ALICE LOUBATON IS AN AMERICAN who lived and worked in France for 10 years. Now settled in the United States, she combined her love and considerable knowledge of wine with marketing experiences in both countries to establish Loubaton Imports, a small company bringing the wines of France’s small, family-owned and -operated producers to the United States. None of these producers make large quantities of wine. Some of the wines have never before crossed the Atlantic. Fresh to the American palate, many are worthy discoveries in quality and price.
At a tasting of Alice’s wines, I began with Marlon- Bosser Brut Champagne 2008 ($65), made equally of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Delicious and intriguing, it is well-balanced and amazingly complex.
Next, I tried her Château Tourril 2016 ($15), a white from the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Made from the Roussanne grape, it is a vibrant, forward wine, silky-smooth on the palate, lightly herbaceous, with a long, satisfying finish.
Alice also imports Château Tourril’s Havana 2018 ($14), a rosé made of Cinsault and Grenache grapes. Rich and textured, it displays layers of fruit.
The red Château Tourril, Philippe 2011 ($15) combines Grenache, Carignan and Syrah to produce a pleasant wine of medium body, with a hint of raspberries against a background of light spice.
Alice also imports wines from Domaine Treloar in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. One, its Côtes du Roussillon One Block Grenache, 2014, is a particularly interesting wine made mostly from Grenache and the rare Lledoner Pelut grape. This ripe wine, deep red in color, features a scent that recalls berries and a hint of chocolate.
From the Loire Valley comes Domaine Dozon Chinon C Du Plaisir 2017, a bright, fresh, well-structured, especially attractive wine whose aroma recalls cherries and berries.
To complete the tasting, I sipped Domaine Treloar Muscat de Rivesaltes 2013, a beautifully balanced sweet wine made from the Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains grape in France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region. Most dessert wines of this caliber are expensive. This one, in 500 ml bottles, averages about $16 to $20, offering a rare and tasty way to end a meal.
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.
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.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The oneworld alliance as a collective is aspiring to a target of using sustainable aviation fuel for 10 percent of its combined fuel volumes by 2030, a strengthening of the alliance’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.