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FEATURES 46 / THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
62 /THE PEARL OF LA PAZ
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After six months of social distancing and collective breath-holding, September feels like a fresh start. Kids are going back to school, albeit mostly virtually. The fashion industry is rolling out its fall collections. Businesses across the board are poised for a new season, whatever that will look like. The general mood is one of positivity, optimism, and strength in community. That’s the tone of our September issue, as well. This month we focus on style and what it has come to mean in the era of COVID-19. If you wonder what local designers have been up to during the quarantine, turn to “Fashion Forward” on page 56. Miami’s fashion leaders, including Julian Chang, René Ruiz, Ivana Ruzzo, Ariel Swedroe, and Mayda Cisneros, share their inspirations and trendsetting designs for the coming season. Environmental consciousness, a return to nostalgia, and toned-down luxury are huge touchpoints for fall, and it’s exciting to see how these innovators have interpreted them. In a time when the news is downright gloomy, we could all use some cheering, and I’m happy to report the runways have it in spades. Flip to page 46 and rejoice in the happy, punchy colors of the fall collections featured in our cover story, “The Future is Bright,” shot exclusively for Aventura at Museum Garage in Miami. Style extends to living environments as well, as interior designer Carmen Alcaraz Gomes can attest. This month, we tour the home Carmen and her husband, Daniel Berrebi, built near the Sea of Cortez in La Paz, Mexico. The couple’s art collection and passion for organic materials and textures shine in the design of the 7,000-square-foot home that is a love affair with the land. Turn to “Pearl of La Paz” on page 62 and be inspired by the chic space they have created. Wishing everyone a safe and smooth transition into season.
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A flexible, personalized environment is key to the school’s model, which recognizes emotional intelligence as a crucial skill. “We look at each child as a whole, including their emotions and ways of expressing them,” says the mother of two. “Lessons are customized to meet all of their needs.” In addition to the standard academic curriculum, children engage in daily meditation sessions, language immersions, and handson activities. Fridays include electives and a nutrition expert who ensures all meals are composed of nutrientrich foods. (centneracademy.com) —Juliana Accioly
Philanthropists David and Leila Centner are changing the way our community conceptualizes learning through Centner Academy, the country’s first “happiness school.” Set to open Sept. 8, their namesake aims to cultivate mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and problem-solving skills in children so they can flourish in all areas of their lives. Spread along 75,000 square feet in the Miami Design District, the academy provides a student-centric environment from PK3 to eighth grade. “A happy child is a successful child,” says Leila Centner. “We have a diverse group of kids, and we teach them how to connect with each other through a project-based approach. Rather than just taking in information, students learn how to solve problems together in creative ways.” The academy’s philosophy, she notes, is based on the understanding that success doesn’t lead to happiness, but happiness leads to success.
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Private Shopping at Faena Bazaar Because retail therapy can work wonders on mental health during the pandemic, Faena has partnered with fashion agency Curio to launch unique personal shopping experiences. Schedule your private visit to Faena Bazaar and discover an eclectic four-story wonderland of more than 100 fashion, jewelry, and art brands. A personal stylist will walk you through the 20,000-square-foot space with finds ranging from loungewear to evening gowns by designers such as Silvia Tcherassi, Serena Williams, and Caroline K. The service is available for individuals and small groups. For more information and to reserve your spot, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Rio With Love Farm Rio may have gotten its start at a Rio de Janeiro market booth, but these days the lifestyle brand counts Kelly Ripa, Amy Smart, and model Lupita Nyong’o among its A-list clientele. Aventura Mall houses the retailer’s second U.S outpost, a 1,300-squarefoot boutique filled with Brazilian tunes and a design-savvy accent wall made from repurposed mussel shells. On the bright racks hang the brand’s signature eyecatching patterns, a unique tropical fusion of nature, culture, and color that resonates with the vibrancy of the Magic City. Elevate your closet with swimwear, dresses, skirts, handbags, jewelry, and straw-wrapped garments by the Amazonian Kayapo tribe at an accessible price point between $45 and $350. For each garment sold online or in store, Farm Rio donates a tree to be planted in the Amazon rainforest. (farmrio.com)
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If you virtually celebrated a birthday while selfquarantining at home or had to postpone your longawaited anniversary travel because of the coronavirus, there’s a local retreat that has just the right workaround. To help mark the year’s missed life events, The Confidante Miami Beach has created a “Reclaim Your Memories” experience. Once you’ve settled into the retro-glam hotel destination, all you have to do is decide where to pop the Prosecco to commemorate those special moments. Options range from a Romance Box of heart-shaped confetti, gold plates, massage oil, and silk eye masks in the comfort of your oceanfront room to a customized Celebration Box of indulgences. Lie back and relax at the private beach or in a roomy cabana decorated with fun “Cheers” balloons. (hyatt.com) —J.A.
HELPING YOUR CHILD THROUGH COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has made such a powerful impact on our youth that if you have children at home born between 2001 and 2007, they are now called “quaranteens,” says Dr. Daniel Bober, a local adolescent psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician. “During their teenage years, kids’ bodies are changing, and they are negotiating peer relationships,” says Bober. “And while still in need of their parents’ guidance, they are also seeking independence. This period of maturation can already be challenging, but with COVID-19 it can be even more so.” To help keep your teen safe and engaged during this time of social isolation, Dr. Bober offers suggestions below. Maintain a routine. Structure can help restore a sense of normalcy and give teens a sense of control and comfort when the world around them is unfamiliar and different. Set up daily activities and a regular bedtime.
Monitor virtual activities. It’s important to know what your kids are exposed to. Explain that what they read or see online may not always be accurate. Model calmness. Maintain a calm and reassuring manner during your conversations. Kids often model parent behavior. Keep it simple. Explain that sometimes the world is unpredictable and you are there to protect and guide them. Keep an open line of communication without judgment, so they feel comfortable to speak with you. Connect with family and friends. Even from a distance, friends and family are a support system, especially when you need to take a break to take care of yourself. Focus on the positive. Share with your teens how scientists are working to create a vaccine to help with the virus. —J.A.
