Wine Tasting in Paris

Wine Tasting in Paris sounds like a great idea; asking Lionel Michelin to conduct the event is an even better idea. So when Haritina & Andrei, long time friends of Dori & Giora invited them for an evening of private wine tasting, Dori & Giora enthusiastically accepted the invitation.

The custom tailored wine tasting took place in De Vinis Illustribus, located in the legendary site where the famous wine merchant Jean-Baptiste Besse, settled in the early 30’s, and received for more than 50 years wine  enthusiasts from all over the world among which were Ernst Hemingway and Peter Ustinov.

de vinis store front

IMG_1006Lionel Michelin guided Haritina, Andrei, Dori and Giora in the cellar while describing how he tracks down exceptional vintage wines, inspects them for authenticity and ensures they have been properly preserved so he can provide his customers with a truly memorable tasting.

At the De Vinis Illustribus cellar1023_Dominique-Andrei-Haritina-Lionel-DoriAnd then it was time for the feast of gourmet food & wine!
wine tasting dinner - menuThroughout the event, Lionel analyzed and commented on each wine served–region, characteristics and flavor profile.
IMG_1017The evening ended with sweet notes (chocolate & coffee macaroons anyone?) and happy smiles…. Thank you Lionel for such an educating & wonderful event!!!  🙂

Which one is your favorite location for wine tasting?
Paris
California
Tuscany
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Red, white…or Green?

How my spring vacation in Portugal inspired Dori to design our Baroque holiday collection.

The Portuguese navigators discovered much of the world four hundred years ago but the world has yet to discover Portugal.  The country remains one of the last secrets of Europe. A place of castles and palaces, of mountains and valleys, of sand and sea and…great food…

Eyal (my boyfriend) and I were lucky to land in Lisbon on the day of Saint Anthony festival.  Santo Antonio revered as a matchmaker, so mass marriages known as “St. Anthony’s Weddings” are held during the celebrations. The  food specialty of Lisbon, fish, in its diverse preparations is celebrated and there’s a parade of costumes from the city’s different traditional quarters, with hundreds of singers and dancers.
santo antonio paradeAfter “recovering” from santo Antonios parties, we went on to explore Portugal and its famous must-see sights.  We visited and held on to dear life at Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost..and windiest point, “where the land ends and the sea begins”.  We continued to Sintra where we were huffing & puffing going up the steep hills to visit the beautiful Palacio Pena and the Castle of the Moors.

castle of the mooresWe were driving from Lisbon to Porto for 2 weeks, making detours through the countryside and the list of amazing places we visited along the way…is quite l-o-n-g, so I’ll only name a few: Tomar’s templar castle, the stunning caves of Mira d’Aire, Sierra da Estrela national park – the highest mountains in Portugal and the historic library of Coimbra (one of the oldest universities in Europe).

Library_of_the_Universtity_of_CoimbraWe had a great weather and time was flying….our biggest worries were…what type of traditional pastry we were going to try each day.  They looked soooo delicious that I wanted to try at least one of each. And..let’s not forget the difficult task of choosing red, white or…green wine with our dinner (decisions, decisions…).  Mostly, we chose green, a wine that offers just the right crisp spritz for summer sipping…. :))

SONY DSCOur last stop was an exciting antique cars race in Porto and then….it was time to go back home.  On my first day back at work, I showed Dori and some of our team members photos of my vacation. Dori enjoyed looking at them and by the time we got to the Lisbon Museum of Coaches images, I could almost hear the wheels turning in her head….
carriage 1Dori played for a few weeks with different materials, compositions and color combinations until she finally hit the “winning combination” that later on became our Baroque holiday collection with its festive colors, golden highlights and…the most adorable Fontanini cherubs….
bqe_n574_Baroque__resize_450x500_borderWe hope that you enjoyed the blog and wish you all a joyful present and a sparkling future. Best wishes for Happy holidays and an Exciting New Year!

We hope this Holiday season brings joy and
warmth to your winter!

All our best,
Dori & her team ♥♥♥