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Coravin Announces a New Innovation for Champagne and Sparkling Wines with Moët Hennessy

Upon the release of its much-anticipated Coravin Sparkling™ System, the global wine technology innovator has announced a strategic partnership with the luxury wine & spirits leader, Moët Hennessy, as the “Official Preservation Partner of Moët Hennessy Champagnes”, that will revolutionize by-the-glass consumption of Champagne and sparkling wines. Together, both partners will ensure its global distribution, focusing on restaurants, wine bars, and other establishments with on-premise consumption of fine drinks.

Coravin, Inc. is best known for its wine preservation system that extends the life of a bottle after a single glass service through the injection of inert gas. Until recently, it was only available for still wines but, after extensive testing in collaboration with the global Maisons of the Moët Hennessy Group – which include Dom Pérignon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Moët & Chandon – Coravin Sparkling™ was created. It ensures the integrity of the finest bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine weeks after the first glass has been served.

“Coravin’s aim is to make fine wines and Champagne more accessible by facilitating by-the-glass options. As a relatively young company, to have the recognized world leader in Champagne and luxury sparkling wines not only support but adopt our technology is extraordinary,” said Christopher Ladd, Coravin CEO. 

After eight years in development, the Coravin Sparkling™ System is the first universal fit solution to preserve the effervescence and flavors of sparkling wine after single-glass service. Its Sparkling Stopper locks securely on any half-bottle, 750ml bottle or Magnum, while the Sparkling Charger injects carbon dioxide into the bottle after the wine is served, to prevent the bubbles from dissipating. 

Didier Mariotti, Cellar Master of Veuve Clicquot said, “The Coravin Sparkling System is able to wonderfully preserve the flavors and mouthfeel of our Champagne for two weeks. It is the first product of its kind to perform at this level.”  

Coravin Sparkling™ Wine Preservation System

The Coravin Sparkling System will also have an economic benefit for restaurants and bars by virtually eliminating the risk of waste, while making prestige Champagne more accessible to consumers. 

“Our mission is and always has been to craft great experiences for our consumers. The new Coravin system will enable more Champagne lovers to discover and enjoy exceptional bottles. Indeed, it will allow our gastronomy partners and the finest bars and clubs to offer our different Champagne brands and expressions by the glass while, over several days or weeks, keeping them fresh and sparkling.” – Philippe Schaus, President & CEO of Moët Hennessy.

“Creating this system has always been a dream. Now that we’ve brought it to fruition, I’m incredibly proud to partner with Moët Hennessy to expand the ways the world can experience and enjoy sparkling wines,” said Coravin Founder, Greg Lambrecht.

The Coravin Sparkling™ System is available internationally for at-home and professional use via Coravin’s global websites. For more information on Coravin, please visit www.coravin.com.

Renowned Designer and Style Icon Vera Wang Debuts Prosecco

Last month Vera Wang announced PARTY, a premium Italian prosecco and we are obsessed.

PARTY embodies the Bright, FUN and Fashion-Forward side of the globally renowned Designer and Style Icon…with the same bold spirit that transformed fashion by reimagining the bridal space, Vera Wang is now turning her creativity and passion for design toward how — and what — we celebrate.

“First and foremost, I am a Designer, but I am also an entrepreneur and brand builder. I’ve dedicated my entire life to designing how people celebrate, and not just their weddings – from what they wear to how they entertain, from their tableaus and tablescapes, to how they live at home – and now, what they drink! PARTY is a natural extension of what I already do,” says Vera Wang. “Why prosecco? CELEBRATION! When I think of romance, fun, laughter, joy, friendship, I think of prosecco, it is the wine that personifies emotion and sheer happiness.”

Vera Wang’s attention to detail has shaped every step of PARTY from grape to bottle. Designed to look chic on any table, the bottle is a sleek matte silver with “PARTY” in bold neon yellow letters exuding a modern, easy sensibility. The back of the bottle features an invitation to PARTY from Vera.

“This project involved input from my friends, family, even clients. A sort of family affair!”

To craft the prosecco Vera Wang looked to find a winemaker with both heritage and pedigree. She turned to the top winemaking region Piemonte, known for its sparkling wines, and to Araldica, producer of the best- selling Moscato in America. Led by second-generation winemaker Claudio Manera, it is one of Italy’s fastest-growing producers and most forward-thinking winemaking co-operative. Manera continues his father’s commitment to Italy’s winemaking traditions, preserving local varieties, protecting the environment and valuing the characteristics of each wine.

“At Araldica we celebrate our roots, land and people, balancing our drive for innovation with respect to tradition,” explains Manera. “Vera Wang has our same philosophy, making this collaboration organic for us. This wine speaks to her fresh perspective, taste, passion and dedication to crafting a premium prosecco.”

Retailed at $25, Vera Wang PARTY is crafted from 100% Glera grapes and boasts aromas of apple and stone fruit, citrus notes and fresh acidity on the palate, with a soft and fruity finish. This new prosecco offers a fresh perspective in the sparkling wine category with its crisp effervescence, coupled with a bold aesthetic and playful voice. Vera Wang PARTY is currently available, and consumers are encouraged to visit VeraWangParty.com for more information on the wine or where to purchase it.

