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October 2018

The Ayala SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year

Champagne Ayala and SquareMeal are proud to announce that AngelaHartnett is the winner of the first AYALA SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year. The award was launched in August 2018 to celebrate the huge contribution female chefs are making to the UK restaurant industry.Ayala & SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year

Angela was the clear front-runner in the online poll which saw users cast almost 1,500 votes for their favourite female chefs. Hartnett has been the UK’s most famous female chef since she rose to fame as Ramsay’s voice of reason on Hell’s Kitchen and topping SquareMeal’s poll proves that, 14 years later, she remains the country’s most popular female chef.

Ayala SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year 2018

Commenting on her win, Hartnett said “It’s so good that there are so many female chefs now. The restaurant trade is changing for the better. If this encourages young girls coming into our industry, then it’s a great thing to do.”Ayala SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year Awards lunch

The awards lunch was held at Daphne’s in South Kensington where the guests were fortunate enough to be joined by Ayala Chef de Cave, Caroline Latrive who presented her first vintage blanc de blancs, the Ayala Le Blanc de Blancs 2012.

Ayala SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year Awards lunch

 

September 2018

Mentzendorff Announces a New Agency Partnership with Ceretto

Mentzendorff is pleased to announce a new exclusive agency partnership with Ceretto of Piedmont, Italy. The Ceretto family can trace its vineyard owning roots in Piemonte back to the late 1800’s when Riccardo Ceretto set up a merchant house in Alba to trade wines from the region. The next generations of Ceretto purchased some of the most sought after locations throughout Barolo and Barbaresco, land that one can only dream of owning in today’s world. Under the control of brother Bruno & Marcello, Ceretto built up a reputation for wines of high quality and continued to invest in increased holdings in the best Crus of Barolo and Barbaresco. The wines have gained huge following across the world both within the finest restaurants and most renowned private cellars.

Ceretto Winery

Ceretto now owns four wineries across the region and farms over 160 hectares organically and is under the control of Bruno & Marcello’s children; Lisa, Roberto, Alessandro and Federico who continue to uphold and strengthen the company’s reputation for outstanding wines.

This highly acclaimed producer will sit within a portfolio of the world’s finest family owned producers of Champagne, wines, fortified wines and spirits; and more specifically will complement & strengthen the company’s Italian offerings.

Ceretto barrels

With regards to Mentzendorff’s approach to new agency acquisition Managing Director, Andrew Hawes had the following to say “Taking on a new agency is always a major decision, we take our time and choose our exclusive partners carefully, looking for family owned producers who share our values and will fit naturally into our focused portfolio.” Mentzendorff’s approach has evolved in that we are finding success by developing strengths in specific areas of the market and we have found that representing complementary Estates in South Africa (Klein Constantia & Hamilton Russell) and in New Zealand (Akitu & The Crossings) is working increasingly well for us. Therefore Ceretto will sit comfortably alongside Ciacci Piccolomini (Montalcino) and Fertuna (Maremma).”

Ceretto landscape

September 2018

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.

Concours of Elegance

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.

Concours of Elegance

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.

1928 Mercedes Benz S-Type Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’

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.

August 2018

Champagne Ayala & SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year Award

Ayala & SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year

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.

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