Sarah Heller MW and some of her favourite bottles

I am delighted to be included in this list from Sarah Heller MW for the latest edition of Tatler Hong Kong. Who else does she consider influential when it comes to wine and what wine find did I introduce her to? Read on … Happy Drinking!

Halliday Magazine: Hong Kong

Written for Halliday Wine Companion Magazine Issue #36 October/November 2017. Eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture – a symbol of good fortune and wealth. With that in mind, here are eight bars to track down next time you’re in Hong Kong. Read full article here… …

Wine in China – a conversion is needed. Part II

Image credit: Meiburg Wine Media This is the second and final part of a series taking a closer look at the challenges experienced with engaging the non-wine drinker in the Chinese market. The first article in the series can be found here. At the recent Wine in China Conference, Claudia Masueger, CEO of the retail chain Cheers, […]

Wine in China – a conversion is needed. Part I

Image: zhongguo-wine.com “A big mistake is to constantly target wine lovers. We should convert the non-wine drinker”. This quote from Judy Chan, President of Grace Vineyard in the Shanxi province of northern China, was met with much agreement and a question from the floor. In a thick Australian accent came the question everyone wanted to […]

Hong Kong and China – same, same or different?

After three years of living in Hong Kong I am well aware of the increase in blood pressure this question may cause to many of my Hong Kong friends and colleagues, so rest assured I am well versed in the distinct and important differences between the two countries! The reason for the title refers to many […]

My week in South Korea …

  This past week included two national holidays for Hong Kong; Mid-autumn Festival and National Day. In light of this we decided to head away for a week and with our time in Hong Kong coming to a close in the next couple of months we decided to visit South Korea before we moved back […]

The Drinks Business: Stazione Novella, Hong Kong

First published The Drinks Business 12 August 2015. (Image credit: Credit: Black Sheep Restaurants) Hong Kong is currently basking in beautifully sunny summer weather so the recent arrival of Italian bar Stazione Novella to the hustle and bustle of Soho on Hong Kong Island is a welcome sight. Credit: Francesca Martin As the title suggests Stazione Novella is […]

Keeping it in la familia – vino and tapas at Timón, Wan Chai

The title of this post references the two wines we enjoyed while sampling some of the tapas on offer at Timón, a seafood tapas bar and restaurant located in Ship Street, Wan Chai.     Cava Rimarts image credit: Cava Rimarts To start we had salted almonds – the only tapas bar in Hong Kong […]

A taste of Georgia in Hullett House, Hong Kong

Hullett House, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Image courtesy of Hullett House. Last week I attended an event showcasing wines from Georgia hosted by Debra Meiburg M.W. and her team from Meiburg Wine Media. In the interests of transparency I should mention that I have worked for Debra previously and that my inner wine geek is […]

Japanese Wine From American Vines

Wines Tasted Marquis Winery, Rosé, Yamanashi, 2012 Lumière Winery, Ishigura Muscat Bailey-A, Yamanashi, 2010 Lumière Winery, Sweet Wine Muscat Bailey-A, Yamanashi, NV Earlier this year I attended a tasting with Grace Wines of Japan where I tasted Koshu and Muscat Bailey-A for the first time – both grapes I had not previously tasted and grapes […]

Q: How does one make a pheasant cry?

Image credit: Don Faisan Wines Tasted Pheasant’s Tears, Rkatsiteli, Bodbiskhevi Village, Kakheti 2010 Pheasant’s Tears, Kisi, Alaverdi Village, Kakheti, 2010 Pheasant’s Tears, Saperavi, Kakheti, 2008 Q: How does one make a pheasant cry? A: Make a wine so beautiful it will bring tears of joy to the pheasant’s eyes – or so the Georgian tale […]

Grace Wine of Japan Tasting – Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

Image credit: Grace Wine Wines Tasted Grace Wine, Gris de Koshu, 2011 Grace Wine, Koshu, 2011 Grace Wine, Chardonnay, 2011 Grace Wine, Kayagatake Rouge, 2012 It was a brilliantly hot sunny day in Hong Kong – perfect weather for my first tasting of wines from Japan, a wine producing region I know very little about. […]

Grover Vineyards Cellar Door Visit – Nandi Hills Region, Karnataka, India

Wines Tasted: Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Viogner 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Rosé 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz 2011 Grover Vineyards, La Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2010 A pale blue sky above orange soil, purple wisteria and white frangipani moving gently in the hot, dry […]

The 8th Estate Winery Cellar Door Visit – Ap Lei Chau

Wines Tasted: The 8th Estate Winery, Riesling 2010 The 8th Estate Winery, Sangiovese 2008 The 8th Estate Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 The 8th Estate Winery, Rosé 2011 The 8th Estate Winery, Prelude, Cabernet Franc 2007 Easter week-end in Hong Kong and it is cold and very rainy so what better to do than visit Hong […]