French researchers have found scientific evidence for what many champagne tipplers have long known — that the bubbles are the key to a good bubbly.
The scientists found that the tiny bubbles “are the essence of fine champagnes and sparkling wines” and play a central role in the transfer of taste, aroma and texture, according to an article published in the American Chemical Society Journal.
The best way to preserve the bubbles is to chill champagne to 4°C and to pour it down the side of an angled flute instead of dumping it into the center of the glass.
Both measures minimize the bubbles lost after the cork is popped.
Millions of Americans will welcome in the new year on Friday night with the traditional champagne, either sipped in a well-poured glass or shaken and sprayed in the air — yet another demonstration of the bubbles’ power.
Vanity Fair gets an inside look at designer Ralph Lauren’s private garage / museum housing his incredible car collection in its new issue.
Lauren recently renovated a former car dealership’s storage facility near his lavish Westchester, NY estate to house the amazing automotive assemblage, which contains examples of the world’s most valuable cars.
Shown above is his Ferrari room, dominated by a rare 1958 Testa Rossa. The eye-popping collection of 60-plus vehicles, arranged like a high-end art gallery, are all kept registered and ready to drive anytime the designer feels like going for a spin. Continue reading →
Black is closing in on silver as the world’s most popular car color, according to a study released by auto paint firm DuPont.
The Global Automotive Color Popularity Report, now in its 58th year, analysed information and trends from 11 automotive regions around the world and concluded that black moved one percentage point closer to the most popular color, silver.
Silver accounts for 26 percent of autos globally, while black accounts for 24 percent and white/white pearl and gray hold joint third place with 16 percent each. Continue reading →
After years of waiting for China to lift heavy restrictions on airspace, wealthy travellers and aircraft manufacturers have reason to celebrate — the country’s skies are opening up to private flights.
The makers of helicopters and small business jets are predicting a major bump in sales — France’s Dassault Falcon just moved its Asia office from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, which it called the new “centre of gravity” for the market.
The private air travel industry “will be one of the fastest-growing sectors in the next 10 years”, Frank Lee, chairman of China Private Aviation Company, a consultancy offering aircraft acquisition and charter services, told AFP. Continue reading →