We Take a Look at the Excellent English Wines from Danebury Vineyard

Valentine’s Day may be over, but there are 364 other days’ worth celebrating with Danebury Vineyard’s quality English wines.

Limited production with exceptional quality, that’s the focus of family-owned boutique vineyard Danebury Vineyard. Based near Stockbridge in Hampshire, the highly regarded vineyard estate covers some seven acres – land that was once a successful racehorse yard. The racing heritage is now reflected in the company’s wine labels. And it named its sparkling white wine after Cossack, a racehorse trained at Danebury that won The Derby in 1847.


Vine growing at Danebury Vineyard in Hampshire

Danebury has been producing quality English sparkling and still wines since 1988 and follows organic principles in its wine-making. The UK’s long summer days allow for maximum ripening of its cool climate grapes, ensuring strong fruit flavours. While the chalk and flint soil lends the wine its mineralogy.
Danebury produces two varietal white wines: Schönburger and Madeline Angevine, and a Reserve Wine that’s a blend of the four varieties grown at Danebury. The vineyard’s sparkling offering is the premium vintage Cossack – an award-winning white wine made from Auxerrois Blanc and Ruländer grape varieties that will be released in Spring this year.


Grapes grown at Danebury Vineyard in Hampshire

Danebury’s expert winemaker, Vince Gower has been producing quality English wine for over 20 years and has won dozens of national and international awards. His careful approach entails minimal intervention, with the pressing, fermentation, transferring and filtering process carried out with the utmost care, ensuring the delicate nature of the juice is preserved and the character ‘terroir’ of Danebury Vineyard is fully expressed in the finished wine.


Danebury Wine Collection

Danebury Madeleine Angevine 2014 – Still Dry White Wine

Medals – Bronze: Decanter Magazine, UK Wine Awards. Commended: International Wine Challenge, Sommelier Wine Awards.

Madeleine Angevine is a white wine grape from the Loire Valley – a popular choice for UK winegrowers. It has the advantage of being early ripening and grows well in cooler climates. Madeleine Angevine makes an attractive fruity, yet dry wine with a flowery nose similar to Alsatian Pinot Blanc and refreshing finish. It’s the perfect aperitif and pairs well with chicken, seafood such as scallops and crayfish or charcuterie and pâtés.
Alcohol: 11.5% Suitable for vegetarians

Danebury Schönburger 2014 — Still Dry White Wine

Medals 2017 – Bronze: Sommelier Wine Awards

Schönburger is a relatively unknown German grape variety with a slightly red skin when it ripens, a hybrid of Pinot Noir, Chasselas and Muscat Hamburg, popularly grown in England. It is quickly pressed with no skin contact to produce a silky, aromatic, dry white wine. It has a rich, full soft palate exhibiting a refreshing, clean finish, making it an excellent accompaniment to fish, chicken and vegetable sauce-based dishes.
Alc %. 10.0. Suitable for vegetarians

Danebury Reserve 2015 – Still Dry White Wine

Medals 2017 – Silver: Sommelier Wine Awards, Bronze: Decanter, IWSC

A full dry white wine, which is a skilful blend of all our grape varieties (Schönburger, Madeleine Angevine, Auxerrois Blanc and Ruländer [Pinot Gris]). Displaying a complex combination of the fruitiness of Madeleine Angevine, the crisp acidity of Schönburger, structure of the Auxerrois, complemented by the subtle in influence of Ruländer, and delivering plenty of mineralogy on the finish. It works well with a variety of dishes due to its complex flavour and crisp acidity: a taste of Hampshire in a glass.
Alcohol: 12%. Suitable for vegetarians

Danebury “Cossack” 2014 — English Sparkling Wine

Made from a blend of 95% Auxerrois Blanc (a cross between Gouais Blanc and Pinot Noir sharing the ancestry of Chardonnay) and 5% Ruländer grapes (a German synonym for Pinot Gris). Cossack is crafted using the traditional bottle fermentation method and aged for approximately four years on its lees. A classically structured wine that lasts on the palate, Cossack is equally delightful to drink either on its own or with food.

To be released in Spring 2018


Grape vines growing at Danebury Vineyard in Hampshire

Danebury Vineyards — Where and How
Danebury House, Stockbridge, Hants, 8020 6JX
Tel: +44 1264 781851
Email: info@danebury.com

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Visit and Text: Gigi Morelli

We visited 5 Unique Places around the Globe for you

There are a variety of unique places to stay across the globe, from underwater hotels to hammocks high in the tree canopies. The tree Unique use combines the adventure of an unconventional night’s stay with a few of the luxury comforts we all enjoy. Here is our list of the world’s most amazing treehouses you can stay in.

