Luxury Wine – Refoksa http://refoksa.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 20:20:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://refoksa.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-115x115.png Luxury Wine – Refoksa http://refoksa.com/ 32 32 ANDREW HARPER ADDS LUXURY CRUISE REVIEWS https://refoksa.com/andrew-harper-adds-luxury-cruise-reviews/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://refoksa.com/andrew-harper-adds-luxury-cruise-reviews/

Andrew Harper at Sea will launch in November, an added benefit for members

NEW YORK, November 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For more than 40 years, Andrew Harper editors have scoured the incognito world to uncover exceptional hideaways and experiences for Andrew Harper members. In the November issue of by Andrew Harper stash reporta publication exclusively reserved for members, Andrew Harper announced the launch of Andrew Harper at Sea, a show featuring editorial coverage of luxury cruise lines.

Andrew Harper at sea debuts 21 November as a dedicated section in the monthly newsletter and on the trip planning site, with an overview of the latest cruise trends, ports of call, new ships and detailed reviews by Andrew Harper publishers of the most alluring ocean voyages. Andrew Harper cruise information is available at AndrewHarper.com.

“Our curated content delivers the most relevant and anticipated travel experiences for Andrew Harper members,” said Andrew Harper, Executive Director Don Jones. “We are excited to expand our valuable insight into luxury cruise travel, providing the most in-depth information to our members.”

With this initiative, Andrew Harperwhich is part of Internova Travel Group’s Global Travel Collection, is well positioned to enter the dynamic cruise market, strengthening its presence in the space and giving luxury travelers a new reason to become a Andrew Harper member.

“Our luxury travel customers have requested this content and we are thrilled to be able to provide it to them,” said Angie Licee, President, Global Travel Collection. “Andrew Harper has a well-deserved reputation for excellence among luxury travelers, helping them create the most satisfying and rewarding experiences around the world. Travel editors are known for their high standards and insightful, trustworthy reporting. I know they will bring the same dedication to covering the cruise industry.”

The first report relates to a 13-day transatlantic crossing from Fort Lauderdale at Barcelona aboard Cunard’s youngest ship, the queen elizabeth. The first section also explores Silversea’s remarkable SALT (Sea and Land Taste) cruises, which tap into the popularity of dining experiences, and briefly reports on some glamorous newcomers, including a nearing-completion superyacht and a reimagined houseboat in as a private villa floating along the Marne. river in France Champagne countryside.

The improved cruise coverage comes in response to persistent requests from Andrew Harper members. Whereas stash report occasionally posting cruise ship reviews, as well as stories of riverboat travel, the main focus so far has always been on hotels and resorts.

“After two years of cruises being suspended due to the pandemic, there is great pent-up demand among luxury travelers eager to get back to sea,” Jones said. “Andrew Harper’s travel office has received requests for cruises ranging from a trip through the coral atolls of French Polynesia to journeys along the frozen fjords of Norway and Greenland. Andrew Harper at Sea will chronicle this trend and hopefully inspire its members with a sense of limitless possibility.”

Andrew Harper membership benefits include monthly reception stash report and the Andrew Harper Collection of 12 guides updated annually by region; unlimited travel planning services; special rates, amenities and exclusive offers with the world’s leading independent and branded hotels, as well as cruise lines and tour operators; private travel auctions with significant savings; and personal recommendations from a wine concierge, plus members-only prices on some of the world’s rarest wines.

About Andrew Harper
Andrew Harper stash report traces its origins to 1979, when its founding editor left corporate life to travel the world, seeking small hideaways in unspoiled corners of the globe, he shared his findings in a newsletter for sophisticated travelers under the pseudonym Andrew Harper. Over the years, by Andrew Harper stash report, has grown into a luxury travel site with an expanded menu of curated content for its members, including in-depth articles on a destination’s best hotels and restaurants, sights and activities, and sample itineraries . Andrew Harper’s exclusive community of members relied on our editors’ reviews and recommendations to point them in the right direction to plan their trips with by Andrew Harper travel desk, where they receive exclusive travel benefits at over 1,500 hotels, villas, cruises and more, as well as access to auctions, current offers and some of the world’s rarest wines through a concierge dedicated to wine. For more information on how to join, you can call 1 (800) 375-4685 / WEEKDAYS 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT or register here. Email Membership Services at [email protected].

About Global Travel Collection
Global Travel Collection (GTC), a division of Internova Travel Group, is the world’s largest collection of international luxury travel agencies, including the well-established networks of Protravel International, Tzell Travel Group and Colletts Travel, as well as Andrew Harper, In the Know Experiences, All Star Travel Group and R. Crusoe & Son. GTC’s advisors and agencies are industry leaders in providing premium travel services to leisure travelers, corporate executives and the entertainment industry. The combined global reach and leverage results in value, recognition and preferential treatment for its travelers around the world.

About Internova Travel Group
Internova Travel Group is one of the world’s largest travel services companies with a collection of leading brands providing personal, high-level travel expertise to leisure and corporate customers. Internova manages leisure, business and franchise businesses through a portfolio of distinct divisions. Internova represents more than 62,000 travel counselors at more than 6,000 company-owned and affiliated locations, primarily in United States, Canada and the UKwith a presence in more than 80 countries.

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SOURCE World Travel Collection

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24 Luxury Advent Calendars for the Chicest on Your List https://refoksa.com/24-luxury-advent-calendars-for-the-chicest-on-your-list/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 22:57:59 +0000 https://refoksa.com/24-luxury-advent-calendars-for-the-chicest-on-your-list/

Courtesy of Acqua di Parma; Dior

Patience is a virtue, especially during the holidays when many things (children, in-laws, reception logistics) no doubt annoy you. Why not make the most wonderful time of the year a little more wonderful with an extra-special luxury advent calendar? And this season, you have a bumper crop to choose from, whether you’re looking to please your beauty-obsessed sister, impress your whiskey-loving partner, or get yourself a little something for yourself. Not only do these unique advent calendars offer chic treats (think Swarovski embellishments, a velvety Charlotte Tilbury lipstick or an indulgent Charbonnel and Walker truffle), but they also come in super stylish packaging to display on your coat. vacation. Check out our 24 favorites this year below (grab these beauties fast before they sell out) and see if you can resist the temptation to open just one door a day!

