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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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It’s time to secure your tickets for the design event of the year in London: Decorex International – 18 – 21 September. Cellar Maison will be there with our team and a specially designed display to let guests see our Wine Cellar solutions first hand. We will be talking to trade professionals as well as those who would like a Wine Cellar, Wine Wall or Wine Pod in their own home.

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Decorex International is synonymous with luxury, and is internationally renowned for being THE event to discover the very best, and most coveted products from our unrivaled collection of 400 hand-selected exhibitors.

With a rich heritage of 39 years, Decorex’s long standing reputation has proven the test of time; growing and evolving to remain exciting and innovative – and 2016 will be no different.”

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Join Cellar Maison at Decorex – Inspiration Galore!


We will also have special guests, Marina Gayan MW and Helen Nathan joining us for two days 19th and 20th of September. Gayan and Nathan offer specialist wine advisory services including detailed Palate Profiling, buying advice, cellar acquisitions and optimal cellaring.

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Please come and introduce yourselves – We work closely with all professionals in high-end interior design, architecture and property development and are looking forward to a great event.

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Our collaboration with Gayan and Nathan has opened up a world of boutique, professional wine advisory services from top duo, Marina Gayan MW and Helen Nathan, a renowned chef and food writer. Marina is one of only a few hundred Master of Wine holders in the entire world.

To meet Marina and Helen, along with the Cellar Maison team, secure your tickets here for the extraordinary  Decorex 2016. We’ll be showcasing our Wine Walls, Wine Cellars and Wine Pods to designers and interested home owners. Marina and Helen will be answering your wine related questions around quality buying, cellaring and more.


Decorex Prize Draw: We have an exclusive Decorex Prize Draw to enter. Be in with a chance to WIN A Private Palate Profiling session and 6 bottles of expertly selected wine based on the winner’s palate.


 

The below article by Helen Nathan, gives a tantalising glimpse at of one of their exclusive Palate Profiling sessions and how very in depth, personal – and fun a night like this is.

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Penthouse Palate Profiling!

Palate profiling is a very personal and often intimate experience. We can’t help but feel lucky that our clients open their minds and homes to us and are prepared to be led, with no preconceptions through a line up of wines – served blind. A few days ago we had the privilege and pleasure of guiding a wonderful couple, over a birthday dinner, through a red tasting where their favourite wines were noticeably absent!

The night began with us balancing bottles and beef in a tiny lift rather like contortionists from a crazy circus act up to their 5th floor Penthouse apartment. We emerged like two mad hatters to be greeted with incredible views overlooking Hammersmith’s Ark.

We started with a bit of a palate teaser, a glass of fizz (tasted blind of course) matched with 3 bowls of warm roasted almonds all with different flavours. Identifying them was the first step to engage their palates.

With an entree of freshly baked brioche and velvet smooth chicken liver parfait, Marina introduced the first flight of mystery reds. It’s very frustrating but ultimately liberating when you are told not to try and guess the grape variety or country of origin but purely focus on whether the filled glass pleases or displeases you. It is especially hard for an experienced wine lover, where the temptation to guess is almost too much to bear! Our guests last night gave in to our pleas and began to relax. Talk turned to tannins, mouth feel, structure, and ultimately life’s big question: ‘do I like this or not!’ Marina studiously took notes through out the night, asking leading questions, probing for specific answers that will lead her to fine tune her summary document. As a Master of Wine, she has tasted and analysed more wines than most people have had hot dinners. Over the years she has built up a ‘wine library’ in her head, which she uses to connect styles, regions, flavours and aromas. Joining dots, making links and correlations to help our clients unlock the mysteries of the wine world. Our view is that life is too short to drink wines that other people tell you you should like!

But I digress, next I served a four hour slow roasted jarret de boeuf (shin of beef) with another flight of reds. Our clients were getting into the swing of things now, relaxing and enjoying the blind wines presented to them. The wines were getting bigger and more complex, and their interaction with food saw the flavours changing and first impressions re-examined. Wines should be enjoyed with food but one man’s pleasure can be another’s pain – we all have our own preferences and there are no right or wrong answers.

The final flight was unveiled and tested with cheese (a creamy goat, pecorino, aged cheddar and red Leicester) Although many think red wine and cheese is a match made in heaven, you need a good back bone of acidity to make the pairing harmonious.

I lit the tiny champagne bottle candles on the lemon polenta cake, which we washed down with the remains of the opening fizz. Another great profiling evening came to a close. Hopefully our birthday girl will continue to explore the wonderful world of wine, armed now with her new profiling feedback to help guide her, when Marina is no longer at her side!

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Tempted? Hope to see you at Decorex or contact us here:

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The prestigious Decorex design show is coming up fast – Book here to secure your tickets for either Trade Professionals in any area of interior design and property development; or Consumer tickets those who love style, design and want to be truly inspired by the exhibitors at this annual event. A magnificent array of exhibitors will be attending and the event is stylishly catered for food and drinks including the Champagne Bar designed exclusively this year by 1508 London.

Cellar Maison will be there for the whole event – 18th – 21st of September, 2016. We’ll be speaking to architects, interior designers, property developers and of course those wishing to create their own private wine cellar at home.

We invite you to come and say hello – You can also pre-register with us here first to let us know you’ll be attending. We are happy to set up a private appointment to talk in more depth at a time to suit you. As premium, bespoke designers of our signature Wine Walls, Wine Cellars and Wine Pods, we have a deep understanding of the technical aspects of secure wine storage – and the aesthetic attention to design and style that results in exquisite results.

This year at Decorex, we have very special guests at our stand – Marina Gayan MW and her business partner Helen Nathan, who together are Gayan + Nathan, will be on site for two days only – 19th – 20th of September. Please come and meet them and hear how you can enter the draw to WIN an exclusive Private Palate Profiling session and 6 bottles of expertly selected wine based on the winner’s palate.

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Gayan + Nathan offer an exclusive, unique wine advisory service that includes wine selection, cellar stocking and management, education and palate profiling.

We’ll keep you posted as we near the event but do get your tickets as soon as you can! Looking forward to seeing our clients and meeting many new people.

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