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Two of Europe’s great heritage brands, Lalique and Niepoort, have come together for a groundbreaking collaboration. The Niepoort in Lalique 1863 decanters – five exceptional demijohn decanters, each one engraved with a name from one of the five van der Niepoort generations and holding what is possibly the oldest fine wine in the world – the first Niepoort Port created in 1863 by the first Niepoort generation, Francisco Marius van der Niepoort. The first of the five generation decanters, created in his honour, is to be auctioned by Acker Merrall & Condit on 3 November in Hong Kong. Limited to 5, Signed and Numbered Decanters Each decanter is signed Lalique, numbered and filled with the exceptionally rare 155-year-old vintage Port, from an original Niepoort demijohn decanter, filled in 1905 with the first 1863 Port in the Niepoort cellar in Porto, Portugal. Each decanter represents a generation of the Port wine…

WHY START A CELLAR? There’s something magical about going down to a wine cellar and rummaging through stacks of dusty old bottles. After lengthy deliberations with yourself, you select the perfect bottle, and then emerge victorious to rapturous applause from your thirsty friends. It’s great fun to have a stash of wine. It’s one of the pleasures of life. Each bottle has a story to tell. Some might have sentimental value, others are kept for a special occasion, and hopefully most of them have increased in value. Yes, you can potentially make big bucks on wine as an investment, but that’s another story. The main reason for cellaring wines is to allow them to improve in quality. Over time some wines can develop amazingly complex bouquets and flavors. Great wine needs time to evolve and mature, and it is only with cellaring that fine wines show their true pedigree. Sadly,…

Calling all Krug Lovers to Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz as they are one of only four Krug Ambassades in Switzerland, serving its guests a large selection of different Cuvées of the prestigious Champagne. A ‘Krug Ambassade’ is an iconic place which represents the spirit of the House of Krug based on the principles of prestige – a unique passion and savoir-faire. A culinary destination where gastronomic excellence meets the finest Champagnes. All over the world the Krug Ambassades represent a real network of Krug lovers who pass on their passion through relentless hard work and an original style. Like Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Krug Champagne has been a family-run business for several generations, with Olivier Krug now at the helm. Both brands stand for tradition and quality, which is why guests can now look forward to a varied culinary programme of events to do with Krug Champagne. The exclusive…

Greyfriars is a range of sparkling and still boutique English wines of world class quality, made by Mike and Hilary Wagstaff and their family on the North Downs in Surrey. The vineyards span 50 acres over three sites with 75,000 vines. The facilities include a state-of-the-art winery, chalk underground cellar, shop and tasting facilities. The wines have won much acclaim and several major awards and medals at international wine competitions. The Greyfriars collection comprises a vintage sparkling Rosé, Blanc de Blancs (oaked and unoaked), Classic Cuvée; non vintage Cuvée, and Fumé. The still wines include a vintage Gris and Fumé. Tasting Note – Greyfriars Vineyard Sparkling Fumé Vintage – 2013 (30%) and 2014 (70%). Vineyard – The grapes came from Greyfriars Landsdowne, Shere plantings Grape Varieties – 100% Sauvignon Blanc ABV – 11.5% How Made – The grapes were hand picked late October. Crushed and de-stemmed and soaked on their…

Form, function and fashion merge in the design of this elegant and efficient tool, The Champagne Key® which transforms the opening of a champagne bottle into a more precise fluid motion. The science of this tool incorporates patented technology that allows the cork to be easily controlled for a perfect open every time. The ideal open produces not a loud audible ‘pop’ but a soft hiss to protect the bubbles and safely open the bottle, which is under a great deal of pressure. Created by Big Rock Innovations. Available in pure gold, plated gold and silver. Discover more http://solidgoldkey.com/ How It Works

Indulge your love by making the sweetest day of the year even sweeter with romance and gifting your loved one a bottle of champagne. Glass wear glimmers. The bubbles dance against the candle light. Love is in the air. Each sip ignites the senses. Celebrating love is always enhanced with a fine bottle of bubbles. Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé. The gorgeous wine with salmon tone and copper highlights offers hints of red raspberry and sweet strawberries, with subtle spicy notes of pink Hawaiian ginger, honey and mandarin orange. Bottles start at $89 USD and can be ordered here. Belle Epoque 2004 Rosé Vintage For an extra special Rosé moment, limited bottles of the Belle Epoque 2004 Rosé Vintage are available. The impressive cuvée is bottled in an elegant clear glass adorned with hand-painted anemone flowers. Offering a refined balance of fruity and floral notes, the multi-sensorial wine is crafted using the diamond-cut style that is the hallmark…

Reverencieuse Paris, “The Tasting Sphere” The setting is perfect, the food is prepared, the atmosphere and lighting is aglow, setting a romantic mood for a luxurious moment to indulge in champagne and caviar. This moment is elevated to new heights with the inclusion of the ever elegant creation of Reverencieuse. Founder Sébastien Woirin took his love for wines, spirits, gastronomy, craftsmanship, history of France and turned it into an incredible, beautiful, functional, revolutionary experience for Champagne and caviar. The traditional serving tray is turned on its head with the idea of a sphere; a piece of art and a noble presentation of such finery. The intent was to highlight as well as protect the wine, glasses and caviar and sure to enhance the tasting experience. The result, is a fully stylish and functional statement piece, made in Paris, that is at home in any fine residence, yacht, jet and hotel.…

Champagne de Venoge with its rich history, a great sense of luxury, elegance and ongoing pursuit of excellence presented in every bottle, has been awarded top marks for its fine wines. The beauty of each cuvée in de Venoge’s range of champagnes is the high individuality, clear expression of the richness of its terroir and how each one highlights the characteristics of a particular grape variety. Though not simply for special occasions, these fabulous wines pair beautifully with foods including appetizers, pasta, meats, fish and sweets. There is a champagne to suit sweet or savory choices each one, never overpowering, but seem to entangle with elegance, sure to enhance the fine food on your plate. It came as no surprise that Champagne de Venoge has been awarded high marks for its fine wines. Inside each bottle is a taste experience extraordinaire, a fragrance that delights the senses, gloriously dancing on…

Tsogo Sun’s luxury Johannesburg hotel, 54 On Bath, launches its new champagne bar and garden by Maison Perrier-Jouët, an enchanting space of crafted beauty inspired by the Maison’s delicate floral style. Against the backdrop of the Champagne Garden’s sweeping terrace and breath-taking views, guests will enjoy an exclusive selection of prestigious Perrier-Jouët Champagnes. Art and Nature in Perfect Harmony True to Maison Perrier-Jouët’s philosophy of uniting art and nature to bring beauty and wonder to everyday life, the Perrier-Jouët garden is designed to immerse guests in a refined and elegant ambiance in the Maison’s signature green, white and gold, embracing the natural beauty of its surroundings within the refined and tranquil setting of 54 on Bath. Champagne Garden: Refined Elegance The new, stylish Champagne Garden offers a selection of Perrier-Jouët champagnes that is unrivaled in South Africa – notably the highly sought-after prestige cuvées Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque and Perrier-Jouët Belle…

Champagne Forever – Ultra Limited Edition To celebrate 180 years of making fine wines, the de Venoge champagne house is issuing a special 1996 vintage cuvee christened Louis d’Or. This ultra-limited edition of the famous cuvee Louis XV, its bottle entirely clad in gold, is truly a gem with a grace and elegance that will delight the privileged few who have the pleasure of tasting it. A mere 1837 bottles will be available. A Tribute to the Father of Champagne The cuvee Louis XV, the house’s prestige champagne, is a tribute to the father of champagne. By authorising the sale and transport of the wines from Champagne in bottles in 1728, King Louis XV allowed in-bottle secondary fermentation, thereby creating the effervescence that champagne is known for. And a legend was born. For each great vintage, de Venoge produces a cuvee Louis XV in a precious bottle in honour of…