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1. TICK TICK BOOM Sophie Ratner x Time’s Up necklace with diamonds set in 14-karat gold, $850, 30 percent of proceeds benefit the Time’s Up organization’s fight for gender equality. (sophieratner.com) 2. HAUTE HOWL Graziela Pawsitivity Collection dog paw rectangle pendant with diamonds set in 14-karat gold, $1,990, 30 percent of proceeds benefit one of six animal charities of the buyer’s choosing. (grazielagems.com) 3. THE POWER OF PINK Revive Charitable Jewelry Come Together hoop earrings with rose quartz stone, sterling silver, and 14-karat gold filled, $132, 10 percent of proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (revivejewelry.com) 4. TEACHER’S PET A. Jaron Fine Jewelry golden apple ring with diamonds and a ruby set in 14-karat gold, $3,500, 15 percent of proceeds benefit Champions for Learning in Collier County. (ajaron.com) 5. EUREKA MOMENT Awe Inspired Marie Curie coin necklace in 14-karat gold, $995, 20 percent of proceeds benefit one of six charities of the buyer’s choosing including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (aweinspired.com) 6. WILD THING Tiffany & Co. Save the Wild rhino brooch with diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, $20,000, 100 percent of proceeds benefit the Wildlife Conservation Network. Tiffany & Co. locations (tiffany.com) 7. MOTHER EARTH Christine Mighion ring with morganite set in recycled 14-karat gold with a sterling-silver back, $420, 5 percent of proceeds benefit environmental charities devoted to education and conservation. (christinemighion.com) 8. THAT’S AMORE Bird + Stone Love is Love cuff in gold, $35, 100 percent of proceeds benefit The Trevor Project to support the mental health of LGBTQ+ youth. (birdandstone.com) 9. ETHICAL I DO MiaDonna Honey engagement ring with labgrown diamonds set in 14-karat rose gold, starting at $846, a minimum of 10 percent of proceeds benefit The Greener Diamond Foundation to support educational, mentorship, agricultural, and relief programs in diamond-mining communities. (miadonna.com)
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PRIVATE PARADISE Fresh off an extensive renovation, LITTLE PALM ISLAND beckons guests with blissful relaxation, adventure, and authentic barefoot luxury By Daphne Nikolopoulos
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Clockwise from top left: Indulge in a picnic on a secluded beach; the Monkey Hut’s social-club atmosphere; the Romance Suite’s living room and deck; the Dining Room exudes tropical elegance.
hose who have traveled to private islands know the allure well. Being on a sliver of beach with 360 degrees of water between you and civilization feels like a Crusoe-esque fantasy, with the added advantages of hyper-attentive service, indulgent cuisine, and accommodations with a true sense of place. Beyond the obvious luxe factor, isolating from the world and all its distractions, not to mention distancing from others during a pandemic, feels urgent right now.
But where to go? The Maldives? French Polynesia? The Fijian archipelago? Between health concerns and travel restrictions, private island dreams are being shelved, but they don’t have to be. Not when there’s Little Palm Island, in our own Florida Keys. Even given a choice of exclusive islands worldwide, this reimagined gem should be at the top of the must-go list. Closed for renovations since Hurricane Irma blew through Florida in September 2017, Little Palm Island has reopened with a new design that feels familiar but is much elevated. The design team, Rossi Architecture of San Diego and New York–based AvroKo, took a cue from No. 33—President Harry S. Truman famously spent time on the island in the 1940s—to create an exclusive social-club aesthetic with all the luxuries but none of the pretense. The experience begins at the Shore Station at Little Torch Key, where guests await the boat launch, one of which is aptly named The Truman, amid British West Indies–style furniture and paddle fans. If that’s not enough to elicit a tropical vibe, the rum-rich Gumby Slumber will surely do the trick. The four-acre island is only a 15-minute boat ride away, but it feels like a whole other world. Sandy paths lined with sea grapes and palms lead to thatched-roof bungalows reminiscent of treehouses. The bungalow suites range in size from 550 to 1,020 square feet and come with broad decks, made of wood planks and bamboo, and private beaches appointed with lounge chairs and, in some cases, fire pits and hammocks. The new design is an updated interpretation of 1940s style, with vaulted bamboo ceil-
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ings, tactile fabrics, textures ranging from rush to rattan, and the sparkle of crystal. The four-poster beds, encircled by sheers, are the most comfortable this side of, well, anywhere. There are nods to a bygone era—a black rotary-dial telephone, for instance—and there are no televisions in the rooms, which is a clever way to make you feel like you’ve stepped back to a simpler time. Which is not to say that the place lacks modern indulgences. Top among these is the dining program, helmed by Danny Ganem, previously with The Betsy in Miami. Using a cornucopia of local seafood and produce, Ganem crafts inspired island cuisine and continuously changes the menu to surprise and delight guests. There’s elegant indoor dining, but the real story here is the outdoor seating, particularly the coveted tables in the sand, right at the water’s edge. In the summer, you may have to share space with turtle nests, which just adds to the authenticity. For breakfast, opt for room service and let the staff lay out a gorgeous morning spread on your deck, where you can easily transition to that hammock or an outdoor copper tub. With self-care such a priority at the moment, the new SpaTerre is a necessity. The treatment rooms are oriented around a two-story atrium that recalls the patina of an old Cuban mansion, with clay-tile floors, British Colonial furnishings, and tropical plants galore. Like the ambience, the services will put you in another state of mind. If the conditions are right, opt for the Madrugada, offered only at sunrise. The therapists place the massage table in the shallows, and for 80 blissful minutes you receive healing body work while listening to the sigh of the
Dining and lounging at the water’s edge, and sleeping in cloud-like comfort, are among the privileges of Little Palm Island.
surf and the sounds of nature. It’s absolutely transformative. For those who prefer to be active, the sky’s the limit. Choose among kayaking to the mangroves, paddleboarding, backcountry flats fishing, reef diving excursions, sailing, and Dry Tortugas day trips, to name a few. Whatever your pleasure, the Little Palm Island “personal escape planner” is only a (rotary-dial) phone call away. (littlepalm island.com) «
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Amplified LUXURY The Guitar Hotel backs up its EYE-CATCHING design with unparalleled SHOWMANSHIP By Paul Rubio
Clockwise from top left: Abiaka dining room; Guitar Hotel exterior; Grand Suite bedroom; the Oculus.