Lion Sands, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Cost per night: $450


Placed above the savannah, The Lions Sands Game Reserve is proud to present one of its four treehouses. Here you are disconnected from electricity and without a shower but when you’re sleeping amongst zebras and lions these matters are trivial.

Treehotel, Harada, Sweden
Cost per night: From $510


The modern spaceship look-alike is a far cry away from what your typical childhood treehouse might resemble. In this hotel, you are surrounded by a pine forest, high above the forest floor, giving a whole new meaning to ‘a bird’s eye view’. With its futuristic design, it will certainly be an unforgettable night stay.

 

Bangkok Tree House, Bangkok, Thailand
Cost per night: From $125


The Bangkok Treehouse’s mission is to disconnect you from city life and to reconnect you with nature. This elevated oasis brings you stunningly positioned treetop rooms, as well as their more unique experience of their floating double-bed called the River Nest. Seriously, it’s just a bed on the water.

 

Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Cost per night: From $160


Suspended amongst intricate webs of rope, the Free Spirit Spheres really evoke the essence of sleeping amongst the treetops. These orbs will bring your childhood dreams to life, providing a luxurious and unique way to camp in the tree canopy.

 

Green Village, Bali, Indonesia
Nightly rate: $325


The Green Village is more of an eco-community as opposed to an actual hotel, and it may be the grandest collection of treehouse vacation homes in the world. Not limited by the usual constraint of walls, you will be sleeping in the thick of the Indonesian jungle with the luxury of a few home comforts.

Visit and text: Gernot Mueller

Get ready – Today we show you Europe’s Top 5 Beach Clubs In 2018

Amante – Ibiza

This rural restaurant is set in a stunning cove on a cliff overlooking the Sol Den Serra bay. The backdrop is perfect for long, lazy lunches, fine dinners, and drinks in the Mediterranean breeze. Don’t miss the evenings at Amante, highlighted by the sea breezes and moonlit cliffs.

Theros Wave Bar – Santorini

This elegant Mediterranean spot is the perfect mix of exotic, romantic and fun. During the day, guests can take a relaxing walk along the crystal-clear water, volcanic sand and views of the massive cliffs off Eros beach. Once the sun goes down, pick a cozy spot among the bar’s many sofas, sip a famous Theros cocktail and relax.

Hula-Hula – Hvar

Looking for parties from day to night? The Hula-Hula Hvar is the place for beach-lovers to meet up and watch the sun disappear into the sea while sipping a piña colada or listening to soulful tunes. The bar is located just up the coast from the Hotel Amfora for easy access to travellers and locals alike.

Phi – Sardinia

The golden beaches at Phi offer guests to restore their well-being seaside with comfortable seating, canopies, and a lounge area to have lunch. At night, be sure not to miss the Rock Club to enjoy the best champagne, intimate dinners and live music.

Gecko Beach Club – Formentera

The Gecko Beach Club is situated on the island of Formentera. An island just next to Ibiza. Formentera is the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret with miles of secluded and unspoiled beaches and home to a vibrant and mixed community and rich history. The Gecko Beach Club is the newest and most luxurious place to stay on the island with amazing cocktails, mouth-watering food, and a relaxing haven to lie back in a hammock whilst watching the world meander by.

Text and Photos: Gigi Morelli

Amilla Beach Residences | A Luxurious Maldives Getaway

Step into paradise and get a taste of heaven on earth when you set foot in one of Amilla Beach ‘s picturesque residences.

Sitting gracefully over crystal clear waters, the beautiful properties are nestled among lush tree tops or hug the shores of pristine white sand. The multi-bedroom accommodation options are ideally suited for large families, groups of friends and VVIPs seeking the ultimate in space and privacy.

The eight glorious residences are unlike you have ever seen before. They include six 4-bedroom (Villa Residences), one 6-bedroom estate (The Amilla Villa Estate) and one 8-bedroom residence (The Great Beach Villa Residence).

To cater to your every whim, each villa comes with private butlers, gourmet chef and accomplished katheeb (house master, Amilla-style.). Your personal katheeb will anticipate your every need from making a hearty breakfast, to a soothing bath after a day exploring the island’s vast marine life.  For the little ones, in-villa babysitting is conveniently arranged so that you can surrender to a full day of pampering.

