Spotlight On Champagne


The hotel scene is bubbling up, with properties around the world finding creative ways to spotlight champagne. In September, the Lobby Lounge of the Shangri-La Hote, Toronto debuted its striking Champagne Wall. “I wanted to create a sense of excitement and energy around who curated the ‘C’ Wall’s selection. It features prominent labels and rare champagnes such as the 1998 Henriot Cuvée des Enchanteleurs. By-the- glass offering is available, and the Lobby Lounge menu complements the champagne list. Another Canada hotel unveiled its new champagne bar in October: The iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal now houses Canada’s first Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar in its Palm Court, a sleek hotspot in downtown Montreal where the menu features both Rosé & Brut Dom Pérignon by the glass and bottle.

Some of the world’s hard-to-find vintages are available at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, selected by Director of Wine Kim Wood. The recently updated Lobby Bar menu showcases an extensive variety of Special Club champagnes; bottomless Rosé is served with weekend brunch at the Bardot Brasserie, with James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina at the helm. At St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai, guests can partake in a ceremonial champagne sabering every day at sunset and sign up for the Ali’i Lavender Champagne Scrub at the on- site Halele’a Spa.

To infuse its interiors with a signature scent of champagne and caviar, Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto has partnered with Brampton-based Nose Knows Design, an olfactive branding studio that specialises in custom scent creation. Europe isn’t staying behind on the champagne craze: Balthazar at Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen, Denmark’s first and only champagne bar, has 160 types of bubbly served from the bottle or mixed into drinks like the walnut-flavored Tax Free Cocktail, with the bar’s signature champagne syrup.