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Harvest in the Yarra Valley

Written for Spirito di Vino Asia Issue #24. Image: Redfish Bluefish Photographic. Driving into Healesville, the town around which Australia’s Yarra Valley is centred, I am due for an early morning meeting with Steve Flamsteed, before his day starts to fill up with the duties of Head Winemaker and now part owner of Giant Steps. […]

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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 […]

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Postcard from CapeWine 2015: Day 1

This is my first trip to South Africa, a region whose wines I have come to enjoy with increasing frequency, so as you can imagine I was super excited to be part of the Asia group travelling from Hong Kong to attend the CapeWine 2015 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa September 15 – 17 […]

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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. […]

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BIVB live and interactive – a celebration of all things 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 […]

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Australia: Chardonnay – Kevin John, Cullen Wines

Vineyard in Margaret River. Image by Sean Blocksidge (Margaret River Discovery Co). A recent trip back to Melbourne afforded me the opportunity of getting into our cellar and drinking one or two bottles we left behind in the move to Hong Kong. One such bottle was the 2008 Kevin John Chardonnay from Cullen Wines in Margaret River, […]

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New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay grapes. Source: Vidal Estate Winding north up the east coast of New Zealand from Martinborough you will come to the city of Hastings, the largest city in the Hawke’s Bay wine region. The weather here is gloriously sunny during the summer giving the region a true Mediterranean feel. Add to that the endless array of […]