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My first ever butler assignment came November 2001 at Hotel des Indes in The Hague (the Netherlands). I kept a box of matches as a Souvenir of this day. I will always remember it. In 2001 this Historic Hotel sounded very exotic to me with its French name, especially due to the fact that it

Tiberio Fonte Canale 2015

In focus, by Richard Sagala Tiberio Fonte Canale 2015 This crisp wine comes from the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is crafted from 100% Trebbiano Abruzzese 58 years old vines grown under a canopy training system (see picture of Cristiana Tiberio under the canopy). How does it taste? Acacia flowers on the nose plus mandarine
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has partnered with Fondation Beyeler to present an artistic concept by internationally renowned Swiss artist, Pipilotti Rist, for the institution’s famed Summer Night’s Gala 2017, held on 16 September. Normally the reserve of Fondation Beyeler’s esteemed guests, Rolls-Royce’s patronage ensured that the installation was seen and experienced by the public on Sunday
Anthony Hopkins as Stevens in The Remains of the Day On the 5th of October 2017, the Swedish Academy gave the Nobel prize of Literature to UK author Kazuo Ishiguro link The film The Remains of the Day enjoys a cult status in the butler world for its depiction of a true to form English butler

KRUG 2000 “Stormy indulgence”?

In focus, by Richard Sagala KRUG 2000 –Gourmandise orageuse – Stormy indulgence This how the producer calls this wine: “Gourmandise orageuse – Stormy indulgence” Does “stormy indulgence” sounds a bit over the top to you? Well, I should add that “Gourmandise orageuse” in French sounds even worse to me… so lets leave it there please.

Are you an Athlete of Excellence?

Loic Le Roy PhD Spanish version: link Are you an Athlete of Excellence? The cliché conveyed by urban legends and ancients (or modern) movies about the Butler’s functions very loosely translate the reality of this profession in the XXIst Century. The image of the butler wearing ancient style white gloves and classical penguin suit while
92 years after the first Phantom got introduced (1925), Rolls-Royce came out with its eight iteration of its flagship car. Persistent Would you say? No, a relentless continuum of Excellence spanning ninety-two years so far…
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
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