If the ample social media posts have piqued your curiosity about the world’s first and only guitar hotel, follow your intuition and our advice: This skyscraping wonder is a sight—and experience—to behold. The gotta-see-it-to-believe-it Guitar Hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, a 450-foot-tall, all-glass architectural and engineering sensation modeled after back-to-back guitars and capped by illuminated strings projecting to the heavens, has redefined the South Florida skyline. But this $1.5-billion inhabitable instrument isn’t just for photos ops and in-awe stares; it’s meant to be thoroughly enjoyed—like a rock star, no less. In between the glass panes of the dueling guitars await 638 luxury guest rooms and suites, beginning at a generous 520 square feet, each kitted out in contemporary hardwood furniture and accented by tasteful gold touches and mood lighting. The hotel’s music mantra is apparent in amenities such as the “Sound of Your Stay” in-room program, which includes a curated soundtrack and choice of Fender guitar for creating your own pop-up music studio. Enveloping the guitars is a world of Vegasstyle excitement and temptations. Similar to the Strip, pool time and drinking dominate daylight hours. There are numerous nooks for sipping, socializing, and suntanning, though the best fun
surfaces at the overwater villas of the Bora Bora lagoon in the form of premium cabanas inclusive of a personal plunge pool, a butler, social distancing, and priceless Instagram fodder. Once the sun sets—and until it rises again— entertainment takes center stage. The guitar itself comes to life twice nightly through multisensory performances. The tech-heavy exhibitions continue indoors at the Oculus, where visitors can witness waterworks and music-driven laser shows. The casino floor soon ignites with the lights and hubbub of 3,100 slots and 193
table games. All the while, 19 dining outlets and 20 bars and lounges swell with an international crowd looking to see, be seen, and indulge. Headlining restaurant Abiaka marries the flavors of North and South America over a farmers market–inspired menu that includes grilled lobster with chimichurri, as well as fire water prawns, a Floridian take on Mexican aguachile. In addition, the popular Japanese restaurant Kuro rivals the best new-fashioned izakaya and nikkei stalwarts, delivering handcrafted cuisine and cocktails that are at once modern, traditional, and unabashedly palate-pleasing. Similar to its larger-than-life design, the Guitar Hotel experience overwhelms in the best way possible. The property combines a twentyfirst-century lust for opulence and excellence with a nostalgia for music and mayhem. Consider it an elevated way to vacation and party like a rock star, right in our own backyard. (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) «
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Mercedes-Benz shoehorns a hybridized 603-hp V-8 into its midsize GLE, with EXPLOSIVE RESULTS By Howard Walker To fully prepare for the face-melting experience of piloting the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S, skip the dealer test drive and head to Daytona Beach. Here, behind the gates of the thrill-seeker’s paradise that is Screamer’s Park, you’ll find the Daytona Slingshot. It’s right next to the aptly named Vomatron. Pay $25, strap yourself in, and get ready to feel the thrust of 40 tons of spring pressure as you catapult 365 feet into the air. This vertical acceleration of up to 5 G’s is not for the faint of heart. Those who survive, however, will be more than ready to tackle the equally explosive GLE 63 S SUV. To enjoy this 603-hp beast in all its glory, simply engage Sport+, 38
PRICE: FROM $114,945 ENGINE: 4.0-LITER TWINTURBO V-8 POWER: 603 HP TORQUE: 627 LB-FT TRANSMISSION: 9-SPEED AUTOMATIC 0-60: 3.7 SECONDS TOP SPEED: 174 MPH LENGTH/WIDTH: 190/79 INCHES WEIGHT: 5,300 POUNDS WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE IT PAIRS SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE WITH SUV PRACTICALITY.
press hard on the brake pedal with your left foot while mashing the throttle with your right, then release. With all-wheel drive channeling 627 lb-ft of torque to the blacktop, there’s not a chirp of wheelspin, just the gut-wrenching propulsion of this 5,300-pound cruise missile as it slingshots toward the horizon. Holy moly, it’s fast. Fast as in zero to 60 in just 3.7 seconds. Fast as in a top speed of 174 mph. And all this in a family-friendly, five-person luggage-hauler with cupholders. This trait comes courtesy of the latest iteration of Mercedes-AMG’s hand-assembled 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. The twist here is the 48-volt electric motor system—deemed EQ Boost—sandwiched between the engine and the 9-speed automatic. It’s called a mild hybrid, though there’s nothing mild about it. What EQ Boost does is provide an instant jolt of electric muscle (an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque) for when you need some grunt, such as off-the-line acceleration and zipping past slower traffic. Yet the real beauty is the V-8’s Dr. Jekyll–and–Mr. Hyde persona.
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When it’s not acting like the motor out of a top-fuel dragster, it’s a pussycat. Cruise around town, amble along the interstate, idle away in a Starbucks drive-thru, and it plays all nice and quiet. It’ll even deactivate four of its eight cylinders to boost fuel economy. If this tire-shredding performance sounds impressive, wait until you hurl this red-hot GLE along a curvy backroad. With standard AMG Active Ride Control air suspension that includes adaptive damping, the Merc pretty much does away with body roll. It’s truly otherworldly how this tall-riding sport-ute can fire through a series of squiggly S-bends with the precision and agility of a low-slung, two-seat sports car. Talk of understeer and oversteer is redundant because it goes where you point it—and at ridiculous velocities. This SUV has the bold looks to match its brain-frying speed. I love that toothy grille inspired by the old Mercedes Carrera Panamericana racers of the early ’50s. The chrome-ringed, air-gulping lower section beneath it is just as tantalizing. Throw in some AMG side skirts under the doors, body-painted flared wheel arches at each corner, and a quartet of polished exhaust finishers at the back, and the 63 S appears as muscular as Sylvester Stallone in his Rocky days. The craftsmanship of the interior is also second to none. Expect perforated Nappa leather–trimmed seats, an awesome AMG leather wheel, brushed stainless-steel pedals, and some lovely carbon-fiber trim. Price of entry to the Merc-AMG GLE 63 S kicks off at $114,945, though as with all Mercedes offerings, it’s easy to go crazy with the options list. Our Brilliant Blue Metallic tester stickered at $133,075. But with its near-supercar levels of performance and handling, coupled with the five-seat versatility and load-carrying practicality of an SUV, this mighty Merc offers the best of all worlds. And much like the Daytona Slingshot, it’ll take driving thrills to new heights. «
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Chris-Craft’s latest Launch 28 GT is a HIGH-LUXURY sports car for the seas By Howard Walker
