Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco

Image credit: Marchesi di Grésy Marchesi di Grésy is a family owned and operated business that has been in existence since the late 18th century but it wasn’t until 1973, under the direction of current owner Alberto di Grésy, that the family decided to release wines under their own label. The focus of the portfolio is […]

Gevrey-Chambertin: Domaine Fourrier

Despite temperatures turning rather cool here in Hong Kong last night I headed out to a semi-blind tasting event at L’Imperatrice in Sheung Wan. The theme of the evening was the Burgundy appellation Gevrey-Chambertin and eight wines were to be tasted – seven from Burgundy and one interloper from the Rhône just to keep us […]

Hospices de Beaune Tasting

Hôtel-Dieu. Source: Wikipedia Commons Wines Tasted Pouilly-Fussé Cuvée Françoise Poisard 2012 Meursault-Charmes 1er Cru Cuvée de Bahèzre de Lanlay 2011 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Cuvée François de Salins 2011 Savigny-Lés-Beaune 1er Cuvée Arthur Girard 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Guigone de Salins 2009 Volnay 1er Cru Cuvée Blondeau 2010 Pommard 1er Cru Cuvée Dames de la […]

Greco di Tufo; still or sparkling? Or … what exactly is that?

Wines Tasted Feudi di San Gregorio, Campania, Italy Greco di Tufo sparkling, NV Feudi di San Gregorio, Campania, Italy, Greco di Tufo, 2012 The weather in Hong Kong has been pretty gloomy of late so to cheer myself up I’ve been thinking of all those chilled wines I intend to enjoy as I attempt to manage […]

Gin, Glorious Gin!

Image credit: Four Pillars Gin Gins Tasted Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, Yarra Valley, Australia G’Vine Floraison, Cognac, France G’Vine Nouaison, Cognac, France A recent review of our cellar revealed that the winery Giant Steps (GS) has a lot to answer for when it comes to my drinking choices. Giant Steps and Innocent Bystander both hold […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Champagne Gosset

Champagnes Tasted Gosset, Grand Blanc de Blancs, NV Gosset, Grand Rosé Gosset, Grand Reserve Gosset, Celebris 2002, Extra Brut The final appointment for the 48 hours I spent in Épernay was to Champagne Gosset in rue Godart Roger with the absolutely lovely Nathalie Dufour, Export Sales Administrator. Despite Nathalie’s best efforts and although the sun […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Salon and Delamotte

Credit: Champagne Salon Delamotte Champagnes Tasted Delamotte, Brut Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs,NV Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs, 2002 Delamotte, Rosé  Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1999 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1997 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1996 Following my visit to Besserat de Bellefon I had dinner at Les Avises where by sheer good fortune I happened to arrive […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon

Champagnes Tasted Besserat de Bellefon, Blanc de Blancs NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut Rosé NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut NV Besserat de Bellefon, Extra Brut Besserat de Bellefon, Brut 2002 Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Edmond Besserat and two generations later a grandson of the same name married Yvonne de […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Champagne Lenoble

Champagnes Tasted Champagne AR Lenoble, Cuvee Intense NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, 2006 I first encountered Champagne AR Lenoble at the Altaya Wines Annual Tasting last year. So when I realised I was going to be in Épernay I immediately […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Perrier-Jouët

Champagne Tasted Perrier-Jouët, Belle-Époque, 2006 Champagne and I have long been friends, and when I say Champagne I do use the word loosely whilst reflecting on all I have learned in my wine studies. I love a good glass of bubbles and in my world every day is an occasion to celebrate with bubbles! As I […]

An Enchanting Afternoon – Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2006

Wine Tasted 1. Perrier-Jouët, Belle Époque, 2006 Founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adèle Jouët, the Champagne House Perrier-Jouët has arguably created one of the most recognisable bottles of champagne – the Belle Époque. As you might imagine, I was just a wee bit excited to receive an invitation to attend a tasting […]

Launch of Gaja and Altaya Wines – Lan Kwai Fong

With over 160 years of winemaking history and a vision to position their wines at the top of the market, Gaja remains a firm favourite with the wine loving community in Hong Kong if the recent Altaya Launch Party is anything to go by. Live music, a dress theme of black and white and being […]

Basking in the Tuscan Sun – A Tasting in Causeway Bay

Photo: Il Molino di Grace Winery Wines Tasted Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico DOCG 2009 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2006 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva Il Margone 2006 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva Il Margone 2005 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva Il Margone 2000 […]

Lambrusco – Sparkling Wine of Italy

Image credit: The Kitchn Wines Tasted Chiarli Lambrusco di Castelvetro Grasparossa Non Vintage Chiarli “Premium” Lambrusco Sorbara Vecchio Modena Non Vintage My first encounter with Lambrusco was in Emilia-Romagna as part of a food tour. At 8am I found myself inside a Parmigiano-Regiano cheese factory sampling freshly made cheese with dry Lambrusco – a not […]

The English Invented Champagne? C’est pas possible!

Wine Tasted Gaston Chiquet, Cuveé Tradition, Brut – Premier Cru, Champagne, Non Vintage In preparing for a recent Champagne tasting with friends, I undertook some background reading and came across a piece by Tom Stevenson in The Southeby’s Wine Encyclopedia about who invented Champagne. Being familiar with the delightful story of how Dom Pérignon discovered […]