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Veterans Day Celebration Honors Resident Veterans of Watercrest Buena Vista Senior Living Community in The Villages https://refoksa.com/veterans-day-celebration-honors-resident-veterans-of-watercrest-buena-vista-senior-living-community-in-the-villages/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://refoksa.com/veterans-day-celebration-honors-resident-veterans-of-watercrest-buena-vista-senior-living-community-in-the-villages/

VERO BEACH, Florida., November 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At Watercrest Buena Vista Senior Living Community, Veterans Day events kicked off with an annual mouth-watering pancake breakfast. Behind the Hot Plate, Executive Director Jennifer Butler and his Watercrest Buena Vista team returned their famous flapjacks, celebrating their resident veterans for their military service.

Veterans of Watercrest Buena Vista Senior Living Community in The Villages are recognized with a patriotic ceremony honoring their service and sacrifice.

The Compassionate Care Hospice of Lake and Summer Counties with Hospice Liaison, Edward Torre led the Veterans Day Ceremony. Veterans received American Flag pins and Certificates of Honor with heartfelt appreciation for their sacrifice to their country. Residents wore their most patriotic attire while veterans proudly donned their service uniforms, adorned with medals and badges of honor.

“We are so grateful and blessed to celebrate our veterans here today and to witness their pride in having served our country,” said Andrea GarciaResident Lifestyle Director at Watercrest Buena Vista.

The community celebration of Veterans Day is one aspect of Watercrest CARES, a company-wide movement by Watercrest Senior Living Group encompassing their joint unity initiatives such as connectivity. Watercrest is committed to helping residents stay connected in meaningful ways and inspiring a sense of community at every location.

Watercrest Buena Vista is an independent assisted living and memory care community located in the Central Florida known as ‘The villages.’ Residents of Watercrest Buena Vista enjoy Southern-style balconies and outdoor gathering spaces, manicured lawns and pathways, resort-style pool and patios, and Watercrest’s focused health and fitness programs. Plus, Watercrest’s signature culinary offerings include flatbreads, charcuterie, house-brand wines, seasonal beers, coffees and desserts to be enjoyed in the expansive indoor and outdoor dining areas and Café Bistro. & Wine Bar relaxed but chic. The community offers exceptional amenities and exceptional care, all tailored to the residents’ individual preferences. Watercrest Buena Vista is located at 5867 E County Road at The villages. For more information, contact the community at 352-604-5119.

About Watercrest Senior Living Group
Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to be a beacon of quality in the lives of seniors by exceeding standards of care, service and associate training. Watercrest Seniors Residences are recognized for their luxury aesthetics, exceptional amenities, world-class care and innovative memory care programs providing unparalleled service to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. dementia. Five times certified as a Great Place to Work, Watercrest Senior Living Group specializes in developing and managing the operations of assisted living and memory care communities and growing servant leaders. For more information, visit www.watercrestseniorliving.com.

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Oregon officials and producers aim to boost state agricultural and food exports to South Korea and Japan https://refoksa.com/oregon-officials-and-producers-aim-to-boost-state-agricultural-and-food-exports-to-south-korea-and-japan/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 02:38:00 +0000 https://refoksa.com/oregon-officials-and-producers-aim-to-boost-state-agricultural-and-food-exports-to-south-korea-and-japan/

Oregon is the only US state allowed to export fresh blueberries to South Korea. In October, Governor Kate Brown led a trade mission that included an agricultural delegation to boost exports of Oregon blueberries and other agricultural and food products to South Korea and Japan.

Lynn Howlet

Last month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown led a nearly two-week trade mission to South Korea and Japan to promote Oregon agriculture and other major industries.

According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Japan and South Korea are the state’s second and third largest export markets for food and agricultural products.

Theresa Yoshioka, international trade officer for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, organized an agricultural delegation that accompanied Governor Brown on the trip and held meetings and site visits with trade officials and companies who sell jams, wine, fresh blueberries and other products from Oregon to South Korea and Japan.

As the pandemic forced many business meetings to take place via Zoom or other electronic means, Yoshioka believes it was especially important for state officials and industry partners to meet face-to-face with their counterparts. Asians.

“Especially in Japan and Korea…relationships are important for business. And meeting in person is important for continuing those relationships and building new ones,” she said.

Last year, South Korea and Japan generated $600 million in export sales of Oregon agricultural and food products.

Oregon is also the only US state allowed to export fresh blueberries to South Korea. Oregon entered this market 11 years ago after “a lot of hard work” by state agriculture officials, according to Ellie Norris, vice president of the Oregon Blueberry Commission.

“In Oregon, we are very lucky to live in a very open natural space where we don’t need to use a lot of heavy chemicals and we don’t have a lot of pest pressures that the Korean government wants to keep . out,” Norris said.

Norris also owns Norris Farms, a 650-acre blueberry in Umpqua. She said around 25% of her crop is exported to markets in the UK, South America and Asia. According to Norris, it can take as little as three days for blueberries picked from his farm to hit supermarket shelves in Japan and South Korea.

For Norris, the trip was also an opportunity to find ways to boost sales by becoming more culturally aware of how customers in these markets think about and value “a luxury fruit.”

“So if they buy these small quantities of blueberries, they want to make a beautiful cake, a beautiful dessert. They want to show it,” Norris said.

“So that’s my next task is to go see what we could do to help expand their knowledge of how to eat raw blueberries.”