he sheer splendor of every new Chris-Craft is encapsulated by its steering wheel. Just look at the thing. Better yet, touch it. The upper part is a rich, dark mahogany, varnished to perfection. The lower section is covered in a creamy, embossed leather with contrasting crisscross stitching. This isn’t just any steering wheel. It comes with a true surpriseand-delight feature: The mirror-polished central hub is weighted to keep the Chris-Craft logo level at all times, a parlor trick Rolls-Royce employs on the hubcaps of its $450,000 Phantom. Right now, that lovely wheel is being put to good use as we dodge crab traps—at 50 mph, blasting across Sarasota Bay—in Chris-Craft’s exquisite new Launch 28 GT, a top-seller in the 146-year-old boat-builder’s ever-expanding lineup. This one’s a little different, though. After decades of making the 28 with honking V-8 inboards hooked up to stern drives, the version we’re piloting has the latest Yamaha 425 V-8 outboard hanging off the stern. Yes, that’s 425, as in a towering 425 horses. The advantage here is that outboard power typically means less maintenance, easier servicing, and better efficiency. Plus, there’s one humongous bonus: extra storage. With the Yamaha dangling off the back, the place where the inboard—either one or two—used to live is freed up. Now, at the press of a button, the rear hatch, which is typically topped with a comfy sunpad,
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powers up to reveal a vast, climb-in POWER FILE storage area. PRICE: FROM $200,470 LENGTH: 28 FEET, 9 INCHES Constant evolution of the SarasotaBEAM: 8 FEET, 6 INCHES made Launch 28 GT has led to some DRY WEIGHT: 7,800 POUNDS cool features. Take the new top. POWER: 350-HP MERCURY While you can still get a canvas VERADO TOP SPEED: 50 MPH Bimini, there’s also a power-folding WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE IT JUST aluminum Sport Arch that lowers to MIGHT BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL the windshield. CRUISER ON THE WATER. Step aboard and you’re greeted with an homage to old-school master craftsmanship. Everywhere you gaze, there’s a sea of quilted, leatherlike vinyl—real leather just isn’t durable enough. The wood, however, is genuine, and it’s paired with so much polished stainless steel, you’ll swear you’re inside a Bentley convertible. The Launch 28 GT is also pretty practical. It’s the perfect family boat, with an open, bow-rider design that can accommodate at least 10. Hidden behind a swing-out door is a roomy toilet compartment with decent headroom, a washbasin, and a pump-out loo. Twist the key and the Yamaha fires straight up and idles with the hushed tick-tick-tick of a sewing machine. With the aid of the optional bow-thruster, we ease away from the Sarasota dock and head into the choppy open waters of the bay. Hard down on the single-lever throttle, the engine roars like a V-8 big-block in a vintage muscle car, and the 28 GT leaps onto the plane in less than 5 seconds. We keep the lever hard forward and top out at an eye-watering 53 mph. As we pull back and spin that sexy wheel, the boat leans gracefully into the turn with real confidence and agility. When we hit our own wake, the smooth-riding hull slices through, splaying the water away, keeping the interior bone dry. Naturally, all this quality doesn’t come cheap. The base price of a 28 GT with a single 350-hp Mercury Verado is $200,470. Start adding the Heritage Edition trim with teak flooring ($22,100), the 425-hp Yamaha ($22,540), a painted GT hardtop ($29,950), and a bow-thruster ($9,800), and it’s easy to get to the $289,655 of our test boat. But the joy of knowing you’ll spin heads every time you pull up to that dockside eatery? Priceless. «
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THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT STRUT INTO A NEW SEASON IN BOLD HUES AND POWERFUL SILHOUETTES Photography by GABOR JURINA Shot by Aventura at the Museum Garage, Miami Design District
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Known for bold prints and signature silhouettes, Julian Chang’s upcoming line will feature jumpsuits and reversible dresses and tops in fun prints and colors.
Chang’s atelier in Miami’s Little River neighborhood is where much of his line is made.
Designer Julian Chang’s love for fashion has built him a loyal following, first in bridal and evening categories, and now with full collections under his own label sold nationally in 600 high-end boutiques. “We were showing the spring collections when everything stopped,” he explains of the coronavirus pandemic, which halted the fashion industry. He pivoted quickly—first by sewing face masks from existing material, both to sell to clients and to donate to Dress For Success Miami. The forecasted fall/winter trends, Chang notes, included a lot of purple, sequins, embellishments, sparkles, and embroidery. “Now I feel people want clothes that are toned down and easy to wear, including military-hued colors, green, camel brown, and lots of tie-dye,” he says. “I think comfort is No. 1, and people are price-conscious; those are the two key factors for me.” Chang’s cuts will be simple while still reflecting his fashion DNA. The collection will include jumpsuits, contrasting colors, and reversible dresses and tops in fun prints and colors, which will add to wearability. “We want our spirits to be uplifted,” he says. “Ladies love to dress up, but they won’t be dressing for a party or gala anytime soon; they will be dressing for themselves.” With dozens of trade shows canceled, collections are now presented one-on-one, and production will be order-based with everything made locally. “I was able to adjust quickly because everything is made here in Miami,” says Chang. “It will be huge that [clothing] labels say, ‘Made in America.’” 7246 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; julianchang.com
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CISNEROS When looking at the future, longtime Miami designer Mayda Cisneros reflects on the past. She’s spent the last few months “cocooning, reminiscing about my garden wedding, watching old movies, and looking at historic moments for design inspiration.” For Cisneros, whose eponymous Coral Gables boutique has been a beehive of couture gowns, wedding dresses, and custom designs for Miami’s elite women, the future is in comfort, ease of wear, and personalization. “I’m inspired by prints, pin-tucking, and turn-of-the-century detail because we are returning to a time where it’s more about home and family, and that’s rooted in detail,” she says. “In the old days, seamstresses would embroider your name in dresses, and I think we need a little bit of that right now.” Cisneros’ fall/winter collections, viewed by appointment, will feature natural fabrics such as soft cotton and lighter materials that are feminine and dressy, washable, can be cared for at home, and worn to feel pretty. The collection will also incorporate personalization. “The details are costly, but we’ll make a few pieces that stand out and have something that’s cherished—like beautiful pleating on my sleeve or beautiful embroidery on the bottom of my skirt,” she notes. Crowded galas may be out for now, but weddings continue. Cisneros predicts more intimate, garden weddings where the romance of her custom gowns will flourish. maydacisneros.com
Mayda Cisneros’ fall/winter collections will feature lighter, natural fabrics and details such as pleating and embroidery.
