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In Focus, by Richard Sagala Château des Bachelards, (Magnum), Le Clos 2014 Above is a 19th century print showing a French wine growing property, Les Bachelards, located in Burgundy, more specifically in Fleurie, one of the ten Beaujolais Crus (first growths). One can see the wall connected to the main house behind which vines were grown and
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Montréal, July 5th 2017: Partnership announcement between ALFRED Sommelier and CEWECM-IMBA. CEWECM-IMBA, the Centre of Excellence in Wine Education and Cellar Management of the International Montreal Butler Academy will be partnering this Fall with ALFRED Sommelier, an Expert Software System and cellar management company. CEWECM-IMBA was created  in 2017 by Richard Sagala Wine MBA, the owner of the International Montreal Butler Academy.  Richard Sagala and
In Focus, by Alain Cloutier Poggio Antico 1985 Brunello di Montalcino Tasted recently, here is a very nice bottle! This great Tuscan wine demonstrates once again the ageing potential for this terroir surrounding the village of Montalcino. Made from a clone of sangiovese named Brunello, this 1985 surprised by its color still intense, without marked

IMBA Kitchen Essentials

Inspired by Nature…the Butler did it! Kitchen Essentials: We will post one menu by season that can be easily prepared by anybody (a butler is not a Chef), but pleases the palate of our discriminating clientele… Find the 3 courses Summer 0f 2017 menu here: link The IMBA cookbook is in preparation and will become
In Focus, by Richard Sagala 2nd of July 2017 A quality champagne, powerful and from a good vintage to boot. Surprisingly, the wine shows signs of evolution (oxydative character). It has the pastry shop aromatics but, where is the fruit? I am questioning the storage conditions of the retailer. So I reserve my judgement and
10! link PS: Would you apply for a butler posting @ Darlington not knowing about cellar management ?  

Sabrage of a Dom Pérignon

  The special shape (the thick lip) of a Dom Pérignon bottle makes it somewhat easier for the Sabrage aficionado …
Example of a quality Butler watch: Rolex Explorer, stainless steel, leather strap, c.1953
Do you want to know when your wine collection reach its apogee? Coravin is the solution. Indispensable to the butler to probe the wine cellar. Great tool!
The Butler did it! Perfect in June when the strawberries are back… (in French) Recette de Génoise « shortcake » aux fraises Génoise : 8 œufs 250 g de sucre 240 g de farine 80 g de beurre non salé, fondu et tiède Beurre pommade pour les moules à gâteau 1) Préchauffer le four à 180°C (355°F) (th.
The butler did it, with a smoking gun…(in the kitchen) Ingredients: -2 kg pork ribs (baby back ribs or St-Louis style), about 18 ribs Sauce: -1 clove of garlic – crushed 2 tbsp tomato paste -6 tbsp soya sauce -3 tbsp honey -2 tbsp red wine vinegar -1/2 tsp salt 1/2 pepper -1/2 tsp paprika
The butler did it! What is better in the summer than a refreshing Gaspacho? Here is IMBA take on it: Gaspacho 6 servings -1 kg (about 3 to 4) large sized tomato -1 red pepper 1/2 English cucumber -peeled 4 Tbsp onion -The flesh of 1 avocado -1/2 clove of garlic 4 Tbsp olive oil
Easy to do with good quality frozen croissants. The trick is: after baking @ 375 for 25 minutes, leave the croissants to rest on top of the stove for ten minutes to allow the heat inside to cook the remaining layers of “pâte feuilletée” and fluff the texture (otherwise they might be a bit like
-In French- Palladio, le terroir ou le théâtre (de verdure)? -En attendant Barolo (du 10-20 juillet 2017)- Dessiné en 1580 par le génial architecte de la Renaissance Andrea Palladio, le théâtre Olimpico de Vicence en Vénétie est généralement considéré comme le premier théâtre couvert permanent de l’époque moderne. Je vous invite à regarder les deux
In Focus, by Richard Sagala In Schioppettino Veritas! Have you ever wondered how much harm politicians can do (yes, even in the vineyards)? Imagine this: the Schioppettino grape in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia as recently as 1976 was an outlaw… To counter this, an emergency town meeting was held a year later in
In Focus, by Richard Sagala Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso 2001 Another typical offering of the Ronchi di Cialla Estate is the Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso. Typical of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the grape is also found in Veneto and is a parent of the Corvina grape (used in Valpolicella and Amarone). If you read my tasting note
  In this new wine pairing section of the IMBA wine cellar management we will discuss wine & food pairing… An important topic indeed, right up the butler alley. Without further ado: watch this movie clip and notice what wine the villain chooses (and how JB glances at him…) So, what JB does really think about the
A butler thinks constantly about these lines… The Fred Astaire Phantom I by Rolls-Royce

Bespoke!

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has started the production of unique bespoke cars that are totally original and unique. Same as what a butler at the top of his/her game delivers: unique and authentic bespoke service with a rapt attention to details, tailored and adapted to the specific needs of his employer. This You Tube video is
by Richard Sagala, Butler / Rolls-Royce Chauffeur Thursday 25th of May 2017 = National Wine Day. The situation: The bottle of Dom Pérignon is not cold and is needed urgently… Here is a trick from a certified Rolls-Royce chauffeur. You don’t own a Rolls-Royce (but own a fridge)? No problem. Use this method at home if
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