We’re proud to give a shout out to all the Cellar Maison team members to acknowledge and appreciate all they bring to the company, but also celebrate their diverse and fascinating lives outside work.

Next in this series, we introduce Simon Coombs, Cellar Maison’s Client Consultant.

Our client facing consultant, Simon, has over 12 years experience working with clients to deliver exceptional projects particularly in the luxury goods sector.

Simon understands the importance of listening to, understanding and interpreting the needs of our clients and ensuring that their vision is translated into a brief for our creative and production teams to deliver installations that will not only meet but exceed their expectations.

He has recently completed his WSET Level 2 award in wine and spirits.

Detail from our limited edition Wine Carousel – Click for full showcase

Expanding his knowledge of wine has become a true passion for Simon. He loves sampling different grape varietals and developing his palate – a very enjoyable thing to research! With his  WSET Level 2 under his belt, there’s never a lack of excuse to share a bottle or two with friends and family.
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As a father of two small children Simon doesn’t have a huge amount of spare time but when he gets the chance he loves to get out and play hockey. He also spends his Sundays, shouting on the field coaching the local U8’s rugby team, which he likens to trying to herd a swarm of flies into a plastic cup.
Simon’s perfect day sporting day out would be watching England beat their opponents at Twickenham.
When he does get some “quiet time” he loves reading books and is particularly interested in military history and polar exploration, Winston Churchill and Ernest Shackleton being his heroes.
Simon has a passion for watches and loves wandering around antique shops looking for interesting pieces. His ultimate watch would be a Patek Philippe world time reference 1415 with enamel dial.

Detail from a Cellar Maison Wine Room – Click for full showcase

It’s great to have Simon on board. The fact that he “walks the talk” as a wine-loving, family person, means he can relate extremely well to our clients and our collaborating partners in the world of wine and design.
Please do get in touch  about any wine cellar inquiry, either commercial or residential.
You’ll be guaranteed of a friendly reception!

A new year brings new styles and trends to the world of design. With the input of one of our Cellar Maison concept designers, Samuel Deacon, we highlight for you, the top trends forecast for 2017. We also look at what’s timeless, classic – and the importance of choosing what YOU like and what suits your tastes within the space of your home or business.

COLOUR

A quick browse on Pinterest or style blogs will give you a good idea on the colours trending for 2017. It can be inspirational to have a browse and see what you like. Sometimes it’s a good chance to refresh a few tired furnishings or features of your home – Or perhaps, it’s time for a bigger renovation incorporating a long wished for Wine Cellar, Wine Pod or Wine Wall?

This year we are bringing our interiors back to nature, introducing earthy tones and the incorporating blues and greens to create a harmonious and calming environment.

Pantone’s colour of the year is the aptly named ‘Greenery’ a refreshing shade of green that ‘is symbolic of new beginnings.’

This bold shade could be the much-needed breath of fresh air on your walls, or introduced into your accessories and soft furnishings for a more subtle splash of this vivid burst of green. It echoes nature in its freshness and vibe of spring time growth.

 

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In contrast, Dulux have named ‘Denim Drift’ as the colour of the year, a less daring but nonetheless a natural shade that will compliment many interior spaces.

Dulux have chosen this colour on review of current trends in architecture and fashion, selecting a cool tone that would work well in any room of the house. The bluey-grey is a great choice as its neutral undertones can be paired with many materials, enhancing their natural qualities – Think of this with beautiful natural wood, or perhaps features of copper, brass or bronze – all used in our wine rooms, along with the sleek, frameless glass of our signature cellars.

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MATERIALS 

The materials that are forecast to trend in 2017 are also themed on the concept of returning to nature. The use of cork and terracotta are predicted to make a reappearance. Both provide a warm and textured aesthetic to your interior. A functional and beautifully textured cork wall is a great backdrop for vibrant and natural plant life. When incorporated into a wine cellar, we can bring in a variety of elements that not only compliment your existing interiors, but that become a feature that people are immediately drawn to.

Pale wood combines beautifully with the frameless glass doors, brushed stainless steel surround and fresh lighting in a Contemporary Wine Wall in the lovely home of our client in Esher.

Example of 3D render by Samuel Deacon of Cellar Maison. Here texture is illustrated with the use of a range of complimentary materials.

