The Wonderful World of Wine Dogs
Wine Dogs - the original winery dog book

Winemakers love dogs. Wherever wine is made, you’re likely to find a good dog stalking the cellar or the vineyard. Wine Dogs has found some beauties from all over the world. Wine Dogs is a celebration of the working (and relaxing) dog in the winery, vineyard and tasting room – created all for the love of dogs and wine.

Wine Dogs editions are photographic journals of stunning pictures interspersed with short essays by Robert Parker Jr., Huon Hooke, Max Allen, Cole Danehower, Dan Berger, Ralph Steadman and many more.

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Domaine de la Romanee Conti vs the World Blind Tasting Results
Burghound in Asia Tasting Results

Part of the ‘Unrivalled Passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay’ program, on Friday, April 8th, 108 wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts congregated at the St Regis Hotel, Singapore, for a two hour tasting of Domaine de la Romanee Conti served alongside wines from four other wineries encompassing America, Australia, Austria and New Zealand.

There was much conjecture and to a degree, misinterpretation, of the objectives of this tasting but in reality, it was always going to be controversial. However, to our knowledge this is the first ever structured comparative consumer-driven tasting of this genre to be held in Asia, and perhaps the world. We would like emphasise this is a consumer preference outcome, ultimately the most strategic arbiter on wine.

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Thai Duck Curry – The Perfect Match
Thai duck curry - breast meat cut in to smaller pieces

Wife’s Legendary Duck Curry – and toast to Kai Schubert, both his capacity to eat duck and their great pinot noir’s – Schubert Marion’s and Block B

Duck curry and pinot noir – about as good as it gets when it comes to a harmonious food and wine pairings.  We have served up this dish to numerous visiting wine and food writers, indeed just recently to legendary wine author and columnist for Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer, who complimented, “Really, the best we’ve ever had–by far.”

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Winston from Coward & Black, Australia
Winston, Golden Retriever from Coward & Black, Australia

Winston is the glamorous Wine Dog at Coward & Black at Providore in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

Visitors to Coward & Black at Providore will find premium wines, delicious meals, local produce and an absolute treasure trove of unique gourmet ingredients.

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Sam Neill on the “Unparalled Passion for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay”
Antipodean Dinner at Singapore with Sam Neill Francois Labet & Andrew Jefford

Well, as the numbness of our body and brain subsides, it is now feasible to reflect on the Burghound in Asia events.

There were many highlights, although perhaps the star event of the whole program was the Antipodean Grands Crus, and that is saying something when you take in to account the incredible experiences we had,including the Datai resort, Langkawi Island (which you can read about on Sam Neill’s blog, 5 April 2011 Travelling Paddocks Proprietor into the Heart of Darkness).

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Beaujolais Village & Crus Du Beaujolais tasting with Franck Duboeuf
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Village & Crus Du Beaujolais 2009 Tasting With Franck Duboeuf.

Beaujolais Villages 2009 Flower Range 100% Gamay
Fresh, juicy-ripe red cherry and raspberry notes, very floral with discernible opulent-sweetness to the bouquet amongst an intriguing spiciness and metallic, flinty-graphite nuance.

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Escarpment Vineyard – Martinborough, New Zealand
Escarpment Vineyard

Situated just 5 kilometres east of Martinborough village, Escarpment’s 24 hectares of distinctive alluvial gravel, terraced land stretches out along the banks of the Huangarua River.

Overlooking the vineyard are the Aorangi Ranges, the very hills made famous by Kupe the great Polynesian voyager who discovered New Zealand, according to Maori legend. Kupe left his three canoes, Nga Waka, on top of the range, giving rise to the now familiar landmark of the district, the three flat-topped hills on top of the range, which resemble unturned canoes. This warrior and his story provide the inspiration for the vineyard’s distinctive brand and logo.

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Wine Feng Shui – Biodynamics Wines
Wine Feng Shui – Biodynamics Wines

Universally desired, there is a burgeoning thirst for wine knowledge and enjoyment. There is also a growing appreciation for artisan wines and viticulture using sustainable practices, organic and biodynamic principals.

What is Biodynamics? “In essence its traditional agriculture, it’s how it was done before the chemical-age came along, and wine’s been around a lot longer than the chemicals have.”  Michael Seresin – Proprietor of Seresin Estate

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“Terroir or vintage” what comes first?
Nuits Saint Georges Monopole vineyards

Patrick Sauze from Lynch / Le Benaton presents fascinating verticals of the Nuits Saint Georges Monopole vineyards “Clos Des Forets Saint Georges” owned by Domaine de l’Arlot.

“The vine is a scholar among plants. It records everything. In the middle of a windless January night, it outfaces the cold stars… It is there, recording, for the dewy hour before dawn on a limpid June day; and in the fierce heat of a white August noon. The grapevine, seule dans la règne végétal as Colette puts it, has the ability to lend those annual records a sensual print. It does this by making grapes, which become wine.

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The Austrian are Coming!
Michael Thurner - Austrian Wine Master Class

Austrian Wine Expert, Michael Thurner MBA, presents some of the top pinot noir and chardonnay produers that are sweeping the world wine stage.

If you think great pinot noir and chardonnay only belongs to the realms of Burgundy, then you obviously have not tried Austrian wines, with pinot noir in particular taking centre stage.

There are a lot of pinot noir producers around the new and old vinous world – New Zealand, Australia, USA, Germany, Switzerland – chasing the pinot noir ‘holy grail’ of supreme elegance and texture, vital to the charm of this variety.

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