Wine, Spirits, Beverages

French Wine Connection 2015

Inès NICOLAS - 07-avr.-2015 21:17:59

After a two-month selection process in France, the French Trade Commission in North America is proud to present its French Wine Connection, gathering 30 French producers from 11 wine regions. Come and discover exclusive products and rare grape varieties from : Ambrosia – Arrogant Frog – Benoît Gautier – Burckel-Jung – Cave du Marmandais – Champagne Maxime Blin – Champagne Vollereaux – Château d’Abzac – Château de la Tilleraie – Claude Lafond – Château Laur – Clos des Américains – Clos des Quarterons-Amirault  – Domaine de Flines – Domaine Déramé – Domaine des Caillots – Domaine de la Commanderie – Domaines et Châteaux de Bourgogne – Domaine Moncourt ¬– Jean-Luc Colombo – La Galaura – Le Clos Lucas – Les Grands Chais de la Marne – Les Grands Chais de France – Mabi rum punch – Maison Jean Pla – Olivier & Lafont – Pascal Gibault – Patrick Girard – Prieuré Saint Sever – Remy Pannier – Sick Dreyer – Vignobles Furt – Vranken Pommery The French Wine Connection will be held in Toronto on May 4 and in New York on May 6 2015. For further information or to attend, please contact Carole.Ringuet@businessfrance.fr (Toronto) or  Vincent.Pichot@businessfrance.fr (New York).


PRESS RELEASE - Duval-Leroy : a Feminine Lead for a Unique Family-Owned Champagne House

Geoffroy Thaumin - 10-nov.-2014 23:07:18

Since 1859, based at the southern end of the cote des blancs, the region of great chardonnays, the Duval-Leroy family has built up the most excellent estate in the Premiers Crus of Champagne. The status of the House is due to the contribution of successive generations of the family, since the very first one. In 1991, Carol Duval-Leroy, the wife of Jean-Charles Duval-Leroy and mother of their three young sons, found herself on the premature death of her husband assuming responsibility for their family-owned Champagne House. In the last twenty years, she has guided the House smoothly into the Third Millennium. Through her character and her approach, Carol Duval-Leroy asserts her standpoint and her femininity. She has added an extra touch of femininity to the House with her Winemaker. A trained oenologist, Sandrine Logette-Jardin was appointed to the post of Quality Manager in 1991. Having become Head Winemaker-and being the only woman of that rank in Champagne- she has gone on to develop batch vinification which permits the increase in the range of wines in the blends, and, at the same time, has renewed the barrel stock by conducting a rigorous choice of wood, charring and cooperage. This work is detailed, in the constant search for perfection. Carol Duval-Leroy and Sandrine Logette-Jardin wish to create champagnes in their image, both elegant and feminine. Every year, they both evaluate the conditions in the vineyards and the particular aspects of the year and design for the cuvees aromas and structures which are new to Champagne . Each year they taste close to 250 vats, making 15 cuvees from up to three Champagne grape varieties and from forty different vineyard sources. Elegant, mineral and bright. These are the qualities which the House of Duval-Leroy has created in getting the very best out of the sensitive and demanding chardonnay grape. Duval-Leroy’s vineyards comprise 200 hectares under cultivation which supply almost half of the company’s grape needs. The remainder comes exclusively from the purchase of grapes and must during the harvest from close to one hundred press-houses. Carol Duval-Leroy took from her father-in-law and her husband “the will to take care of the House”. To look after it means taking each day as a way of passing on her experience to her children. Her three sons, today at her side, are being imbued with passion and energy for this family enterprise. For the past twenty years she has consolidated and developed her property, while strongly encouraging excellence and consistently avoiding ostentation. Today Champagne Duval-Leroy is distributed in more than 60 countries and more than 250 Michelin starred restaurants. A person of vision, with a strong character and remarkable energy, Carol Duval-Leroy continues to get involved into new projects which will surely expand further the gastronomic and intellectual boundaries of Champagne. For more information about the house and the wines, please visit www.duval-leroy.com .  