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As one of Miami’s legacy designers, René Ruiz is known around town for his glittering ballgowns and couture wedding dresses. “Miami is definitely my city, and Miami has been great to me,” he says of his 25-plus year tenure. He describes himself as a hopeless romantic with boundless optimism. Amid the pandemic, his inspiration emanated from researching historic British fashion and watching old movies that stirred a sense of nostalgia for a more gentile time. “I still want to do feminine silhouettes, interpreting fashion from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’50s—maybe using different shapes with environmentally sensitive fabrics,” he says. “I’m sure every outfit will come with masks and gloves.” Ruiz’s fall/winter collection, Quiet Glamour, will have an emphasis on jewel tones, and blouses and bustiers made from laminated silk and cotton and layered with accessories. “I’m playing with creating fabrics with layers of tulle and elements that have never been seen,” says Ruiz, who made hair covers for a friend and her colleagues at South Miami Hospital. This inspired a new collection of sophisticated headwear. South Floridians can catch a glimpse of Ruiz’s ready-to-wear collection and order custom couture gowns at his new atelier/workroom in North Miami Beach. “I’m going to have some of my classic dresses, like the Havana Slit and those with Cuban Miami names because it’s me—it’s who I am,” he says. “There will be a big table in the middle, so I can make big wedding dresses.” 18733-35 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach; renebyrr.com
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Inspired by feminine silhouettes of years past, René Ruiz’s Quiet Glamour collection will emphasize jewel tones and bustiers.
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locals will make a statement this season dressed in floral and leopard prints by Ivana Ruzzo.
RUZZO “There should be the right amount of wrong everywhere,” says Fort Lauderdale-based designer Ivana Ruzzo about her new Art to Wear collection that is as eclectic as the designer herself. Entirely sewn by hand in the workshop behind her studio, and accompanied by her eponymous jewelry line, Ruzzo’s “upcycled chic” collection consists of wearable art using vintage fabrics. “It takes three times longer to make than a regular dress,” says Ruzzo of the patchwork pieces, but “they’re all one-of-a-kind and special.” Ruzzo’s maxi dresses are a collection staple. She travels the world for silks and original luxury fabrics and works with an Indian artist for his jewel-toned batik textile. “A maxi dress is a maxi, but the fabric is the differentiating factor,” she explains. Her upcoming resort collection will feature a mixture of floral and leopard prints, all created in her own fabric. “My clients entertain at home, have private parties, and spend Christmas in the islands,” she says. Ruzzo and her clients aren’t letting a pandemic get in the way. “My clients always dream about good and believe in a fantasy world,” she says. “You dress as you feel, and you still want to feel very special.” Production is done entirely in her workshop, with clients making appointments to visit the adjacent studio and peruse readyto-wear collections or sketch custom designs. 3250 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale; ivana ruzzo.com
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Would fashion designer Ariel Swedroe have begun sewing as a child and transforming her passion into modern, often sustainable collections without inspiration from her grandfather—respected architect/collage artist Robert Swedroe? It’s an unanswerable question, but the Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) student is using her grandfather’s designs for a new menswear collection that will feature his art on shirt collars and cuffs. Known for her Swedroe by Ariel spring/summer/ resort and couture collections, the young designer says she’s lately been inspired by Europe’s Renaissance and sees us in a moment of rebirth. “Now living with COVID, this pandemic is giving me a challenge and new realization about how to live with the environment,” says the teen who created a “machine” to weave ribbon from plastic bottles and crafted an award-winning upcycled dress that was featured during Art Basel in 2018. “We are going too fast and need to look into each other’s eyes and fix the problems we’ve created. Well, challenge accepted.” She plans to return to simplicity with an unfussy silhouette that is pleasing to the eye and comfortable, as everyone is spending more time at home. Her latest athleisure collection, she says, is a testament to current work-from-home attire. 2246 NE 123rd St., Miami; swedroebyariel.com «
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The Pearl of LA PAZ
Interior designer Carmen Alcaraz Gomesâ€™ Mexican abode offers the perfect mix of sea, sky, and sophistication BY LINDA MARX | PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANCISCO ESTRADA
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Carmen Alcaraz Gomes shares the threebedroom, five-bathroom vacation home in La Paz, Mexico with husband Daniel Berrebi.
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Gomes knew from an early age she would become an interior designer. After moving to Miami and earning a degree, she went on to open her own fullservice interior design firm, CG1 Design, in 2012.
rowing up in a home full of architectural drawings, brick samples, floor plans, and construction models, Carmen Alcaraz Gomes couldn’t have imagined a life without design. “Every aspect of design is part of my DNA,” she says. Family members who worked as engineers, developers, inventors, and creators armed Gomes with pencils and paper to express herself. Through her drawings—inspired by the surroundings in her family hometown of Porto Alegre, Brazil—she freely explored the childhood fantasyland of her mind.
Opposite page: Boldly veined Calacatta marble floors and bright white walls showcase the homeowners’ collection of art by Mexican and Brazilian painters. The home’s central feature is a round stairway made of white drywall with white quartz steps. A mural at the base of the stairs features the likeness of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, reimagined by Mexican artist Jorge Eloy.
