Luxury Wine – Refoksa http://refoksa.com/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 13:00:45 +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 Flurry of store openings in Healdsburg shows city rebounding from pandemic https://refoksa.com/flurry-of-store-openings-in-healdsburg-shows-city-rebounding-from-pandemic/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 13:00:45 +0000 https://refoksa.com/flurry-of-store-openings-in-healdsburg-shows-city-rebounding-from-pandemic/

Paul Hawley has always wanted to do another act in Healdsburg, a town where he grew up and where his family owns the Hawley Winery in Dry Creek Valley.

Hawley started Fogbelt Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa in 2014 with another high school friend from Healdsburg, Remy Martin. The two helped Fogbelt gain popularity with its formula of pairing craft beer with food well above the quality served at most breweries.

The pandemic slowed their plans, but the couple finally made their dreams come true when they recently opened their second Fogbelt location in Healdsburg. This is a beer garden in the 400 block of Hudson Street, right next to the Russian River and a bike path. The restaurant features a modern design style of refurbished shipping containers, but there’s a nod to the past with a caboose on the property as it’s located near a historic train station.

“We’ve always looked to Healdsburg to open a second location just because we have such strong roots in the city,” Hawley said.

It turns out that many other entrepreneurs were also interested in Healdsburg.

The city has seen a recent flurry of store openings that signaled optimism for the city of more than 11,000 people which suffered an economic hit during the pandemic when many well-heeled tourists stayed away.

Additionally, Wines of Sebastopol took over the former Bergamot Alley location which closed in 2018 and opened the space for its new tasting room. Oakville Wine Merchant, the Oakville Grocery’s wine store in Napa County, has opened a second location near Healdsburg Plaza.

And in late spring, the folks behind Idlewild Wines opened Ciao Bruto, a store just north of the square that offers Italian wines and specialties.

All of this activity comes with the announced opening of Little Saint, whose owners have taken over the 10,000 square foot space formerly known as SHED with a coffee shop and plant-based cafe. It also has an upstairs concert hall that has attracted indie pop artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, creating buzz for a booming music scene.

Investments in most of these businesses come from local North Bay residents rather than foreigners. It’s a bullish indicator that things are improving economically in Healdsburg, said Skip Brand, owner of the Healdsburg Running Co. store who is also a board member of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

“It’s a rookie thing to come in,” he said. “It’s another thing for existing residents and families to reinvest in their business to grow. It means the economy is really good.

Granted, there are still projects that cater more to affluent wine tourists, like the luxury resort Montage Healdsburg where prices over Labor Day weekend will hit $2,000 a night. The Madrona also opened in April after a nearly $6 million renovation for the boutique hotel and popular restaurant.

But recent store openings have been more varied beyond the traditional wine tasting room, as many tourists and local residents welcome a wider range of experiences, Hawley and Brand said.

“Before, there were a lot of walks around town, bouncing from tasting room to tasting room and into a restaurant,” said Hawley, who is also general manager of the family winery. Recent visitors have embraced appointment-only tastings and prefer to focus on fewer vineyards where they can spend more time, he added.

“I think there are more people coming back to town, and I think they seem to be visiting a little differently,” Hawley said.

Many of them also want beer. Healdsburg residents were clamoring for a new brewery to open after Bear Republic Brewing Co. left the city in 2019, Brand said. “Taking over a brewery is just a feeling of pride.”

Additionally, more restaurants are also reopening on Mondays and Tuesdays in response to more visitors.

“We are really benefiting from a renaissance of local businesses. And I think tourists also want to live like a local,” Brand said.

At More Wines, the new space will showcase the winery’s Pinot Noir offerings from the Sonoma West Coast region. These wines are different from the traditional offering in tasting rooms around Healdsburg that can be heavy on other varietals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, said co-owner Chad Richard. The spot also offers live jazz on Saturdays for a more speakeasy than stuffy vibe.

“We try to be a little more laid back and a laid back approach to these very serious wines,” Richard said. “We are thrilled at this time of growth and rebirth in Healdsburg.”

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Luxury Houston skyscraper evacuated after ground loops https://refoksa.com/luxury-houston-skyscraper-evacuated-after-ground-loops/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 23:10:33 +0000 https://refoksa.com/luxury-houston-skyscraper-evacuated-after-ground-loops/ The luxury skyscraper Royalton at River Oaks was evacuated on Thursday following structural failures that led to widespread flooding and unsafe conditions for the building’s residents.

ABC 13 reported Friday that the opulent condo complex at 3333 Allen Parkway is currently undergoing repairs following collapsed sections of concrete on the first floor. Building management sent an email to residents detailing the ‘unknown’ cause of the outage, including broken water pipes that caused flooding on residential floors, according to the email obtained by ABC 13.

“Structural engineers will be on site within the hour to begin an assessment,” the email said. “The cause of the damage is unknown at this time. To summarize what we have found so far, the first floor concrete has buckled near the business center/management office and the water main has collapsed. are broken on some residential floors.”

The email continued to explain that water remediation repairs were underway on the first floor and that two companies were working to drain water from the building, which was described as having suffered damage “important”.

Servpro water purifiers were working to drain water Friday afternoon at the Royalton in River Oaks on Allen Parkway.

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“We don’t know how long the evacuation will be in place,” the email said, adding that Royalton management will be communicating with residents via email as the building’s phone lines are down.

