Speaking at a corporate wine evening recently, themed on biodynamic wines and having just delivered a crash course on Wine Feng Shui, it was no surprise that one of the more wine-savvy people in audience asked the predictable question, “Do biodynamic wines taste better?” And in the same breath, “How do I taste the difference between a biodynamic wine and ... read more >
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A few months ago I was asked to speak to a group of 30 women at the AGM of the Financial Women’s Association, Singapore. The theme was entirely up to me so I thought it might impress if I put on a small tasting of wines made exclusively by women winemakers, both empowering and taming my audience. ... read more >
I just had lunch with Alan Brady, the pioneering father of the Central Otago wine region in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island. As Brady puts it, “...at 45 deg south it was a lonely place for grape growers when a few of us planted vines here in the early 1980s”. ... read more >
Not sure where to start with this article, given it’s about 10 years overdue! Actually, I had begun a piece on their outstanding cellar door restaurant and contemporary art museum, which we went to last year and had a fabulous lunch; but a computer meltdown erased both prose and pictures, which is killing me. ... read more >
3 Individual Vineyard Cuvees from the 2009 Vintage: Morrison Vineyard – Lowburn Muirkirk Pinot Noir – Bannockburn Stevens Vineyard – Gibbston ... read more >
Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year USA – White Wine of the Year Peter Michael La Carrière Chardonnay 2008 - Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California At the risk of being repetitive, whenever I’m asked what is my favourite wine? The answer is invariably, “The one I haven’t tried yet” and discovery remains my main motivation in my enthusiasm for wine. ... read more >
My approach to wine is I believe, much the same as most of us who actually drink the stuff and that is to be largely influenced by the mood or the food and level of thirst. Instinctively I consult my onboard computer first, listening to my emotions and as I am habitually obsessed with food it is normally the dictator ... read more >
Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Prima Donna 2009 – Waipara Valley, South Island, New Zealand Also notes from a vertical tasting Having already announced Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2009 as the “Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2012 Year of the Black Water Dragon year”, I had in fact already singled it out as my “Red Wine of ... read more >
The stars must have been aligned and a flower day in the biodynamic calendar as our bottle of Maison Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Rouges 2008 blossomed in the glass moreover sublime with our Peking duck over lunch at Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, surely the best duck to be had in all Singapore. ... read more >