Oregon is also the nation’s leading producer of frozen blackberries, marionettes and black raspberries. But the state’s frozen berry producers are currently barred from entering the Korean market. Yoshioka hopes that will change with the first in-person trade mission by Oregon officials to Asia in three years.

Ellie Norris and Theresa Yoshioka sat down with ‘Think Out Loud’ host Dave Miller. Click play to listen to the full conversation:

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Winery owner beats lobbying fees https://refoksa.com/winery-owner-beats-lobbying-fees/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://refoksa.com/winery-owner-beats-lobbying-fees/ It’s all about the big names in this weekend’s wine news roundup, from the courtroom to the football pitch.

© Julia Nikhinson/AP | Thomas Barrack leaves court after being acquitted of lobbying on behalf of a foreign power.

The big news this week was the US government’s raid on the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor – Southern Glazer’s – in California.

But it didn’t stop there. The wine world is still buzzing with the announcement of American investments in Margaux (sale of Château Lascombes to the owners of Heitz Cellar, Lawrence Wine Estates, based in Napa), Argentina has been hit by major episodes of freezing earlier this week, and we learned that Madrid restaurant Coque had become the latest target in a shameless wine heist (the thieves got away with 132 bottles of wine worth €200,000/$194,000 ) via a nearby pharmacy that shared an interior patio with the restaurant).

But here are some of the stories you may have missed this week:

Winery owner cleared of lobbying violations

A Santa Barbara County vineyard owner and billionaire financier who was charged with violating foreign lobbying laws last year has been acquitted.

Thomas Barrack, owner of Happy Canyon Vineyard, has been charged with seven counts: two alleging he acted as an unregistered UAE agent and five alleging he lied to the FBI about it . He was cleared of all charges in a New York court this week.

The Washington Post reported that Barrack said in court that “against all odds” the jury had sorted through a complex case to clear him and his co-defendant, Matthew Grimes, on all counts.

“God bless America,” Barrack said. “The system works.”

Barrack and at least two dozen supporters left the downtown Brooklyn courthouse to start a celebration nearby. “I’m going for a drink,” he said with a broad smile after a reporter asked where he was going.

Barrack had an interesting career running Colony Capital, dealing with the likes of Michael Jackson and Harvey Weinstein, helping them both when they were in difficult financial situations.

But it was his friend Donald Trump who caught the attention of the federal authorities. It’s a long relationship; Author Michael Wolff wrote in “Fire and Fury” that Barrack, Trump and convicted child molester Jeffrey Epstein were “a group of nightlife musketeers” in the 1980s and 1990s. paid Barrack, then with another real estate group, $410 million for the Plaza Hotel, which Trump later lost in bankruptcy.

In 2010, Barrack bought $70 million in debt from Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner on a Manhattan office building with the ominous address of 666 Fifth Avenue (the address has since been changed to 660), allowing Kushner to avoid personal bankruptcy.

A Médoc winemaker castigated for racism

A Médoc winemaker and right-wing member of the French National Assembly, Grégoire de Fournas, is facing calls for his resignation after making racist remarks during a recent session of the French parliament.

De Fournas, who is a member of the National Rally (formerly known as the National Front), made the remark following comments by left-wing MP Carlos Martens Bilongo on the attempted disembarkation of 234 refugees from the humanitarian boat Ocean Viking.

De Fournas reportedly said “he should go back to Africa”, although he claims to have said “they should go back to Africa” ​​(the singular and plural forms of the phrase sound nearly identical in French). The sentence triggered a stir in the National Assembly, the president, Yaël Braun-Pivet, forced to suspend the session.

The winemaker, who runs the family estate Château Vieux Cassan in the Médoc commune of Saint-Germain-d’Esteuil (just northwest of Saint-Estèphe) and who sits on the Pauillac town council, has since apologized for the which he called a “misunderstanding”. . MPs voted to suspend de Fournas and rescind half of his severance pay over the comments, according to the BBC.

National Rally leader Marine Le Pen believes the outcry was “manufactured” by her left-wing rivals. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said there was “no room for racism” and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin called for de Fournas to resign.

Meanwhile, back in Bordeaux, de Fournas’ peers in the wine industry have distanced themselves from their counterpart.

“Whether singular or plural, we don’t say that kind of thing,” an outraged Médoc winemaker told French wine news publication Vitisphere.com. “It is a stain on our reputation to know that a deputy from Médoc thinks he can make such outrageous statements. [the comments in singular or plural] are racist no matter how you look at them.”

“Let’s hope it doesn’t tarnish Bordeaux wines. Which have nothing to do with it,” another Bordeaux winemaker told the publication.

Rise in exports from Rioja

Rioja wine exports have made significant gains to the United States and Mexico, we learned this week. According to an analysis by the Spanish Wine Market Observatory (OEMV), wine exports from the northeast region increased by 19% in value (5.65 million euros/5.51 million dollars) and 3.4% in volume (6.6 million litres) in the first half of 2022.

Exports to Mexico, meanwhile, jumped with an increase of 42% in value (to just under 8 million euros/7.8 million dollars) and 25% in volume (1.3 million liters). The gains should give the region some of its best turnover numbers in recent history.

There was no word, however, on how the earnings had been affected by the global rise in inflation. Indeed, it was the OEMV which last week announced that the average price of wines had increased by 15.2% in the first six months of 2022 (see Worldwine wine values ​​soar. .. with inflation).

Guardiola selects red wine for his home games

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed suggestions to attend the FIFA World Cup in Qatar – which is due to start later this month – saying the ideal match for a televised football game is a glass of red wine.

“The best way to enjoy the [World Cup] matches is at home with red wine,” the famous coach said at a press conference earlier this week.