PRESS RELEASE - Champagne Duval-Leroy: Celebrate Life as an Aperitif

Geoffroy Thaumin - 31-oct.-2014 15:21:00

It’s what you could call happy hour à la française. Like here, apéritif time in France is the classic moment for drinks and bites and talk before dinner. But unlike here, Champagne is always the best thing to bring when you’re invited in France, because you know it will be welcome… and opened right away.    With a more memorable style than the mass-market multinationals that provide about 60% of the Champagne consumed in the US, Duval-Leroy produces well-crafted, refined wine s on a scale large enough to assure their presence on wine shop shelves around the country. Yet, the House is among the very few that still crafts all of its cuvées by itself.    With more than 150 years of traditions and savoir-faire, Duval-Leroy is one of the last family-owned independent Champagne Houses. In the past 20 years, they have rethought the entire winery, to transition to greener means of production, with photovoltaic panels, a water retrieving system and walls soundproofed by vegetation. An ultra-modern winery provides the ideal area for keeping the various crus of the House, and for three years Duval-Leroy has been the only House to offer a Brut Champagne made with bio-agricultural techniques (organic champagne, or champagne made with organic techniques).    Today, Duval-Leroy prides itself in producing Champagnes designed to be enjoyed with food. This is proven by the fact that its wines are on the wine lists of more than 250 Michelin-awarded restaurants.   The House’s stars are its Vintage Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru and its Brut Premier Cru —both for their quality and for their historical importance. In 1911, Raymond Duval-Leroy crafted the first Premier Cru Champagne. To do so, he decided to select only the best grapes—the majority of which were Chardonnay—from villages that had been classified as Premier and Grand cru to create a very delicate and refined Champagne.    The Brut Blanc de Blanc cru 2006 is an affirmation of what Duval-Leroy’s style offers at its best. Made only with the best Chardonnay grapes in Champagne, it reveals complex aromas of white flowers, tangerines and warm almonds. On the palate, it is silky smooth, elegant and refined. With their very low level of sugar and their minuscule bubbles, both the Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru and the Brut Premier Cru are the perfect Champagnes to kick off a meal with friends.    With a rich bouquet made of wild cherries, figs and hints of ginger or geraniums, the Rosé Prestige Premier Cru is a clever pick for a brunch. Pair it with a light desert or a spicy dish; it is a great way to trade your typical standard brunch drinks for something more stylish and well-crafted.  Named “Best Sparkling Wine” at CWSC 3 years in a row, Champagne Duval-Leroy has been one of the most awarded Houses by Decanter, Mundus Vini and IWSC in the past 10 years.    For more information about the wines, please visit www.duval-leroy.com .  


French Wine Connection 2014 : 39 producers meet North American industry professionals

Milena SALCI - 21-mai-2014 16:37:33

In the name of export, 39 French producers of wines, spirits and beer flew across the Atlantic and across a whole other continent to participate in UBIFRANCE’s 2014 French Wine Connection. UBIFRANCE North America, the French Agency for International Business Development, organised these trade shows in Vancouver, Canada, and Los Angeles, California from May 5 to May 8 of 2014.  Many of France’s sought-after terroirs were represented, with producers from  the Loire Valley (in partnership with the Pays de la Loire and the Région Centre), Nord-Pas-de-Calais (with a craft brewery), Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhône Valley, Provence, Languedoc, Roussillon, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Cognac and… the Antilles. The goal of these trade-only wine, spirits and beer tastings was for the producers to strengthen their understanding of the North American market, meet potential business partners, launch new products and increase the penetration of existing ones.   At the tastings on Monday May 5 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel and on May 7 at Mr. C Beverly Hills, all the producers were introducing and pouring their wines, spirits and beer. More than 250 industry professionals – importers, distributors, agents, restaurateurs, hotel buyers, bartenders, wine shop owners, waiters, the press – attended the two events, where new business relationships were being created !   As part of the week-long event, participants attended seminars about the wine, spirits and beer market, its current issues, challenges and features, such as the alcohol monopoly in British Colombia, the three tiers system in California and the and consumption trends. The presentations by Didier Sayah from Wine Wine Situation and his colleague Matt Hopkins, formerly of Safeway, allowed the producers to understand the what’s happening locally, from professionnals who encounter these situations every day.   The visit to San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles was a great opportunity to discover the way an American winery works, to taste the products, meet the winemakers and note the differences and similarities with France.   Ultimately, the UBIFRANCE’S French Wine Connection is an opportunity for some of France’s independent winemakers, brewers and distillers to find representation and to meet importers, distributors, retailers and media in order to help them discover some great products.   Thank you to all the people who made this event a success and we look forward to seeing you next year.


PRESS RELEASE: Winestar® to Bring French Wine Cans to the US Market

Geoffroy Thaumin - 03-avr.-2014 16:25:41

Winestar® is bringing a selection of award-winning wines to the US market for the first time. These wines come in high-end, elegant cans, specifically designed for optimal wine preservation. Why cans? 3 reasons 1. A response to new market needs Cans meet the demand of young adults looking for new ways to enjoy wine: at a picnic on the beach, after a walk in the woods, in a park while having a snack… Though they may not have the same consumer habits as their elders, they are just as demanding about quality. The can’s single-serve size enables consumers to control volumes consumed, avoiding waste, while allowing them to create convenient “mini-cellars” at home. The serving size also enables consumers to switch wines during a meal without fear of letting bottles go to waste. Trendy, compact and light, this packaging is designed to be enjoyed on-the-go (train, plane, ship, etc) or to be offered in luxury hotel mini-bars. 2. An innovative technology for a new kind of packaging Wine is a very delicate product. In order to protect and preserve it better, Winestar® has cooperated with Ball Packaging, one of the world’s leading aluminium can makers to develop an oxygen- and light-resistant packaging with an internal coating specifically designed for wine. It preserves the wine without altering the taste or oxidizing it. In August 2013, Winestar®’s wines participated in the CWSA International wine contest, competing against over 5300 wines. All 3 wines were awarded a medal - including a Gold Medal, making it the very first time ever for canned French wines to receive a Gold Medal. Fun fact: after the blind tasting, when the judges were informed of the wines they awarded, they could not believe that the wines came from cans. 3. Green and easily recyclable packaging Cans carry many advantages compared with glass bottles, namely that they are the most recycled packaging in the world, being 100% recyclable. Further, recycling a single can saves up to 95% of the energy required for a brand new aluminum one, directly impacting in CO2 emissions reductions. Moreover, Ball Packaging made sure to use as little aluminum as possible, making Winestar® cans as light as they are green. The brand will be attending WSWA, in Park Street Import’s booth (#305J), in the Octavius Ballroom. Winestar®’s CEO, Cédric Segal,will gladly answer any questions before, during or after the trade show. Please feel free to contact him or request a meeting Contact: Cédric Segal, founder and CEO cedric.segal@winestar.fr +33 6 62 25 03 59 www.winestar.fr


