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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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It’s a good feeling to have put so much into the design, style and logistics for such an extraordinary event as Decorex and see it all coming together ready for the opening day on Sunday 18th of September.

The Cellar Maison team have been all hands on deck putting the essential planning into place, working on  unique design elements and now, installation at Syon Park, London where Decorex is being hosted.

We’ve created two unique Wine Walls for the show – with a few little design elements that are both quirky and functional to show our visitors! The Wine Walls will be fully stocked with wine from the New Zealand Cellar, to give the full experience. Many thanks – Read more about them here.

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It’s going to be incredible, with over 400 of the UK and world’s best designers and producers of exquisite and cutting edge work, it’s THE place to be in London’s design month.

Remember that there is the Champagne Bar and other places to eat, drink and socialise – All will be, of course, designed in style as part of the show.

Gayan and Nathan will be at our stand too with expert wine collecting advice for high quality buying for your cellar and personal palate profiling information.

If you’re coming to one or more of the 4 days from Sunday 18th to Wednesday 21st, we’d love to meet you – We’re at Stand K49 – it’s a huge event so good to know a few places first that you’d like to visit!

Thanks and hope to meet you – please come and introduce yourselves to us and do enter our prize draw worth £500!

Cellar Maison Team

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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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Marina and Helen

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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Cellar Maison will be at the Restaurant Design Show this September in London and we would love to meet you.

Register now for your FREE tickets. Bar and restaurant owners, architects, interior designers and property developers – You will have noticed the dramatic increase in the call for creative, beautiful and functional wine cellars, we specialise in this field and provide unique knowledge, skill and design expertise which we will showcase throughout the Restaurant Design Show.

This is the UK’s largest restaurant design event and is being held at London’s ExCeL on the 27th & 28th September 2016; this is the only event in the country that will deliver you leading design ideas and help you network with the right people in the industry to make it all possible.

For your free ticket, go to restaurantdesignshow.co.uk

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This fantastic show will provide a great wealth of information with 50 educational seminars, 120 inspirational suppliers, and over 3,000 industry professionals from across the country. Some of the industry’s leading names will be there, offering their advice and guidance on the latest trends in restaurant interior design and showcasing the most cutting edge products on the market.

The show runs alongside Restaurant Tech Live and the Takeaway & Restaurant Innovation Expo; your ticket gives you access to all these amazing events, presenting the ideal opportunity to assist the growth of your business, to network, and to do business across an exhibition packed with value-added show floor features, benefiting from workshops, seminars, and a dedicated networking area.

Make sure you don’t miss this amazing opportunity; entry into the show is absolutely free and it runs across the 27th and 28th of September, from 10am – 5pm at ExCeL London. To register for your free ticket and for more information, please visit www.restaurantdesignshow.co.uk.

Cellar Maison are looking forward to meeting you – Please come and introduce yourselves to our friendly team and take a look at our exclusive and bespoke wine cellar designs.

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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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Marina Gayan MW and Helen Nathan

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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Once again, Cellar Maison are honoured to be featured in Prime Resi. This time as well as online, we are in their latest print magazine too. This quarterly collection of their very best in luxury properties and interiors is a hefty volume  – certainly one to collect for those interested in the very best in quality and style.

Look for ‘Quarterly Edition’ by Prime Resi – Here is the link to buy online – Winter 2015/16 volume.

Cellar Maison have an interview published with Prime Resi entitled: Tasting Notes: How to Design the Perfect Wine Cellar.  You’ll see a great overview about the scope of the modern wine cellar and some ideas about how people are incorporating them into their homes, whatever the available space and style.

Click here for the article:

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Prime Resi, published online daily, along with their print edition quarterly, are dedicated to collating and sharing the very best for discerning home owners as well as professionals in the interior design, architecture and property development field. We would like to offer our thanks for the inclusion in these latest Prime Resi publications.

And from us, Cellar Maison hope all is well with you! We are flying into 2016 bringing our clients’ wine cellar ideas to life.

Please contact us by email on info@cellarmaison.com or phone +44 (0)20 8242 4367 to talk to one of our professional consultants about the scope for a Wine Cellar, Wine Wall or Wine Pod in your home or your client’s home.

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We’re delighted to have one of our Wine Pods featured and pictured in the Evening Standard – See below.

Having a cellar in the house is becoming a reality for an increasing number of home owners in London and across the UK.

Because there are options to suit any space, our clients can tailor a cellar solution that perfectly compliments their style as well as maximising the available position in the home. Wine Walls are immensely popular since they not only provide a stunning talking point and visual feature but also take up only as much space as the depth of a book shelf.

