THE EVOLUTION OF

SOPHISTICATION

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.

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SOPHISTICATION

A CULTIVATED TASTE

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.

SOPHISTICATION

A REFINED ART

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.

SOPHISTICATION

A SENSORY EXPERIENCE

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.

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A Cultivated Taste

  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…
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A Refined Art

  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…
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A Sensory Experience

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“'Edomae' means 'in front of Edo,' so it originally meant using fish caught in front of Edo castle.
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Haunting Sophistication: The Dreamlike Collage Photography of Cooper & Gorfer

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Some of the world's most acclaimed chefs have set up sustainable kitchens in Sydney, Australia.
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No trip to Japan would be complete without visiting a few sushi bars to sample this iconic national dish. But Osaka is known for much more than sushi. Yakiniku and…
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The Art of Japanese Bartending

Japan's best known bartender, Hidetsugu Ueno, frowns over his spectacles as he shaves strips of ice with a razor-sharp blade. In barely a minute, a raw chunk of ice is…
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The Bordeaux museum director believes the city’s sophisticated design culture is due a reappraisal.
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