It’s unclear which formation Guardiola has chosen for football’s next extravaganza (the first game will be Qatar vs Ecuador on November 21), but the former Barcelona manager (2008-2012) is known for his bias towards his home country. In 2021 he would have dropped a six-figure sum on top wines from Rioja, Priorat and Ribera del Duero, so it seems likely that his home fixtures will be an all-Iberian affair.

Mexico dedicates its national wine day

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is about to enact a law that will dedicate October 7 as Mexican Wine Day, we learned this week. According to the national newspaper El Universal, a draft has been sent by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) to the National Council for Regulatory Improvement (Conamer), stating that it “aims to recognize the work of people in the wine production sector”. of our country”.

“2022 marks the celebration of 500 years of wine history in America,” he continued. “It is important to highlight the fact that Mexico is considered the cradle of viticulture in Latin America.”

The presidential decree is to take effect the day after it is published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF). No news yet on this, but you might want to mark it in your 2023 calendars.

The Wine Independent will host an alpine retreat

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW’s outfit The Wine Independent (TWI) has announced a mountain retreat for wine lovers – dubbed “Wine Summit” – for March 2023 in the Swiss Alpine resort town of Verbier.

The exclusive event will see a series of Bordeaux-centric masterclasses held in the evening at the luxury Chalet No.14 hotel. During the day, participants are free to hit the slopes or take advantage of the “private chalet spa, hot tub and pool”.

“Far from the noise and bustle of the great traditional tastings, [TWI Wine Summits] offer the opportunity to relax and sample excellent wines accompanied by delicious world-class cuisine in the company of winemakers, owners and other connoisseurs in spectacular settings,” said a press release. In these intimate gatherings, the knowledge and appreciation of wine will soar to new heights, taking attendees to the pinnacle of what great wine has to offer.”

“Our desire is to deliver truly memorable food, wine and travel experiences to our subscribers,” Perrotti-Brown said. in the wine space for this type of customer engagement.”

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The Wine Independent announces Wine Summit 2023 in the Swiss Alps https://refoksa.com/the-wine-independent-announces-wine-summit-2023-in-the-swiss-alps/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 15:44:42 +0000 https://refoksa.com/the-wine-independent-announces-wine-summit-2023-in-the-swiss-alps/

November Six-Day Free Trial Subscription Promotion

November 2 – Napa, Calif. – The Wine Independent, founded in 2021 by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (formerly of The Wine Advocate) and photographer Johan Berglund, has unveiled ‘TWI Summit’ and will soon launch a free trial promotional offer for November.

TWI Summits are intimate, exclusive and unique experiences tailor-made for wine lovers. Far from the noise and bustle of traditional large-scale tastings, they offer the opportunity to relax and taste excellent wines accompanied by delicious world-class cuisine in the company of winemakers, owners and other connoisseurs in settings spectacular. It’s a unique opportunity to meet and get to know the people behind the wines around a table, to hang out and socialize. During these intimate encounters, the knowledge and appreciation of wine will reach new heights, taking participants to the pinnacle of what great wine has to offer.

“Our desire is to offer truly memorable culinary, wine and travel experiences to our subscribers. Now more than ever, people are looking for unique, moving and unusual experiences, and we’re ready to lead the charge in wine for that kind of customer engagement,” says Perrotti-Brown.

The first TWI summit will be held in the Swiss Alps in March 2023. During the day, participants can relax and enjoy the slopes or the chalet’s private spa, hot tub and pool. At night, TWI critic Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW hosts a series of five winemaker dinners. From Monday to Thursday, guests will dine in comfort at Chalet No. 14, one of Verbier’s finest luxury chalets, served by a team of highly experienced staff. Dinners will be concocted by two Michelin-starred chefs, Mats Vollmer, accompanied by a selection of rare unicorn French wines presented by their winemaker.

At the Alpine Summit Verbier, TWI will be joined by Jacques Thienpont (owner and winemaker in Le Pin), Frédéric Faye (winemaker in Figeac), Jean-Valmy Nicholas (owner of La Conseillante) and Pierre Graffeuille (winemaker in Montrose). On Friday evening, an event will take place at 67 Pall Mall Verbier, a private club dedicated to wine, located in the heart of the village of Verbier. At 67 Pall Mall Verbier, customers will be served a bespoke menu created by the Club’s kitchen accompanied by French wines presented by a unique winemaker.

And TWI has great news for wine lovers who aren’t sure if they want to subscribe to the online publication yet. Starting November 3, 2022, TWI will offer a six-day free trial subscription promotion. Wine consumers can test out the TWI website and advanced search capabilities, including the ability to search wines by alcohol level and body, free of charge for six days. To take advantage of the offer, customers simply need to subscribe to a Private subscription. During the six-day trial period, they can cancel their subscription at any time and will not be charged. This promotion will run until the end of November 2022.

The Wine Independent publishes new articles and reviews every week. Since its launch in May, it has published dozens of reports and thousands of reviews on the world’s top wine regions, including Bordeaux, Champagne, Italy, Argentina, Napa Valley, Sonoma and California Central Coast, to name a few. -ones. The site featured many in-depth dives into renowned producers such as Château d’Yquem, Promontory, Realm, Dominus, Château Latour, Sine Qua Non, Château Figeac, Penfolds and Peter Michael Winery, including feature articles by contributors such as RH Drexel. Critic Susan Hulme, MW, who covers Italy, has published reports on Barolo, Barbaresco, Tuscany and Le Macchiole, to name a few. The platform recently unveiled the debut of its free publication, Cépages, featuring professional photography and evocative visual storytelling.

The Wine Independent covers all travel, accommodation and living expenses associated with the wine review. TWI does not accept any payments, sponsorships, gifts or in-kind gifts from wineries or anyone associated with the sale, distribution or promotion of wines. TWI does not allow any wine-related advertising.

