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  1. Asian grapevine

    Posted Feb 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jeannie Cho Lee If you can imagine a wine market at the opposite end of the spectrum from Hong Kong, it would be Norway. Norway goes beyond just regulating and taxing the wine industry- the government owns and/or controls nearly every aspect of alcohol sales. The government used to import all wine, but since it was liberalised in 1996, importers supply the monopoly's shops or sell ...

  2. Reading the label

    Posted Mar 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... which was recently award 100 Parker points, will cost on average HK$3,400. Alcohol levels For whites, alcohol levels range from 8 per cent to 14 per cent. A level of 11 per cent or below is also an indication the wine may be slightly sweet, as in the case of riesling from the Mosel Valley in Germany. More alcoholic whites are richer and more full-bodied. For reds, alcohol levels may start ...

  3. 2007 Saintayme Grand Cru

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sarah Wong 2007 Saintayme Grand Cru Saint Emilion, France It is difficult to find good value for money for a bottle of Bordeaux, and this wine is definitely worth a try. Denis Durantou, the owner of famed Chateau L'Eglise Clinet in Pomerol, has made this modestly priced wine with 13.5 per cent alcohol content. Saintayme is the local nickname for Saint Emilion. The wine is made ...

  4. Premier crew: the best of Bordeaux's 2011 vintage

    Posted Apr 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... sharp orange and lime blossom flavours, with a fine acidic core. 13.8 per cent alcohol. 96.- Alternative: Chateau Coutet Fresh, defined, piercing lime blossom and citrus, married to a rush ... tannins, rich black fruits. A delicate but heavyweight wine, one for the long haul. 13.4 per cent alcohol. 95.- Alternative: Chateau Branaire-Ducru Rich, vibrant, silky smooth. Sour plum ...

  5. uncorked

    Posted Jun 15th 2008, 12:00am by Debra Meiburg

    ... alcohol levels, the fuller the body. Thus a wine with a 14.5 per cent alcohol content will be fuller-bodied than a wine with 11.5 per cent. Unless the winemaker tinkers with the alcohol levels, cool climates produce wines with lower alcohol levels and warm climates produce wines with higher levels. This is because alcohol is derived from a grape's sugar content and warm climates ...

  6. Soft wine a hard sell

    Posted Jun 19th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... faces for a combination summer fashion show by Spy and a promo launch of a sparkly beverage, Sinvino, which in Spanish means 'wine without alcohol'. They were pushing it as a sophisticated refreshing drink, but to us 'wine without alcohol' just means grape juice. It was hardly surprising that both were saying wonderful things about the drink, suggesting how ...

  7. Asian grapevine

    Posted Aug 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of that amount. Add to it the changing lifestyle, economic situation and the Loi Evin, a law passed in France in 1991 to restrict alcohol and tobacco advertising, and a generation of French in their 20s and 30s may opt for beer or no alcohol at all. Drink-driving laws are strict and widely enforced, so long meals over many bottles of wine are a thing of the past. In Paris, where I have spent ...

  8. Wine ratings

    Posted May 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to drink, with soft tannins and high alcohol levels. Full-bodied and fruity. For short-term drinking. Mission Estate, Reserve Cabernet-Merlot 2009, www.watsonswine.com, HK$138 Mills Reef The Elspeth ...

  9. Asian grapevine

    Posted Apr 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 2010 was a great year for Margaux, nearly as good as 2009. For most properties, 2010 resulted in very high tannins and alcohol, which needed gentle handling in the winery. Most succeeded ... The wines that disappointed were too extracted, alcoholic, or had bitter, tough tannins. Modern-style St Emilions that are muscular, thick, body-builder types were most often too heavy- high ...

  10. The measure of the mainland

    Posted Jun 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Perhaps all that alcohol helped, but Asia's largest trade fair for wine ended yesterday with exporters in an upbeat mood despite slowing growth in the mainland market. More than 15,000 wine and spirits professionals took part in this week's Vinexpo Asia-Pacific, featuring 1,050 exhibitors from 28 regions- a record number for the biennial ...




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