The Houston Fire Department told KHOU’s Lea Wilson that responders arrived at the building after an automatic alarm went off around 7 p.m. Thursday night. A statement provided by the ministry pinned blame for the warped floor on a broken water pipe eroding materials on the first floor.

“Water was flowing in the lobby and the floor had buckled due to a major water main break,” the department said in a statement, according to KHOU. “A wall was also structurally damaged.”

Unit prices for the incomparable building atop the crown of River Oaks range from $300,000 to over $1 million. The 33-story structure was built in 2003 and in 2019 received planning permission that paved the way for a $1 million renovation of its first floor – a remodel that included replacing a wine cellar with a new office in the back of the building, according to the Houston Business Journal.

An email request for updates on repairs and evacuation at the Royalton in River Oaks was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.



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Cincoro Tequila Launches New Life Well Played Ad Campaign Nationwide https://refoksa.com/cincoro-tequila-launches-new-life-well-played-ad-campaign-nationwide/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 17:45:48 +0000 https://refoksa.com/cincoro-tequila-launches-new-life-well-played-ad-campaign-nationwide/

NEW YORK, NY— Award-winning and fast-growing Cincoro Tequila launched its national advertising campaign, featuring the brand’s five co-founders and its stunning bottle. Launched in 2019 by NBA owners Jeanie Buss of the Lakers, Wes Edens of the Bucks, Emilia Fazzalari and Wyc Grousbeck of the Celtics, and Michael Jordan of the Hornets, the super smooth and naturally rich tequila continues to innovate to redefine luxury tequila . In just three years, Cincoro has sold 1.5 million bottles nationwide and won 23 awards in licensed spirits competitions.

The ad campaign showcases the authentic story behind the luxury brand and underscores the “Life Well Played” brand platform, positioning Cincoro as the ultimate trophy for victories earned. The campaign features celebratory vignettes from the founders and the voiceover of Cincoro CEO Ms. Fazzalari declaring, “When you create a tequila with such driven friends, the average is not even possible.”

“This campaign embodies our essence of winning, which is our desire to create the finest, most delicious tequila. That’s what we did with Cincoro,” added Ms. Fazzalari. “My co-founders and I are passionate about the quality of Cincoro. To this day, we test every batch we create to ensure total quality and extraordinary flavor.

“You never forget your first taste of Cincoro. We thank our loyal Cincoro customers and can’t wait for all their friends and family to have their first taste,” Ms. Fazzalari added.

Computer-generated imagery (CGI) was used to digitally create both the flowing liquid of the tequila, as well as the formation of Cincoro’s uniquely designed bottle. Each of the five sides of the bottle, symbolic of the five founders, reveals an inset image of one of the founders with an acknowledgment of their respective victories. The creation culminates with a nod and nod to co-founder Michael Jordan’s party nature, with footage from the 2020 ESPN and Netflix documentary, The Last Dance.

“Cincoro is about relaxing and enjoying the moment with your friends. That’s how we do it, and that’s how we enjoy it,” said co-founder Michael Jordan. “Cincoro is special to me because of the friendships we have made around its design, experience and tasting.”

In addition to 30, 15 and 6 second versions of the digital and social media ad, the campaign includes luxury print, spectacular outdoor advertising and e-commerce. The media plan includes digital streaming sites such as YouTube, partnerships with DraftKings and ReserveBar, social media on Facebook and Instagram, impressions on Mr. Shanken Communications, Modern Luxury Media and Food & Wine, and OOH executions in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.

About Cincoro

In July 2016, five friendly contestants met for dinner and bonded over their shared passion for tequila. After many more adventures together, this group of five founding partners set out on a mission: to create the best tequila anyone has ever tasted. Cincoro Tequila is only made with 100% Weber Blue Agave sourced from private farms in the highlands and lowlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The agave is hand-selected and slow-cooked in a small batch process, distilling the highland and lowland tequilas separately, before blending them together to create Cincoro’s signature taste profile. This is the heart of Cincoro: a naturally rich and delicious tequila family that is smooth on the palate with a long, complex finish. Cincoro Tequila is a unique taste experience, created to be sipped cleanly, but also to enhance cocktails.

The Cincoro family portfolio offers four luxurious, award-winning tequila expressions with an SRP per 750ml bottle starting at $89.99 for Blanco, $109.99 for Reposado (8-10 months old), $149.99 $ for Añejo (24-28 months old) and $1,699.99 for Extra Añejo. (aged 40 to 44 months).

For more information:
https://www.multivu.com/players/English/9072551-cincoro-tequila-life-well-played-advertising-campaign/

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Luxury Sand Dune Safari in WA and our best travel deals https://refoksa.com/luxury-sand-dune-safari-in-wa-and-our-best-travel-deals/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://refoksa.com/luxury-sand-dune-safari-in-wa-and-our-best-travel-deals/ Accommodation at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, near Exmouth WA. Photo / Provided

VIP CRUISE IN ANTARCTICA

Join the Right Honorable Sir John Key and historic polar adventurer Mike Stroud OBE for an exclusive 13-day trip to Antarctica. From 3,000-foot ice cliffs to penguin colonies, Viva Expeditions’ VIP Antarctic Cruise includes all the highlights of the greatest destination of them all. With capacity for just 194 guests and the ability to travel with the record holder for the first unassisted crossing of Antarctica on foot and a former Prime Minister, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a lucky few. Land and cruise package from $17,995 per person in triple action.

