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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 on the
  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
Many a fine cars can be seen on the Côte d’Azur. Are you familiar with the French Riviera? by Richard Sagala Butler/ Rolls-Royce Certified Chauffeur While the Cannes Movie festival is still on, here is a little quizz: Have a look at this short and superbly shot promotional film for the Rolls-Royce Dawn. Would you
  By Richard Sagala This bottle of Löwengang Chardonnay is of a light gold colour with green highlights. On the nose, aromas of Golden Delicious apples are supported by caramelized apples, vanilla and poached pears. On the palate one feels that this is a dry wine endowed with refreshing acidity, generous alcohol and a rather
by Richard Sagala Today, Monday the 22nd of May is an official holiday in Canada.The occasion is to celebrate Queen Victoria the great Grandmother of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second our Canadian head of State. Moët & Chandon Champagne House (producers of Dom Pérignon), holds a royal warrant as supplier of champagne to Queen Elizabeth II and
IMBA International Montreal Butler Academy elegant table setting

On table setting

Simple, yet Elegant! Do not expect too fancy linen towel like birds of paradise and circumvoluted napkin design on an elegant table setting. Banquet people do that. Butlers deal with the finest linen and extreme quality china and silverware that speak softly with a hush tone of elegance. Precision and simplicity trumps it all.
On Tuesday April the 18th, a philantropic auction + concert was held in Montreal for the SAMS (Société Artistique en Milieu de Santé). International Montreal Butler Academy (IMBA) contributed two lots comprising of 2 wine tasting conferences (Friuli &Bordeaux ). Each fetched a price of CDN$ 1000. SAMS netted two thousand dollars from them. This is
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  by Richard Sagala Pouget, Margaux Fourth Growth dodged (very well) the 2003 heat wave! The appearance is typical Margaux with some bottle age: a clear medium garnet with ruby colour highlights followed by aromas of black cherries, tobacco, with a hint of cloves and subdued vegetal fern notes. Of medium body, this supple wine
by Richard Sagala  Coming from the private estate of the Lur-Saluces family, the 2003 vintage was born while Alexandre, the actual owner of the Fargues estate, was still in charge of the mythical Château d’Yquem. Count Alexandre de Lur-Saluces was actively involved at Château d’Yquem from 1968 to 2004 as the owner and manager of the
At the IMBA, the International Montreal Butler Academy, Rolls-Royce is a constant source of inspiration. Recently, the Robb Report voted it 2017 Car of the Year saying about the Dawn ride: “Smooth and quiet, like you’re floating on air” In 2001, the owner of the IMBA school, Richard Sagala, got his Bentley/Rolls-Royce certification in Crewe and

Too close for comfort…

  by Richard Sagala, Butler / Bentley/ Rolls-Royce Chauffeur Maybe it was the right-hand side steering wheel, but I remember to this day how fiendishly difficult parking maneuvers were in Crewe at the Bentley/ Roll-Royce Chauffeur School of Instruction in 2001. As soon as we would maneuver and park the Rolls in a tight spot,
by Richard Sagala, Butler / Bentley/ Rolls-Royce Chauffeur   Fall of 2001, while getting Bentley/ Rolls-Royce Chauffeur training in Crewe, we had to past a test of driving faster and faster a Bentley Turbo especially equipped with a pneumatic system designed to trigger a lost of control of the car that was remotely controlled by
  “A special occasion fully mature champagne for who craves depth, the wine surprises by its power” by Richard Sagala When we think of a Blanc de Blanc Champagne style, we learn in Soms school that those Chardonnay based wines should usually be more refined, with more of a light touch on the palate than
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IMBA FIRST THREE FUNCTIONS IN BC APRIL 23-26 The International Montreal Butler Academy, IMBA, just got its first contract in Okanagan British Columbia consisting of three functions, three wine and food paired dinners and three curated tastings for BC vineyards owners attending the 2017 Wine Leaders Forum.
In the 2017 March 25th Saturday online edition of Business Insider, an article caught the attention of the International Montreal Butler Academy: New Jersey’s most expensive home is back on the market for $48.8 million — take a look inside. The article starts with: “The Stone Mansion, a 30,000-square-foot property located on the former Frick Estate
Keeping your Rolls-Royce spotless, Tip no. 3 by Richard Sagala Butler/ Rolls-Royce Certified Chauffeur Only the finest hides find their way in a RR interior. The leather upholstery should be wiped over occasionally with a cloth damped in warm water. For more obstinate marks, the application of Connolly’s leather cleaner will usually suffice. An occasional
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