Featured in the Evening Standard is a Wine Pod, another of our most popular options for home cellars. Wine Pods can be built into a room and utilise custom-made glass enclosures within which the wine is stored at optimum temperature and humidity with our specialised climate control systems. The glass also gives the aesthetically pleasing view of the bottles displayed and specially lit to highlight the collection.

Accessibility of a wine collection is one of the driving decisions to opt for a home cellar rather than expensive, off site bonded storage. Architects, property developers and interior designers work directly with Cellar Maison to tailor in wine cellars to homes as part of a new build, full or partial renovations. Being able to partner with designers at the early stages is a key feature of the Cellar Maison service offering. Our 3D visual overviews give clients a full vision of their new cellar. Our successful projects give design and architect partners trust in our designs and reliable project delivery.

For full details and professional specification inquiries from designers, architects, property developers and individual home owners, please contact us through our site or on info@cellarmaison.com

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Londoners’ quest for adventures of the palate are satiated with gusto and sophistication at the famous Cinnamon Club.

Mysterious wonders of Indian spices, exquisite cooking, presentation and service make this a dream destination. The Cinnamon Club’s focus on fine wine, special matched dinners and menus that explore and open up worlds of tastes and flavours are magnetic to those looking for something really special. Housed in the historic Grade II listed former Westminster Library, the setting is spectacular and steeped in history.

Today’s event Cellar Maison are letting you know about is something truly special – Think exceptional Italian wines, expertly matched with a menu tailored with passion and integrity to best showcase the exciting flavours and Eastern promise of the Cinnamon Club.

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WINE AND SPICE AT THE CINNAMON CLUB:

“Our next event takes place on Friday 27th March at Indian restaurant Westminster, The Cinnamon Club. The Boutique Italian Wine Dinner will concentrate on the north and north-eastern winemaking provinces of Italy, among the styles of wine will be: Barbera d’Asti with its dark colour and bright cherry flavours; Amarone, a very rich, full-bodied, higher volume red with notes of syrupy raisin; and Malvasia, sweet and perfumed, made close to the Slovenian border. A floral dessert wine, Piccolit, will also be served bursting with juicy peach and apricot flavours.

Head Chef Rakesh Nair & Wine Buyer, Laurent Chaniac, have once again teamed up to produce a stunning selection of dishes and perfectly matched wines. The four course dinner will provide guests with the opportunity to sample such dishes as grilled Scottish king scallops with dried shrimp and ginger raita & tandoori breast of Anjou squab pigeon, beetroot tikki and sangri beans. Both Rakesh & Laurent will be on hand throughout the course of the evening to share their passion and knowledge for wine and spice pairings and of course answer any questions along the way!”

Cinnamon Club Italian Wine Dinner Information Link

 Cellar Maison are on the lookout for tips to pass on to our clients and readers about adding an Italian dimension to a great home wine collection. Cellared in climate controlled conditions, we of course give collectors the comfort of knowing their bottles are kept in the exact conditions necessary for longevity.

Come on through to our comments section to let us know any of your favourite Italian collectable wines or contact us here for questions or inquires about your own new home cellar, wine wall or wine pod.

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Ever vibrant, London offers a vast array of choices when it comes to wine events and tastings.  The trick is seeking them out, tracking them down and getting in and enjoying what’s on our doorsteps in this multi-faceted, exciting city. Here at Cellar Maison we are always on the lookout for new and interesting places to recommend for learning about collecting wine, and of course, for great food and wine.

Here’s one to check out – The events and wine dinners at Vivat Bacchus are held frequently at their London Bridge and Farringdon restaurants and are full of fun, information and variety. There is also a fabulous menu to explore including an impressive cheese selection.

Their Club Carnivore is founded on three simple rules:

1. Red meat ONLY

2. Red wine ONLY

3. Wine served in MAGNUMS or larger

….What’s not to like? Two Club Carnivore meals are coming up next week – check the site for details.

Coming up next week also is a Pinotage night in London Bridge and a Pairing Wine and Food at Farringdon. Great value for money, lots of fun and full of information, these nights are winners.

http://www.vivatbacchus.co.uk/wineclub/tastings/

Looking forward to hearing more of your updates on events, tastings and good wine and food you’ve been enjoying.

If you have an event you would like to have listed or for any media inquiries contact nicola@cellarmaison.com

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Cellar Maison – Exquisite ways to give you a home wine cellar for living and life