In the heart of the illustrious Beverly Hills, amidst the classic elegance of the Waldorf Astoria, awaits a new luxurious enclave. An indulgent blend of French artistry and gastronomy comes alive with the unveiling of the Lalique & Vignobles Silvio Denz Wine and Chocolate Tasting Room. This exquisitely designed realm promises to immerse its patrons in an unparalleled tasting journey, redefining opulence with each sip and bite.
A Crystal Collaboration
Synonymous with French luxury, Lalique’s crystal creations have enamored connoisseurs for over a century. Their recent foray into this tantalizing tasting room, developed in partnership with Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and the esteemed Vignobles Silvio Denz of Saint-Émilion, France, is yet another testament to their relentless pursuit of elegance.
Chef Steve Benjamin, the Culinary Director at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, remarked on this harmonious collaboration, “There is an intrinsic connection in our enduring alliance with Lalique, mirrored in the hotel’s intricate designs. We eagerly present this new space, coupled with a sumptuous tasting program, that will, no doubt, delight both hotel guests and Beverly Hills locals.”
James Mun, CEO of Lalique North America, echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the significance of this partnership in bringing the grandeur of Lalique to life. “The partnership exemplifies Lalique’s extensive knowledge and experience within the hospitality space, and we’re excited to host admirers of the brand, old and new, to immerse themselves in the world of Lalique.”
Bordeaux Meets Beverly Hills
Entrusted to the keen eye of esteemed interior stylist Lawren Howell and the floral artistry of LA’s ISA ISA, the venue encapsulates the essence of Bordeaux. The ambiance, adorned with chinoiserie motifs by Fromental and centered on a pristine white oak floor, showcases Lalique’s signature masterpieces. In an ode to the French wine region, each crystalline vessel houses artful arrangements of amaranth, passion vines, and oak branches.
An Ode to the Palate
Starting at a modest $42, the tasting experience, crafted by Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ award-winning culinary team under the guidance of Executive Pastry Chef Mathias Boirie, presents a harmonious marriage of wine and chocolate.
The chosen wines, each served in Lalique’s famed 100 Points Collection glasses—designed with renowned wine critic James Suckling—ensure the wines’ profiles shine through:
- Maisons Roses de Lafaurie 2021 (Rosé): Presented in Lalique’s universal glass, this rosé is harmonized with a strawberry chocolate ganache that sings with notes of rosé wine jelly.
- Château Péby-Faugères 2012 (Red): Elegantly poured into Lalique’s Bordeaux glass, this red finds its match in a dark chocolate and raspberry ganache, accentuated with a hint of red wine jelly.
- Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2012 (White): Served in the Champagne glass, it dances with a yuzu-infused white chocolate ganache that brings forth refreshing notes, accentuated by a delicate white wine jelly.
Reservations & Revelations
This sensory soiree, nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, is available for reservations until the end of October 2023. For those seeking an encounter with opulence, reservations can be made by reaching out to EspeletteBevHills@waldorfastoria.com or calling 310-860-4020.
Embrace an evening where French luxury takes center stage, and allow the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills to guide you through a symphony of flavors, accentuated by the timelessness of Lalique.
Christopher Parr, is the Editor and Chief Content Creator for Pursuitist, and a contributing writer to USA Today, Business Insider — and the on-air host of Travel Tuesday on Live at 4 CBS. He is an award-winning luxury marketing veteran, writer, a frequent speaker at luxury and interactive marketing conferences and a pioneer in web publishing. Named a "Top 10 Luxury Travel Blogger” by USA Today, Parr has also been selected as the official winner in Luxury Lifestyle Awards’ 2023 list of the “Top 50 Best Luxury Influencers and Bloggers in the World.”