The Villa Residences are an ultra-modern Miami-style architecture with stunning minimalist design, providing an intimate space to unwind and escape. Spend hours lounging by the beach beds or take a dip in the cool ocean waters.

The Amilla Villa Estate has an Asian-style structure with elegant interiors. The spacious 6-bedroom residence has enough room to accommodate a group to enjoy the beautiful amenities, including the pristine infinity pool facing the Maldivian coastline.

Best for a big group of friends or family, the Great Beach Villa Residence is the largest of the eight-hyper luxury properties creating a statement with sleek contemporary lines and gleaming marble floors. It boasts a 20m lagoon-style swimming pool and a beachside hammock that demands you to sneak a siesta and enjoy the gentle ocean breezes.

For further Info and Reservation please visit:

Welcome home to Amilla Beach Villa Residences…..

Vida Downtown’s Urban Picnic goes Latin this Season!

Andale, arriba, arriba! Inspired by all things Latin, Vida Downtown’s legendary Urban Picnic takes guests on a trip to Latin America this season!

Featuring the largest salad station in town with more than 40 ingredients and flavours from over six countries, you are certainly coming back for more. Not to be missed is the glorious pizza station!

Named after iconic personalities such as Fidel Castro, the pizzas on offer include El Diablo – made of beef and chili and La Fiesta – with everyone’s favourite, pineapple and turkey.

Enjoy Vida’s legendary sizzling live barbeque station while you lounge by the pool and feast on a fiesta of dishes such as smoked beef brisket; bistec ahumado; slow cooked lamb neck and cuero de cordero.

Guests can play Latin Lingo with an incredible array of dishes from the Chef’s kitchen including Platanos Fritos & Frijoles negros.

The large selection of Nachos & Tacos at the nacho station is sure to win you over with its authentic flavours, not to forget the very traditional Chilli Con Carne.

The churro station – probably the quirkiest of all – takes you on a journey from when Brazil won the soccer World Cup and Juan Peron was President of Argentina. Enjoy sugary and chocolatey Churro variations including Warm Churros, Churro Caliente, Churros Shot, & Tiro de Churros. Did we mention enough churros?

Finally, each guest will be handed a passport which entails the site map with all the stations. Your very own Latin passport taking you on a journey through your favourite picnic brunch!

Put your sombreros on and get into the Latin spirit.

Reservations

For reservations or more information, please contact 04 888 3444 or email dine@emaar.com

The Details

Every Friday from 13.00 to 17.00 at 3in1 at Vida Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai

 

Text: luxxrs

Richard Mille has launched a new $161,000 Regatta Watch

Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille released a new regatta watch to mark the start of the ninth annual edition of the Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille sailing competition. Called the RM 60-01 Les Voiles de St. Barth 2018 Limited Edition Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta, it is one of the most expensive non-gemstone-studded regatta watches to date and the watchmaker will only make 50 pieces of it. Available only in bright yellow, the regatta watch is powered by the RMAC2 automatic caliber, which is crafted in grade-5 titanium. It offers flyback chronograph functions for timing multiple events, annual calendar with oversize date, running seconds and coordinated universal time (UTC) function, making it an absolute powerhouse of a movement.

To offer is wearers the ability to make navigational calculations and determine current location, the watch features bi-directional rotating outer bezel, along with the inner rings and dial, which displays everything from indication of the four cardinal points and a graduated degree- and 24-hour scale. The RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta 2018 watch will only be sold in the Americas with a price tag of $161,000.

Review: Samenda Caldwell

Downtown Luxury Defined by Four Seasons

As New York City’s lower Manhattan continues to develop, the Four Seasons Hotel brand has positioned itself as a permanent resident of the downtown neighborhood.  Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown officially opened in late 2016, and has continued to build on the brand’s ultra luxury hospitality in truly outstanding style.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Located at 27 Barclay Street, the Four Seasons property boasts 82 stories, with the first 24 floors for it’s hotel and the remainder reserved for the Four Seasons Private Residences. The hotel’s main entrance is fully attended to by doormen who graciously welcome guests into the Yabu Pushelburg designed interior. Known for designing some of the most prestigious hotel and retail interiors, the design firm mastered the art of downtown luxury while maintaining the Four Seasons’ distinguished charm.

