll do the rest of their weekly shop too.

Don’t expect to see the likes of Veuve Clicquot trying to pitch into muddy battle at this level, though. “What’s really happened is that the champagne market has branched,” says Tesco’s Dan Jago. “Better-known brands have become more expensive and the vacuum they leave has been filled with other things in order to maintain offers.”

Those “other things” are champagnes priced somewhere between £10 and £20 with names you will not recognise, or own-label livery.

What we have to ask ourselves is what it is we actually want from champagne.

In one sense, if you want to spend less than you would on a bumper pack of dishwasher tablets and still drink champagne and think it doesn’t taste bad, the £10 deals are outrageously good value.

Their existence does tend to skew our idea of how much it is reasonable to pay. Even working through my tasting bench as I write this piece (tasting not drinking!), I’ve caught myself looking at £22.99 bottles and disregarding even the idea of opening them with a snooty, “FAR too expensive!”.

For my wallet as well as my wine glass, the sweet spot in these Christmas deals is a little higher than £10 and nudging more towards £15 where there are some genuinely good wines to be found and drunk. £20 buys you even more. And let’s not forget that this is still incredibly cheap.

Cheap champagnes tasted

• Philizot & Fils Champagne Veuve Monsigny Brut NV (12%, Aldi, £9.99) Bright and fresh if a little one-dimensional. The new price on Aldi’s core range champagne is very good but if you can spend a couple more pounds the wine is outclassed by Christmas deals.

• Pierre Darcys Champagne Brut NV (12%, Asda, £10 down from £23.98 until January 3) Richer than the £10 Aldi champagne but also a bit dusty, not in a good way. Not a buy.

Champagne De Vallois Brut NV (12.5%, Tesco, £14 until December 4) Innocuous enough but a bit too flat and joyless. Not a buy.

Champagnes for under £15

Finest* Premier Cru Champagne Brut NV (12.5%, £14.99 down from £19.99 until January 1

Tesco’s own-label champagne has been a consistent award-winner. The current batch won the International Wine Challenge’s “great value champagne under £22” trophy which makes it look even better at almost half that price. Creamy-textured with bright lemon peeking through like sun behind clouds. Easy but not too simple.

Louis Chaurey Brut NV (12%, M & S, £15 or £12.75 on multibuy – not in Scotland – when you buy 12, until January 1)

• Made by Oudinot, this comes from the cheap but reliable camp. Steady, fresh, perfectly decent, not flashy, a touch of brioche here, perhaps a tiny bit on the dull side, this is none the less a pretty good buy if you want to pay less than £13 for a bottle of champagne.

Bredon Cuvee Jean Louis Brut NV Champagne (12.5%, Waitrose, £14.99 down from £29.99 from Wednesday to next Saturday)

• Bredon is a Waitrose own-label that used to be made by P & C Heidsieck. On offer it was my favourite cheap champagne. It’s now made by Lombard & Cie and isn’t quite so breathtaking though it is still a very good, alert, grown-up drink. Pinot-driven (40 per cent pinot noir, 40 per cent spicy pinot meunier and 20 per cent chardonnay).

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World’s Oldest Champagne Sells for $156,000

Would you drink 170-year-old champagne that spent the majority of its life underwater? Apparently, some wealthy people would: 11 bottles of the world's oldest champagne sold for $156,000 at an auction in Finland, Bloomberg reports.

The rare bottles were found in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, where the champagne was stored horizontally (and perfectly in the icy-cold conditions). Divers first discovered 162 bottles at the shipwreck in 2010, but only about 80 were claimed drinkable. They also found beer bottles at the same shipwreck, which scientists are now using to recreate the beer.

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Luxury Champagne Lollipop Contains Real Gold Flakes

Whether you’re setting up a posh party or just on the hunt for a quirky spin on classic treats, then London-based department store Harvey Nichols’ latest creation may just be the thing for you.

The store has launched a curious creation called “Gold Lix Lollipo,” a champagne-flavored lollipop covered in real gold flakes. Composed of maltitol Syrup, 24 karat gold, and natural and artificial flavoring, the Gold Lix Lollipop is available for delivery for mainland UK, Highland, Islands & Ireland, for £4.95 a piece.

 Harvey Nichols

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