November 10, 2015
Invites for Marbella events drop into the Marbella Eye inbox by the dozen every day and, to be fair, the majority of them you wouldn’t bother dirtying a clean shirt for, but on the other hand the odd gem does come our way, and this was the case this week when, Theresa Bernabe invited us to her VIII Anniversary of Theresa Bernabe TV at the Melia Don Pepe in Marbella.
A magic night with the most exclusive products in the world, from exclusive wines, Italian superbikes, the finest caviar, exquisite jewelery, jamon serrano to die for, art, pianos for stars and even an Olympic horse.
The horse in question was “Fuego XII”, an Olympian of the highest standards, having participated in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and in the World Equestrian Games in Kentuky, and truly one of the greatest horses in the world, now happily having his wicked way with mares from around the globe for 3,000€ a pop, nice work if you can get it!
Talking of horses, Mario Guarnieri, the Italian Stallion of all things motoring, had casually parked his McLaren Mp412c, in Martini Racing livery, right out side the foyer of the 5 star Don Pepe Hotel, and inside, just next to the stand of photographic maestro Saud Rifat, two of MV Agusta’s latest two wheeled demons took center stage.
Now one thing that doesn’t mix with twenty grand motorbikes is fine wine, or any wine for that matter. And fine wine was in abundance at this exceptional event, and so it was that my downfall began. The wines of Resalte, from of course, Ribera del Duero, are really first class and held my attention for probably too long, starting with the young, fruity Resalte Vendimia right through to the seriously fine Reserva, which was like sucking blackcurrants through a 200 year old oak straw, and by far the finest wine I have quaffed in a while.
With the mind now dulled somewhat it was time to check out some of the Art from Wanson Gallery… ok having decided to be nice today we will leave it at that, well I didn’t mind the giant hand painted with clouds holding something reminiscent of Rodin’s Thinker, but I just don’t have the space.
Geffrey Parker games beckoned me over to check out their bespoke board games, I particularly liked their version of Monopoly where you collected 20 million instead of the usual measly 200 quid. Bejeweled backgammon sets in snakeskin and crystals to luxury Scrabble boards and Roulette Wheels were all available for the price of a small family saloon.
Others worth mentioning were the boys and girls at Rio Frio Caviar, several spoonfuls fell my way over the course of the evening, Bodegas Francisco Gomez, all the way from Alicante, again with the finest of wines, Royal Pianos, who will be the official supplier of pianos for the Starlite Festival starting in July and of course Stephen Webster, jeweler to the stars.
Now full of wine, caviar, smoked salmon, jamon serrano, pata negra of course, the evening drew to a close, lounging on the Missoni settees provided by Roche Bobois, which proved almost impossible to get up from, because they are so low, not because of the wine I may add.