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,Continue reading “Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting”

It’s wine from Chile but not as we know it

Wines Tasted Matetic Vineyards, Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Matetic Vineyards, EQ Chardonnay, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, EQ Syrah, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, Matetic Syrah, 2009 Last week I had the good fortune to be invited to a lunch with Northeast Wines & Spirits and Chilean winery MateticContinue reading “It’s wine from Chile but not as we know it”

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 2000Continue reading “Basking in the Tuscan Sun – A Tasting in Causeway Bay”

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 notContinue reading “Lambrusco – Sparkling Wine of Italy”

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 discoveredContinue reading “The English Invented Champagne? C’est pas possible!”

Etude – A Study in the Art of Winemaking

Wines Tasted Etude, Pinot Gris, Carneros, 2012 Etude, Pinot Blanc, Carneros, 2011 Etude, Rosé, Carneros, 2012 Etude, Lyric Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, 2011 Etude, Carneros Estate, Pinot Noir, 2010 Etude, Heirloom Pinot Noir, 2010 Etude, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2009 Etude, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2009 Etude, a French word meaning study and usually applied toContinue reading “Etude – A Study in the Art of Winemaking”

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 taleContinue reading “Q: How does one make a pheasant cry?”

Rosé Tasting – Wines from California and South Australia

Photo courtesy of Wine Folly Wines Tasted Charles Melton Wines, Rose of Virginia, Barossa, South Australia, 2013 Eponymous Wines, Rosé, Sonoma Valley, California, 2011 Rockford Wines, Alicante Bouchet, Barossa, South Australia, 2012 “A rosé gives a nod to beautifully casual moments” [1] is how Andrea Frost, author of the delightful Through A Sparkling Glass: AnContinue reading “Rosé Tasting – Wines from California and South Australia”

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.Continue reading “Grace Wine of Japan Tasting – Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong”

Luis Felipe Edwards Wines of Chile tasting – Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

Image credit: Viña Luis Felipe Edwards Wines Tasted Luis Felipe Edwards, Maule Valley, Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Luis Felipe Edwards, Casablanca Valley, Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Luis Felipe Edwards, Colchagua Valley, Reserva Carmenere, 2011 Luis Felipe Edwards, Colchagua Valley, Gran Reserva, 2011 Luis Felipe Edwards, Colchagua Valley, LFE900 Single Vineyard Blend, 2009 Last night IContinue reading “Luis Felipe Edwards Wines of Chile tasting – Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong”