Improving All Friends ready to show worth

All Friends showed he was going in the right direction with a solid performance in the Class Three Hong Kong Club Challenge Cup (1,200m) on Wednesday night at Happy Valley.

Friday, 6 January, 2012, 12:00am

Unrivalled variety

This year's Hong Kong International Wine Fair partner country is one of the largest producers of wine in the world by volume, and also one of the leaders in terms of quality.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

It all makes sense

Butterflies have taste organs on their feet, while dragonflies can see ultraviolet light, and the nose of a bloodhound is believed to be millions of times more sensitive than a human's.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


With its soft rolling poggios (small hills), silvery olive groves, implausibly green vineyards and ancient-cypress-tree-bordered driveways, it's impossible not to fall in love with Tuscany. And its wines aren't bad either. Tuscany, in central Italy, is home to the sangiovese grape, a food-friendly variety that consistently delivers tart cherry-fruit flavours.

21 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

New school boosts lure of Chianti duplexes from HKR

Luxury Discovery Bay development fetching record prices

Discovery Bay developer HKR International will pitch the release of the remaining 20 duplexes in its Chianti Block 3 development at wealthy couples with school-going children.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Food & wine

If you want to sample the food of top Hong Kong restaurants and hotels - and donate money to a good cause - reserve your tickets now for the annual Great Chefs of Hong Kong fundraiser. The event takes place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Wan Chai on March 11, with proceeds going to the Heep Hong Society, which provides education for children with special needs.

1 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

It's for drinking - not storing

Vintage bottles of wine are selling at Sotheby's for outlandish prices.

Banking on wine may be as old as the hills, but nowadays excited bidders seldom get to raise a goblet with the same enthusiasm.

These wines are deemed 'too good to drink' and often spend the rest of their lives languishing in a dark, climate-controlled cellar.

9 May 1997 - 12:00am


Wine: Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva.

Grape: Sangiovese.

6 Aug 1995 - 12:00am


Wine: Marchesi de Frescobaldi. Castello di Nipozzano. Chianti Rufina Riserva.

Grape: Sangiovese (with a little Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia).

Region: Tuscany, Italy.

Vintage: 1990.

19 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Toscana comes up trumps for restaurant

WE thought it only proper that we allow a decent interval for the Italians to decide who would be their umpteenth prime minister before we again raised the subject of the Ritz-Carlton's pasta (of the superior quality, of course) restaurant.

1 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

San Leonino Chianti Reserva 1988

TUSCANY is the heartland of Italy, and the blood of Tuscany is its wine. The mysterious Etruscans, whose civilisation vanished after they were conquered by the Romans, were making wine in Tuscany 3,000 years ago.

5 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Paying the price for a taste of Italy

KEATS, Byron and Shelley have a lot to answer for. So do Goethe, Gregorovius and an army of German, French and Swiss writers, travellers and poets who elevated the cultural pilgrimage to Italy into a model for enlightenment.

Their writings opened the gates to a flood of foreigners, for whom Italy represents all that is best in culture.

23 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Dievole Riserva Classico 1988.

THE 7.2 billion litres of wine made each year in Italy appears on the market under 1.6 million labels. How does the wine lover know which one to buy? Some help is given by the classification of 800 wines under 220 DOC zones. These are meant to indicate the top wines.

7 Mar 1993 - 12:00am