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Having just been awarded the Order of Merit by the French Government and having organized so many distinctive talks and tastings for IB&WS over the years, Omar Khanwill take us on a vinous and business “tour” of key experiences.
In this very personal talk, he will touch on learning about wine from family friends of exceptional vinous and business distinction, including frequent IB&WS contributor, Daniel Rose. There are rare lessons to share about hosting and hospitality, affirming relationships and people, applicable to everyone.
Then learning at Oxford about “Churchillian Dinners” and then their US counterpart, “Jeffersonian Dinners” and how both are being used not only in historic statecraft, but for what is now being termed “exponential philanthropy” on our shores.
Omar will then touch on the “Golden Age of California,” in the 70’s and 80’s and his time at Stanford Law School before heading off into behavioral psychology and talk about the distinction between “terroir” and “branding.”
He will also touch on some of the key pitfalls in the Old-World vs New World showdowns that have taken place.
We will head to Hong Kong, just ahead of the handover in 1997, and explore a unique wine evening, that demonstrated a concept that our Member and frequent IB&WS speaker, Alex Garvin loves, strategic influencing.
Then, Omar will showcase how and why Geneva briefly became a centerpiece of rare wine evenings, and what that demonstrates about real “competitive advantage” and Peter Drucker’s observation, “The purpose of a business is to create a customer.”
Omar will touch on how his interaction with the French government was launched when, from a consulting perspective, he challenged the way the UNESCO acknowledging of the French gastronomic meal as part of “the world’s intangible cultural heritage” was being celebrated.
Omar will conclude with a view on “inspiration” versus “total quality control” in the world of wine, and what he’s learned in working with global leaders about how we have to decide what business we are finally in, and why that matters, in wine and beyond.
Our Speaker: Omar Khan, President, International Business and Wine Society
A global citizen, Omar was born in Cairo, and has lived in the US (his home), Germany, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, the UK, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Dubai and Singapore. He read PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) at University College Oxford and wrote a thesis there on Kantian ethics, went onto the Stanford Law School, and was one of the early pioneers of the behavioral psychological processes known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
On the business side, Omar is a true global consultant. Founder and Senior Partner of Sensei International, a boutique global consulting firm that helps organizations mobilize, align and focus their key leadership teams to drive strategic business results.
Omar was rated by CONSULTING MAGAZINE as one of the Top 25 Consultants in the world; the first time in the decade-long history of the award, a principal of a boutique firm was honored.
In its 30 year plus operating history, Sensei has consulted for clients like Raffles International, The Ritz-Carlton, Singapore Airlines, Unilever, American Express, 3M, Microsoft, Maersk, Novartis, HSBC, Reckitt Benckiser, Svitzer, YPO, the Catholic Church, BDO, KLM, Motorola, Pearson and many others.
Sensei operates in the US, UK, Singapore, Dubai and South Asia.
Omar is the author of the acclaimed Timeless Leadership,Liberating Passion, The Global Consultant(with Alan Weiss),Who’s Got Your Back? and Synergy. His writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Leader to Leader, The Conference Board, Strategy and Leadership, the FT and many others.
On the wine and gastronomy side, Omar has been on the Board of the New York Bailliage of La Chaine des Rotisseurs, the world's oldest gastronomy organization, has been an Officer of the Commanderie de Bordeaux, founder of the bespoke tasting group Rarities, and has been instrumental in producing global recreations of "Babette's Feast" and "Fannie's Last Supper" among other thematic, historical dinners.
He produced with the French government a landmark dinner in New York recognizing UNESCO's acknowledging the French gastronomic meal as being part of "the world's intangible cultural heritage" bringing in some of the greatest wines of France and some of the greatest Chefs to showcase the essence of an iconic French meal.
He has been part of numerous historical wine tastings, including being on the tasting panel for FINE Magazine for a tasting of 100 plus 1961's and upcoming, will be on the tasting panel for a tasting of the 100 greatest wines from the 1940's.
Omar creates unique wine evenings in Geneva, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and elsewhere for committed connoisseurs, oenophiles and gastronomes on a regular basis, bringing together compelling wine verticals and horizontals, and often presenting with leading winery owners, Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, globally acknowledged wine critics and other fellow collectors.
