About me

A riesling, of course!

Tasmanian born and bred, and having lived and studied or worked in both Germany and France, this is my thirteenth year living in Hong Kong. A linguist and teacher by training, I discovered wine when I went to live in Germany as an exchange student at the tender age of 17. A glass of fresh, crisp Riesling from the Winzerkellerei in Breisach served with the family lunch on my first day in Bad Krozingen was my introduction to the wonderful world of cool climate wines. I’ve been hooked on Riesling ever since!

I have since participated in vintages in France and Australia, taught would-be winemakers French in night classes in Tasmania and studied with the Wines and Spirits Education Trust in London, completing the diploma with Honours. Along the way I have judged at the International Wine Challenge (HK), taught WSET classes, translated and interpreted all things wine and even led a group of wine buffs on a tour of Alsace.

My particular passions:

  • Riesling, Riesling and more Riesling
  • Alsace
  • Madeira
  • REAL sherries
  • Tasmanian Pinot Noir

My pet peeves:

  • Excessively high alcohol in some New World reds
  • People who are more interested in the label than the wine

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