Aging of Wine

The Corkscrew

When I look at a label, I often wonder how long that particular wine brand has been around. That is especially true when it comes to port; some bottles have been around for hundreds of years.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

2008 Eroica Riesling

2008 Eroica Riesling Chateau Ste Michelle Washington State, US

This wine is named after Beethoven's Third Symphony and it is as harmonious and elegant as its namesake. The 2008 edition offers an intense combination of pineapple and lemon-lime flavours and searing acid that integrates well with the fruit. The flavours linger beautifully.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

COOL stuff

Wine is so sensitive that it doesn't like being bottled. It can close down temporarily, immediately after the stress of being moved from its barrel or tank - the so-called 'bottle shock'.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Faults

Chances are that you have sipped a wine and thought that it did not taste quite right, but you were not able to pinpoint why. That's because the wine may have suffered from a fault affecting the aromatics or taste.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Storage

Most people buy wine and drink it immediately, but some buy wines to lay down. Most of the wines on retail shelves are ready for immediate drinking and will not benefit from long-term ageing, but it is difficult to find a hard and fast rule to say which wines will improve with cellaring. Ageing potential depends on grape variety, vintage, region, winemaking methods, packaging and bottle size.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Laurent Ponsot

Did you always want to join the family business? 'We are a very old winemaking family. What's [unusual] is that none of the men of each generation started out as a winemaker - we all did something else. My grandfather, for example, is a doctor in law; I'm a business graduate and had a travel agency in Paris.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

South of the Bordeaux

Hong Kong's wine lovers are going to find that between now and the end of November it's not so much a question of saving the date as blocking off the whole calendar for a series of grape-centred events.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

We're with a new label

ANYONE WHO'S sampled one of the many rock autobiographies that line bookstore shelves will be familiar with a musician's hard-partying lifestyle. Decadent tales of mainlining, loose groupies and the real Jack-and-coke (whiskey and cocaine) are ubiquitous.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Wine lovers extend their horizons

Bordeaux classics alone can no longer satisfy the palates of Hong Kong wine lovers as their tastes become more sophisticated.

Three years after the abolition of a wine tax, there is stronger demand for wines cultivated outside the renowned French region, traders say.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Awards to recognise hotels and eateries

When the New York wine merchant William Sokolin was asked for his definition of a good wine, he replied: 'It should start and end with a smile.'

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Label of love

KAVITA DEVI Faiella weaves her way through a busy Press Room in Quarry Bay, pulling out her favourite vintages and describing them like most people describe their idols. 'Alvaro Palacios is the rock star of Spanish wine. Not only has he made one of Spain's most iconic wines, L'Ermita, but he also makes great value wines from a number of indigenous varieties and regions,' she says.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

New wine lovers ripe for picking

As more millionaires in China develop expensive taste in wines, the country's first fund to invest in top French chateau labels has been launched to offer the rich an opportunity to cash in on their hobby

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

I have been known to linger over wine lists for so long that exasperated friends and family now often send me the wine list from restaurants we are meant to dine in days before our reservation date.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Wine guru toasts family time

Debra Meiburg travels all the time, regionally and internationally. It's all in a day's work for the celebrated wine journalist and educator, who regularly frequents picturesque wine-producing regions such as Tuscany and Bordeaux.

Despite having grown used to her itinerant lifestyle, Meiburg concedes she has yet to achieve the right balance between her work and personal life.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

An option to suit every wine investor's tastes

While Schroders group chief investment officer Alan Brown invests in a wine fund to hedge against price risks, other wine lovers adopt different investment strategies.

Gordon Yuen Tien-yau, chairman of A&A Retail Management, doesn't look at wine funds favourably.

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

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