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 […]

Credit: Seifried Estate

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 Martinborough […]

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. […]

Wine descriptor: velvet hug

Wines Tasted Cono Sur, Colchagua Valley, Chile, Pinot Noir, 2013 Cono Sur, Limarí Valley, Chile, Syrah, 2011 After a week of studying Chile for my WSET Diploma it was time to taste. A recent Drinks Business article reviewing the current trends in the Chilean market was fresh in my mind as I walked into my local Watson’s Wine. I […]

Burgundian or Oregondian?

Wines Tasted Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2012 Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir 2010 Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 A pinot noir being described as Burgundian is always a bit of a double-edged sword when the wine […]

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 […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon

Champagnes Tasted Besserat de Bellefon, Blanc de Blancs NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut Rosé NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut NV Besserat de Bellefon, Extra Brut Besserat de Bellefon, Brut 2002 Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Edmond Besserat and two generations later a grandson of the same name married Yvonne de […]