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Crystal cocktail: Lucaris toasts to the city with HK-inspired wine glasses

Vinexpo, which opened yesterday, has fuelled a lot of wine talk in recent weeks - sparking interest not only in tastings, but also in drinking accoutrements.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am

Master sommelier leads wine-glass revolution

Winemakers spend years cultivating their vineyards, and through experience and changing techniques, try to create the best wines possible.

Enthusiasts go to great lengths to store wines properly and can only do them justice by having the proper stemware to better appreciate them.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am


5/F Mody House 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Tel: 2724 3828

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

More to it than just a cork

Bottles are by no means the only investment a wine lover's passion entails. Keeping wines in good condition in a wine-hostile climate requires specialised storage units, and appreciating them at their best involves specialised glassware.

Even the quality of the corkscrew used can contribute to the sense of overall enjoyment.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A glass act

Most people mistakenly believe a snifter - a glass with a wide bottom and a relatively narrow top - is the best holder. But the snifter actually prevents the full enjoyment of cognac because the narrow top forces the smell of alcohol into the nose, preventing the drinker from savouring the various floral and fruity smells.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

On the shelf

I love to trawl the aisles of the Jusco HK$10 shops (which are formally known as Jusco $10 Plaza Plus, although I don't know anybody who calls them that). The products are (usually) of good quality and the selection is eclectic.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Get set for a feast to remember

To stage a perfect dinner party, you'll need to bring more to the table than just good food. Yet that isn't always so easy, given the limited confines of a typical Hong Kong home. We asked several local professionals for their face- and space-saving tips on entertaining at home.

4 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Popular Rain swept away as Zidane stays on to chat at opening

As if French soccer legend Zinedine Zidane wasn't enough of a draw, Swiss watch brand IWC Schaffhausen's oh-so grand opening at 1881 Heritage on Wednesday had its own galactico team of superstars in its line-up.

30 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Cocktail confirms Dalai Lama as a mover and a shaker

Except for Beijing, many people have a liking for the Dalai Lama. Even a cocktail has been named after the funny old man with the constant grin. This yummy recipe for the Dalai Lama cocktail was sent to me recently by a reader.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Bottomless decadence at pink liquid picnic on the lawn

Normally they frown if you set foot on The Repulse Bay's front lawn, but on Friday night, champagne house Moet & Chandon was permitted to hold a 'pink-nic' right on the grass. Publicising their pink rose to the upper-crust crowd, they even encouraged guests to lie down outdoors on pink blankets and pillows while being served bottomless tulip-shaped champagne flutes and hors d'oeuvres.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

How to choose ... a cocktail shaker

How to choose ... a cocktail shaker

It is possible to make cocktails by mixing them in a glass but certain drinks seem right only when they're made in a cocktail shaker.

27 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Crystal clear

For the olfactorally challenged, wine tastings used to be daunting. Now, thanks to new glassware technology, there is help at hand to guide budding oenologists through the subtle aromas of young wines.

A range of glasses, called Open Up (below), aims to help develop the flavours of white wines less than three years old and red wines under five.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Beer handed

It is not quite as thankless a job as cleaning the stands, but being a beer girl is no walk in the park either. 'It's really tiring, because the beer jugs are pretty heavy,' said Kit. 'It was pretty regular this year and I didn't have trouble with any really drunk people. It's my third year here, and I really like it. It's a tough job, but I get to watch a bit of rugby in between the selling.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Fantastic plastic

Perfect for picnics, parties and children is the Swirl Unbreakable Collection from Indigo (6/F and 18/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2552 3500). The double-walled, hand-painted items are made of acrylic and come in blue and bright orange. The collection includes salad bowls ($325), jugs ($325) and glasses ($75 to $95).

14 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

espresso cups

1. Villeroy & Boch, $250 a set, from Lane Crawford, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 0660.

2. New Wave by Villeroy & Boch, $290 a set, from Lane Crawford.

3. International Flight by Norma J, from illy collection, $1,320 a set, Tai Luen Coffee Co., 27 Au Pui Wan Street, Sha Tin, tel: 2605 8683.

6 Mar 2005 - 12:00am