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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…

Forbes writes about the IMBA

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Bordeaux 2014 was a challenging year, 2015 vintage is the blessed one. Should you overloook the 14’s for cellar purposes? No, the beauty is to find the best producers. How do you do that tasting blind? At the end you compare the 2014-2015 lists and check your 10% best scores to see if some Château

The Piano is waiting for the Chef

The Bertazzoni Piano is waiting for the Chef
  Game Changer: I discovered this book twenty-five years ago….and embarked on an adventure that I still find thrilling to this day
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the SUV of my dreams.   I am partial, I must admit, I own the brand and the brand owns me. Whenever I do something or have a project for my butler school I think to myself “How would they do it at Rolls-Royce?”   Why do I say that the Cullinan is

Spinoza or Spinosa?

For Spinoza the philosopher, happiness (conatus) is all about increasing your desire… No doubt that after a glass of this fresh wine you will desire more; In Vino Veritas!
Through the generosity of Ronchi de Cialla again this year, we will auction a private tasting of six of these fine wines to benefit SAMS organisation, a fine non profit who organises concerts for patients in long term care enters. More about: SAMS
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Rolls-Royce will create a collection of 35 2018 Rolls-Royce Ghosts, in homage to the original Silver Ghost’s achievement. I had the pleasure in 2001of seing the original “Silver” Ghost from1904 in Crewe at the factory. Impressive machine! (and in pristine condition)

‘Best Supernatural Driving Experience’

5 February 2018, Goodwood The Rolls-Royce Phantom has been praised for offering the in the prestigious GQ Car Awards, which were announced today. An independent panel of judges at British GQ recognised the other-worldly experience of travelling in New Phantom, which is the most silent motor car in the world and cossets occupants with its