“By age 6, I was developing Barbie doll outfits to sell at school along with my drawings,” she recalls. “By 18, I was giving free advice to my friends’ parents on how to decorate their homes.” Gomes moved to the U.S. to study at Miami International University of Art & Design, graduating in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. After a seven-year stint at Ethan Allen—her first job out of college—Gomes opened Miami’s CG1 Design in 2012. The full-service interior design firm specializes in luxury residences, yachts, and commercial interiors, allowing Gomes to take her natural talents to the next level. Her proficiency with languages (she’s fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish) means she can easily handle projects for international clients, both stateside and overseas. Three years ago, she remodeled a large capacity vessel in a Chinese shipyard; in 2019, she designed a house in Brazil. “Working abroad enriches the experience of any designer,” Gomes explains. “You need to learn the local architecture, design, and work ethic to be able to adapt to a new culture.” Travel is a major influence for Gomes, who has discovered inspiration in each of the 40 countries she’s visited. She says she’s smitten with China’s opulent buildings; Japan’s simple-yet-elegant furnishings; Greece’s white palettes; Marrakech, Morocco’s oversized doors; and Tunisia’s mosaic floors. Then there’s Vienna, Austria, for its palatial luxury; Milan, Italy, for its functional design; and Colombia for a nearly endless treasure trove of art. Beyond her travels, Gomes looks to other artists and design professionals to spark her own creativity: the work of early modernist Marc Chagall, what she calls the “craziness” of Pablo Picasso, the simplicity
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of Italian designers, and the lifelong influences of Brazilian and Mexican architects. To bring these eclectic points of reference to life in the homes of her clients, Gomes says she scours museums, art galleries, books, and opera sets, and learns all she can about flowers, vegetation, and birds. Clients far and wide praise her unique vision. “Carmen has an inborn talent for design,” says client Erika Tanaka of Miami Beach. “She has a very creative mind that somehow makes all of our crazy ideas look normal and tasteful.” Gomes’ keen eye, chic aesthetic, and design skills—from finishes, floor plans, and furnishings, to color schemes and customer service—have kept the projects coming. “Carmen knew how to illustrate our dreams and make our home design beautiful, natural, and functional,” says Pinecrest client Flavia Mendes. While Gomes relishes working with clients to transform an idea into reality, one of her favorite projects has been designing the three-bedroom, five-bathroom vacation home she shares with husband Daniel Berrebi, the owner of Baja Ferries, in La Paz, Mexico. Gomes and Berrebi weren’t the first outsiders to fall in love with this commercial port city in the Baja California Sur region of Mexico’s west coast. It’s the spot where author John Stein66
One of the couple’s favorite rooms is the indoor-outdoor dining room that overlooks the pool deck. Ten guests can sit around the live-edge dining table made of reclaimed wood from Artex Mexico (above). Accent colors of blue and gray complement the couple’s vibrant art collection.
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beck set his 1947 novella, The Pearl, and it’s the current home of the famed Jacques Cousteau Observatory. More recently, it’s become a favorite yachting destination for the likes of Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg. But it’s also the go-to place for this busy Miami-based power couple to get away from it all. “I agree fully with Commandant Cousteau that La Paz is the ‘aquarium of the world,’” Berrebi says. “That is why we built our dream house facing the Sea of Cortez.” Gomes agrees, admitting that her life in La Paz is far more leisurely than it is in Miami. The home’s sleek white and stone exterior cuts a striking figure between the impossibly blue background of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez on one side, and the peaks
of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range on the other. Cacti and assorted local succulents provide sustainable pops of green against the desert grounds. Large windows let natural light pour into the 7,000-square-foot house. Gomes’ clean aesthetic allows La Paz’s organic beauty to speak for itself. Her design is cemented by bright white walls and boldly veined Calacatta marble floors, with accents of blue and gray dotted throughout in fabrics and furniture to complement the couple’s art collection. She consciously sourced a large number of items from Mexican artisans, while keeping the look contemporary. “I buy most marble, stone, art—all works are from Mexican or Brazilian painters—and some furniture and fur-
nishings locally,” she says. At least twice a week, the couple entertains guests in the uncluttered living room. But the room’s design works just as well for low-key downtime with family. A tufted Chester Moon gray sofa by Baxter Italia, a pair of tan leather chairs, and a marble coffee table sit atop a gray silk throw rug. These subdued, earthy hues and textures provide a calming counterpoint to a vibrant abstract canvas by Brazilian painter Jotape. Across the room, a custom 14-footlong entertainment unit anchors a secondary seating area. One of Gomes’ favorite spots is the indoor-outdoor dining room featuring floor-toceiling glass doors that open to a waterfront paradise and pool deck—perfect, she says, for SEPTEMBER 2020
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From top: The couple’s master bedroom is replete with handmade Mexican wood furniture and overlooks mountain and ocean views. A musical piece by Jazzamoart hangs above the bed; A gray and black color scheme prevails in the en-suite bathroom, which houses a spacious open shower and jacuzzi.
regular visits from the couple’s combined six children or a variety of friends from around the world. Ten people can gather around the custom dining table, made of reclaimed wood with metal legs, from Artex Mexico, while seated on Inlab Mexico’s gray linen Nubia chairs with walnut legs. “We have guests who stay with us from Colombia, Israel, and Tahiti,” says Gomes. “We do big formal dinners and have music playing on the
patio and all over the living spaces.” An Italian Mimosa pendant chandelier made of frosted glass and metal adds a touch of romance to the dining area at night. “This room is so special,” says Gomes. “When the colors of the art blend with the view outside, it is breathtaking.” The sophisticated, open-concept kitchen is Berrebi’s domain. “I am lucky that my husband cooks,” says Gomes. The couple sticks to a healthy, locally sourced diet, catching tuna and grouper in the nearby ocean, visiting the La Paz organic market for fruit and vegetables, and even growing strawberries, tomatoes, and cucumbers in their own garden. The niche-filled kitchen where Berrebi prepares meals and serves them buffet style is modern and spacious, with accents of wood and lacquer contrasting against the Calacatta counters and backsplash. The home’s central architectural feature is a sweeping round stairway made of white drywall with white quartz steps. A large mural at the base of the stairs features the likeness of famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, reimagined by Mexican artist Jorge Eloy. As you wind your way up the stairway, you come upon the colorful Beoperas de Avignon by Mexican painter Jazzamoart, who creates with music in mind. Reaching the top, you’re greeted by a playfully oversized pixelinspired sculpture by Mexican artist Otto.
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WATER IS LIFE, AND NATURE INSPIRES ME IN EVERYTHING I DO.” —CARMEN ALCAR AZ GOMES
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The 7,000-square-foot home has wide views of the Sea of Cortez.
Inside the gracious owner’s suite, Gomes has arranged handmade Mexican wood furniture with lots of open space, so as not to overpower the room’s magnificent mountain-toocean views. The artwork over the bed is another musical-themed piece by Jazzamoart. “I wanted the room to be versatile, with blue art bringing the views of the sea inside,” says Gomes. A gray drift wool rug and a cool Barcelona chaise in black leather covered with a light throw offer a cozy indoor retreat. The generous balcony features a set of chaise lounges for private relaxation outdoors. The ample owner’s suite bathroom repeats Gomes’ gray and black color scheme. Patterned Missoni rugs and towels add a layer of texture to the sparse space. “My husband and I love the large jacuzzi and open shower because we can enjoy the outdoor views while bathing,” she says. Gomes views time spent gazing at the sea—and unwinding in La Paz—as a matter of professional and personal rejuvenation. “Water is life, and nature inspires me in everything I do,” she says. It’s just the kind of refreshment she needs to stay abreast of whatever design challenge may come her way next. “With the world changing faster than most can comprehend, I intend to stay one step ahead by constantly reinventing home design for my clients and my family.” With her all-consuming passion for making things beautiful—whether in La Paz or other homes around the world—it’s clear that Gomes has found her true calling. “I don’t know of another profession I could have pursued other than design,” she says. “I love it.” «
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BOLD & Beautiful Bold colors, stimulating texture play, and a touch of whimsy liven things up for one young family ready for fun By Mary Thurman Yuhas | Photography by Alexia Fodere
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Ivonne Ronderos and Anahi Carrillo took on the challenge of turning this 7,300-square-foot Bal Harbour Village home from basic to lively.
