How a City trader raised £8 million to open the world’s first private members’ wine club with 26,000 bottles in a Fort Knox-style cellar

Alison Millington, provided by Published 3:37 am, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 67 Pall Mall Grant Ashton is CEO and founder of 67 Pall Mall, which claims to be the world's first private members' club for wine lovers. Previously a city trader for 30 years, Ashton opened the club after he managed to collect too much wine. He raised £8 million from 87 investors to finance the project, which is aimed at making some of the world's rarest wines more affordable. Now, the club has the most wines by the glass in the world and 2,750 members. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Rooster & Butch Debuts January 10th CountryLiving Integrated Tech Is Big Trend at CES AP Kids' Health Concerns Puts Apple in Tough Spot AP Rising Temperatures and Melting Glaciers Are Now Pushing Seafloors Down Buzz60 Kohl’s Defies Analysts By Posting Huge Holiday Sales Gains Wibbitz U.S. News & World Report Ranks America's Best Online College Programs Buzz60 U.S. News & World Report Ranks America's Best Online College Programs Veuer Tile Exec: We'd Love to Work With Apple Cheddar Did You Know Richard Gere Owns a Country Bed and Breakfast? CountryLiving This Car Could Replace Your Smartphone FortuneTime As well as starting a green gas business and taking Chartered Financial Analyst exams, he set out to solve a far less taxing issue: How to sell off the vast wine collection he had amassed. "I started collecting, and like most collectors, you over-collect," Ashton told Business Insider. This happy conundrum soon became a business plan when he fell in love with Sir Edwin Lutyens' Grade II-listed building, which had been empty for 15 years in central London. Fittingly, for a man who has worked at the likes of UBS and Barclays Capital, it was also once the west end branch of Hambros Bank. Ashton has transformed it into setting for 67 Pall Mall, the world's first private members' club for wine lovers. 67 Pall Mall The Continue Reading

Shatel: Hoops thrills, Bud’s skills — 2017 year in local sports had turmoil, transition, treats

Call it the Year of the Meteor. Big things seemed to fall out of the sky on our sports world in 2017. Things that will change our teams and how we view them. In that sense, it was the Year of the Transformation. The Year of the Next Level. The Year of I-Can’t-Believe-This-Is-Happening. Believe it. The 2017 sports year was one we’ll never forget. 1. Nebraska leadership By mid-September, there was a clear sense that things were not good with the direction of Nebraska athletics, and football in particular. How long would it continue? Would the NU brass ever wake up? The answer came like a lightning bolt on the afternoon of Sept. 21, when President Hank Bounds and Chancellor Ronnie Green fired Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst. This is my No. 1 sports story of 2017. This was bound to happen at some point. Besides his football hire flailing, Eichorst was bumbling around, agreeing to play on a Friday night, scrapping the Black Friday game and then breaking personal protocol by holding the “panic” interview after the loss to Northern Illinois. Eichorst continued to look overmatched. The ship was going down. Just a matter of when. The dual press conference by Bounds and Green signaled that enough was enough. It signaled urgency. A new day. We couldn’t know then what they were about to deliver, but nothing would have happened without this first symbolic, necessary step. 2. A Moos sighting I admit to being curious, not necessarily underwhelmed, when I read that NU was hiring Bill Moos from Washington State. He wasn’t a young, hip, up-and-coming A.D. He was in his mid-60s and his background was Oregon and Wazzu. This was the guy to take Big Red to the next level? It took one press conference to see what was going on. A terrific fit. Experienced. Confident. A savvy customer who could be the next-door neighbor in any town or city in Nebraska. Could he deliver Scott Frost? That’s not all Moos was hired to do, but it Continue Reading

Meet the 2017 Best of St. Charles County winners

For the past 22 years, the Suburban Journals of St. Charles County has celebrated 100 + readers' choice winners in the area. Winners were chosen by an online reader-submitted vote that took place in November. Honorees are  the top vote-getters in their respective categories. See all the winners below: The top restaurants The top people The top places The top businesses The top services On Thursday at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles we honored the winners and celebrated their accomplishments.  See photos from the event Thanks to Bounce Back Sports, our presenting sponsor, and to Bud Light, American Cleaners, Fernweh Distilling, Bommarito St. Peters, Fischer & Frichtel and TOP RESTAURANTS: 24-HOUR & BREAKFAST Since 1991, Gingham's Homestyle Restaurant has been a staple of the St. Charles community. It is one of the few restaurants that serve a full menu 24-hours a day. Whether you crave pancakes at dinner time or the famous house salad in the middle of the night, Gingham’s is there to serve you. Visit or call (636) 946-0266 for the menu and other information. BAKERY, DESSERT & SPECIALTY Grandma's Cookies boasts handmade, home-style cookies just like Grandma used to bake. A variety of flavors are available from their cottage located on Historic Main Street. Call (636) 947-0088 to place an order. BAR & LOUNGE & NEIGHBORHOOD BAR Since 2014, the staff at Turtle Creek Pub & Grill work diligently to make your visit enjoyable through a menu of comfort and home-style food, a full selection of the finest domestic and craft brews, top label liquors and good times. Stop in on Saturday nights to hear some of the best live music around. Visit or call (636) 294-3458 for more information. BARBECUE Sugarfire Smoke House will delight your taste buds with unconventional, unique and adventurous flavor combinations. Start off with a delicious Continue Reading

New travel apps, gadgets and gear you need now

This collection of gadgets, gear and apps helps travelers cope. GSI Outdoors’ Gourmet Pourover Java Set NAME GSI Outdoors' Gourmet Pourover Java Set COST $39.95 from WHAT IT IS A coffee-making combo that includes a grinder and pourover cup for a terrific cup of joe. THE GOOD Grind the beans in the ceramic coffee grinder, then set the expanding silicone cone on top of a favorite mug, wide-mouth water bottle or small pot. Add any brand of No. 4 filter, and spoon in the freshly ground coffee. Pour water over and -- voilà! -- enjoy aromatic and eye-opening drip coffee just like home. The convenient cover doubles as a trivet for the cone after brewing and keeps everything clean during transport. The cone collapses to just an inch high, and the grinder handle nests and locks in place. It also comes with a spoon and snap-on cover. THE BAD You'll have to bring your own cream and sugar..-- PR Newswire AirHelp NAME AirHelp COST Free COMPATIBLE WITH iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up WHAT IT IS If you've ever been the victim of a canceled, delayed or overbooked flight, AirHelp can try to get you compensation for up to $700. THE GOOD Instructions are pretty straightforward. The first step is to scan your boarding pass so AirHelp can store flight information and track it for delays, cancellations, and overbooking. When it comes time to make a claim, under "Disruption Details," describe the problem you experienced with your flight. Then tap on "Delay at final destination" and choose the total delay time of your flight from three options (less than three hours, more than three hours or never arrived). Then select "Reason given by airline." Claims are usually handled within two to three months, according to the company. THE BAD If you are entitled to compensation, AirHelp gets 25 percent.-- Daniel Bubbeo, Newsday Travelrest Travel Pillow NAME Travelrest Travel Pillow COST $29.95 from Continue Reading