From drinking it, to wearing it, to learning about it, we are all about wine this week.
Get ready for the season of the sparkling kind and if you can’t get enough of it, you can even wear it in the form of leather made from wine. But its about making the most of wastage, and we are all about that.
Enjoy this week’s hotlist with wine stays, favourite wines, wine wipes and wine lips.
STAY HERE The Champagne Harvest: Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
Plan ahead for September and celebrate the sparkling variety and the best of its kind with the Champagne harvest in France. The process starts in the Summer before the sparkling treat begins a rigorous testing. Manual picking remains the tradition in Champagne, and over three weeks in September when all the grapes reach their peak ripeness, over 120,000 pickers from all over the world will descend upon the vineyards. And this year, Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, and biodynamic Champagne House, Leclerc Briant, have partnered to celebrate the harvest in effervescent, Champagne style.
The newly refurbished has been refashioned into a modern shrine to the Champagne region, overlooking the vineyards that stripe the hills of France’s Champagne region. Post your wine picking experience, sample the bubbles and relax in the Spa, a destination in its own right. Local Reims-based architect, Giovanni Pace designed the property in the style of a contemporary Amphitheatre, incorporating the original 19th Century Post House where it is said that King Charles X of France stopped over before heading to Reims for his coronation.
DRINK THIS Château Miraval
The most recent status symbol for many stars is launching (or buying) their own winery. But how do the wines actually stack up? Jon Bon Jovi partnered with award-winning French winemaker Gérard Bertrand, making a rosé perfectly reflecting lazy summer days and the “bon vivant” lifestyle. Drew Barrymore partnered with Jess Jackson‘s Jackson Family Wines, whose vineyards Barrymore Wines falls under its Carmel Road label, located in Southern Monterey County, to produce three varietals: Pinot Noir – called Drew’s Blend – a Pinot Grigio and a Noir Rose with Carmel Road winemaker, Kris Kato.
And our favourite is the Miraval Rosé. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wine estate Château Miraval in the summery idyll of Provence , a wine-making region which is famous for dry rosé made using local grapes. A dry rosé made using red and white grapes local to the south of France: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah (red), and Rolle (white).
This year they launched a new rosé called ‘Studio by Miraval’, with its name taking inspiration from former occupant of the chateau, jazz musician Jacques Loussier. Happy rest of the Summer!
WEAR THIS Vegea Leather
Vegan leather alternatives are getting more and more sophisticated and the research never stops. A tech Italian company, Vegea, have created the first 100% vegan leather made of wine. Yes, wine. The inventor, a Milan-based architect Gianpiero Tessitore, says the product is for those consumers who prefer to spend money on green and cruelty-free alternatives to animal and oil-based synthetic leathers. The vegetable product uses zero water (and zero oil) to produce up to 240 litres needed per square meter of animal skin; it doesn’t have any impact on ecosystems, there is no suffering for animals and there are no tannery waste. And of course, it’s made in Italy, the largest wine producer. Drink wine in Italy, shop wine in Italy… we should just live in Italy!
USE THIS Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine
Neogen likens its ‘Bio-Peel’ gauze to a glass of red wine for your face, offering a healthy dose of antioxidants and skin-firming ingredients…without the hangover. Each dual-sided pad (the smooth side cleanses, while the textured reverse exfoliates) is soaked with grape-derived Resveratrol, its star ingredient, naturally fermented with naturally occurring AHAs that also help with exfoliation. Dead skin cells are cleaned off the skin’s surface as lactic acid penetrates deep into your pores. Before you bin it, use on
They are liquid-free and discreet enough to carry around in your purse all day, or pull out and use wherever needed (read: airplane bathroom).
DRESS UP WITH THIS Christian Louboutin Beauty, Velvet Matt Lip Colour
It’s time to move on and up to a rich burgundy lip. Some days you want darker, more mysterious, and that bit bolder. Enter, Christian Louboutin Beauty’s ‘Survivita’ lip color, an intensely rich berry-red shade that sets to a velvety matte finish. Moisturizing agents protect against drying, while maintaining full coverage for up to four hours. This supple formula glides on with ease – stow it in your tote for quick touch-ups. Love at first swipe.