Monthly Archives: May 2012

Wine education in Hong Kong

Wine education is a booming business in Hong Kong. Interest in wine is a direct result of the abolition of taxes in February 2008, combined with a cosmopolitan market of people who want to use wine as a networking tool. … Continue reading

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Limoux: Original sparkling wine

Limoux is believed to be the first place in France to produce sparkling wines in the “traditional method” – by monks at the St Hilaire Abbey in 1531. Four and a half centuries later an expert from the Champagne region, … Continue reading

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HK Art show review for The Jackdaw, UK

A life-sized sculpture of a naked old woman greeted visitors to this year’s Hong Kong international art show that ran from May 17-20. It was one of the more controversial exhibits, attracting scores of admirers and detractors. Part of the … Continue reading

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The glory of Laroche

The region of Chablis is officially part of Burgundy in France but is 100 km north of the famous Cote d’Or near the city of Beaune. Because of its northern location its climate is more like the Champagne region. Chablis … Continue reading

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Hirsch Vineyards

Pinot noir is the most fickle of grapes, and many winemakers have an intense relationship with it. David Hirsch founded Hirsch Vineyard in northern California in 1980, determined to make great pinot on a site he still calls a “ranch”. … Continue reading

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Jean Leon wines

The story of Jean Leon wines reads like a movie script. In 1951, at the age of 19, Jean Leon stowed away aboard a ship to New York from his native Spain. Born Ceferino Carrión in the city of Santander, … Continue reading

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The 3 Wine Company philosophy

When Matt Cline started his current vineyard in California he pondered over what to call it, and settled on the Three Wine Company. Why Three? The philosophy was simple, he explained. Winemaking involves three things: choose appropriate terroir, work with … Continue reading

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