Cacao 7, low card chocolates For every box of 9 Ginger-aid chocolates (@ $10.90) purchased, cacao7 will donate the 10th chocolate to the children at The Haven, a residential home for abandoned, abused and neglected children, run by The Salvation Army. Why children? Children loves chocolates, and cacao7's healthier, reduced-calorie and all-natural low carb chocolates are healthier for them, considering the high level of sugar ... read more >
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Dalwhinnie Chardonnay 2006 Western Victoria, Australia Our Wandering Palate wanders into the Australian gold country of Moonambel-Pyrenees, Victoria, to come up with a favorite chardonnay. I have been on a chardonnay crusade since writing on the subject in October, 2009, and as I taste through the current vintages of top producers from Australian, my headline "Another Brilliant Chardonnay" reverberates. So indulge me as I write a succession ... read more >
Champagne Tasting Party by Artisan Cellars, Singapore After two intense trips to Champagne we are proud to be able to share the fruit of our labour. And why do we work so hard bringing in so many different grower Champagnes? Because we love what we do, and because we love to drink Champagnes. It is our philosophy to handpick growers whose work most significantly reflect the quality ... read more >
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Hermitage in the Northern Rhone Valley slopes Many wine lovers consider the 1961 Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle Rouge to be one of the great wines; unfortunately it is very scarce. So is there an equivalent in the offing? In conversation at a recent wine dinner, the subject turned to the staggering price that a case of 1961 Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle fetched at Christie’s Fine and ... read more >
Twitter selling Wine through Fledgling Initiative Micro Blogging industry giant Twitter has announced that they are all set to start selling wine under their Fledgling Initiative. The company said that they would contribute USD$ 5 for every bottle sold to Room to Read. Room to Read is a non-profit entity aimed to promote literacy for kids around the world. Twitter said: “The Fledgling Initiative embodies two things ... read more >
Highbank Vineyard Terra Rossa soil, Australia The best cabernet sauvignons from Australia and France are arguably of equal quality, but one has ended up on supermarket shelves, the other in the best of wine cellars. The wine regions of Coonawarra in South Australia and Bordeaux, France have a great deal in common, sharing similar climate and geology (terroir), varietal composition, and even comparable quality during Coonawarra's ... read more >
Tement Sauvignon Blanc 2009 ‘Klassic’ - Austria If there’s one white grape variety that has found its nirvana in the tropical climates of Asia, it would have to be sauvignon blanc, where practically every day is a ‘crisp white, summers drinking day’. If I were a sauvignon blanc producer I would be focusing my attention and campaigning harder on this part of the world rather than seasonally ... read more >
Highbank Coonawarra Sunset, Australia Modern farming techniques and big business are sapping the Australian region's potential, but there is hope, writes Curtis Marsh. In comparing the similarities of climate and geology (terroir) shared by Australia's Coonawarra region and Bordeaux in France, there was a period when Coonawarra genuinely challenged the world's most renowned wine region for quality. However, the Bordelaise have fought back against ... read more >
Limestone Wines logo Sugarloaf Ridge vineyard is a family owned vineyard begun in 1998 by Dr Simon Stanley. Simon's daughter and her husband, Julian and Kristin Colvile, formerly long time habitants of Hong Kong, assumed ownership in 2007 and are now on Sugarloaf's 8th vintage and each one has been award winning! The vineyard is positioned at 42 degrees south (the same as ... read more >
Chateau Branaire Ducru, built in 1824 The French region is enjoying an extraordinary period of prosperity for a variety of reasons, writes Curtis Marsh. While I continue to refer to regions such as Bordeaux in France and Coonawarra in Australia as ``old'' and ``new world'', I sometimes wonder which is more abreast of pertinent technology and how to best balance it with tradition and nature. There ... read more >