At Cellar Maison we are passionate about creating quality, custom-made wine cellar solutions to suit your wine collection, available space, and individual style. Please do contact our design team to assist you in creating your bespoke wine cellar or for more information for professionals and commercial projects.

Wishing you a happy and vibrant 2017!

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The team over at Gayan and Nathanour friendly experts in wine advisory services, palate profiling and wine collecting services, have plans afoot that we would like to share with you. Marina Gayan, Master of Wine, and Helen Nathan, published food writer, chef and champion of entertaining, already offer tailored, wine-centric events across key parts of Europe and beyond – see their Portugal trip here.

But, what about local experiences, right here in London? Solution – Helen and Marina are launching a series of unique events that focus on food and wine, with a twist of something fascinating, historically engaging, mysterious or positively molecular…. intrigued? We will keep you posted about when and where these events are – you can in keep touch with Gayan and Nathan events on their site too: www.gayanandnathan.com

Click on through to this little taster of their 14th century food research!

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From medieval banquets to 21st century molecular gastronomy – Gayan and Nathan are the ones to take you on a fun and educational wine and food journey.

Cellar Maison  work closely with Gayan and Nathan and have special arrangements for our clients to enjoy exclusive offers on events and personalised wine advisory services.

Wouldn’t a private Palate Profiling within your new Cellar Maison Wine Wall, Wine Pod or Wine Cellar be something special?

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What a year! We hope you’re all ready for a relaxing few days off with family and friends – and of course, have some festive bottles tucked away to share and enjoy.

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As 2016 draws to a close and we welcome in 2017, we’d like to take a moment to offer our sincere thanks to everyone we’ve worked with this year.
To both our private home-owner clients, and our professional partners in the design and property development space – It’s a real privilege to work with you in this exciting and creative area that encompasses the wonderful combination of wine and fine design.
All the best from the whole Cellar Maison team for a happy and healthy year ahead.

Below we have a few favourite moments of the Cellar Maison year we’d love to share with you.

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2016 has proved to be a breakthrough year for Cellar Maison with technological advances, a new high capacity wine wall in our range and some standout projects installed in the UK and Europe. Cellar Maison’s notable achievements include two installations in a newly established Stanmore restaurant; a refurbished barn conversion which will now be the home to a 2000 bottle wine collection, and a limited edition Wine Carousel installed in the stairwell of a penthouse apartment in the King’s Library, Chelsea.

During the year we’ve featured a number of our newly installed Wine Cellars, Wine Pods and Wine Walls on our blog.
The photo above is an example of a new walk in Wine Pod with that has been designed as a special feature of our clients’ home. A bespoke cellar using contemporary and traditional materials, ambient lighting and fully climate control for optimum wine cellaring. The cellar sits stylishly behind our exclusive, custom-made frameless glass. See this particular Wine Pod in a full showcase coming up in January 2017.

Another highlight of the Cellar Maison year, is the fantastic partnership with wine advisory specialists, Gayan and Nathan. We love the dynamic duo of Marina Gayan, Master of Wine, one of the world’s few; along with chef and all round fun person, Helen Nathan. To offer our clients professional wine buying and cellaring advise, as well as individual palate profiling, puts a whole new spin on the joy of owning a cellar.

Below, Marina writes a letter about what they’re drinking at home this season, with some great recommendations. Then check Helen’s superbly tasty (and easy) canape idea.

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Letter from Marina Gayan, Master of Wine – 

Greetings!
Christmas is a time to relax, indulge and share wi z es! Besides, trying to match wines to the diverse flavours of Xmas day lunch would be a nearly impossible task!

This year we are going classic and treating ourselves to Champagne and Burgundy, Louis Roederer & Leflaive Meursault (for my husband) and Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet (for me). When it comes to reds we will go both New World and Old World; starting with my dearest friend Steve Pannell’s gorgeously elegant and luscious S.C. Pannell Grenache from McLaren Vale followed by La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina, both favourites of ours.

But of course we are bracing ourselves for a Northern Hemisphere cold and gloomy Christmas day. If I were in Australia for example, in short sleeves and flip flops, I may opt for something lighter and fresher. Maybe a Clare Valley Riesling like Grosset Polish Hill, and I would probably go for something still refreshing but with more weight and an exotic edge, like Larry Cherubino’s Fiano from Frankland River. If I still craved Burgundy I would have a Chardonnay from Cullen in Margaret River or Neudorf from Nelson, New Zealand – that as you know is in my top list!

