What constitutes genuine sophistication? And as travellers, how can we seek it out and truly appreciate it? In these stories, we will discover how a lifelong dedication to the art of ballet continues to bring increasingly sophisticated performances to demanding audiences. We also learn why only a combination of tradition with innovation can create some of the most revered wines in Bordeaux. These stories illustrate that sophistication can be arrived at over time by gaining more experience and understanding.



See how winemaker Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal combines eight generations of tradition with innovative techniques at Bordeaux’s Château Angélus estate. Her approach enables more people to experience and appreciate the complexity of Bordeaux wine.



Immerse yourself in Bordeaux’s dance scene through the eyes of Charles Jude, director of the Bordeaux ballet. Discover how ballet has evolved over time, and how dedication to one’s art can create something better.



Follow gastronomic connoisseur Takanori Nakamura as he wanders through Singapore’s culinary scene, savouring the epicurean pleasures of fine dining and the authentic craft of traditional hawker food. Embark on a journey to some of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants and discover how chasing excellence in every detail helped them achieve the highest levels of sophistication.

Europe’s tea sommeliers, from Chinese Emperors to Russian podstakanniki

The smokiness of second flush Darjeeling pairs especially well with chocolate and cold cuts - Photo: InterContinental London - Park
Taking Liberties: The battle to bring Irish whiskey back to Dublin

Taking Liberties: The battle to bring Irish whiskey back to Dublin

One of the first things you notice upon entering the modern and airy Teeling Distillery in The Liberties area of
Constance Rubini

Curious by Design: Constance Rubini

The Bordeaux museum director believes the city’s sophisticated design culture is due a reappraisal.
Bordeaux vineyard

Luxury Lives in Innovative and Immersive Experiences

Contemporary customers know the richest memories are created when we are truly engaged.
Rech by Alain Ducasse

The Ingredients of Fine Dining

Even the most celebrated French chefs would protest that it is not proper technique that makes a fine meal.
The Transformation of Luxury Hotel Design

The Transformation of Luxury Hotel Design

Discover what's at the heart of contemporary hotel design as travelers shun cookie-cutter experiences.
Winemaking in the 21st Century

Winemaking in the 21st Century

In the heart of Saint-Émilion sits Château Angélus, a charming family estate on the right bank of the Garonne River.
Bordeaux ballet

A Ballet Renaissance in Bordeaux

Since appointing Charles Jude director in 1996, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux has ushered in a new era.


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