Monthly Archives: March 2011

china daily wine column #33

The best of the 2008 Penfolds reds are discussed in this third and final column about Penfolds. The Bin 389 cabernet sauvignon shiraz is a uniquely Australian marriage of grape varieties that are not normally combined: a 52:48 per cent … Continue reading

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china daily wine column #32

We continue this week with more of the glory that is Penfolds, one of Australia’s great wine traditions. Wines reviewed this week ranged from good to great. All are approachable while young, but would improve considerably with time in the … Continue reading

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china daily wine column 31

The release of new vintages from Penfolds is always a special moment. News that samples of eight of the 2008 and 2009 special bin wines had arrived for review sent ripples of anticipation among my colleagues. This and later columns … Continue reading

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china daily wine column #30

Time magazine recently described the town of Arniston in South Africa as one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Until a few years ago it was a remote fishing village close to the southernmost tip of Africa, along a jagged and … Continue reading

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china daily wine column #29

Cava is considered the most sophisticated of Spanish sparkling wines. Think of it as Spain’s version of champagne — without the high price tag. Part of the reason French champagne is so expen- sive is because of the labor involved … Continue reading

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