Delicate details, fantastical flourishes. A 17th century fusion of Asian decorative elements, Chinoiserie never seems to go out of style.
Chinoiserie literally means “Chinese-esque.” Pronounced “shin-wahz-ree,” this French term refers to a mix of Asian decorative elements adapted by European craftsman in the 17th century.
Imitating the delicate trailing flowers, fanciful creatures and pagoda shapes found in Chinese porcelain, artisans copied the style onto objects, wallpaper and even architecture. Chinoiserie still lends a fresh and exotic flair to a space, easily meshing with a range of decorating styles.
The most characteristic example of Chinoiserie, vibrant blue and white porcelain jars enliven a tabletop or mantel with their dynamic designs. Inspired by Ming Dynasty creations, pieces like our Dragon Ginger Jar add unmistakable impact.
Chinoiserie’s feminine flair adapts well to bedrooms and baths. An easy way to incorporate the style is with throw pillows, bath linens or even bedding, as with the charming Margeaux Chinoiserie Bedding, which flaunts lush peonies and long-plumed birds in subdued watercolor-like shades.
What if we told you we found a wine that could take you from appetizers to dessert? One wine. One glass. From nibbles of cave-aged cheeses to a succulent steak or gorgeous rib roast dinner, and right to a decadent chocolate dessert.
Just what wine is this versatile? An Argentinian red produced by a Bordeaux native.
Malbec is Argentina’s star red, and few do it better than Frenchman Hervé Fabre. A charming man with an easy laugh, Hervé tends his vines in the Andes foothills, where day/night temperatures vary as much as 50 degrees. Through this labor of love, Hervé was named 2010 Argentinean Winemaker of the Year at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition, presided over by a group of very selective Masters of Wine.
For this 2012 Reserva, Hervé hand selected the ripest fruit from his prized 40-plus-year-old vines and treated it to a long 12 months in fine French oak. The last vintage of this smooth release earned 94 Points from top guide Guía Peñín. The Wine Advocate was also a fan, praising its “ripe, pretty bouquet of blueberry and violet aromas … a very classic style.” Part of the Frontgate Reserve Top 12 hand-selected wine collection, it’s our featured Wine of the Month.
The wine presents beautifully. Deep ruby with violet tones. Very intense aromas of red cherries and spices. Complex and well balanced with vanilla and cocoa notes from the oak, plus a sweet, silky finish. When guests dine at the winery, Hervé loves to serve this with a dark chocolate cake. You’ll love serving it to guests, too.
|The Wine:||HJ Fabre Malbec Reserva 2012|
|The Maker:||Hervé Fabre, 2010 Argentinean Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine & Spirit Competition|
|The Acclaim:||2011 vintage earned 94 Points from top guide Guía Peñín|
The Canyon Ranch commitment to wellness and vibrant living meets Frontgate’s dedication to beautiful design and lasting quality. Together, we’re introducing a collection of intentional design – from enveloping towels and exquisite aromatics to the pillow of your dreams.
Begin your journey with a visit to Your Health by Canyon Ranch, featuring expert advice, recipes and more to nurture your health and wellness.
Written by: Bob Barnett
Reviewed by: Param Dedhia, M.D., director of sleep medicine at Canyon Ranch
When you were a child, you probably had a bedtime ritual. Perhaps you took a bath, got into your pajamas, brushed your teeth and lay in bed under soft light while your mom or dad read you a favorite story. The soothing process helped your body relax and signaled to your mind that it was time to cool down, let go and fall asleep.
The snooze-inducing power of a relaxing routine in a comfortable environment doesn’t fade as you get older. In fact, the stressors of adulthood—coupled with technology that keeps us wired (literally and figuratively) at all hours—make a cozy bedtime ritual more important than ever for us grown-ups. Canyon Ranch practioners often find it necessary to remind guests to reclaim the bedtime ritual as an integral component of a healthy sleep plan—no matter their age. The best part? Setting the stage for sleep is an all-natural way to get your zzz’s.
To discover the best routine for you, it helps to understand what happens in your body before you nod off. As you go through your day, particularly when you’re physically active, the neurotransmitter adenosine rises in your body. High levels of this compound make you feel tired. The gradual dimming of light (artificial or natural) brings an increase in melatonin—a hormone produced by the pineal gland that affects alertness—signaling sleep to come. With that relaxation comes reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which would otherwise keep you bright-eyed. Finally, your body temperature lowers, making it easier to fall asleep. (The small drop—around one degree—makes a big difference.) […]
Slipping into a freshly made bed is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Since you spend nearly a third of your life there, why not make it one of the most stylish spots in the house?
Exactly like donning a great outfit, dressing your bed with luxury linens that express your personality or make a statement can change your whole state of mind. It’s surprising how invigorating this simple act can be.
Like a crisp white shirt, white sheets are a classic that will always endure. Clean and inviting, they create a halo effect that sets a tone for the whole room. Yet even the classics get updated. Just as bold tie or colorful piece of jewelry refreshes the shirt, the airy, embroidery on our Resort Quatrefoil Sheets transforms the traditional snowy cotton field.