In 2014, for example, Omar hosted a 50 year celebration of the 1964 vintage in two themed occasions, one covering Bordeaux, and the other Burgundy, Spain, Italy and Napa. He has since put together numerous iconic evenings: Dujac vs. Ponsot Clos de la Roche, a comprehensive 1990 vs. 1991 Rhone dinner, Trotanoy back to 1945, a Latour a Pomerol vertical back to 1929, a comparative 1959 tasting across regions, a tasting of some of the rarest wines in the world in Geneva and a dinner based around the greatest wines of the greatest vintages from 1921 to 1961 in Paris.
He concluded in 2015 and 2016 a vertical of Chateau Latour at Restaurant Daniel in New York back to 1928, as well as a Chateau Margaux evening with Alexandra Mentzelopoulos and then Chateau Margaux President Paul Pontallier going back to 1928 over an original menu composed by 3 Star Michelin Chef Daniel Humm, a comparative tasting of 36 of the top wines of Bordeaux in 1982 in 2016, a Romanee St. Vivant vertical back to 1959, a comparative 1978 Rhone dinner, a La Tache evening going back to 1959, a dinner featuring 19thand early 20thcentury legends in Geneva and Paris, among many others.
Most recently he conducted an historic First Growth tasting written up in Noble Rot, as well as an historic 19 vintage comparison of Romanee Conti at Helene Darroze at The Connaught in London
Omar has been appointed by the Consul General of France in New York, “Grand Echanson de la Cave” along with George Sape to oversee some of the key wine evenings at the French Consulate and showcase established as well as emerging wine-makers as well as Chefs, a pioneering initiative that has been covered by The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Figaro among others.
He has been a sponsor of Musique et Vinin Burgundy, a founding Member of the Latour Club at Ten Trinity in London, and on the Board of Burdigala, a La Paulee like Bordeaux festival that takes place every two years in New York.
He has just been asked by a UK publisher to publish some of his tasting notes, built around 10 key global dinners, commenting on the menus, venues and wine themes.
Having built in the business world and for numerous Societies and affiliations, thriving Memberships and communities of practice, Omar is active in launching The International Business and Wine Society (IB&WS), as well as periodic IB&WS events in the key markets that Business and Wine is landing in: including Hong Kong and London. IB&WS has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes and The Huffington Post.
Omar was just awarded the Order of Merit by the Government of France for his services in promoting French cuisine and wine.
The Tasting: The 1999 Vintage: Intrigue and Appeal
We will welcome our frequent contributor, esteemed wine writer John Gilman once more. Under his guidance, we will sample a fine lineup of wines from the 1999 vintageon their twentieth anniversary. The 1999 vintage was one of true excellence across a myriad of top wine-producing regions in the world, but it is best-known for the sumptuous red Burgundies from this vintage, and we will have some lovely representatives. However, beyond the well-known 1999 Burgundies, the vintage produced superb results in several other regions around the globe and we have sourced some outstanding examples from these other wine-producing areas to put to the test against our red Burgundies.
The tasting will showcase the excellence of the 1999 vintage also for pinot noir in the United States, where we will serve a top example from both Oregon and Sonoma County. We will also dip into the largess of the Right Bank of Bordeaux for two excellent examples from this very elegant and quite underrated Bordeaux vintage, with a top example of Pomerol pairing off against an equally well-regarded St. Émilion. We will finish up our tasting by dipping into the deep waters of Piemonte, where the under the radar vintage of 1999 here may well be even better than the two highly-touted years of 2001 and 1996 that surround it!
At dinner, we will delve wider and deeper still. As the issue of premature oxidation now makes it difficult to serve twenty-year-old white wines from several regions without attendant risk of oxidation, we will instead use our white wine course to highlight just how good the 1999 vintage was in Champagne with a pair of Tête de Cuvées. These will be followed by iconic 1999 Rhône wines from both the north and south with our second dish, and finally, in due order, a pair of outstanding 1999 red Burgundies to serve to conclude our tour of this outstanding global vintage. The 1999 vintage is probably the most consistently exceptional vintage on a global basis between the years of 1985 and 2005 and we invite you to join us on April 16thto confirm this with a “deep dive” that promises pleasure at every turn!
The Dinner: Bar Boulud/Boulud Sud
The menus composed at this venue have continued to thrill and delight us each time we’ve visited them. And the Chefs and team are working once more to make sure 1999 comes gorgeously alive with their French and Mediterranean inspired dishes, created exclusively for us this evening.
Joe Robitaille, who accompanied Neal as our wine speaker last month, is at the helm here, so we know the wine service will be as accomplished as the cuisine.