We recently celebrated our Manhattan debut at the famous Artexpo, the world’s largest fine art marketplace with our friend, award-winning international artist Albrecht Behmel and some selected guests at Kurt Gutenbrunner’s iconic New York restaurant Blaue Gans (‘Blue Goose’).

Continuing our ‘Drinks & Art theme’, or, as we like to call it, ‘Neuschwansteiner & Art’, we enjoyed fabulous times with Albrecht at Chateau Savant celebrating a glorious opening during this year’s Cannes film festival.

Albrecht Behmel with Afraa Zammam (r) and Ruthie Connell (l)

Situated on top of a beautiful hill overlooking the legendary bay area of Cannes, filled with luxury yachts more than usual due to the festival’s 70th anniversary, the chateau hosted a private ten day event for creative minds.


Our friend Albrecht Behmel showed one of his new works, the – yet unpublished – Sugarman which is based on the story of singer Rodriguez of South African fame and the 2012 documentary film “Searching for Sugarman”.

Albrecht Behmel „Searching for Sugarman“

The large double canvas, a diptych, symbolises the two lives of the musician who was famous without realizing it. So famous in fact, that Rodriguez outsold the Beatles for years.

Albrecht Behmel and his wife, international bestselling writer Afraa Zammam, donated two other pieces of his latest series to support amfAR, as did the other artists present at the chateau and photographer Timothy White who donated large black and white photographs of Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor and Nicole Kidman.

Tony Mancilla (organisor), Julian Lennon, Timothy White, Kevin Robert Frost (CEO of amfAR)

The party really got going when Julian Lennon, film director Scott Mann (The Tournament), Grammy winner Dominic Fallacaro, Juanes and singing attorney Andrew Mancilla met with producers Cassian Elwes, the heads of HBO and IMBD, amfAR and Robin Bronk of The Creative Coalition as well as award-winning film business writer Joseph N. Cohen and the Haas Brothers, who, like Albrecht, have family roots in the Black Forest.

Adam Mancilla

We sure hope to help bring Neuschwansteiner to Los Angeles and Cannes, next year”, Tony Mancilla and Adam Faze, organisers and founders of Savant said with a twinkle in their eyes, “this beautiful bottle deserves the southern sun – and us.

Stay tuned for more news and upcoming “Neuschwansteiner & Art”-events.

Grammy Award Winner Dominic Fallacaro (NYC) (r) with Stand up Comedian CEO Michael (l)
Albrecht Behmel with organisors Tony Mancilla & Adam Faze



Copyright – pictures courtesy of Ethan Harrison.

Inga Stracke
Inga Stracke is a multi-talented journalist, event organizer, and networker who is equally at home in the Formula 1™ paddocks around the globe as well as the winter hills of the 4-Hill-Ski jumping tournament and other world class events. She is also a motorsport travel advisor for DERTOUR. Born in Bavaria, Inga became famous as pit-lane reporter for German Sky-TV and F1’s™ own multi-channel digital TV, and she founded the first agency for F1™ commercial radio broadcast in D-A-CH. She also produced the first Formula 1™ live radio show nationwide in US/Canada and headed the creation of the original Red Bulletin. Inga regularly contributes culinary trip reviews and gourmet features for MICHELIN starred restaurants around the globe.