Monthly Archives: November 2012

French Inheritance Laws Strike again!

Amongst all the usual Decanter news reports about challenging harvests, falling prices for First Growths and the fact that Pimms seems to be on the way out, I noticed a short article in this morning’s press summary about a classic

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Going Dutch

Dutch Genever – Whatever you do – don’t call it gin!!! A recent trip to the Netherlands gave me the perfect opportunity to taste a few Genevers (or Jenevers, depending on the brand). Although not as well known internationally as

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Romanian wine really is flavour of the month!

 They say that, when you fall pregnant, you suddenly start noticing expectant women at every turn. Well, I’m a bit like that with Romanian wine at the moment! A couple of weeks ago I tasted some exciting Romanian whites at

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Port tasting notes

Graham's Port 1980

Tasted 13 November, 2012 Graham’s 1980 Vintage Port This is a stunning port that is just starting to show its true colours. Despite its age, it still has a slight ruby rim that effortlessly evolves into a wonderfully rich ruby red.

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Telling your Ruby from your Tawny

Students often ask me how you can tell what that a certain sample is when tasted blind. The answer is – you can’t always be completely certain, although plenty of practice and a few key tips will help you improve

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The New Face of Port

white port aperitif

I arrived at a trade tasting the other day to be welcomed with a drink in a highball glass  – not the short of glass you would normally expect at a port tasting! However, this was concrete evidence of the

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5 decades of Château Musar

An amazing tasting led by the one and only Serge Hochar, here in Hong Kong in June 2012. A vertical to remember Château Musar 1966 – 2002 with Serge Hochar  1 June 2012 Château Musar 1966 A lovely limpid clarity

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Tomaioasa Romaneasca – What a mouthful!

A quick stroll around the Hong Kong Wine And Spirits fair yesterday gave me the opportunity to taste some up-and-coming Romanian wines Several producers were at the fair, showing both a range of traditional grapes and the (more easily pronounceable)

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A few delightful Alsace Rieslings

These wines were tasted at cellar door during a trip to Alsace in July 2012 with members of the Hong Kong Wine Society.   Allimant-Laugner Riesling Grand Cru Praelatenberg 2011 One of the smaller Grand crus, situated between the villages

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Tassie Whites you do me proud!

Australia’s smallest state may only produce 1% of the nation’s wine, but they’ve certainly punched above their weight in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards. Having judged in an international wine competition in the past, I am always keen to

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