It’s the thought that counts. Well, yes, but even the mind reader who can channel that thought prefers a gift. Any gift says, “I’m really thinking about you.” But a special gift — like an exceptional bottle of wine — says, “Here’s a toast to your good taste.”
So, what kind of wine says that?
Albariño, for one. Grown in Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain, it is that country’s finest white grape, and Pazo Pondal Albariño 2004 is one of the finest examples of its wine. Pale and crisp, it offers complexity, a silky body and a basketful of floral and fruit aromas. Consider it a winter white. $20.
While many winemaking regions produce chardonnay, few can match the mother of them all: Burgundy. And one of its vintages that is elegance personified is Clos des Mouches, a premier cru (first growth) wine from Joseph Drouhin. Supple, satiny and exquisitely balanced, it has a bouquet that mingles citric fruit with vanilla and a creamy, rich, almond-like taste. Price varies with the vintage, from $70 to $91.
From California, J. Lohr Cuvée Pau 2000 is complex and concentrated, with hints of black currant, clove, chocolate and vanilla. Cabernet sauvignon with a small amount of petit verdot, Cuvée Pau is crafted in the tradition of Bordeaux’s Pauillac wines. The two other wines in this special cuvée series are Cuvée Pom (Pomerol) and Cuvée St. E. (Saint-Emilion). $56 each.
“Summus” is Latin for “highest,” and Castello Banfi Summus is a wine worthy of the name. This Tuscan wine, a blend of 40 percent each of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon and 20 percent syrah, is a dark ruby color and has an aroma that recalls cassis, cherry and a shelf of spices. Both the 2000 and 2001 vintages are currently available. $66.
A final suggestion is Montes Purple Angel 2003, a deep-colored red wine made by the outstanding Montes winery in Chile. Spicy, full-bodied and powerful, with layers of rich fruit flavors, it is 92 percent carmenère, a grape that until the 19th century grew in Bordeaux. Today, virtually all of the world’s carmenère comes from Chile. $48.
Raise a glass to good taste this holiday season.
The world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool will open in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. One of the region’s most anticipated attractions, AURA SKYPOOL will begin welcoming guests in mid-November.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.