Contact: Viva Expeditions, nzherald@vivaexpeditions.com, 0800 131 900 or vivaexpeditions.com/nzherald

MARLBOROUGH CELLAR DOOR TOUR

Be transported from one cellar door to the next as you sit back, relax, and enjoy the views—and wine tastings—on a Taste of Marlborough half-day tour. One night at Chateau Marlborough in a superior studio is included. Starting at $404 for two people, four cellar doors are on the program for the day-tasting and you can choose to have lunch at one of them (price of lunch not included).

Contact: book.bookit.co.nz/agent/destination-marlborough/7764970/packages/taste-of-marlborough-package/1932#/packages/1932

TE PUIA, THERMAL WONDERLAND

Te Puia, Rotorua.  Photo / Provided
Te Puia, Rotorua. Photo / Provided

The spectacular geysers, bubbling mud and beautiful native bush of Rotorua’s Te Puia geothermal wonderland have been hidden from sight at night – until now.

For the first time, visitors can take a 3 km, 90-minute guided night trail through the geothermal valley. You will hear historical stories and feel the beauty of Pōhutu. Te Puia opens for these night visits from 7pm to 9pm Thursday to Sunday. Normally priced at $70 for an adult and $35 for a child, these rates are reduced by 30% until September 26. Family admission (two adults and three children) is usually $189.

Contact: Te Puia, (07) 348 9047 or email reservations@tepuia.com or book online using promo code ‘NZ30’ at tepuia.com/te-puia-experiences/geyser-by-night/

SAFARI IN THE SAND DUNES IN WA

Accommodation at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, near Exmouth WA.  Photo / Provided
Accommodation at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, near Exmouth WA. Photo / Provided

A six-night, seven-day trip to Western Australia starts in style with a stay at the InterContinental Perth City Centre. You will then fly to Leeuwin Estate Winery in the southwest Margaret River wine region for lunch and wine tastings.

The itinerary includes three nights in Sal Salis – an eco-luxury safari camp nestled in the sand dunes, a day on the water in the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park, where you can swim with the enormous (harmless) whale shark.

There are educational lectures on board by marine biologists, and you’ll be entertained by dolphins and possibly a surfacing dugong. Priced at $6469 per person, sharing doubles, the package is discounted by approximately $360 per person. Flights from New Zealand to Perth are additional. Book before August 30. Travel between March 4 and March 27.

Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 713 715 or see houseoftravel.co.nz/hot-deals/deals/ast-tnq-western-australia-indulgence

CANTERBURY IN BLOOM

Flaxmere with Pukekohe Travel.  Photo / Provided
Flaxmere with Pukekohe Travel. Photo / Provided

Gardening enthusiasts will love the Hanmer Fete and Hurunui Garden Festival, which take place over five days in late October. Priced at $2,416 per person, sharing, the tour begins with a mid-morning flight from Auckland to Christchurch on October 26.

The tour includes quality and original shopping, visits to 10 gardens in the Hurunui district, and a soothing bath in the Hanmer hot spring pools. There will also be a dinner party with famed gardener, host and author, Lynda Hallinan.

Contact: Pukekohe Travel, freephone 0800 785 386 or email info@pukekohetravel.nz or
see pukekohetravel.co.nz/escorted-tours/all-tours/hanmer-fete-and-hurunui-garden-festival.html

CROSS THAILAND WITH QANTAS

Rairay Beach, Krabi Thailand.  Photo / Provided
Rairay Beach, Krabi Thailand. Photo / Provided

Book Qantas return flights to Phuket, via Sydney, for seven nights at the four-star Phuket Graceland Resort and Spa in a luxury room – from $2019 pps, double, from Auckland. Travel from Wellington starts at $2189 per person, sharing a double room, and from $2209 if traveling from Christchurch.

Daily breakfasts, welcome drinks on arrival and local transfers are included. Book before August 22. Travel between February 1 and March 23.

Contact: Flight Centre, freephone 0800 427 555 or see flightcentre.co.nz/phuketfromakl or www.flightcentre.co.nz/phuketfromwlg or flightcentre.co.nz/phuketfromchc

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Historic Carlton Hotel for sale • Atascadero News https://refoksa.com/historic-carlton-hotel-for-sale-atascadero-news/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 20:57:27 +0000 https://refoksa.com/historic-carlton-hotel-for-sale-atascadero-news/

Nearly 100-year-old hotel is on the market with a listing price of over $12 million

by Blake Frino of Atascadero News

Atascadero — The historic Carlton Hotel on Traffic Way in downtown Atascadero is for sale. The 52-room, three-story boutique hotel is listed for $12.25 million.

Perfectly established between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it opened its doors in 1929 to offer a complete and luxurious stay to its customers. Radio and TV personalities frequented the hotel, including Bette Davis, Jack Benny and Fred MacMurray.

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However, the hotel eventually became a senior housing complex and then sat vacant until the current owners purchased the hotel in 1999. The owners then began a major renovation and restoration, to which it has reopened in 2005. , reflecting its history with modern conveniences. The clock tower which was installed in 1952 remains a landmark of the city to this day.

The nearly 100-year-old hotel recently housed the Nautical Cowboy Restaurant and Back Porch Bakery, with a Tuscan-style courtyard on the third floor.

