Chatzivaritis Estate and Greek Pronunciation …

Image credit: Chatzivaritis Estate Greek wine producers have been doing a lot of late to develop their image within the Australian market. The New Wines of Greece Roadshow is becoming an annual fixture in the industry calendar and there seem to be increasing numbers of tastings showcasing wines from Greece throughout the year. Most recently […]

Valparaiso: Chile’s Little San Francisco

Take a short trip from the hustle and bustle of Santiago, Chile’s capital city and head towards the coast where you will find the city’s bohemian sister. In a delightful counterpoint to Santiago’s tradition, extroverted Valparaiso offers an altogether alternative experience. The gregarious character of this coastal city is brilliantly displayed in the winding laneways […]

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 […]

Low and slow – that’s how it’s done stateside

The popularity of American style barbeque has grown at lightning speed across Australia with restaurants, food-trucks, bars and competitions increasing in number at a rapid pace. From a small competition during the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in 2013 to the more than 15 different competitions taking place throughout 2016, Australians have most definitely embraced this low and […]

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 […]

My week in Melbourne – anything but super normal …

All week I have been receiving photographs from friends doing harvest in Burgundy, France and the weather looks absolutely amazing (thanks toLauren McPhate for this picture of Pommard, Burgundy). This week I have been in Melbourne, Australia and my view has been rather more wintry in nature.

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 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 […]

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 […]

The Drinks Business: Melbourne Barbecue Festival

Rewritten for The Drinks Business 18 February 2015 We’re in Melbourne Australia at the inaugural Melbourne Barbecue Festival and the first Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s February 1 and the competitors who have been up all through the cold and wet night are gearing up for the final […]

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 […]

Pinot Noir – East Coast Representing!

Wines Tasted Bishops Head, Waipara, Pinot Gris, 2011 Bishops Head, Waipara, Pinot Noir, 2011 Escarpment Vineyards, Martinborough, Pinot Noir 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Escarpment Vineyards, Martinborough, Te Rehua, Pinot Noir, 2011 Summer holidays are nearing an end here in Hong Kong and things are getting busy again for the wine industry. Recently I […]

Two Paddocks in Causeway Bay

Wines Tasted Two Paddocks, Picnic Central Otago Riesling, 2013 Two Paddocks, Picnic Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2010 Two Paddocks, Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2008 Two Paddocks, First Paddock Pinot Noir, 2010 Two Paddocks, The Last Chance Pinot Noir, 2010 A journey through Central Otago with Two Paddocks proprietor, Sam Neill and Northeast Wine and Spirits […]

Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting

Wines Tasted Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Target Riesling, 2012 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Gris, 2012 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2011 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2010 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2009 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2008 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2007 Relationships. That was the topic of my conversation with Michael Herrick, […]