Wine glass of tulip-shape: Baccarrat claims it improves the taste of wine

French glassmaker is hoping to revolutionise the experience of drinking wine with a new design that promises to settle the age-old argument between alcohol and the grape. The tulip-shaped glass, with a wide flat base and a vertical “chimney”, will prevent the alcohol from overpowering the aroma of wine when the glass is swirled, according … Continue reading

Grandi Cru D’Italia 2012

On March 28th in the evening, in the attractive setting of Palazzo della Ragione in the Cortile Mercato Vecchio, Verona, the Grandi Cru d’Italia Awards were assigned to the best Italian and international wine journalists, writers and publications. 360 Italian and international journalists and trade members attended the gala dinner, along with representatives and members of the Grandi … Continue reading

Vinitaly 2012: more then 140.000 operators from 120 countries in four days

Vinitaly won its gamble and earned the satisfaction of exhibitors, with an increase of professional visitors from abroad and especially from the Italian horeca (hotel/restaurant/catering) channel.  The latter segment attended in large numbers already on Monday and there was extremely impressive participation by restaurateurs/caterers, owners of wine stores and wine bars from Southern Italy. The new … Continue reading

Blind dining at Dans le noir

  A French restaurant where diners cannot see what they are eating, often spill their wine and must conduct conversations while staring into pitch darkness has proved such a success in Europe that it is making a foray into the Americas. After expanding from Paris into London, Moscow, Barcelona and St. Petersburg, the “Dans Le … Continue reading

London Design Festival 2011 – British Designer Lee Broom Launches ‘Salon’

This year, British designer Lee Broom launches his fifth collection at the London Design Festival, a dramatic debut upholstery collection entitled ‘Salon’. Inspired by the curvaceous lines of 1930s upholstery, with a hint of fashion fetishism, the new collection features soft silhouettes contrasted and accentuated with modern stud detailing. The Salon collection includes six pieces – … Continue reading

The New Atelier de Joel Robuchon Etoile Restaurant at the Publicisdrugstore Awarded Two Stars by the Michelin Guide

PARIS, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Atelier de Joel Robuchon Etoile restaurant has been awarded two stars in the 2011 edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide. With this new distinctionJoel Robuchon is once again acknowledged as the world’s most awarded chef. The Atelier de Joel Robuchon Etoile recently opened in Paris on the premises of the legendary Publicis drugstore … Continue reading

Next restaurant – Paris 1906

We had announced few month back that Chef Grant Achatz and his crew were busy preparing the launch of his latest innovative concept. The good news is that it is now open for bookings and the excitement is huge! Next offers a tasting menu based on a specific time and place (i.e. Paris, 1906; Hong Kong … Continue reading

New Ritz-Carlton – the highest hotel of the world – open in Hong Kong

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong opened yesterday and dominates the skyline as the world’s “highest” hotel. Located at the very top of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Hong Kong, occupying floors 102 to 118, the hotel is the very pinnacle of luxury and a beacon of contemporary style and excellence in Asia’s World City. The … Continue reading

Christie’s to Hold 36-Hour Marathon Wine Sale

Wine collectors and oenophiles the world over are in for a treat this April, when Christie’s hosts a marathon, 36-hour wine sale in Hong Kong and New York. The bottle corks will begin popping on April 9 with a luncheon at Christie’s Hong Kong viewing gallery at Alexandra House, where an array of the finest … Continue reading

Interview: Pino Lavarra, ex chef Palazzo Sasso (Italy), now Tosca (Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong)

Update, 12th March 2013: Pino Lavarra has moved to Hong Kong to restaurant Tosca in Ritz Carlton: The following is article from March 2011: Born in Putignano, a very important village in Puglia, famous for it’s carnival, which is one of the oldest in Italy, Pino Lavarra is one of the most important chef … Continue reading