What will you be drinking?

Marina x
P.S. I would still have my SCP Grenache a bit more chilled!

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PARMA HAM, GOAT CHEESE AND FIG JAM PARCELS

Gayan and Nathan’s Helen Nathan, chef and food writer, shares a simple & super-delicious recipe for a canape to enjoy with drinks 

Makes 20 individual mouthfuls

Prepare: 10 minutes (especially if you can find some little helpers)
Cook: No cooking required
  • 10 slices Parma ham
  • 1 small creamy goat cheese log
  • 1 jar fig jam
  1. Cut each piece of Parma ham into two strips
  2. Cut a small piece of cheese and place this with a teaspoon of fig jam in centre of ham and roll up into a parcel. If you have the time/inclination, you can tie each parcel with a length of fresh chive to make Xmas parcels.
Make in Advance? Yes, these can be made the day before and kept in the fridge.

 LONDON DESIGN SHOW EXHIBITIONS 

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This year Cellar Maison exhibited at two major shows in the London Design Festival. It was great to meet so many of you there. We’re very proud of the Cellar Maison team who worked so hard to create and install two beautiful, custom made Wine Walls from our signature range. Also on display was one of our new, limited edition Wine Carousel. You can read more here about the shows – As well as the winner of our fabulous Cellar Maison / Gayan and Nathan competition!
 
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We’ll keep you posted about both public and trade events coming up in 2017.

Thanks again from the whole Cellar Maison Team – Happy 2017!
Cheers!
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The London Design Festival in September of this year was a veritable candy-store of tantalising interiors, cutting edge design, innovation and style. The greatest of international talent was showcased at a variety of events throughout London.

Cellar Maison exhibited at both Decorex and the Restaurant Design Show. For each show, we installed two Wine Walls from our signature range, plus a limited edition, Wine Carousel  – Fully stocked with wine from The New Zealand Cellar, just to offer the full experience.

It was a real honour to have the chance to meet so many people from a fascinating array of backgrounds, all connected in some way by the love of fine design and wine.

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THE COMPETITION

During the two shows, we ran a competition in conjunction with our collaborating partners at Gayan and Nathan. Gayan & Nathan offer a unique service that seeks to ‘map’ their clients’ palates and define an individual taste profile that is then used to inform future selections of wine.  They offer professional wine advisory and buying services, as well as great fun events where you can truly learn to understand your palate and wine preferences.

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THE PRIZE

On offer in the competition was a private 1-2-1 Palate Profiling Consultation with Master of Wine Marina Gayan of Gayan & Nathan and a case of wine selected by Marina based on the winner’s personal palate preferences.

THE WINNER

We had just over 200 entrants who left their details with us and we are pleased to announce the winner, Lucy Ford of Goose Design Interiors, who has now been informed.

Congratulations Lucy – A lovely case of wine, based on your individual palate profiling consultation with Marina Gayan MW, will soon be on its way to you!

Cellar Maison are always on hand for bespoke wine cellar advice, design consultations and Gayan and Nathan are here for wine advisory services.

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Private View is Knight Frank’s in-house glossy magazine which showcases their finest in property and high-end, luxury products. There is much to enjoy browsing, whether for inspiration now, or to add to the wish-list.

Cellar Maison is featured in the latest online edition – CLICK HERE to read the article in full.

In the below excerpt, Managing Director of Cellar Maison, Andrew Speer is interviewed:

‘Wine and food culture in Britain is rapidly evolving. Within the next decade, a climate- controlled wine-storage room or wall will be as common in a prime residence as a well-appointed kitchen or a home cinema,’ says Andrew Speer, MD of Cellar Maison, which designs bespoke wine walls, pods and cellars. Its clients typically spend from £40,000 to £250,000, ‘and may have a few thousand bottles in bond and another 500 to 2,000 at home for personal enjoyment,’ says Speer, from New Zealand’s wine-growing Marlborough region, whose collaboration with master of wine Marina Gayan includes profiling clients’ palates to help them build their fine-wine collection. ‘Many wine lovers and investors who’ve previously kept their collection in bonded storage now want a bespoke wine cellar. They’ll bring home mature, “ready-to-drink” bottles and create a unique environment there to allow them to appreciate their collection,’ says Speer.