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Posh white stools beneath an oversized mirror are constructed from papier maché. The foyer ceiling features a striking black and white stripe cross design (above and right). Opposite page: Glam sequins accent reupholstered black velvet dining chairs.
hen principal interior designer Ivonne Ronderos and lead designer Anahi Carrillo first walked into this expansive, 7,300-square-foot home in the exclusive gated enclave of Bal Harbour Village at the northern tip of Miami Beach, the immediate thought was “very vanilla.” That was the exact opposite of the eclectic, kid-friendly modern dream house—enlivened with brilliant hues and lively patterns—homeowners Sary and Iser Rabinovitz envisioned for their family with four young children. “We have to give credit to our clients because they pushed for the boldness, and at the same time, we had to work to keep the timeless approach we’re known for,” says Ronderos.
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Opposite page: A combination of open shelving and cabinetry heightens the visual appeal of the kitchen. above: The family room mixes patterns and shapes for a fun, relaxed vibe.
To create a warm color palette in a space where every room has vibrant splashes of different colors, the design team organized hues according to the sentiment they provoke. In the living area, wall molding wraps out-of-place columns that appear to support the custom, elevated bookshelf accented with a pop of yellowâ€”a hue that elicits happiness, imagination, and optimism. The design team discovered a vendor who curates books and refines them with the same color, these in white. Fiery red and soft pink touches catch the eye in the entry, where an oversized mirror is strategically perched to reflect the sitting area. Pairing posh with eclectic, the
white stools beneath the mirrored console are made of papier machĂŠ but are strong enough to hold an adult. Bold black and white stripes cross the foyer ceiling to the niche where an area rug grounds the sitting space in perfect complement. A whimsical approach extends to the dining room, where sequins on the backs of reupholstered black chairs create a huge wow factor. Velvet seats exude luxury but also withstand spills. Organization is key in the kitchen, as the wife loves to cook. The designers made optimum use of space with a combination of open shelving and highgloss cabinetry that is as dynamic as it is functional. SEPTEMBER 2020
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Mixing patterns and shapes in the family room makes for fun and relaxation. Dimensionally designed, a custom entertainment unit lines the wall with plenty of floating cabinetry for games, toys, and much-needed storage. “It is the perfect size for the room’s space,” says Carrillo. Though the master bedroom purposely deviates with a serene gray palette, a white faux-fur bench and the stunning beaded crystal chandelier make quite the statement. 78
Blackout draperies in Romo’s floral print pull open to reveal the tropical views. In the master bath, the designers added greenery and stylized art to the private space’s streamlined feel. The homeowners wanted special areas for the kids, and the design team delivered with rooms ready for years of adventures. Creating something fun and youthful, yet modern and functional, this central hub of the home encompasses the children’s spaces and an
office for the wife’s creative endeavors. Using atypical materials, a lively color palette, and texture play, the designers were able to give the homeowners exactly what they asked for and more. “I love it. My favorite rooms are the kitchen and family room, where we are all together in the same space,” says Sary. From wall to wall, this home is filled with innovation and exciting details that are just right for this family. «
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Opposite page: A beaded crystal chandelier brightens the master bedroom’s serene gray color palette. clockwise from top: The wife’s office features a black-andwhite houndstooth accent wall; the boys’ room is decked out in a tropical green theme; acrylic shelving helps create organization in the whimsical playroom.
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Indulge in Mexican fare at Lona Cocina Tequileria while looking out to oceanfront views.
Fabulous food with VIEWS to match Celebrated chef Pablo Salas, whose Amaranta restaurant in Mexico has been consistently named one of the 50 best in Latin America since 2014, showcases gastronomic excellence and authenticity at his oceanfront Mexican cantina, Lona Cocina Tequileria. Triedand-true classics like tacos al pastor and tacos al carbon headline the menu, but it’s the original butter-poached lobster quesadillas and lump blue crab enchiladas that shine as a true testament to Salas’ top chef status. Located along A1A in Fort Lauderdale, Lona’s sensational vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and outdoor seating are aplenty, and a progressive cocktail program by Dushan Zaric (of New York City’s Employees Only fame) promises the best in creative, agave-forward cocktails. (lonarestaurant.com)
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Miami’s BEST Waterfront Dining Given the prolific waterways in and around Miami, diners can choose from a variety of dazzling waterfront views: from ocean and river to bay and Intracoastal. Here, we highlight three restaurants where noteworthy cuisine and mixology pair with dreamy scenery, each highlighting a different body of water.
THE RUSTY PELICAN There’s no better place to ogle Miami’s growing skyline than from this waterfront institution along Biscayne Bay, located opposite downtown’s glitz on Key Biscayne. Arrive in the early evening to grab a seat around one of the coveted outdoor fire pits, and watch the city illuminate after dusk, classic mojito or colorfully garnished G & T in-hand. (Alternatively, mix things up with one of specialty, hand-crafted cocktails like the “Mr 305,” a blend of Voli 305 vodka, fresh lime juice, elderflower liqueur, basil, mint, and cucumber, topped with sparkling wine.) Stay for a dinner of contemporary, Pan-American cuisine underscored by fresh local seafood, including a colossal three-tier seafood tower and crispy whole local snapper, served over creamy coconut orzo with arugula and corn salad, and drizzled with roasted jalapeño lime dressing. (therustypelican.com)
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Left: The GT Onassis Above: Kiki on the River’s garden aesthetic pairs well with the restaurant’s Mediterranean fare.