To learn more about the TWI Wine Summit 2023 or The Wine Independent, visit: https://thewineindependant.com/

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Unique opportunity to build luxury treehouses on the edge of Queenstown https://refoksa.com/unique-opportunity-to-build-luxury-treehouses-on-the-edge-of-queenstown/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://refoksa.com/unique-opportunity-to-build-luxury-treehouses-on-the-edge-of-queenstown/

The mountains, isolated among the trees, surround you. The only sound is the song of the native birds. You contemplate the tranquil waters of Lake Wakatipu. The steamer Earnslaw plows a lazy furrow to the sheep station at Walter Peak. The sun sets in the west over Moke Lake. As night falls, you are rewarded with a dazzling display of the southern constellations.

If you wish, you can watch it all from your own sheltered hot tub from your very own treehouse, nestled in the forest above the lake. Or you can share the experience with others, who will come and stay – and go home to tell others about it.

“Unique” may be an overused word in real estate, but in this case, it’s justified. This is a unique opportunity to purchase 6.4 hectares of land, as well as an ecotourism development project, in Ben Lomond – which despite its remoteness is only a 15 minute drive from Queenstown .

The mountains, isolated among the trees, surround you.  The only sound is the song of the native birds.  You gaze out over the tranquil waters of Lake Wakatipu from your very own treehouse.

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The mountains, isolated among the trees, surround you. The only sound is the song of the native birds. You gaze out over the tranquil waters of Lake Wakatipu from your very own treehouse.

It all started in 2018 when Martina and Daren Blanchard moved to Queenstown from Auckland. The couple were fascinated by the landscape and sought to develop their own concept of ecotourism. Martina, from the Czech Republic, called it “Slow Stay”. The concept encompasses Shinrin-Yoku, or “forest bathing”, which offers guests an enhanced wellness experience through immersion in nature.

Their long-term vision is to remove invasive species and regenerate the entire site with native and alpine vegetation to further improve the landscape.

“We felt like it was such a special place, not far from Queenstown, but you feel very isolated in nature, being so high in the mountains with a view of the lake,” says Martina Blanchard. “So we created our boutique hosting project.”

The Blanchards have obtained resource consent to subdivide the site into two lots, with the possibility of building a Luxury Treehouse Retreat, consisting of four treehouses with a central building. Alternatively, a buyer could build their own detached residential home, and the Blanchards are also open to the possibility of developing the project as a joint venture.

“The treehouses are in an exceptional landscape area, so for us to get permission to build structures like this was very lucky because it doesn’t happen often,” says Blanchard.

Queenstown award-winning architects Kerr Ritchie have designed a series of treehouses, each subtly different, but all maximizing views, with features such as roof terraces and sunken outdoor baths. Passive design elements and sustainable construction materials were chosen for their energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

Business adviser Ben Terry, of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty, says the philosophy behind the project is different.

“People are looking for something more from their experiences when they travel now. They like to stay in unique places and that’s what we’re trying to channel here. Lake Wakatipu and having a glass of wine. To say it will leave a lasting impression would be an understatement.”

Terry says the property will appeal to a wide range of buyers: developers and investors, people looking for a lifestyle change, people looking to create a heritage project, or people looking to leave the big city in search of the beautiful life.

“It’s a different opportunity, you can do a little or you can do a lot.”

The property, at 178 Moke Lake Road, Queenstown, is for sale by treaty at deadline, closing at noon on November 25.

For more information see: luxury treehouses, or call Ben Terry, of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty, 021 994 392, or email: ben.terry@nzsir.com, or Stephanie McMeeken, 027 338 6474 or email: stephanie.mcmeeken@nzsir.com.

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“Rare” Champagne wine producer displaying its environmental commitment through art https://refoksa.com/rare-champagne-wine-producer-displaying-its-environmental-commitment-through-art/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 16:00:10 +0000 https://refoksa.com/rare-champagne-wine-producer-displaying-its-environmental-commitment-through-art/

Shimmering pink jewels that shimmered in the light drew the fashionable crowd at the Ritz Carlton Nomad’s “Champagne and Art” event, as they looked like jeweled beacons that beckoned sophisticated guests. As one got closer and closer, the exquisite shapes and brilliant colors of the gems were even more awe-inspiring and as some of the guests weaved a touch of these glittering treasures, around bottles of champagne Exceptional Vintage Rosé, they were even more amazed by the whole. lightness of being that gave these jewels an otherworldly quality.

As one of the fabulous onlookers gazed in awe at these gems, a French artist, William Amor, began to explain how he could create jewelry and flowers from waste…yes, waste such as plastic bags, plastic bottles and even cigarette butts, to name but a few. some of its materials. Its flowers are just as disconcerting as its gems, for even to human touch they seem so real that one begins to guess if there were real flowers placed among the fake ones made from scraps; but no, they were all made from scraps and sculpted by human hands.

Rare Champagne

Maud Rabin, Director of Rare Champagne, orchestrated a fantastic event at the Ritz-Carlton Nomad, in Manhattan, New York, to launch the 2012 ‘Rare’ Rosé a few weeks ago and the event illustrated how the values ​​of Rare Champagne are intrinsically linked to those of William Amor’s creations. Rare Champagne first found notoriety among the royal court of Queen Marie Antoinette when she tasted the first ‘Rare’ cuvée in 1785, and the current ‘Rare’ wine label, a golden lace crown, is symbolic of its noble origins.

Maud says the qualities she and her team look for in creating a “rare” champagne are “boldness, elegant freedom and creative energy” which is ultimately a “truly transcendent champagne”. Emilien Boutillat, the head winemaker of ‘Rare’, further noted that he, Maud and their team all work together to stay true to style while being ruthless when it comes to the selection process to find the most extraordinary vintages. . Of course, the most influential person in deciding the quintessence of Champagne Rare is the former cellar master, Régis Camus, who spent nearly 30 years there and who has been awarded the prestigious title of “Vin mousseux de l’eau” eight times. ‘year “. Régis led the team during the final blending of the 2012 ‘Rare’ Rosé, as well as determining the ideal time to release the wine based on its stage of evolution in the bottle. And Maud noted that she and Emilien are like Regis’ “babies” who he passes on his remarkable legacy to, so he constantly checks in with them, which is very convenient for Regis as he lives down the street.