Accommodations

A total of 187 rooms are offered at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, including 28 suites. Contrary to many New York city accommodations, the rooms at the Four Seasons are extremely spacious and drenched in sunlight. Paired with neutral tones and modern decor, these details make a stay at the property ever-more comfortable. High-tech elements include ambient lighting, smart TV’s, in-room tablets (for dining, concierge, and discovery), remote controlled blackout shades, a Bose stereo system and charging stations.

Believe us when we say no detail goes unnoticed. Every bathroom is equipped with a free standing soaking tub, perfect for unwinding after a day taking on the Big Apple. The bathroom’s luxurious marble is also accented with features such as an in-mirror TV, glass enclosed shower and heated toilet seats. After all, it’s the little things that make luxury feel personal.

Amenities

If you’d like to unwind and enjoy more of what the hotel has to offer, look no further. Starting with the breathtaking 75-foot lap pool, a solid few hours can be spent here without realizing your in the midst of one of the world’s busiest cities. Guests can enjoy an invigorating swim or choose to relax poolside on the lounge chairs. A fully equipped luxury gym is also steps away from the indoor pool, perfectly convenient to enjoy during your stay. The gym is open 24-hours and fully equipped with cardio, weights, and yoga, along with the option for personal training.

Taking relaxation a few steps further, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown hosts a full-service spa. Between massages, skin and nail care, get ready to be pampered to the fullest. There are an abundance of options to choose from a Therapeutic Awakening massage to a Luxury Green Caviar skin treatment. Revitalize your body and mind with a signature treatment followed by time in the relaxation room.

 

Lastly, but certainly not least, is the on-site restaurant CUT, by Wolfgang Puck. The Chef’s first Manhattan restaurant beautifully embodies his signature steakhouse ambiance with a buzzy vibe and cuisine to match.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

27 Barclay Street

New York, NY 10007

FourSeasons.com

Text: Gigi Morelli

In a Minute: A. Lange & Sohne’s Lange Zeitwerk Date

WHAT IT IS:

It’s been 10 years since A. Lange & Sohne introduced the Zeitwerk. With the time displayed numerically, it was an unusual addition to the brand’s line-up. What’s more, a constant- force mechanism that “recharged” once per second was needed to regulate the flow of energy from the barrel, given that all three numerals jump at the start of every hour. This year, A. Lange & Sohne has added the Zeitwerk Date to the collection. The date complication, hitherto unseen in the Zeitwerk, has finally made its way to the family, naturally with a twist.

HOW IT LOOKS:

A. Lange & Sohne

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Date

A. Lange & Sohne

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Date back.

Visually, the new Zeitwerk Date has the same signatures as its siblings from the collection. The brand’s signature “time bridge” runs horizontally across the middle of the dial, with its two apertures displaying the time using three numeral wheels. Meanwhile, the power-reserve sector and running seconds subdial sit at 12 and six o’clock respectively. The addition is the date display: The date ring is made of glass and features numerals printed in negative, allowing the current date to be highlighted in red. It’s not a typical format, but it keeps the dial from looking overly crowded.

HOW IT WEARS:

The Zeitwerk Date wears large at 44.2mm across and 12.3mm thick, and feels appropriately hefty given its white-gold construction. Unfortunately, this precludes many potential wearers with smaller wrists, and there’s no going around it. To its credit, A. Lange & Sohne has already optimised the timepiece’s wearability with its relatively short lugs – there’s a limit to what can be done without upsetting the watch’s proportions. It is what it is.

MOVEMENT Manual-winding movement with 72-hour power reserve

CASE 44.2mm in white gold

PRICE $128,500

These Are The World’s Most Exclusive Hotel Suites – Take a peek inside the world’s most expensive suites

1 – Royal Two Bedroom Suite, The Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah – Dubai

The 780m² Royal Suite has been designed with an opulent colour scheme, sumptuous furnishings and exclusive amenities including a private lift and cinema. Both floors of this exquisite Suite feature sublime uninterrupted views over the Arabian Gulf. For a casual € 15.000 a night this decadent suite could be all yours.

2 – Royal Suite, Hôtel Plaza Athénée – Paris

Gaze at the City of Light from the comfort of a spacious Royal Suite and experience the best five-star hotel in Paris. Lavishly decorated with French Regency furniture, stunning antiques, and touches of silk and damask, the suite speaks to the city’s history and beauty. The view alone is worth its
€ 22.000 a night price tag, from the balconies you’ll enjoy stunning views of avenue Montaigne and the Eiffel Tower.