PRESS RELEASE: Winestar® to Launch its Premium French Wines in Cans at WSWA

Geoffroy Thaumin - 28-mars-2014 17:09:47

For the first time, Winestar® is bringing a selection of award-winning wines to the US market. These wines come in high-end, elegant cans, specifically designed for optimal wine preservation. Ecological and affordable, this unique new format provides a handy alternative to bottles for modern consumers. Awarded with the SIAL innovation 2012 award, Winestar® was inaugurated at the Vinexpo 2013 trade show in Bordeaux and is now seeking distributors in the US. Their products are already recognized and sold in many countries in Europe, as well as the Middle East, China, Korea, and Japan. A range of premium wines from an award winning producer The 3 wines selected by Winestar® are produced by Pol Flandroy of Chateau de l’Ille, an independent Languedoc winemaker who has received more than 200 medals for his wines. Winestar®‘s current range includes the following wines: - red wine : « Cuvée Andréas », a full bodied and fruity wine that pairs well with meat and cheese. It is a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Grenache. - white wine : « Cuvée Emilie », a fresh wine with pineapple and grapefruit notes. This wine is a blend of Malvoisie, Rolle and Grenache blanc. - rosé wine:   « Cuvée Alexandre », a wine defined by red fruits notes, and a balanced taste. It is a perfect blend of Syrah and Grenache. In August 2013, Winestar®’s wines participated in the CWSA International wine contest, competing against over 5300 wines. All 3 wines were awarded a medal - including a Gold Medal, making it the very first time ever for canned French wines to receive a Gold Medal. Fun fact: after the blind tasting, when the judges were informed of the wines they awarded, they could not believe that the wines came from cans. The brand will be attending WSWA, in Park Street Import’s booth (#305J), in the Octavius Ballroom. Winestar®’s CEO, Cédric Segal,will gladly answer any questions before, during or after the trade show. Please feel free to contact him or request a meeting Contact: Cédric Segal, founder and CEO cedric.segal@winestar.fr   / +33 6 62 25 03 59 www.winestar.fr      


PRESS : Today’s France Selling French Wine in the 21st Century

W.R. Tish - 12-févr.-2014 22:00:34

Change is the universal language of all modern industries. In this special section, we examine how innovations and adjustments are driving French wine, spirits, beer and cider sectors forward. From an entirely new category of “vin” to fresh brilliance behind the bar and the renewed relevance of beer and cider on the global market, France is demonstrating more flexibility and quality than ever in the nation’s history. Even better, these improvements have made French alcohol products more relevant to today’s American consumers, who are eager to discover quality, style and value to fit their fast and varied lifestyles.   Last century, France defined wine. Vignerons had pioneered the delicious synergy of the right grapes planted in the right places. More importantly, they turned that savoir-faire into a system—Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC)—which gave that grape-place synergy an economic framework, essentially turning wine regions into brands with built-in quality control and marketability. Wherever people cared about wine, voilà, regional French wines stood apart as the ones to know, the ones to buy, the ones to drink, the ones to collect. They were also the ones to emulate. While the French never stopped what they were doing—indeed, one can argue they continued to make better and better wine over the decades—the rest of the world caught up. With California coming on strong, Americans began enjoying wines that simply spoke a different language than French wines: they spoke grapes first, origin second. It makes little sense today, shin-deep in the 21st century, to look backward. The key now is to position French wines in the modern-day global context, and to translate their virtues to a new generation of Americans. To read the full article go to  Beverage Media s website.


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Aude Guivarch – Director of the Food Industry department at Business France North America and her team assists French companies in their search for potential partners, in the US, in the following sectors:   Food : large expertise about the food industry on both sides of the Atlantic Wines and Spirits : real collaboration with French wines producers and Americain distributors Industrial equipment : specialized in industrial farming equipments In order to help French companies have a better understanding of the Food Industry market in the US, the Food Industry department organizes individualized missions (market research, list of contacts, B to B meetings) as well as collective missions.  Follow us on twitter @BF_foodbev , @BF_winespirit  and @BF_agrofoodeq  

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