Emilien spoke about the range of vineyards they used in 2012 to create the Rare Rosé Millésime cuvée, which includes eight Grand Cru and three Premier Cru vineyards as well as one not classified under the Champagne appellation, a Pinot Noir vineyard which is in the south of Champagne, closer to Burgundy, and which makes the red wine qu they use to add color and additional complexity to the final blend as all the other Pinot Noir varietals in the blend from the Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites are gently and quickly pressed producing white wine and hence the color comes of this particular plot. The 2012 Rare Millésime Rosé bears the name ‘Virtuoso’ because it skillfully balances a bounty of fruit, floral and spice notes with the soulful minerality and freshness of ‘Rare’. The Rare Millésime Brut and Rare Millésime Rosé are both made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, with Chardonnay dominating in both, like the 60% Chardonnay in 2012 Rare Millésime Rosé.

The dominance of Chardonnay, particularly with some parcels located in cooler sites in limestone soils, is a key part of the ideal expression at the heart of ‘Rare’, giving it an overall elegance and minerality. Interestingly, exotic tropical notes are also part of the key to a cuvée worthy of being called “Rare” because Chardonnays from cooler sites will retain most of their flavor profiles, including the tropical notes that are burned first. in warmer sites. Therefore, notes such as lychee fruit will be present.

Messenger Creations

‘Rare’ has partnered with French artist William Amor and his Créations Messagères designs to produce 6 liter Methuselah bottles of Rare Rosé Millésime 2012 which have his exquisite ‘flower’ and ‘jewelry’ embellishments adorning these stunning bottles of champagne. William became obsessed with inventing a way to turn discarded plastics and other items considered trash, into poetic messengers that draw attention to the world’s single-use materials having catastrophic effects on Earth. ; In addition, thanks to a grant, he was able to buy 19th century tools for making flowers, thus keeping an ancient art alive but with a modern twist to draw attention to the dangers of certain materials.

Immediately, it is obvious that the Créations Messagères and the Champagne Rare Millésime Rosé 2012 share a unique beauty. Yet there is a deeper connection to ‘Rare’ becoming a certified B Corp, indicating a high level of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Sustainability does not only apply to environmental impact as part of a B Corp certification, but the sustainability of establishing and maintaining a good working environment for employees is also part of it. commitment. Another connecting bridge is the awareness of the protection of vulnerable people, such as employees, or those who could see their full potential underestimated, such as people living with disabilities, because William Amor launched a program in his workshop where people with disabilities can tap into their creativity. Powerful.

“rare” gem

When one thinks of dreaming of an ambitious lifestyle surrounded by luxury goods that represent the pinnacle of social prestige and material success, there can be a mismatch between the exceptional craftsmanship of the product and the ideal ethical standards that should to be part of such a rare gem. . Often these rare goods were part of destroying precious resources or damaging a community or many lives lost just to acquire a valuable item that was so rare. But as younger generations demand immediate action in the face of the climate change crisis, they are investing their money in things that match their concerns and their ethics. A product that is not part of the good fight will never have any value for those who care most about the plight of the human race.

As there is a shift in young luxury buyers who only support goods that share the same values ​​as them, one can begin to hope that the most sought-after items will have to be part of a brighter future.

Imagine that one day the epitome of luxury could be represented by a piece of jewelry created by a passionate artist, who created something so uniquely beautiful that it was truly “rare” but, in this case, had no no human price.

Champagne Rosé Vintage Rare 2012: 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. 12 Crus, eight of which are classified as Grand Cru and three as Premier Cru. On the nose, intense minerality such as broken chalk with hints of cherry blossom and rose petal with a combination of exotic lychee fruits combined with brambled forest fruits and juicy peach on the palate enhanced with orange zest and cardamom pods with extremely fine bubbles that create a silky texture and long, expressive finish.

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The Ritz-Carlton’s Evrima, the luxury hotel company’s first mega yacht https://refoksa.com/the-ritz-carltons-evrima-the-luxury-hotel-companys-first-mega-yacht/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 11:42:27 +0000 https://refoksa.com/the-ritz-carltons-evrima-the-luxury-hotel-companys-first-mega-yacht/

After multiple delays and much anticipation, the Ritz-Carlton’s Evrima finally set sail on Saturday, October 15.e from Barcelona, ​​Spain to Nice with its first paying customers. The luxury yacht represents the hospitality company’s first time entering the cruise space – and while it’s not yet a well-oiled machine, it has proven it has the substance to deliver a innovative experience like no other on the market.

It’s obvious that Evrima’s clean design, soothing, neutral hues and contemporary layout have been carefully crafted to appeal to a clientele seeking the relaxation, serenity and service they expect from the Ritz hotel brand. Carlton. First and foremost, guests have been more than pleased with the ample amount of space both in their suites (intentionally not called staterooms) as well as in the vast and plentiful common areas of this 190 meter vessel. The company promised more square feet per passenger and with just 149 suites and a passenger count of less than 300, guests aboard the first sailboat were pleasantly surprised at the space to stretch out.

The mega yacht is magnificent, a true floating work of art, with spacious suites that all offer balconies and high ceilings, 5 dining rooms, various welcoming common areas, several swimming pools (including an infinity one), a handful of hot tubs, spa, fitness center, cigar lounge and marina.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and open an exciting new chapter for this beloved brand,” said Chris Gabaldon, senior vice president for luxury brands, Marriott International. “The Ritz-Carlton has long been rooted in innovation and service excellence, guided by a commitment to be at the forefront of delivering transformative travel experiences. As we continue to evolve our legendary brand, we couldn’t be more excited to give our guests the opportunity to experience The Ritz-Carlton in a new way.

