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Robb Report

June/July 2021

Luxury Without Compromise. Every issue of Robb Report transports you into the world of luxury as never before! Delve beneath the surface to explore the thoughts and inspirations of the engineers, artisans and entrepreneurs behind the most sought after products, luxury escapes and services the world over. With in-depth looks at the next generation luxury automobiles…to world-class travel adventures..wines, spirits, collectibles and some much more.

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United States
Penske Media Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the duel

Michael Bloomberg and Richard Branson are two very different billionaires. One is a straight-up suit, and the other a bon vivant entrepreneur and adventurer who is rarely seen in one, unless it’s the space variety. They’ve each published a memoir, however. Branson penned his, Losing My Virginity, more than 20 years ago, but has followed it up with various sequels, plus a personal blog on Virgin’s website that he still maintains. Bloomberg’s tome, named Bloomberg by Bloomberg (how do they think up these titles?), is similarly seasoned, but was republished and revised in 2019. So which is worth revisiting? Bloomberg by Bloomberg VS. Losing My Virginity BOOK BY ITS COVER A color photo of Michael Bloomberg staring down the reader against a stark white background (plus his scrawled signature). A black-and-white shot of Branson…

2 min
rolando and lorena herrera

When Rolando Herrera starting working in the wine biz, he didn’t like the taste of vinified grapes. But that changed once he tasted from a barrel at Stag’s Leap, the vineyard where he learned so many of the lessons he carried forward to Mi Sueño, the winery he and his wife, Lorena, started 24 years ago. “Suddenly I understood this is what people are talking about,” he says. Rolando moved to Napa Valley from Mexico with his family at age eight. A few years later they moved back, but he returned as a teen, enrolling in high school and finding work. He and Lorena met in church and dated for a decade, before marrying in 1997. That same year, they purchased some grapes and decided to crush them on their own. Now,…

1 min
paul scialla

Paul Scialla has quietly been developing Delos, his real-estate wellness company, for eight years, but it’s only now that we are beginning to pay attention. His creed, that our health can be ameliorated by improving building design, has been powered by the pandemic, going from, in his words, “a nice-to-have to a must-have” in just one year. Pre-Covid, Scialla tells Robb Report, “one out of 100 people in the world had an awareness of indoor-air-quality issues.” Now that we’re all suddenly fluent in the patois of particulate matter, HEPA filters and respiratory aerosols, “that number is 99 out of 100 people.” Scialla, 47, left Goldman Sachs in 2013 to set up Delos, convinced sustainable building could apply as much to the wellbeing of its occupants as to the green credentials of its…

1 min
fawn weaver & victoria eady butler

In 2016, Fawn Weaver ventured to Tennessee with the plan of researching a book about Nathan “Nearest” Green, the former slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey. Her ambition, after she arrived, grew exponentially. Weaver, a real-estate investor, bought the land where Nearest had passed down his distilling lessons in the 19th century; later in 2016, she founded Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey to celebrate this important but overlooked figure in the spirit’s history. Ever since, it has been a meteoric rise for the brand, which creates its Tennessee whiskey using what’s known as the Lincoln County Process, a maple-charcoal filtration method which Green helped perfect. Part of Weaver’s mission with Uncle Nearest was to get Green’s descendants involved with the brand. Victoria Eady Butler, Green’s great-great-granddaughter, retired from the…

2 min
three city hotels

Mandarin Oriental Ritz MADRID, SPAIN Mandarin Oriental snapped up this site (100 rooms and 53 suites) when longtime operator Belmond off-loaded the erstwhile Hotel Ritz six years ago. It invested in a three-year renovation by architecture firm Rafael de la-Hoz and design duo Gilles & Boissier to restore the Belle Époque building’s somewhat faded glory, while also adding a little contemporary flair. Gone are the thick carpets and gilt drapes, replaced with pared-down, neutral-toned textiles, exposed oak floors and minimalist four-poster beds. The glass ceiling above the afternoon-tea-serving Palm Court has been reconstructed, and the public areas of the hotel are now festooned with artworks, a nod to the hotel’s location at the apex of Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art, between the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Doubles from around $785 Le Bristol PARIS, FRANCE The 190-key…

3 min
editor’s letter

That’s something I pondered while we were compiling the list of winners for this, the 33rd annual Best of the Best issue. But then another thought occurred: Within the luxury world, so many products, experiences and people are world-class. At the finest end of the spectrum, exceptional quality is a given. Many luxury brands have a right to call themselves “the best.” What makes something stand out are often the smallest details, executed perfectly. It might be how the light catches the razor-sharp finishing on the hands of a watch, or the beautifully engineered yet subtle thunk of a car door closing. It could be the way flavors reveal themselves on the palate as the wine leaves your tongue, or how jewels can seemingly float on a finger, their casing…