3 – The Royal Penthouse Corinthia Hotel – London

The ultimate London address for the ultimate price of € 25.000 a night. The two-story suite offers panoramic views over the city. Its total space comes to 465m², which includes 10-seat dining room, a grand staircase leads to two bedrooms with king-size beds and bathrooms as well as two further bedrooms. A private spa suite and hidden den to the butler’s kitchen and walk-in wine cellar.

4 – Two Story Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas

The extravagant two-story villa spares no expense. For € 25.000 at weekends and € 15.000 on weekdays, it comes complete with pool, personal glass elevator, massage room, private balcony, media room and dry sauna. With all this and more, the 300m² palace is the ultimate Las Vegas suite

5 – Amanyara Villa, Amanyara – Turks & Caicos

Amanyara – “peaceful place” – shows luxury is best served beachside and poolside. It’s € 25.000 a night villa embodies the Caribbean spirit blending indoor-outdoor living via open-air living spaces, large decks, day beds, outdoor showers, infinity pools, lush landscapes and even private reflecting ponds.

6 – Penthouse Suite, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez, Cannes – France

At € 30.000 the Penthouse Suite of the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez is situated on the 7th floor, this prestigious 300m² suite offers a bedroom with king bed, living room & dining room and a spacious marble bathroom. The private terrace alone is 270m² boasting stunning views over the Bay of Cannes and the famous Boulevard de la Croisette.

7 – Shahi Mahal Presidential Suite, Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur – India

If this majestic hotel – a restored ancient royal castle – is good enough for the Maharaja, it’s good enough for you. The opulent Presidential suite glimmers in gold leaf, stucco, ivory, silver, ornate mirrors and furniture, and Italian marble floors. At € 32.000 per night, the 500m² suite has six bedrooms, dining room, theatre, library and kitchen staff over four floors.

8 – Delana Hilltop Estate, Laucala Island – Fiji

The entire island is owned by Red Bull’s billionaire owner and consists of 25 villas, but this is the best. It has panoramic views of the island, free massages, horse rides on the beach all these luxuries and more could be yours for € 38.000 a night (although you need receive an invite first!).

9 – Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel – New York City

The Ty Warner Penthouse is the highest hotel penthouse suite in New York City. The 400 m² space is a very cool € 42.000 a night. Complete with Panoramic windows and cantilevered glass balconies dub this “a castle in the clouds.” The lavish penthouse took 7 years and € 45 million to build. The room has its own art concierge and also a huge library, even though it only houses three.

10 – Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson – Geneva

At € 65.000 a night, the Royal Penthouse Suite at Geneva’s Hotel President Wilson is the most expensive hotel room in the world. Guests are not left wanting for much: the suite has 12 bedrooms and 12 marble bathrooms, plus a wraparound terrace with views of the Alps that have been said to move a handful of famous musicians to song (there’s a Steinway piano, should the backdrop not be enough).

11 – Owner’s Villa, Cheval Blanc Randheli – Maldives

Those all-important three little words “price on request”, need we say more about the private island and villa. The Owner’s Villa sprawls across its dedicated island and is accessible from a private berth and jetty. This four-bedroom villa is the epitome of exclusive privacy with unique facilities including its own spa, oversized 25-metre long outdoor pool, pristine beaches and exotic gardens.

Story: Gigi Morelli

Tobasco reveals a special edition sauce presented in a tiny Champagne bottle

The most ubiquitous hot sauce: Tabasco, is celebrating 150 years of setting people’s taste buds on edge. To commemorate the anniversary, the company has created an over-the-top limited edition Diamond Reserve Red Sauce which comes in a miniature Champagne bottle.

It’s not the just the bottle that’s fancy though, Diamond reserve is made from tabasco peppers that have aged in barrels for as long as 15 years. The long aging period allows them to develop in flavor and complexity. Even the peppers chosen are special – with their color, texture and robustness being considered before they were picked at Avery Island for this special sauce. The aged peppers are combined with sparkling white wine vinegar, before being sealed into their in their very special gold foil topped bottles.

They may look fancy and make a great gift for a spicy food loving friend, but their priced at just about $35 for a six ounce bottle. They are likely to sell out soon so get yours here:

Available at: CountryStore

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