According to LoopNet, the three-story building includes approximately 2,500 square feet of meeting space, a fitness room, and a business center.

The retail space offers many options when it comes to future tenants, all of which could coincide with what is relevant to the region – a wine tasting room from a local vineyard, a pizzeria or a bar and a living room.

The Carlton Hotel is located near wineries, breweries, and retail, not to mention the Sunken Gardens, which are within walking distance and allow foreigners to come and stay while enjoying what downtown has to offer. to offer. .

]]> The Queen needs Kate Middleton to take fewer vacations https://refoksa.com/the-queen-needs-kate-middleton-to-take-fewer-vacations/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 20:53:46 +0000 https://refoksa.com/the-queen-needs-kate-middleton-to-take-fewer-vacations/

There’s a strange schism when it comes to royals and vacations: Royals love to take long stretches from the business of the monarchy…but their vacation homes are pretty grim.

Sandringham, Queen’s Norfolk’s Christmas estate, resembles the setting of a Gothic horror story while Balmoral, Her Majesty’s Scottish home, has been partially modeled on a Bavarian schloss. All that off-putting gray stone and fake medieval turrets are enough to give the bravest of young HRHs lifelong nightmares.

And yet, when it comes to holidays, the House of Windsor is second to none. Princess Margaret used to jet off to Mustique and bask in the Caribbean sun with blatant regularity (you could probably still smell a whiff of coconut oil long after she came back asking for some whiskey in the London Drawing Room) while the Queen Mother quickly bought herself a resort castle – the Château de Mey – and would camp there for lavish stays, away from anything as bourgeois as work.

And sadly, this royal tradition of holidaying as if it were a competitive sport is one that William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, eagerly carry on. In the past 18 months, they have taken nearly four months off and are currently in the middle of their annual summer vacation of about two months.

As the Duke and Duchess are set to travel to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this week to wave the Union Jack and prove how good they are at cheering, in a normal year once the final trophy from Wimbledon postponed in July, it is time to release the Ambre Solaire, the duo not returning to their position until the beginning of autumn.

This year, of course, June was a busy month for the Cambridges given all they had to do for the Platinum Jubilee, but as is usually normal, in July we only saw Kate at a charity polo match and in the Royal Box at Wimbledon, barely a show of royal elbow grease. (Any sort of “work” that can be done while holding a glass of chilled Pimms barely counts as a hard graft now?)

August, as unusual, will see Kate disappear completely from the radar, usually only reappearing around mid-September.

Similarly, in 2021, the only official engagements Kate undertook in July were watching tennis and football, after which she took almost nine weeks off, meaning that from late June to mid-September her absence from the office was basically over.

The same schedule also took place for William, apart from two Earthshot Prize meetings he managed to organize and a church service. Gosh, however, manages to do so much?

The couple have been to France twice in the last year (for Kate’s brother’s wedding and for a skiing holiday) and Jordan, as well as spending time in Scotland and Norfolk.

There’s no getting around it: William and Kate have a vacation problem.

And, as we all know, the first step is to admit it.

The problem here is that just because they can take months out of the year, which traditionally royals have, doesn’t mean they should.

For years, the couple and their team have focused on building the Cambridge brand, that of them as a hard-working and so normal couple. Watch them there, boldly taking on the most pressing issues of the day, including mental health and climate change, and then heading home for bath time!

This is the formula that has been concocted to try to ensure that the monarchy still survives. The idea seems to be to let Prince Charles be, well, Prince Charles, complain about the preservation of hedgerows and give the occasional barnstorming speech about the environment and his Aston Martin that runs on white wine (really) and the British will reluctantly tolerate it.

Meanwhile, alongside all of that, William and Kate are pioneering a much braver, more committed, and more proactive version of royalty that also exhibits a true cult of personality.

At the heart of the birth of Cambridge Inc. is the relativity of the couple and its willingness to be vulnerable. We’ve heard Kate talk about the loneliness of new motherhood and appear on a parenting podcast while William has regularly spoken of the emotional toll his years as an air ambulance pilot took on him and his grief over the loss from his mother.

These tricky outings aren’t unique but are integral to their public personas, aiming to turn them into the first senior members of the royal family who are seen as truly human and in touch with the real world; who did more than just spy on the hoi polloi while watching the world through the window of a golden car. (They have one of course, but it’s terribly difficult for the school to manage.)

But for all the H&M dresses Kate wears, they’re not a normal middle-class family, no matter how many Audi station wagons they add to their fleet and how often young Prince George learns to use the self-checkout at Waitrose.

The Duke and Duchess can take extensive time off whenever they want as they have full control over their schedules apart from key events like Trooping the Color and Remembrance Day, which means they can skip a week on the beach, albeit in Cornwall’s Isles of Scilly, rather than their 19th century mahogany desks whenever the mood takes you.

They also don’t, like the vast majority of the world, have a very limited amount of leave to be carefully tended to and can instead wander off to spend more quality family time, Harrods buckets and shovels in tow, when they wish.

But, it is time for the Cambridges to give up this royal advantage. They can’t have nearly a hundred vacation days a year and still try to sell themselves as the Duke and Duchess of relatability.

Every time William and Kate accidentally remind the world of how unnormal their lives are, it undermines all the work they do the rest of the year to market themselves as the approachable faces of the modern royal family.

