Classification of Wine

Cantonese has met its match

According to a survey released last week customers at Hong Kong's top 65 restaurants can choose from an average of 270 wines, more than half of them French.

Thursday, 28 June, 2012, 12:00am

Asian grapevine

Once upon a time, many of the most expensive wines in the world were sweet. Champagne as we know it, with its fine bubbles and crisp, linear, dry style, was not in vogue. Instead, it had noticeable residual sugar, and probably tasted more like Moscato d'Asti, the lightly sweet sparkling wine from Italy, than the Brut non-vintage champagne that we are familiar with today.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

10,000 bottles of wine dumped

Police are trying to track down the owners of more than 10,000 bottles of low-cost red wine found abandoned in Hong Kong streets.

Hundreds of cases of the French, Chilean and Argentinian wine - all of which sells for less than HK$150 a bottle - were brought to the attention of police in Hung Hom on Monday night and in Sham Shui Po yesterday.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Perfect match

The festive season is upon us once again. Inevitably, the question most asked is: 'Which bubbly should we celebrate with?' The usual response is: 'The best one, of course.'

25 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

List in translation

Entertaining an associate for lunch in a smart Hong Kong restaurant, the host opened the leather-bound wine list and his eyes fell upon the words 'Puligny-Montrachet'. 'Ah, I know that's a fine white burgundy,' he thought to himself, and ordered a bottle.

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


Wine is not only something to enjoy as an accompaniment to a meal, it's also a key ingredient in classic dishes such as coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon and sabayon (zabaglione), and it is used as subtle flavouring in many more. You can cook with most wines including the fortified varieties such as port, Madeira and Marsala, which are good in sweet and savoury dishes.

14 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

De Westhof Estate wine

It comes as no surprise to learn that Danie De Wet studied in the vineyards and cellars of the famed German wine college at Geisenheim. His De Westhof Estate wines bear a distinct relationship to the best of Rhine wines; one difference is that you can afford De Wet's sprightly chardonnay.

5 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Wee dram for the old man

ONE special gift which might go down well - literally - on Father's Day is a bottle of fine wine or spirits.

Two places in Central which offer a particularly good choice are Oliver's, in Prince's Building, or Seibu, in Pacific Place.

A bottle of French red wine could be the answer, because it can be stored for several years and only improve in quality.

13 Jun 1993 - 12:00am