As society reimagines what it looks like to gather, Vera Wang’s PARTY reimagines what it looks like to celebrate. It’s what we could all use right now – a little bit of fun, a little bit of joy, and a new way to commemorate life’s meaningful moments.

A native New Yorker who spent her career at the forefront of fashion, Vera Wang began a sweeping makeover of the bridal industry in 1990 with the opening of her flagship salon at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Today, the flagship continues to showcase collections known for sophistication, extraordinary detailing and a cool, modern sensibility.

In 2000, Vera Wang’s enthusiasm for couture resulted in the launch of her highly acclaimed ready-to-wear collection. The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Vera Wang by naming her “Womenswear Designer of the Year” in 2005. Wang has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades but most notably she was awarded the prestigious Legion of Honor, an order of distinction by the Republic of France. The Vera Wang brand reflects her vision to create a lifestyle that goes beyond core bridal and ready-to- wear, and into publishing, fragrance, beauty, accessories and home. Driven by artistic, modern, luxurious design and a high level of customer service, Vera Wang’s collections hold impeccable customer appeal.

Vera Wang collaborates with leading global partners and manufactures the majority of its bridal collection in company-owned workrooms in the United States. www.verawang.com.

Put Together a Mimosa Bar for Mom

Give Mom a relaxing Sunday morning “in” with this simple, delicious and customizable “momosa” bar.

DIY Mimosa Bar

  • Difficulty: simple and quick
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  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • Assorted fruits, sliced (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, etc.)
  • Assorted fruit juices (orange, mango, blood orange, lemonade, etc.)
  • 10 mint leaves, torn
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar


  • Blend cups of confectioners’ sugar, mint and lemon together in a blender until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture into glasses to add extra sweet flavor
  • Pour Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore into each glass, stir
  • Top with selected juice. Garnish each glass with fruit.

Eleanor Friedberger plays the holiday classic “Auld Lang Syne”

Eleanor FriedbergerThis holiday season, Segura Viudas invites you to celebrate with friends old and new, and to reflect back on the wonderful memories that each year has brought. With the season officially upon us, Segura Viudas is spreading holiday cheer with its 2015 holiday commercial, following in the footsteps of its parent company, The Freixenet Group.

Freixenet became a pop culture icon in Spain thanks to its annual  “Felices Fiestas” ad campaign, dating back to its first ad in 1977 with superstar Liza Minnelli. With this innovative concept, the company ushered in a new era in advertising, inviting international superstars, many of whom had never been to Spain, to be the seasonal spokesperson for its Cava. To this day, the Spanish public wonders in anticipation: which celebrity will offer the Freixenet toast this year? Over the years, this honor has been bestowed on the likes of Gene Kelly, Shirley McLaine, Paul Newman, Kim Basinger, Penélope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Shakira, among many others.

This Segura Viudas holiday commercial features indie rock artist Eleanor Friedberger playing the holiday classic “Auld Lang Syne” using flutes filled with Segura Viudas Cava, ahead of her imminent album release and tour this winter. The spot was produced by Segura Viudas brand manager Josep Ferrer, who is also a 4th generation member of the family that founded Freixenet. “It’s been an honor to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and father in producing this holiday themed ad for one of our younger brands,” he said of the spot. “I took a page from their book and hired the best talent I could to help spread the holiday cheer. This is an indie answer to the classic Freixenet ads, made for the internet generation.” The video will run on the brand’s social media sites, as well as in several digital advertising formats. “My grandparents were able to attend the shoot, and they were very excited to know that this commercial will be viewable around the world thanks to the internet.”

As the words of “Auld Lang Syne” express, pop open a bottle of Segura Viudas with those you love most and reflect on ‘the reason for the season.’ We invite you to share this video with your friends and family as the holidays are now here, and celebrate with them over a glass of sparkling Cava.

Watch it, like it, and share it with your friends and family this holiday season!


courtesy Segura Viudas

Friday Cocktail Hour; West Coast Champagne by Shaun the Bartender

Shaun Daugherty

Shaun Daugherty

I love a great dinner party and planning one is an exhilarating adventure.  I am always on the look out for a new cocktail for my guests to sip and Shaun the Bartender has my pick for this week.

With an intoxicating combination of raspberry liqueur with the orange flavored brandy, this is sure to please a crowd.

West Coast ChampagneWest Coast Champagne

  • 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz. Chambord
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • Twist of Orange 

Method:  In a Champagne flute, pour in the measured amounts of the liqueurs.  Top off with sparkling wine of Champagne.  Take an orange rind and twist it over the glass, then rub the rind on the rim before dropping it into the drink.

This is the last of the seven cocktails I created for the 2013 Los Angeles International Spirits Expo, and a perfect one to conclude on.  A champagne based cocktail, this one will tickle every taste bud as you savor its flavor.  The combination of raspberry liqueur with the orange flavored brandy is the perfect mix that seems to complement the bubbly well.  -Shaun Daugherty

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