The Pool House – Located on Deck 5, this is the busiest area of ​​the yacht, with indoor and outdoor seating around the main pool for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Gastronomy
Second only to Evrima’s design is the delicious food, which is fully included in the rate (except for SEA, the Michelin-inspired restaurant). All meals on Evrima reflect the finest in fine dining, making it a true highlight of the sailing experience. From delicious snacks and casual fare at Pool House and Mediterranean-style cuisine at Mistral, to Asian fusion and sushi at Talaat Nam and traditional fare at The Evrima Room, every meal is something to savor – and the portions are also abundant. (Don’t expect buffets on board, as that’s not the vibe here, but room service is available 24 hours a day).

To complement the delicious cuisine and further enhance the ambience on board, special touches like Moët Champagne which is offered throughout the cruise – everywhere from the spa and pool to the tender meeting areas at the end of a long day on land. Additionally, guests will find a bottle in their room and can request that their suites be stocked with specific libations. To complete the first-class ambience, chocolates and a bottle of wine are also delivered mid-week to the suites.

Sequels
Speaking of suites, guests can choose from Terrace Suites, Signature Suites, Grand Suites, Two-Story Loft Suites, View Suites, and Owner’s Suite. All have private terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as king-size beds, double-sink bathrooms, luxury linens, and Ritz-Carlton bathrobes and slippers. Each suite also has its own personal concierge. Concierges can assist with meal reservations, shore excursions, stocking suites with beverages and more, as well as any specific needs of their guests. Concierges can be contacted by phone through the suite, though many guests have suggested an improvement would be to add a texting option to the onboard app (which required some tweaking when browsing).

To complement Evrima’s many strengths, the staff are almost as numerous as the passengers. Their courteous smiles and willingness to help guests with any task was apparent. From suite stewards and wait staff to personal concierges and guest services, the crew of Evrima are full of pride in this beautiful vessel and they have sought to please guests at every turn. This attention to service and detail reflected the brand, even when there were elements beyond its control that needed tweaking.

The Ritz Carton Evrima Lounge
The Living Room – this location on Deck 4 has the cozy feel of a library and features a bar for cocktails and a piano and cello for entertainment.

On board and ashore
There is no theater on board the Evrima, but there is still enough entertainment to keep passengers entertained and entertained. Guests can relax poolside on comfortable loungers while a live guitarist provided background tunes. In the evening, they can head to the Living Room for a piano serenade or, for a bit more excitement, dance on the observation deck or Marina Lounge with a live DJ. In fact, on the last night of sailing, guests were treated to a performance in The Observation Lounge reminiscent of a live concert.

Several shore excursions are offered at the intimate and exclusive ports of call and it is recommended to book these before sailing, due to space limitations. Options ranged from horseback riding and mountain hikes to city tours and food tastings, among others. Excursion prices ranged from $100 to $500 per person, depending on the activity. Some guests commented that the shore excursions were not worth the price and that the yacht company might want to review and modify some of the experiences.

Despite the many favorable sides of Evrima, the yacht had a lot of hiccups during her first sail. Guests on board have complained of leaky showers, TVs and phones that didn’t work, inconsistent use of the online app, delayed laundry service, air conditioning issues, and more. While these inconveniences are frustrating, they haven’t stopped most passengers from raving about the overall experience and even booking on board again.

A passenger on board for the first sailing, who asked to remain anonymous, shared her comments. “The yacht is beautiful, the staff are extremely nice and helpful and the food is amazing. Yes, there have been a few glitches but nothing that I don’t see being resolved over time. I have sailed a lot and this was not a typical cruise. There were very few announcements over the PA system, the crew went out of their way to accommodate us, and it truly is a refined first class experience all around.

Ritz Carlton Evrima Pool
The Spa Deck – Plenty of lounge chairs and beds surround a hot tub that overlooks the water on this comfortable and relaxing spot on Deck 9.

Evrima is the first of three custom-built yachts in the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection set to debut over the next three years. She will call at a number of destinations around the world, starting in the Mediterranean and passing through the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

All the glitz and glamor of sailing on Evrima does not come without a hefty price tag. The Medium Terrace Suite costs around $7,000 per person for sailing, which includes all meals and beverages and access to the thermal suites and spa salon. Extras include shore excursions, spa treatments, salon services, meals at SEA, and premium wines.

That being said, Evrima’s unveiling asserted that there is a clientele that seeks the blend of resort relaxation and the intimate feeling of a yacht vacation with service excellence. Once they iron out the issues, the potential to attract a high-end passenger who seeks the Ritz-Carlton experience on the water is unquestionable.

The Observation Lounge – a guest favorite by far, this indoor/outdoor space is located on Deck 10 and offers plenty of space to enjoy cocktails, listen to music and dance the night away (if you wish) .

The Marina – located on the lowest deck, this laid-back space offers outdoor seating that extends to either side of the yacht as well as an opening deck for water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding.

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New Lifestyle Property Hotel Per La Officially Opens https://refoksa.com/new-lifestyle-property-hotel-per-la-officially-opens/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 11:12:18 +0000 https://refoksa.com/new-lifestyle-property-hotel-per-la-officially-opens/

The iconic property is officially complete, with 241 rooms and suites and large public spaces, including the opening of Per L’Ora, a new neighborhood restaurant, and Café Ora, a daytime cafe and market.

Hotel Per La Los Angeles, a new lifestyle property located at 649 South Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles, has officially opened. The grand opening of the hotel includes the opening of the main restaurant, Per L’Ora, and the daytime cafe and market, Café Ora.

