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Unexpected Pairings in a Private Atelier, a Bel Air Estate and a Lush Vineyard

Nancy Gale is the founder and the designer of coveted luxury handbag line, JAMAH (www.jamah.com). I’m the founder of GoodTasteLA.com, an entertaining new blog that covers everything under the sun that I consider is in good taste or tastes good!

Recently, Nancy and I were in Paso Robles, brainstorming about out-of-the-box ideas to partner with friends – the owners of Paso Robles-based Lone Madrone Winery, who just happened to have won the distinction of winemaker of the year from The 2013 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards.

While talking, we had an epiphany. We realized that the way wine is described is very similar to the way JAMAH’s luxury handbags are described. JAMAH and Lone Madrone share words like supple, buttery, woodsy, smooth, bark, shimmery, textured, distinctive and earthy, among others.

Eureka!  We’ll have a wine and bag pairing!  Brilliant. Here’s how we envisioned it would work: Lone Madrone will supply a tasting of 4-5 wines. Each wine will be paired with handbags that match the description of the wines.

We rushed back to Los Angeles and put it into motion. Within a few weeks, the  first event was organized, an intimate gathering at JAMAH’s private atelier, titled “Uniting Luxury – the Tastes and Textures of the Seasons.

After an aperitif on the ocean-view patio for 20 guests, the wine was poured. A sinewy model graced the room, tantalizing guests with a luxurious JAMAH handbag, the perfect pairing for the luscious wines they were tasting.

For example, Lone Madrone paired the 2009 “Old Hat” a dry farmed combination of Zinfandel & Petite Syrah; briary, vibrant red berry, a hint of chanterelle and an intriguing smokiness. Dark, yet bright fruit gives flavors of black cherry and dried cranberry. With excellent balance and beautiful tannic structure, the finish is long and brings you back for more.

JAMAH’s fine Italian leathers and exotics hold a similar description: elegant structure, vibrant color, rich texture. For example, The Yaya is featured in a bright red raspberry hue in genuine crocodile. The Marlene is fashioned from a cognac Italian lambskin, embossed with a “croco” finish,  exuding hints of black cherry and dried cranberry. A smoky sky-blue suede interior finishes the look.

We realized we were on to something unique and exciting.

The second event was just held at a magnificent Private Bel Air Estate. Within days after the invitation was sent, we had a RSVP list of more than 150 guests – billionaires, celebrities, designers and even a Duchess!

This time our guests were treated to Lone Madrone’s award-winning wines, and as each wine was described ten of LA’s most elegant models appeared, forming a circular display before the crowd, highlighting several handbag pairings. Colin Magaro, our “fruit-forward” stylist, described in great detail each luxurious JAMAH handbag’s attributes. The event was wildly successful.

This October we’ll travel back to Lone Madrone, where the idea was born, to visit Neil and Jackie’s newly-opened, state-of-the art tasting room, transformed from a re-imagined barn. This time luxury will be united in Lone Madrone’s lush vineyards.

Serendipitously, JAMAH’s collection includes The Sarah (AKA the Syrah for all of us wine aficionados.) It conveniently holds two – three bottles of wine.

Cheers!  Here’s to many evenings of Good Taste!

Good Taste LA gives a loud shout out to the following companies and individuals that have made these events possible:

Caffé Roma, Beverly Hills www.cafferomabeverlyhills.com

Young Musicians Foundation ymf.org

Power Valet Parking, Los Angeles www.powervaletparking.com

 Flowers by Elsa – 213-278-1365

Uber www.uber.com

Destination Luxury, David Christopher Lee www.destinationluxury.com

Colin Megaro colinmegaro.com

Donna Antebi