Gourmet Traveller WINE: Travel Log

Photo: The original office of Gonzalez Byass founder Manuel Maria González Ángel In the 2019 April/May edition of GT Wine I wrote a few words about what to do next time you find yourself in Jerez, Spain or Nelson, New Zealand! Click here to have look: GT WINE Travel Log as a PDF OR here […]

My inner geek and the Champagne Bureau of Australia

Image credit: Michel Guillard – Collection CIVC Since completing my WSET Diploma last year, it is not often I find myself in a room geeking out about structure, blind tasting and blending components. But a few weeks back that is just where I found myself and it was perfect! The Vin de Champagne is a […]

The brand Barolo – a tasting with Accademia del Barolo

It is “a shared philosophy of quality” that unites the twelve families of Accademia del Barolo, Matteo Sardagna of Poderi Luigi Einaudi tells us as we begin to taste a selection of Barolo from the 2012 vintage. Yesterday a small group of press and media were invited to a tasting led by Gianni Gagliardo and Matteo Sardagna, as a […]

The Drinks Business: Delamain Cognac

Published The Drinks Business, 22 April 2016. Trade is at the very heart of the Bordeaux region in France and just to the north of the city of Bordeaux is the home of Cognac, one of France’s most well known brandies – the other coming from Armagnac, to the south of Bordeaux. For centuries trade has […]

Hong Kong and the Super Rhônes

(Image credit: Chêne Bleu) The term Super Rhône is employed by the Sarment Wine team to reference the quality of particular wines despite the official labelling being Vin de Pays (VdP/IGP). In France the VdP classification, or the newer term IGP, is used to identify wine that is produced in areas outside the officially recognised quality […]

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 […]

Bubbles in Wan Chai – Champagne Thiénot at Berry Bros. & Rudd

A relative newcomer to the world of sparkling wine, Champagne Thiénot was established in 1985 by Alain Thiénot. Given that many of the great names in Champagne can trace their history back centuries it speaks volumes that a comparative youngster has gained such a foothold in the minds of Champagne drinkers. Last night Berry Bros. […]

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 […]

A taste of Spain in LKF Tower, Hong Kong

From my first visit to Spain many years ago to work as a flutist in an orchestra in northwest Spain I was hooked – the food, the culture, the language – everything about Spain worked for me. I met my husband in a Spanish language class, we cook and eat out at as many Spanish […]

What I’ve been drinking … Mullineux Wines, Journey Wines, Chateau Rauzan Segla

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa, 2011, White Blend Journey Wines, Heathcote, Australia, 2012, Shiraz Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux, France 1983, Bordeaux red The white blend from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in Swartland South Africa is one of my all time favourite white wines. It satisfies so many different requirements being the perfect […]

The Drinks Business: BIVB Live and Chardonnay

Published The Drinks Business 22 May 2015 (Image credit: Saint-Aubin Credit BIVB) The summer months have arrived in Hong Kong and the weather is rather grey at the moment, which makes the latest installment of the BIVB’s (Burgundy Wine Board) Live and Interactive seminars the perfect antidote. We arrived to find six little glasses of sunshine waiting for […]

The Drinks Business: BIVB Live

Published The Drinks Business 27 March 2015 (Image creidt: Côte de Nuits Wikipedia) Bourgogne wines, live and direct in 25 cities around the world! This is the tag line for a series of interactive presentations that have been taking place around the world hosted by the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne, more commonly known by its acronym […]

Grupo Artevino Wine: the hidden treasure of Castilla y León, Spain

With four labels in their portfolio, Spanish producer Grupo Artevino was in town last week showcasing their wines from the provinces of Castilla y León and La Rioja. Director General Lalo Antón joined Kerry Wines to present a tasting of wines from the Castilla y León region including the Vetus range from Rueda and Toro […]

Back to the future with G.D. Vajra, Barolo, Piemonte, Italy

(Image credit: view of Piemonte from the Barolo Wine Museum. Wikipedia) Wine Tasted Vajra, Langhe Riesling Pètracine, 2013 Vajra, Langhe Rosso, 2013 Vajra, Dolcetto d’Alba Coste & Fossati, 2013 Vajra, Barbera d’Alba Superiore, 2012 Vajra, Barolo Bricco delle Viole, 2010 Vajra, Moscato d’Asti, 2013 Recently I attended a lunch and tasting of Italian wines from Piedmontese producer […]