There’s also the fact that this pesky bad habit also serves to rekindle the Lazy Kate narrative that haunted her for years. Before their wedding in 2008, the Daily Mail reported that the Queen thought Kate needed to get a job.

‘The Queen has admitted she has no idea what Kate is actually doing,’ a senior aide said at the time and that Her Majesty is ‘of the opinion that Kate should work’. She believes in a modern monarchy and is convinced that the Royals should lead by example.

A source close to Kate said at the time: ‘Most of the time she waits for William to come home so they can go on holiday.’ (Ouch.)

Then there’s the fact that the duo didn’t begin full-time royal duties until 2017. Diana, Princess of Wales, on the other hand, was thrown into the deep end and sidetracked to charm the masses in the centers -regional cities even before having obtained everything. wedding confetti from her hair.

What anyone worth his Walter Bagehot knows is that the British monarchy, in the years to come, will suffer its greatest test since Oliver Cromwell started having ideas. The Next King is a man garnering lukewarm support at best, at a time when the Royal House has suffered a series of physical beatings in recent years from which it has yet to recover, thanks to Prince Andrew’s horrific behavior and the seismic eruptions of Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Things for the Crown aren’t exactly looking for ticketsy-boo, hence why so much rests on William and Kate.

And yet, they seem willing to gamble any winnings they’ve made for time off duty with the kind of enthusiasm Margraret probably reserved for every new bartender in their twenties at their favorite Mustique watering hole.

Of course the Duke and Duchess should take a holiday and of course they shouldn’t have to ask their manager for time off (although the image of the 96-year-old Queen spending part of her day illuminating requests for HRH vacation is fun) . But these crazy kids have to find some kind of middle ground between the extreme privilege of royalty and the image of them as ordinary, hard-working parents who just happen to have the keys to the Tower of London. (Yeah, I know they don’t really have them, but they sure could get their hands on them, couldn’t they?)

It’s time for William and Kate to channel less Princess Margaret and more Princess Anne. And as far as the Princess Royal is concerned, the swimwear industry’s loss was only the monarchy’s gain…

Daniela Elser is a royal pundit and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of top media titles in Australia.

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Sake ups the ante | Wine-Searcher News and Features https://refoksa.com/sake-ups-the-ante-wine-searcher-news-and-features/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 20:09:48 +0000 https://refoksa.com/sake-ups-the-ante-wine-searcher-news-and-features/ Like whiskey, small-production, expertly-crafted sake is now joining the high-price tag game.

© Sake hundred
| Sake Hundred labels are a master class in understated elegance.

Ryuji Ikoma worked in technology as a systems integrator until the age of 25, when he decided to take on two of the least lucrative jobs imaginable: starting an online sake magazine, then create artisanal sake in small production.

Surprisingly, he didn’t grow up in the sake business.

“My friend had a sake shop. He taught me sake,” Ikoma told Wine-Searcher via Zoom from Japan. “Before, I didn’t know much and was afraid of sake. But my friend’s sake was delicious.”

Ikoma is now the publisher of saketimes, a free website in Japanese and English that attempts to teach saketimes to young adults. saketimes is vast in scope, which makes its sake trading company, Sake Hundred, the polar opposite.

Sake Hundred orders small quantities of very expensive sake, and the high prices are themselves a marketing ploy.

“In the $40 or $80 class, we don’t release that kind of sake,” Ikuma said. “We want our brand to be a luxury brand. Everything we make is unique. If it’s easy to buy or easy to get to, we don’t.”

Sake Hundred is the fanciest brand of sake I’ve seen. Everything about it screams high end. Start with the bespoke white box that each bottle comes in, complete with a 28-page booklet and a separate little “care guide”. (TLDR: refrigerate the sake.) There’s the unnecessary metal clip on the bottle that gives it a nifty image of an agricultural product. From the care guide: “Due to the nature of the container this product is stored in, on very rare occasions the bottle may experience minor leaks when stored on its side.”

And then there’s the price: $380 for the entry-level Byakko Bespoke “Crystalline Brew.” There’s also a $435 aged sake in oak and a $3,100 aged sake with a great story.

The pricing strategy worked on me because I wanted to know what a $380 sake tasted like (to be clear, my bottle was a press sample, we didn’t pay for it.) Why so expensive? This is partly because the production process is expensive: the rice is polished to only 18% remaining, far less than most commercial sake. But even considering that, it’s pricey.

Let me ask you a question: which is more interesting, the fact that it is a Junmai Daiginjo sake made from Dewasansan rice in Yamagata prefecture, or that it costs $380? Be honest.

In fact, if it was the polish report, Ikoma could have joined the current race at the smallest possible grit. He said Tatenokawa Brewery, which makes Byakko Bespoke for him, makes sake from rice polished to just 0.8%. Imagine a winery throwing away 119 grapes out of the 120 it harvests. But Ikoma says there’s actually a limit to how much you can go down.

“Polish is also equivalent to rejecting flavor,” Ikoma told Wine-Searcher. “So one percent had no depth, and it was closed and harsh. I wanted the sake to be open and very complex and rich.”

With this he succeeded. Byakko Bespoke is designed for the luxury wine market. It’s not a light, ethereal Daiginjo: it’s rich and full-bodied, and aromatic enough that my wife knew in the next room that I had opened it. There are green apples and white peaches. You might want to keep it cool as it starts to taste quite sweet as it warms up, but it has the balance to handle it.