The concept of having a wine cellar in the home is increasingly considered an essential feature, rather than an optional add on. Property developers and architects report their clients are eager to enjoy wine within their home, in a stylish setting but with the practicalities of a fully functional wine display that keeps their collection, whether large or small, in optimal condition.

Signature Wine Walls, Wine Pods and Wine Cellars from Cellar Maison can be viewed here in our gallery. For commercial and private home owner inquiries, please do get in touch with us for a free quote and discussion around your requirements.

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Take a look at the latest event from Gayan and Nathan, exclusively for women and absolutely unique in its attention to the sensory preferences of the group in terms of their personal wine tastes and much more!

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Fascinating to see how varied we all are and just how well Marina Gayan, Master of Wine, is able to pinpoint these particular and unique factors in each and every one of her guests.

The magic combination of Marina, teamed with business partner Helen Nathan, a renowned chef and food writer, result in fun packed events where guests learn, laugh and feel completely comfortable – A big deal in a traditionally stiff, ‘wine-buff’ environment.

Here’s a snippet but do read the full feature!

“Last week a bevy of women descended on Fleet Street to attend ‘A Sensory Wine Session’ organised by us in conjunction with Lutyens restaurant.
This wasn’t a run of the mill tasting with rows of bottles and endless discussions about South facing slopes, new grape varieties or the latest winemaking techniques. No one mentioned malolactic fermentation or barrel ageing. It was a purely hedonistic experience, created for women, to find wines they want to drink.”

Other events include Palate Profiling – see here for one couple’s fantastic food and wine centric evening hosted by Gayan and Nathan.

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Marina Gayan and Helen Nathan

Cellar Maison highly recommend Gayan and Nathan to anyone interested in wine: drinking, collecting or cellaring. They offer professional, down to earth and highly personalised wine advisory services and events for groups, couples and individuals.

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For Cellar Maison inquiries please contact us here – We are on hand for a personalised discussion about your home and ideas – Remember you don’t need a cellar underground! – We install full Wine Cellars, Wine Walls and Wine Pods in apartments and flats too.

Professional inquiries – Please get in touch with your brief and requirements.

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Our intrepid wine and food partners, Marina Gayan MW and Helen Nathan have been off in Portugal on a culinary research mission to Lisbon. Just one weekend unearthed some heavenly finds and here they share tips, ideas and details of what they ate and drank.

If it’s not already on your “Must Visit” list, it’s likely to be now.

http://www.gayanandnathan.com/the-wonderful-food-and-wine-scene-of-lisbon/

Getting there: Lisbon is only 2 hours and 40 minutes from London – An easy flight and you’re there – what’s not to love for a wine and food centric weekend (or longer) away?

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Gayan and Nathan specialise in wine advisory and specialist buying services for home cellars large and more modest. They also hold local events that beautifully facilitate awareness and knowledge of ones own palate and preferences in wine.  See a snapshot of a private evening for one wine loving couple here.

Helen’s food credentials make her the ideal match to Marina’s rare Master of Wine status. Their effervescent sense of fun makes them perfect travel guides as well local event hosts.

The Cellar Maison team, having experienced Marina and Helen’s unique wine and food offerings first hand, as well as seeing them work with our wine-collecting clients, recommend them to anyone – Give them a call or email with any questions. Details HERE on their site.

For all bespoke wine cellar inquiries, you can reach Cellar Maison HERE.

Thank you,

Cellar Maison Team

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Detail from a Traditional style cellar by Cellar Maison

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Marina Gayan MW and Helen Nathan are the talented duo at Gayan and Nathan, a bespoke professional wine service.

Marina is one of only a few hundred world-wide to have gained a Master of Wine. Read here for more about the Master of Wine (MW).

Helen’s professional expertise in food includes publications and experience in some of the word’s top restaurants.  Together, they introduce their clients to wines they will love, driven by their individual palate choices and not labels. Their service is exclusive and unique.

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Cellar Maison are very pleased to bring our clients exclusive events and personal services through Gayan and Nathan to help enhance knowledge and enjoyment of buying, drinking and cellaring wine.

Here is a Q&A with input from both Marina Gayan MW and Helen Nathan. Marina will be providing more technical answers to questions in articles coming up.

Following on from here, we will also offer the rare opportunity to ask Marina Gayan specific questions of your own. Keep in touch here for details.

