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  On the 16th of January 2019, Gérard Basset OBE, MW, MS, Wine MBA, Msc.OIV, Best Sommelier in the World 2010 left us. My thoughts goes to his family: his spouse Nina and his son Romané. Gérard Basset has been a personal friend, and the Director of the IMBA Cellar Management program. I have known
While in Bordeaux beginning of January 2019 tasting the 2015 and 2016 Left Bank vintages, I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Moser editor in chief of Falstaff. Falstaff is the German language equivalent of the Wine Spectator and shines light on the exquisite German and Austrian wines. In Vino Veritas!
A few highlights of the 6th to 13th of January 2019 in Bordeaux        
Wine Leaders Forum Video: 2014-2018, our five years commitment in Okanagan collaborating with UBC and Kedge
Happy New Year to all!
With our own IMBA duck foie gras recipe (with cognac)  

Millionaire’s envy

Rockefeller oysters, IMBA style
Do you see Power in this picture? One Butler and two Heads of State The butler,                                                                           Prime Minister May, 
    Expose yourself to the best things that humans have done, and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing  (Steve Jobs) -Abstract- Richard Sagala’s wine story began with an analogy game involving wine and the sound of musical instruments, the meeting of a classical musician with a passion for gastronomy, to Paris

Fleury 2004

  A ripe and mature champagne from a great vintage (2004). Great Vinosity, finesse of the bubbles, lemon curd and long finish (saline and mineral). “Another dozen of oysters Please!”heard the butler.
30th of November 2018: Orford Music Board appointed Richard Sagala to create and manage Orford Music Fine Wines Cellar. Link
100 years ago, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh month of 1918, the shooting stopped. 2 minutes before, at 10:58, George Price felled, the last Canadian casualty of the war. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,     That mark our place; and in the sky     The larks, still bravely
28/09/18, Five barolos from our cellar were the object of a tasting and accompanied a dinner served to the party of a  generous benefactor of Orford Musique. In Vino Veritas!
On the 29th of September 2018, a Ceremony in Verona was held by the MASI Foundation in honour of Gérard Basset. Gérard remarkable contribution to the wine world allowed him to receive the Premio MASI (the MASI prize). Gérard Basset is arguably the most certified and distinguished wine professional in the world right now having
(represented here by those four Strads in the Cremona violin museum) Skill set number one: Leadership Skill set number two: Etiquette & Protocol mastery Skill set number three: Wine mastery Skill set number four: Butler specific techniques (such as : organising functions, taking care of guests and the family, daily graces etc.)  

Palladio Classical architecture,

A triumph of western civilisation, Andrea Palladio architecture. Informed by Vitruvius and the buildings of the past, proportion and symmetry are the trademark of the genius of Palladio (1508-1580). Palladio declared looking to build houses that would  bring to their owners a feeling of: calm, harmony and dignity (Palladio words). A butler mindset for sure!
It was a pleasure to stay in Vicenza at Casa Cogollo, in an appartment exquisitely renovated by architect and owner Nazario Berti. Located in Vicenza city center in an historical building on which the great architect Palladio worked (Palladio designed the façade), the character and charm of a thoughtful (2014) renovation blending seamlessly with the
Perfect setting for enjoying a glass of champagne? (please note the Baccarat flutes)

The Luxury of Privacy

This is what a butler must supply in spades…