Ikoma said he asked Tatenokawa to make this sake for him because, exceptionally, the brewery only makes Junmai Daiginjo sake; nothing less refined. Oujiman, a brewery with the same owner, made Sake Hundred’s oak-aged “Shirin” sake, which I didn’t try. He said they tried French and American oak before using Japanese mizunara oak from Hokkaido. There is a chronic shortage of mizunara, which is popular with Japanese whiskey producers, so it’s also a touch of luxury.

A lucky drop

The very expensive sake – $3,100 a bottle – is called “Gengai”. It is a holdover from the 1995 production of Sawanotsuru Brewery in Kobe Prefecture. In January of that year, Kobe was hit hard by the Great Hanshin earthquake, which reached 7.2 on the Richter scale and killed more than 6,000 people. The brewery had to be abandoned with the sake halfway through. Unlike wine, sake cannot normally survive being left alone at this stage of the production process.

“It was lucky sake because it survived the earthquake, but it was oishikunai,” Ikuma said. “Oishii” means delicious; “oishikunai” literally means “not delicious”, but as a Japanese speaker, I have to tell you that’s an extreme negative. If you tell a chef his sushi is “oishikunai”, you better hope he’s not holding a knife.

“Usually it would be sake thrown away,” Ikuma said. “But Sawanotsuru’s policy is that sake is something you grow. They thought that aging might make it delicious. So since 1995, every year they tried sake. After 20 years, they thought it would be delicious. was oishii.”

Sawanotsuru prepared 10 sakes for blind tasting for Sake Hundred.

“In those 10 sakes, there was Gengai,” Ikuma said. “But Sawanotsuru didn’t tell any back story. One of them was surprising. It was the kind of sake beyond my imagination. You can taste fruits and flowers. It’s three-dimensional .year we make 500, so in theory after seven years it will all be gone.”

Ikuma said Sake Hundred’s future plans are to continue making one or two sakes a year with different breweries.

“I don’t want to overdo it,” he said. “I want everything to be special.”

One way you can be sure of this is the high price you will pay.

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The Price of Wine Country’s New Luxury Resorts https://refoksa.com/the-price-of-wine-countrys-new-luxury-resorts/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 11:03:14 +0000 https://refoksa.com/the-price-of-wine-countrys-new-luxury-resorts/ Hello, Bay Area. It is Tuesday, July 26, and an air quality advisory for the Bay Area has been extended through Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Wine Country has been in a constant state of rebuilding in recent years after devastating wildfires continue to ravage the area. In 2020, the Glass Fire destroyed the Calistoga Ranch luxury resort and Napa’s most famous resort, Meadowood Napa Valley.

But the wildfires haven’t slowed down new developments, especially in accommodation. After the Glass Fire, three new resorts opened in Napa and Sonoma: the Montage in Healdsburg, the Four Seasons in Calistoga and the Stanly Ranch on the south end of Napa. Another upscale hotel, Appellation, is set to open in 2023.

As tourism demand in the wine country grows and some of these resorts have undertaken costly wildfire mitigation efforts, environmental experts say such development dramatically increases the risk of wildfires.

“When you bring people into wildfire-prone areas, you increase the risk of wildfires,” said Peter Broderick, an attorney at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity. “We should not build in these areas.”

Read more from Jess Lander.

More wildfire news:

Smoke from the Oak Fire rises over Mariposa County on Sunday.

Ethan Swope/The Chronicle

• Crews battling the Oak Fire, California’s largest so far this year, reported gains on Monday, but wildfires still threaten thousands of homes and summer vacations.

• An air quality advisory for the Bay Area has been extended through Wednesday due to heavy smoke billowing from the Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park.

• A group of San Francisco firefighters has raised tens of thousands of dollars for firefighters in hard-hit Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Concerns about Reporting Abortions

The story of a 10-year-old girl from Ohio who traveled to Indiana for an abortion after being raped sparked a national media frenzy earlier this month. He also raised questions about the legal obligations of doctors to report cases of minor abortions and whether it might alert authorities in their home state that they had the procedure.

California officials say state agencies would not share information about a minor’s abortion, though legal experts say mandatory reporting in these situations could still be a concern as efforts to ban abortions across state lines are an active and untested area of ​​the law.

Read more from Sophia Bollag.

around the bay

Members of several LGBTQ advocacy groups demonstrate outside the Federal Building in San Francisco to demand that the federal government step up distribution of the Monkeypox vaccine.

Members of several LGBTQ advocacy groups demonstrate outside the Federal Building in San Francisco to demand that the federal government step up distribution of the Monkeypox vaccine.

Lea Suzuki/The Chronicle

Latest supply issues: SF says clinic is out of monkeypox vaccine, will be closed on Tuesday.

Secret sauce to success? According to a new report, more than half of US startups valued at $1 billion or more might not exist without immigrant founders.

SF School Board: The NAACP branch is calling on San Francisco Unified Administrator Ann Hsu to resign over racist remarks.

Lawsuit for unfair dismissal:
Oakland will pay fired police chief Anne Kirkpatrick $1.5 million. Also: Police say a body found near Point Pinole is believed to be that of a missing Bay Area teenager.

Outcry on the displays:
Confederate flags at Sonoma Raceway campsites cause backlash.

SF shots: An early morning shooting on Potrero Hill near Bryant Elementary School injured two and damaged buildings. Also: Man shot and killed in Marin City identified as an Oakland resident.