Q:  What are your core services offered at Gayan + Nathan?

A: First and foremost we want to help people find wines they really enjoy. We offer a palate profiling service – A type of ‘treasure hunt’ – where we examine wines clients currently drink, test their palate and then introduce them to similar or complimentary styles from other wine regions across the world. Once we know what wines suit, we run a personal wine shopping service and can advise on stocking and maintaining small or large cellars. Being independent, we buy on our clients’ behalf from some of the worlds best wine makers and importers. Additionally, we have helped fill cellars in ski chalets and game lodges around the globe.

Q: Who do you work with? Is this something that can be tailored to individual needs?

A: We work with anyone interested in wine; from the novice wine enthusiast, embarking for the first time on filling a cellar, through to the most experienced collectors, who may have knowledge in certain areas, but wish to expand their wine horizons – as one client put it “Gayan and Nathan awakened the inner wine child in me again!”

Q: Do you find there is an element of anxiety from people concerned about ‘getting it wrong’ when it comes to wine choices?

A: It’s all about enjoyment, so for us it’s important to remove any possible anxiety. We metaphorically hold your hand every step of the way. There are no right or wrong answers it’s purely about personal taste. With Marina’s vast wine knowledge, having tasted thousands of wines (and noted her results) over almost 3 decades, she uses this unique experience to link tastes and styles and help our clients find wines again and again that they really enjoy, not driven by labels or fashion.

Q: How do you cater to the requirements of your clients who are established wine collectors and what particular services are best suited to them?

A: Some clients are extremely knowledgeable and we love meeting people who share our passion. Some Bordeaux collectors might be interested to expand their knowledge of super Tuscans or the cooler climate regions of the new world. Others might love Pinot Noir but wish to learn more about how the grape is used outside Burgundy. We have run blind left bank vs right bank Bordeaux tastings, horizontal tastings of a particular chateaux, the list is endlessly exciting! We are keen to talk to anyone who shares our love of wine, whatever their knowledge or experience.

Q: What is the best way for someone who would like to develop their knowledge of wine and wine cellaring at home to start?

A: The best way to start is to open bottles and taste wines blind. You wouldn’t buy a perfume purely on the packaging and you shouldn’t buy wines because someone else tells you they are good. With the total number of taste buds humans have ranging from 500 to 11,000, people at opposite ends of this spectrum will have a natural predisposition to like different styles of wines. Which wines you like when tasted blind is purely a matter of personal taste. That’s why at Gayan and Nathan we start everything we do with palate profiling.

Q: Do you have advice for people concerned about how to choose the best wine to compliment the food they are serving?

As a chef, I think it’s really important to match wines to suit the food you enjoy. We always accompany our wine suggestions with suggested menus and food pairings Wine on its own can taste completely different when drunk along side food. At a recent blind sparking session we tasted a selection of wines including Bollinger NV, which none of the guests surprising enjoyed until accompanied with food.

Q: How do you find people respond during and after your Palate Profiling?

A: Some people worry that the session may be intimidating but we always try and put clients at ease and explain that there are no right or wrong answers. As soon as you bag up a wine and cover its label, the only question you have to ask yourself is “do I like it or not’ People often come away from palate profiling pleasantly surprised with a new found love of a different style to one they have currently coveted. We don’t try and trick people or catch them out. Sometimes the most experienced wine drinkers find it hardest to let go of their intellectual wine knowledge and let their palate lead the show. Palate profiling isn’t there for people to guess what they are drinking, but to dig a little deeper and examine what it is about certain wines they like or dislike.

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Marina Gayan MW will be answering general cellaring questions soon, but in the meantime if you have anything specific you would like to ask her or Helen Nathan, please contact us at info@cellarmaison.com or info@gayanandnathan.com with subject line: G&N Wine Question.

The Gayan and Nathan private palate profiling service is lead by Master of wine Marina Gayan with food specially prepared by chef Helen Nathan. This can organised in your own home or office with up to 4 guests. For further information, please contact Helen Nathan at www.gayanandnathan.com

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We’re all looking forward to speaking to visitors to the Restaurant Design Show. Cellar Maison will be showcasing our bespoke Wine Cellar Designs at STAND 112. Hope to see you there – Get your FREE TICKETS NOW. This is a must-see event for all those in the restaurant world as well as people designing or operating bars, cafes, hotels and resorts.Stockholm

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