Housed in the former Giannini building built in 1922, which was originally the headquarters of the Bank of Italy, the opening follows a reinvention by HN Capital Partners and Sage Hospitality Group. It has 241 guest rooms and suites as well as large public spaces, including 10,000 square feet of event space, a main restaurant and bar, a daytime cafe, and a rooftop bar offering poolside drinks and snacks. spectacular views of the Los Angeles skyline.

A nod to the building’s historic beginnings as a bank for the people, the “Over there” the name translates to “for the” in Italian. Its founder, Amadeo Pietro Giannini, believed in the dignity and abilities of those who are usually overlooked, meaning the hotel’s inclusive spirit and name, essentially meaning “for Los Angeles, and people like you.” The 12-story property retains the building’s iconic architectural features, while enhancing the guest experience with grand yet playful public spaces and new food and beverage concepts designed to encourage the community environment in the middle of the center – lively city of the city.

Per L’Ora, the hotel’s neighborhood restaurant, showcases Italian cuisine through the lens of Los Angeles culture and flavors. With light, casual Italian bites and dishes, Per L’Ora offers an inviting space, evoking the comforting familiarity of feeling at home, while being steeped in the dining traditions of an old-fashioned lobby with a twist modern.

The main dining room features a light-colored palate, with design elements inspired by the early years favored by organic and elegant forms, such as airy linens and botanical patterns, with relaxed seating and a communal dining table in race track shape in a punchy and charming worry balancing function. Upholstered furniture has been given new life in shades of cream and white, alongside a number of dramatic accent pieces: tables are topped with light marble; abstract-shaped wallpaper gave new energy to the space’s bookcases covered in California-inspired terracotta and pottery; and dramatic light fixtures with curved lines create a warm glow in the evening. The restaurant’s bar acts as a dramatic centerpiece, with a bespoke marble top in shades of green, gray and white, and globe-shaped light fixtures, while custom white plaster across the front of the bar provides a fresh new look. texture sense.

The opening of Per L’Ora also coincides with a welcoming new café and market, Café Ora, inspired by a famous café in Venice, with an Italian Gio Ponti chandelier from Murano and a ceiling hand-painted by Dean Barger, based in New York. Café Ora offers a rotating selection of local roasters, breakfast pastries, on-the-go items and homemade gelato, as well as retail products, including a selection of locally made products, such as CBD and dog treats, plus an accessible wine rack with ready-to-drink cocktails.

The hotel is also home to Bar Clara, a more casual rooftop bar with sweeping views of the cityscape, offering poolside drinks, vibrant cocktails to a carefully curated wine list, as well as signature dishes. Mediterranean inspiration, all inspired by the herbal environment and citrus in the foliage of the roof. Paying homage to its namesake Claire Giannini, the first woman to serve on the bank’s board who broke social class and gender barriers, the rooftop celebrates both the building’s history and downtown Los Angeles today, offering a versatile environment for poolside lounging, after-work drinks, and live collaborations with local musicians and culture-makers.

A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Per La also offers a variety of indoor and outdoor public spaces to host events for 12 to 850 people, from a lush courtyard on the second floor to various intimate and larger spaces on the ground floor. ground floor, mezzanine, and rooftop.

Much of the building’s neoclassical style, such as its Doric columns, ornate gold and blue ceiling and marble floors, has been preserved in Hotel Per La’s public areas and integrated alongside a playful new design and accessible reflecting the diversity of cultures and characters of the city. . Reimagined by local Los Angeles interior designer Jaqui Seerman, contemporary furnishings, airy linens, amorphous lighting, and bold pops of color that feel quintessentially LA are woven throughout the open public spaces awash in the Californian sun. . The space features commissioned artwork, while many of the furnishings and decor are sourced from local LA artisans, including decorative wall lighting from Downtown LA’s Edition Modern, pots hand-painted by the artist from Pasadena Jill Spector and hand-thrown ceiling lights created by Los Angeles-based ceramist and lighting designer Neptune Glass.

Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, each of Per La’s 241 rooms and suites look to Italy for inspiration. The color palette of the rooms is taken from the property’s fully restored Italian gold and blue ceiling located in the lobby. Each room is appointed with custom-designed furniture, such as antique Persian rugs in saturated and vibrant colors, and artwork from Paris/New York-based design studio Saint Lazare, sourcing art pieces vintage in antique shops around the world, combined with various collections of City Portraits, as well as original photographs and illustrations by commissioned artists.

Locally sourced private bars are curated to showcase the ingenuity and sensibilities of LA culture, with options to satisfy every craving, from savory snacks such as Root Foods Co. potato chips, to sweeter offerings like CA Gummy Bears and Caramel Almond Bars from Valerie Confections, along with CBD-infused products including Chocolate Truffles from Calivolve and Turkish Delight Boxes from Rose Delight. Drink options include ready-made Drnxmyth cocktails and watermelon chilli sodas from the Flying Embers Brewery.

Rooms also have marble desks with sofas, Tivoli Bluetooth clock radios, and large flat-screen TVs, while European-style bathrooms have terrazzo-floored walk-in showers with showers. Argan Perfume’s luxury toiletries, with many rooms also featuring freestanding freestanding baths.

The spirit of Hotel Per La provides a welcoming, fresh, and community-oriented experience for downtown Los Angeles, which is undergoing a cultural renaissance. Located in the city’s most walkable neighborhood, Per La offers guests a unique, car-free way to experience downtown Los Angeles, close to some of the city’s most notable restaurants, shops and entertainment. the city. Conveniently located and offering easy access to other popular neighborhoods, such as Hollywood and Santa Monica, the hotel is a short drive from Los Angeles International Airport and Bob Hope Airport.

Hotel website

Hotel Per La
649 S Olive Street
Los Angeles, California 90014
United States

+1 781-264-2538 ext. 0

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