Any oenophile worth their decanter will have plenty to say about European grapes. Some will favor the inky purples of a Tuscan blend, noting hints of chocolate, violet and brambleberry; some look to Germany for a refreshing and snappy Riesling with its tight citrus finish; others may opt for the downy, fruity notes of Greece’s Agiorgitiko vines; and more than a few will praise France for its mastery of Champagne, finding honeyed, rich flavors layered over complex and vibrant notes in an Ambonnay Grand Cru Brut.
Nestled into the sides of mountains, these often-snowy homes are also ideal for the ski-enthusiast, or simply someone wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. Originating in Europe’s Alpine region, these wooden residences predominantly feature heavy, gently-sloping rooves and wide, angular eaves showcased in the front of the structure. Time and cultural developments around skiing and hiking have transformed these one-time seasonal farm buildings into sought after landing pads during prime recreational periods in some of the world’s most sought after destinations.
According to recent reports, French cities such as Paris, Provence and Cote d’Azur are seeing an increasing number of international homebuyers, from small in-city apartments to sprawling country estates. As Property Wire writes, these areas have seen four times the number of inquiries compared to a few years ago, and factors for this influx include “softer prices, a strong US dollar, improved economic activity and record low interest rates.” To explore the Parisian appeal, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty turned to our French affiliate, Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty for a look at swoon-worthy properties.
This weekend the UEFA Euro 2016 in France came to an exciting and drama-filled end with Portugal claiming the elusive cup, only after losing star Cristiano Ronaldo early in the match to injury, toppling the heavily-favored host country with a goal in the 109th minute. Home to incredible waterfront vistas, a rich maritime history and world-class wineries, let’s celebrate Portugal’s momentous victory and explore exclusive homes from some of the country’s finest locales.
This year a wealth of major exhibitions, fairs and new spaces dedicated to photography are poised to open in the United Kingdom and North America. The increased prominence of photography in the art market means more opportunities for those aspiring to careers with a art photography focus. We spoke to Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London Master’s degree faculty about what’s pushing photography to the top of the agenda in 2016.
With the Sundance Film Festival coming to a close last month and the 2016 Oscars this coming weekend, the movies that are critically resonating most this year portray an undeniable realism. From Best Picture frontrunners Spotlight and The Revenant, to Sundance favorite The Birth of a Nation, it would indicate that true stories are where filmmakers are putting their focus.