Taylor’s Port & the 2018 Concours of Elegance
The 31st August to the 2nd September saw some of the most astonishing cars ever produced line-up alongside some of the world most famous luxury brands in one of the UK’s most beautiful historic settings. This could mean only one thing – the world-famous Concours of Elegance had returned to Hampton Court Palace for the seventh time.
The Concours of Elegance brings 1,000 of the rarest cars in existence to one place, 60 of the rarest make up the ‘Main Concours’. The whole weekend is a celebration of craftsmanship, design, luxury goods, fine food and drink and superb displays of art.
Taylor’s was present at the Concours as part of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, serving a selection of their finest Port wines ranging from the Taylor’s Chip Dry, a beautifully refreshing white Port, to the ‘Very Old’ 1968 Single Harvest Tawny.
Taylor’s is proud to have supplied the Queen and the Royal Household for many years and were thrilled when the Royal Warrant of Appointment as a supplier of Port Wines to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was granted to the company’s managing Director, Adrian Bridge in 2017. Other warrant holders present over the weekend were the likes of Lock & Co Hatters, Connolly Leather, Henry Poole and Dewar’s Whisky and so on.
Highlights of the weekend included the one-off Ferrari 166MM, the unique (gold-plated) Rolls-Royce ‘Golden Riveira’ and the Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans. The Best in Show was awarded to the 1928 Mercedes Benz S-Type Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’. In its day it was one of the fastest cars on the road and which was on show for the first time in the UK since 1958.
Champagne Ayala & SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year Award
Champagne Ayala is proud to announce that it has partnered with SquareMeal to launch the AYALA SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year award. This major new award celebrates the massive contribution female chefs are making to the UK restaurant industry at a time when women chefs remain hugely outnumbered by their male counterparts.
Champagne Ayala and SquareMeal would like your help in choosing the Female Chef of the Year. Simply submit up to three nominations in order of preference from the shortlist of chefs who have had an outstanding 2018 and whose achievements are an inspiration to everyone involved in one of the UK’s most vibrant sectors. Each entry will qualify for a prize draw to WIN a special paired AYALA Champagne dinner for 2 at the winning restaurant.
You can place your vote here.
Champagne Bollinger and the 2018 Brompton World Championships
“The Brompton World Championships” a race for 500 qualifiers held on The Mall during The Ride London weekend, marked the launch of a new association for Champagne Bollinger in the U.K with the winners of the men’s & women’s individual and team awards being presented with Bollinger to mark their achievements.The relationship began with Brompton CEO – Will Butler-Adams and Andrew Hawes being introduced by former pro-cyclist David Millar and they soon found common ground between the two brands with each having an uncompromising commitment to quality, respect for the environment, a resolutely independent outlook and with strong British roots. Coupled to this was shared personal vision of a sustainable quality of life in which enjoyment of fine wine and food, health and independence can go hand in hand in modern life.
These concepts were considered further during a 3-day ride in late June from London, the home of The Brompton, to Champagne Bollinger, some 236 miles south from Calais where the Brompton & Mentzendorff teams alighted from the Eurostar, and the idea of supporting the Brompton World Championships was born.
A video of the ride is available to view here
Langlois-Chateau & the 2018 Le Mans Classic
Last weekend we were accompanied by a group of customers for a visit to Langlois-Chateau and to join them for the eight edition of the biennial Le Mans Classic at the historic Circuit de la Sarthe.
Held beneath a searing hot sun, this year’s event was filled with high-octane action tempered by some of Langlois-Chateau’s fantastic Crémants and Loire Valley wines.
On the Friday evening before the racing commenced our group joined the team from Langlois-Chateau in Saumur for drinks and a casual dinner. Buckets of oysters were expertly shucked and served alongside the Saumur Vieilles Vignes Blanc, skewers laden with salmon and chicken were barbecued and paired deliciously with the 2017 Sancerre’s from Château de Fontaine Audon (Silex) & Château de Thauvenay (Calcaire) and it wouldn’t have been a proper French dinner without plenty of delicious cheeses enjoyed with a lightly chilled Saumur-Champigny Vieilles Vignes.
The following morning we set off for Le Mans to watch pre-War Bugattis and Bentleys; Jaguar D-types and Ferrari 250 GTs; Porsche 935s and Ferrari 512s; and diesel-powered LMP1 prototypes, all in the same day and on the same track. The six competitive ‘plateaux’ were made up of over 500 cars that dated from the race’s inception in 1923 to 1981.
As well as a paddock full of historic sports cars the Classic also featured some of the old-school Le Mans running starts. When the start flag drops, drivers have to run across the track to their cars which are parked on the other side, climb in, start the car, and drive away to begin the race (this practice stopped at the Le Mans 24hr in 1970 following safety concerns).
And to top it off there was even time to be able to witness England progress through to the semi-finals of the World Cup!