Zuckerberg’s SF house is making big money

Mark Zuckerberg's home in San Francisco's Dolores Heights neighborhood has fetched $31 million.

Mark Zuckerberg’s home in San Francisco’s Dolores Heights neighborhood has fetched $31 million.

Andy Ross / San Francisco Chronicle

Tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has sold his sprawling San Francisco home for $31 million, more than tripling his money since he reportedly bought the house for around $10 million a decade ago.

The off-market sale of the 21st Street home on Liberty Hill near Dolores Park appears to be the most expensive home sale in San Francisco this year. He preempted last week’s $29 million sale of two penthouse condos once owned by former Secretary of State George Shultz and his wife, former San Francisco chief of protocol Charlotte Shultz. It’s also the latest example of how tech moguls are growing their influence in global real estate and how high the prices of celebrity homes in San Francisco can rise.

Read more from Lauren Hepler.

ICYMI:
Sales of luxury Russian Hill penthouses owned by George Shultz are breaking SF records.

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Meet the man disrupting the Italian wine industry https://refoksa.com/meet-the-man-disrupting-the-italian-wine-industry/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 18:55:51 +0000 https://refoksa.com/meet-the-man-disrupting-the-italian-wine-industry/

Winemaking is an art born of centuries of tradition. In Italy, it even dates back millennia, to Roman antiquity. Riccardo Pasqua is certainly no stranger to traditionalism. As CEO of Pasqua Winery in the Veneto region of northern Italy, he is the third generation manager of the family business. And this business is booming. But to achieve this level of success, he also had to challenge a few standards along the way.

With the release of 11 Minutes rosé he dared to give Italian grapes a treatment typically reserved for rosé wines from the south of France. In 2020, he oversaw the release of a groundbreaking multi-vintage white wine from DOC Soave. This time he very explicitly lured the Francophiles by titrating the liquid, “Hey French, you could have done that but you didn’t!” And as for the Amarone for which his region is best known, Pasqua has increasingly sought a dry, tannic expression in an age when fruitier alternatives are the norm.

He finds quite an audience for his so-called “House of the unconventionalin the United States. Case sales here topped 350,000 in 2020. Next, Pasqua and its family brand are making similar inroads into Asian markets and looking to expand distribution in the 65 different global markets they serve. already sold.

In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Pasqua shares his unique blend of tradition and innovation and talks about the future of Valpolicella’s much-vaunted vineyards.

What does your daily life consist of at the head of a wine company?

Ricardo Pasqua: “My tasks consist of nurturing the Pasqua culture and coordinating a team of 100 talents on three different continents. My other duty is to produce wines with a very distinctive DNA – our ranges are quite unique.

Talk about the wine traditions of the Veneto region and how you do things differently.

PR: “In our region, Valpolicella, the traditional method used for red wines is the appassimento technique – we still use it today and we like it a lot. It is so interesting to see how different periods and varieties respond to this method of production. More recently, the climate is challenging the old method of production in favor of freshly harvested grapes or simply reduced drying time. We have also introduced a multi-vintage white wine in recent years, which is new to our region. This is called a ‘Cuvée’ wine, made from a blend of four vintages and three grape varieties; pure freedom of expression.

How do you challenge the conventions of the region?

PR: “The goal is always to create something distinctive and unique in the best possible way, from the best possible vineyard. Rather than “challenge”, I would say “anticipate” or “pave the way” for certain paths that we believe will become the way forward in the world’s most important markets. For example, look at what we did with our 11 Minutes – the first Italian Rosé made this way. Taking its name from the process it undergoes to achieve its soft pink hue when it interacts with the skin of our grapes – four different varieties. Or look [our] Amarone Mai dire Mai – a dry and austere Amarone launched in the era of the large, opulent horizontal Amarones. Today, many notable winemakers follow our example.

Can you tell us where and when this approach was designed?

PR: “During my time in New York, from 2009 to 2016, I appreciated how important it was to take risks. You have to be brave to stand out, aim for perfection. If you keep doing the same thing over and over again, you will always get the same result. And we had the ambition to do better, to start from our family traditions and know-how transmitted for three generations, from our marvelous vineyards in order to then experiment and innovate.

What did the older generation (your father and your grandfather) say when you wanted to start making roses in a style that defied the French?

PR: “My dad was nervous at first, but he got it all. He really loved it. A few of my senior generals asked me if I was crazy and needed a good night’s sleep. But then it worked. !”

What are some of the benefits of being a family business versus being run by a large corporation?

PR: “Definitely long-term thinking. The ability, patience and luxury to approach every strategic decision for the next 20-30 years.

Talk about the bottle and label design elements and how they came together.

PR: “Everything revolves around us: the first projects were intuitions born from a deep knowledge of the markets and the vision to do something unique. Over the years, the secret has been “organized creativity”. It involves a seamless process between the entrepreneur’s vision, a super-strong cutting-edge team of incredible marketing and communications talents, and more than 20 collaborations with artists from Verona to Lebanon to New York.

You call your brand “the ambassador of Italian cool”. What exactly does this mean?

PR: “We believe Italian cool is a magical blend of effortless elegance with a hint of smartly provocative daring. All fused together, thanks to generations of craftsmanship.

What are the most important markets for your wine and what emerging markets do you most want to develop?

