The brand Barolo – a tasting with Accademia del Barolo

It is “a shared philosophy of quality” that unites the twelve families of Accademia del Barolo, Matteo Sardagna of Poderi Luigi Einaudi tells us as we begin to taste a selection of Barolo from the 2012 vintage. Yesterday a small group of press and media were invited to a tasting led by Gianni Gagliardo and Matteo Sardagna, as a […]

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 many […]

Next Stop: Stazione Novella …

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

Circe Wines – Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Wines Tasted: Circe Wines, Red Hill South Chardonnay, 2011 Circe Wines, Hillcrest Chardonnay, 2011 Circe Wines, Red Hill South Pinot Noir, 2011 Circe Wines, Hillcrest Pinot Noir, 2011 Circe Wines, Pinot Noir, 2012 (blend from Dunns Creek Road and Red Hill South) During my visit to Melbourne I caught up with a number of people […]