KIKI ON THE RIVER A taste of the Greek Isles lands in the South Florida tropics at this Mediterranean restaurant along the Miami River in downtown. Prepare to feast, choosing from a menu of Greek-influenced dishes such as the feta-laced watermelon salad, grilled octopus, and grilled lavraki (a prized Mediterranean sea bass). On weekdays, the nautical-meets-floral high-design, waterfront setting skews romantic; on weekends, expect Mykonos vibes (albeit tempered by today’s social distancing rules) with live DJs, sparkler-capped Champagne bottles, and patrons dancing tableside (and previously table-top). Your best option for said party scene is “Sunday Funday,” beginning at 1 p.m. when Miami’s in-crowd kicks off the week with a napkin-throwing, Champagne-drinking throwdown. (kikiontheriver.com)
SMITH & WOLLENSKY
The Miami Beach outpost of this iconic steak house flaunts ocean views as delicious as the famed hand-butchered, dry-aged steaks. Thanks to a prime location along the edge of South Pointe Park, tables overlook the Atlantic in a swath of South Steak Tartare Beach that’s delightfully quiet. Enjoy an elegant, alfresco dinner that can be bikini-conscious (think chilled shellfish, baby gem lettuce salad, and simply prepared prime cuts), or unapologetically decadent (hello crispy, battered “angry shrimp” with lobster butter sauce, Oscarstyle filets, truffled mac and cheese, and coconut layer cake)—either with a side of light sea spray from the surrounding waves. (smithandwollensky. com) —P.R.
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Global Entry VIA EMILIA GARDEN BRINGS A SAVORY SLICE OF NORTHERN ITALY TO MIDTOWN MIAMI Following the staunch success of Via Emilia 9 on South Beach, Italian native Giancarlo “Wendy” Cacciatori has opened a second intimate showcase for his skills, Via Emilia Garden in Midtown Miami. It’s the latest plot point in a career that began during Cacciatori’s childhood in San Giovanni, rolling pasta dough with his grandmother and working at his parents’ restaurants. At Via Emilia Garden, Cacciatori perfects traditional Italian favorites like parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmigiana) and carciofo grigliato (grilled artichokes) plus an array of house-made pastas and sauces, made from scratch daily. Choose from more than 15 options, such as the sublime cappellacci di zucca al burro e salvia, pasta pillows stuffed with fresh pumpkin and lightly dressed in brown butter and sage; tagliolini with shaved seasonal truffle; or the chef’s signature, tortellini alla panna (tortellini in cream sauce). Dine alfresco, practice your language skills with the all-Italian staff, and enjoy wines representing some of Italy’s most popular and lesser-known growing regions. (viaemiliagarden.com) —P.R.
Head to Midtown Miami for a taste of Giancarlo “Wendy” Cacciatori’s latest eatery, Via Emilia Garden, offering a sampling of Italian specialties.
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Get to know the new generation of FEMALE winemakers leading vineyards to success By Mark Spivak
Nearly 40 years ago, professor Linda Bartoshuk’s research into the physiology of taste electrified the wine world. She determined that certain people have a higher concentration of taste receptors on their tongues, and she designated those individuals as “supertasters.” She also found that supertasters are more likely to be women. If you accept the theory that women are better tasters than men, why aren’t there more female winemakers? The simple answer is that the wine business has historically been a boys’ club. This tends to be true in Europe even today, where many female winemakers owe their position to family ownership and a lack of male siblings. Starting in the 1980s in California, however, some women began
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to rise to superstar status: Helen Turley (Marcassin), Eileen Crane (Domaine Carneros), Heidi Barrett (consultant for Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle), Merry Edwards, Zelma Long (Simi), and Sally Johnson (Pride Mountain Vineyards). These trailblazers led the way for a new generation of artisans in California and elsewhere, including the newest names to watch, listed below. Theresa Heredia, Gary Farrell, Sonoma, California: Heredia was a PhD candidate in chemistry with an emphasis on enology at U.C. Davis before she left the program to follow her passion for winemaking. After working at Domaine de Montille in Burgundy as well as California’s Saintsbury and Joseph Phelps, she joined Gary Farrell in 2012. She focuses on allowing the character of each of the winery’s Russian River vineyard sites to express itself. (garyfarrellwinery.com) Maggie Kruse, Jordan, Sonoma, California: Kruse started at Jordan in 2006 and replaced retiring winemaker Rob Davis last year; both were heavily influenced by André Tchelistcheff, the legendary California winemaker who consulted at Jordan from the beginning. “André always said that balanced, low-alcohol wines age better,” Kruse says, and finding that balance is her main objective. (jordanwinery.com)
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Clockwise from above: The Jordan winery in Sonoma, California; Maggie Kruse; Kathleen Inman; Remy Drabkin.
Remy Drabkin, Remy Wines, Willamette Valley, Oregon: Drabkin was a bit of a winemaking wunderkind. She decided to become a vintner at the age of 8, worked her first harvest at 14, and founded her namesake winery at 25. She specializes in single-vineyard wines made from Italian grape varieties seldom seen in Oregon such as Barbera, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, and Lagrein. (remywines.com)
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Kelly Urbanik Koch, Macari Vineyards, North Fork of Long Island, New York: Originally from California, Koch worked at Maison Louis Jadot in France with the legendary winemaker Jacques Lardière. She journeyed to Long Island in 2006 and helped build Macari into an internationally recognized estate specializing in Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. (macariwines.com) Ashley Heisey, Long Meadow Ranch, Napa, California: Lovingly restored by the Hall family, Long Meadow Ranch is committed to sustainability and famous for its Farmstead Restaurant, which uses ingredients cul-
tivated on the property. Heisey has worked in vineyards around the world as well as California (notably Far Niente and Opus One). As vice president of winemaking at Long Meadow, she leads a team of artisans making wines that reflect the ranch’s diverse vineyard sites. (longmeadowranch.com) Alexandra Boudrot, Pierre Sparr, Alsace, France: Born in Burgundy to a winemaking family, Boudrot studied viticulture and winemaking at the University of Dijon before moving to Alsace. She started at Pierre Sparr in 2015 and is now responsible for overseeing both vineyard selection and cellar work at this historic estate dating to 1680. She also produces a range of wines including Riesling from Grand Cru Schoenenbourg and both Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer from Grand Cru Mambourg. (vins-sparr.com) «
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Kathleen Inman, Inman Family Wines, Sonoma, California: Inman founded her eponymous winery in 2000. Her style ranges from playful (Endless Crush rosé) to serious (a bevy of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from select sites). She concentrates on what she terms “sensitive farming,” which encompasses sustainability and environmental responsibility. (inmanfamilywines.com)
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