PR: “The most important markets for us are the Anglo-Saxon markets followed by the European markets. Exports represent 90% of our total activity. Asia is the next chapter. We have experienced solid growth here over the past few years and have opened two sales subsidiaries in China. It will take another 10 years but we are optimistic because the “made in Italy” is strong there and well received by the upper middle classes. Time will tell us.”

What are some of your favorite pairings between specific bottlings and specific food dishes?

PR: “11 Minutes accompanied by black ink tagliolini, burrata and pachino tomato. Hey French paired with baccalà mantecato – a creamy version of cod. Mai dire Mai Amarone with ragù lasagna.

You have a certain musicality in your winemaking philosophy. What style of music or specific group do you think best describes the winery today?

PR: “Pasqua is definitely a mix between Post Malone, Travis Scott and the Manesquine. Only powerful songs and powerful lyrics; no album fillers.

What new and upcoming releases for Pasqua are you most looking forward to in the immediate future?

PR: “Cascina San Vincenzo is our new single cru from the Famiglia Pasqua line. The vineyard has been grown organically since its inception 12 years ago and was first launched commercially at European fairs this year. What’s exciting is that we already have two new wines ready to be presented to the world. The first one is going to come out next spring and it’s going to be crazy. Completely in Pasqua mode in terms of manufacturing and launching.

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Opening of the Tuscan bistro Il Borro on the island of Crete – WWD https://refoksa.com/opening-of-the-tuscan-bistro-il-borro-on-the-island-of-crete-wwd/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 04:04:38 +0000 https://refoksa.com/opening-of-the-tuscan-bistro-il-borro-on-the-island-of-crete-wwd/

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro expands for the first time in a resort area.

The Ferragamo family’s dining concept had a soft opening earlier in July at the Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel on the island of Crete.

Ferruccio Ferragamo’s aim is for the new outpost to reflect the style and philosophy of the 11th century Il Borro village estate in the Arezzo region of Tuscany, which has been owned by the entrepreneur since 1993 and is today managed today with his children, Salvatore and Vittoria.

“Our partners must share the values ​​of Il Borro, and once that requirement is met, location is the next step,” says Ferruccio Ferragamo, who serves as president.

The venue is indeed beautiful, overlooking the sea, but several miles from Tuscany, Ferragamo stressed that guests “should feel the same atmosphere as the original Borro – that’s key”.

Tuscan Bistro Il Borro at the Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel.

image courtesy of Il Borro

The design reflects elements of the Tuscan tradition through wooden panels, wrought iron and marble details. There is a lounge area with a bar, for a light lunch or an aperitif.

The restaurant’s Tuscan menu features fresh, seasonal ingredients in the Italian tradition under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Andrea Campani, who has worked to maintain Il Borro’s sustainability standards, using exclusively organic raw materials produced in the Tuscan village. Campani is responsible for all Il Borro restaurants.

Il Borro wines, produced using traditional methods, have all been certified organic since 2015, under the direction of Salvatore Ferragamo, Ferruccio’s son, who shares his name with his grandfather, the founder of the Italian fashion company luxury.

The Ferragamos expanded winemaking from an original small vineyard to cover 222 acres and produced wines tied to the territory, from the drier Sangiovese higher up in the hills to Cabernet and Syrah in land near the Arno River, and merlot at the bottom of the valley, where the soil is clayey.

Il Borro produces 150,000 bottles of wine per year. The first harvest dates back to 1999 and the first 6,700 bottles of Il Borro Toscana were presented at the Vinitaly wine fair in 2001.

“From farm to table, the continuous search for sustainability and respect for the territory are the foundations of our organic wines and products,” says Ferruccio Ferragamo, citing organic honey, seasonal vegetables and olive oil. extra virgin. “Honey always reminds me of my mother [the late Wanda Ferragamo] who loved her, as she loved the bees,” he thinks tenderly.

Chianina pigs are raised in Tuscany and sheep’s milk is used to produce ricotta and pecorino cheese. Il Borro also began growing spelled and ancient wheat, producing very light flour, pasta and crackers.

Il Borro

Tuscan Bistro Il Borro at the Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel.

courtesy of Il Borro

In tune with his father, Salvatore Ferragamo, general manager of Il Borro, does not seek expansion as an end in itself and boasts of the “authenticity of the place”, where everything is “controlled to use the same ingredients, following the same procedures and offering the same service as in Tuscany.”

The Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel was also chosen because it is “not a huge standard multinational structure”, but it is based on “extensive experience in the hotel industry”.

The “magnificent view of the sea and the unique location” obviously contribute to the attraction of the place, he adds.

With Bistro units also in Florence, Dubai and London, Ferruccio Ferragamo is not ruling out other locations around the world. “If I had a magic wand, maybe I’d like to open one in America,” he offers, noting that many of Il Borro’s guests come from the United States. “We have a lot of requests, but we have to be careful and take measured steps to do things that add up but don’t bloat this project.

In addition to being “good business”, the Bistros allow Ferragamos to display and sell products made in Tuscany.

Il Borro in Tuscany, which is part of the Relais & Châteaux association, also offers suites and villas for rent. When asked if he would also consider expanding the hosting business outside of Italy, Ferruccio Ferragamo said that “it would be a big step forward. It’s a different company and the service must be top notch.

As he hesitates to give a definitive answer, he leaves the door open, saying it might happen a little later. However, he warns, “It’s not enough to have a nice place, you have to have good service and the right people.”

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