Monthly Archives: June 2013

Wine column for week of July 1

An outstanding ability to age is a feature of brunellos made by the Biondi-Santi family in Tuscany in north-west Italy. Most will keep for at least 50 to 60 years, and some brunellos more than a century old still drink … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of June 24

Regular readers of this column will know I am not a fan of heavily-oaked Spanish reds, especially riojas, because of the excessive taste of wood the wines leave in one’s mouth. It is like chewing bits of balsa. But a … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of June 17

Ningxia province offers an exciting perspective on China’s potential to make great wine. Ningxia is about 900km west of Beijing. A tasting of a dozen of the region’s best wines was a revelation for someone who has only ever tasted … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of June 10

Portugal has about 250 grape varieties, many of them unique to the country, and they represent a large number compared with most other wine-making nations because of the country’s relatively small population. Portuguese winemakers specialise in blended wines, and Portugal … Continue reading

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Bordeaux “palate coach” visits Hong Kong

A famous French Bordeaux critic has been visiting Hong Kong to introduce his method to distinguish great red wines from the merely good. Jean-Marc Quarin, often called the “palate coach,” is the author of the Guide Quarin des Vins de … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of June 3

Family-owned vineyards in France and New Zealand feature this week, to show the importance of tradition and terroir. A three-masted sailing ship, La Minerva, features on the label of Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere in Bordeaux, a tribute to former owner Count Hippolyte … Continue reading

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