What I’ve been drinking – Wild Run, Daytime Red and a Spring Pinot

Entrance to Yarra Valley Dairy Within a fortnight of relocating back to Australia we were in my happy place – the Yarra Valley. In the short time since my last visit a number of new businesses have popped up in Healesville including the new cellar door and distillery for Four Pillars Gin and an excellentContinue reading “What I’ve been drinking – Wild Run, Daytime Red and a Spring Pinot”

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,Continue reading “Wine in China – a conversion is needed. Part II”

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 toContinue reading “Wine in China – a conversion is needed. Part I”

The Drinks Business: Side Projects

Published Wine Times Hong Kong, 21 December 2015. Chat with any winemaker and you are likely to find they have a barrel or two tucked away dedicated to that special project – a side project – representing their latest experiment and quite often, something rather special when it makes it to the glass. The notion ofContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Side Projects”

What’s new at Payten & Jones?

<<<UPDATE JANUARY 2018: Payten & Jones have just opened a cellar door! It’s open 7 days a week so check out their website for hours and be sure to visit. >>> Established in 2006, Payten & Jones are one of those small producers who have steadily built a reputation for producing wines of integrity and quality. TheContinue reading “What’s new at Payten & Jones?”

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 manyContinue reading “Hong Kong and China – same, same or different?”

The Drinks Business: The Inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards

Published The Drinks Business 23 November 2015. (Image credit: Australian Women in Wine Awards) The first Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) took place across the country on Tuesday 17 November. The idea, from The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society founder Jane Thomson, was inspired by her attendance earlier this year at the first Global Symposium forContinue reading “The Drinks Business: The Inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards”

New Zealand Pinot Noir – a regional focus

(Image Credit: Seifried Estate) As part of the Watson’s Wine Grand Tasting Week a masterclass with seven key Pinot Noir producers was held at The Mira in Hong Kong. On offer was a selection of 12 wines covering the main Pinot Noir producing regions spanning from Central Otago in the South Island through to MartinboroughContinue reading “New Zealand Pinot Noir – a regional focus”

A closer look at the Wine in China Conference 2015 with Debra Meiburg M.W.

November 4 marks the third annual Wine in China Conference presented in Hong Kong by Meiburg Wine Media, offering insights and tips for those wishing to enter the wine market in China. I sat down with Director, Debra Meiburg M.W. to take a closer look at the conference in the lead up to the event. LookingContinue reading “A closer look at the Wine in China Conference 2015 with Debra Meiburg M.W.”

The Drinks Business: A seminar with Pedro Parra

Published The Drinks Business 12 November 2015. (Image credit: Pedro Parra Chile) The role of soil in relation to different characteristics present in wine together with the use of the word minerality as a wine descriptor are topics of much discussion in the wine industry. Articles such as the recent Drinks Business review of a study negating soil based mineralityContinue reading “The Drinks Business: A seminar with Pedro Parra”