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In nature, as Charles Darwin famously pointed out, rarity is the precursor to extinction. In luxury, conversely, rarity is the precursor to distinction, as evidenced by a two-month celebration (finishing on Thursday 16th August) of all things scarce – from precious fabrics and jewels to limited collections and unique in-store experiences – now underway at […]
Remember when the phrase “English wine” was an oxymoron? English wines are winning awards and plaudits the world over, with home grown sparkling wine, in particular, competing with Champagne now thanks to the chalky, sheltered South Downs region being similarly suited to the grape varieties of that region. And, at the vanguard of the English […]
Ask any singer and they’ll tell you that duets can be a risky proposition. Take David Bowie, for instance. In 1982 he teamed with Queen front man Freddie Mercury on “Under Pressure” and created one of the most beloved songs of all time. But three years later, when he joined forces with another legend to […]
In keeping with its rich history of innovation, Champagne stalwarts Maison Mumm have risen to a bold new challenge: reinventing the timeless Champagne tasting ritual for the new frontier of space and zero gravity. This September, astronauts and space-lovers alike can experience an outer-worldly experience with the launch of Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar: a ground-breaking […]
Of California’s many AVAs, Sonoma and Napa Valley have dominated the world stage. But over time, other regions – especially those along the state’s Central Coast, like Paso Robles – have developed their own distinct character and have gained recognition for some exquisite Rhône and Bordeaux styles. The newest Golden State AVA to receive accolades […]
The Tonella family can speak to “Rutherford dust,” that almost mythical expression of terroir ascribed to the central Napa Valley region. “After more than 100 years and four generations of growing,” says Steve Tonella, “I thought it was time to make the finished wine.” The four-generation pact with Rutherford fruit began with a serendipitous meeting […]
A one-night-only hotel, with only one bedroom, open for only ten nights: it’s fair to say that this initiative from Maison Ruinart – a champagne house founded in 1729 in Reims, the unofficial capital of the Champagne region – comes out of left field, to put it mildly. But Hotel 1729, a collaboration with London-based designer Tom Hingston, […]