Trimbach Vineyard Alsace, France Hugel Pinot Blanc is a perennial favorite of the hospitality industry. If you are looking for an excellent value crowd-pleaser white wine for your Christmas party, or any party for that matter, you need a good quality Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France. In the 1980s, Chardonnay would fill this requirement, although more out of fashion than actually delivering the goods. ... read more >
Wine glass & bottle Leading vintners from across the globe will be at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre May 23-25, promoting their wines at Vinexpo, the world's largest and most significant wine show. Held bi-annually in Bordeaux since 1981, it now offers overseas exhibition s in the Asia-Pacific region in alternate years. Hong Kong staged the first in 1998 with Tokyo wrestling ... 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 >
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 >
Patricia Gallagher, Steven spurrier & Odette Kahn 1976 tasting in Paris The sensational results of a tasting in Paris more than 30 years ago forever changed the way American wines were considered, writes Curtis Marsh. America's most prodigious Bordeaux-style blend - the legendary Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello from the Santa Cruz Mountains - turns 45 years old this year. Reaching this milestone is only part of the motive for writing this ... read more >
M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone vineyard, France For many summer means BBQs, and a great refreshing accompaniment is a glass of chilled red wine, writes Curtis Marsh. In the heat of the summer months, even the most ardent red wine drinkers gravitate towards white wines, perhaps the more savvy new age imbiber indulging in rose. However, if you are like me when it comes to the BBQ, ... read more >
Preserving open wine Throughout 6500 years of winemaking evolution, the constant issue of keeping wine from deteriorating and bacterial spoilage has been a conundrum. Ironically the solution to this quandary was always, literally, right under our noses. Over thousands of centuries there are landmark discoveries and inventions that have been instrumental in changing the way wine has been made, stored, transported, traded and ... read more >
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Ridge Vineyard California, USA A Californian vineyard is a deserving bearer of the torch of old-world winemaking, writes Curtis Marsh. In the world of fine wine, what was old is now new. This is not a past fashion reinventing itself, nor a renaissance of a specific variety, style or region. It is the acceptance of an age-old reality: that truly great wines are made ... read more >
Many bottles of wines Curtis Marsh shares why it's impossible to make up his mind when it comes to a favourite wine. Whenever I'm asked, "What is your favourite wine?" I reply, "The wine I haven't tried yet", emphasising that I gain the most pleasure in discovering new taste sensations. The fact is: I have a wandering palate for food and wine, greatly influenced ... read more >