Kaigai is a Tokyo-based wine auction house and wholesale distributor of rare and fine wines. The company was part of a larger organisation as a wine division since 1964 and became a stand-alone company to focus on the fine and rare wines since 1991. It is one of the leading wine auction house in Japan with an extensive track record as a wine distributor and auction house. The company holds auctions twice per year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Kaigai Fine Wine Asia will also be hosting a series of wine dinners and unique experiences for the discerning individual. Kaigai Fine Wine Asia was recently acquired by a consortium of Asia-based investors. The company will then be under the management of Tokyo-based Mr. Tetsutaro Muraki, who will serve as President and CEO, and Hong Kong / Singapore based Mr. Kevin Cheng, who will be managing the…

Three Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Lallement and Champagne Armand de Brignac debut a new luxury tasting menu, exclusively available at the five-star, Relais & Châteaux hotel L’Assiette Champenoise. A historic first, this is the only culinary experience in the world to offer each of the Champagne’s five prestige cuvées in one place. French Delicacies Paired With Champagne Tucked away in the hills of Champagne, France, the ultra-luxurious L’Assiette Champenoise’s new five-course tasting menu pairs French delicacies such as Langoustine Royale and Pigeonneau Fermier with Champagne Armand de Brignac’s handcrafted Gold Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Demi Sec and the incredibly rare Blanc de Noirs, whose inaugural blend was named Best Blanc de Noirs in the World by FINE Champagne Magazine and of which only 2,333 bottles exist. An Inspired Menu Deeply Personal and Representational, Standalone or in a Package Inspired by the longstanding friendship between 13th-generation winemaker Alexandre Cattier and Gault et Millau guide’s 2014 Chef of the Year Arnaud Lallement, the menu is a deeply personal representation of…

A wine-themed river cruise always sounds so right, so seductive, no matter what the season. There are many wine-themed cruises offered from numerous river cruise brands, but there is something unique abut Ama Waterway’s wine-themed cruise, probably because the DNA of AmaWaterways exudes a unique attention to culinary detail that goes beyond the tasting of wine and the creation of cuisine. This wine-themed cruise also becomes an adventure in culinary cruising, combining onboard international wine experts that often transform the guests into burgeoning oenophiles and sous-chefs. Our experience on an AmaWaterways wine-themed cruise, even though it was months ago, still resonates in both mind and taste, mainly because of how the wine education, and the destination experiences were distilled into the terroir of our souls, and never left. We traveled up the Rhine, from Basel to Amsterdam – basically, learning as we went, about the wine created in the regions…

The French Riviera has long enjoyed an affinity with fine wines, whether being grown in a scenic vineyard or consumed with a sumptuous meal. The popularity of Provence’s rosés – produced in vineyards surrounding St Tropez – has been a constant fixture of popularity in the international wine industry; the pale rosés are especially sipped in wine bars and beach clubs around the world. But winetasting is changing with the times in this idyllic part of the world. Avid wine samplers are arriving at Riviera vineyards from the skies, complementing fine wine with an astounding sense of adventure. A Helicopter Tour Luxury helicopter company, Monacair, offers private helicopter transfers throughout the French Riviera and beyond. Visitors to the region have started to indulge their winetasting fantasies by flying between vineyard destinations in ultimate style and comfort. Aside from being a fantastic way to sample many different wines, helicopter travel is…

The Regal Lion’ Wine & Decanter Stoppers, a limited edition functional art sculpture in Sterling Silver, 18K Gold, or 950 Platinum, accented with diamonds or golden sapphires. Each signed and numbered Lion will be a distinctive work of art that will appeal to animal fine art collectors, wine and whiskey aficionados, and anyone who appreciates rare and beautiful objects. Each elegant, made-to-order Art Deco and Gothic-influenced piece can be displayed in its handmade display base of mahogany or Gabon ebony, resting on three Sterling Silver Balls, or – of course – as a stunning crown atop a bottle of fine wine or a beautiful crystal decanter. As decanter and wine stoppers have never before been created as stand-alone art objects, and decanter stoppers have only been made by decanter manufacturers at the same time and of the same material as the decanter itself, the debut of The Regal Lion is a true design first. Further, until now, decanter…