Dessert Wines

Asian grapevine

Consumption of wine in France continues to decline. From its peak at well over 100 litres per capita several generations ago, consumption now stands at less than half of that amount.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:14pm

Sweet treats with a dash of extra spirit

When Morgan Terigi founded France Luxe, his mission was to 'bring the diversity of France's wine regions to the doorstep of Hong Kong consumers and help them discover new wines'.

His portfolio differs from typical wine lists by not containing the ubiquitous wines from notable French wine regions such as Bordeaux and Burgundy.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ticking the boxes

The wine list, along with the menu, gives a customer insight into what is important to a restaurant.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Who pairs, wins

Even diners who are not particularly fond of port may find it makes perfect sense when sipped with the exquisite chocolate and hazelnut bliss dessert on offer at Spoon, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

DELICIOUSLY old-fashioned

Old-fashioned and proud to be so, Hugo's opened at the old Hyatt Regency Hotel on Nathan Road in 1969 and survived virtually unchanged until the property was demolished in 2006.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Wine basics

With most food and drink items, the label shows all the contents. Not so with wine. While 85 per cent to 90 per cent of wine is water, there are actually more than 1,000 identified components in a bottle. Here are the most important ones that give a wine its character and personality.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sweet / fortified

On Decanter's list of '100 Wines to Try Before You Die', 16 are sweet or fortified. High-quality sweet wines tend to be more expensive due to low yields and high labour costs. For Chateau d'Yquem, it is said that one vine produces one glass of wine; vines for other wines provide between six and 42 bottles. The wine is not even made every year.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Amorosso founder sees bubble trouble

Luca Luise is a wine distributor, founder of Amorosso Fine Wines. Originally from Venice, Italy, Luise has been in the food and beverage industry for most of his life - one that has led him to brushes with British royals during his stints at ritzy venues in London like Annabel's, a hangout for blue bloods.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

Earlier this year, a British lawyer investigating the issue of counterfeit wines in China insisted on meeting me about a 'highly confidential case' on which he wanted my advice. I was so intrigued when he described the proof he had gathered from his trips to the mainland that I agreed to meet him for coffee. I was shown photographs of many examples of fake wines.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Old reds make a killing among connoisseurs, but whites are to dine for

Today's opening of the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair throws the spotlight on what the city is drinking as opposed to buying.

About 930 exhibitors from more than 37 countries are expected, but will they have much success in shifting Hongkongers' drinking habits?

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Festival promises dishes, wine to tickle the fancy

Top-rated dessert wines, premium sakes, Michelin-star dishes and award-winning vintages will test the taste buds of visitors at the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival, which opens today.

Running until Sunday at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, the festival includes 211 wine booths and 76 food booths, up from last year's 172 and 63 respectively.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Passion for Portuguese wine inspires a career

Haigan Wong used to spend his holidays with his father in Portugal tracking down the country's finest wines. When he returned to Hong Kong from London in 2004, he rejected a career in law to begin Adega Royale, turning a passion for little-known Portuguese wines into a business.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Perfect match

Although it's getting warmer and there's a risk of the odd sudden downpour, it's still a pleasant time of year to eat alfresco. Unfortunately, dining at one of Hong Kong's superb dai pai dong has become more difficult due to zealous implementation of government regulations.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pocketfuls of dreams

With his plummy accent, blue striped shirt and yellow polka-dot tie, Hugh Johnson seems the epitome of the slightly eccentric English gentleman. I'm surprised when his mobile phone rings; the ringtone a laughing toddler. 'My granddaughter, Lily,' he says with a smile.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

A steal at HK$50,000: HK's wine bubble gets out of control

Marc Fonbaustier obviously had a discerning palate. Either that or he had a sharp eye for an appreciating asset.

It must have been one or the other, because the former French consul general in Hong Kong only stole the best and most expensive bottles of wine.

3 Dec 2010 - 12:00am