French Wine

Wine weeks are back for Happy Valley race-goers

Back by popular demand, the Jockey Club's Wines in the Valley programme will span four Wednesday race days, starting with next week's meeting at the Happy Valley racecourse.

Friday, 17 February, 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

Two wine stores with a dash of 'etc' offers new experience

Paulo Pong Kin-yee, founder and managing director of wine wholesaler Altaya Group, had wanted to branch out into retailing for a while. When he finally got the chance, he opened not just one but two shops in a matter of weeks.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


China habitually captures headlines for setting world records at wine auctions and for its insatiable demand for fine wines such as Chateau Lafite. It is easy to forget that China is a global player as a wine producer and ranks in the top 10, with a production of about 10.9 million hectolitres last year.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Wine lovers toast record-breaking imports

The curtain fell on Hong Kong's biggest wine and spirits fair yesterday as figures emerged showing that the city had already brought in a record-breaking HK$7.3 billion worth of wine in the first nine months of the year alone.

6 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

Toast HK's wine industry

Wine is big business in the Asia-Pacific region as Hong Kong has become the principal trading centre for fine wines in the world.

The fourth Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair has grown this year to include more than 930 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Go on, pampas yourself

Argentina is famed for the tango, football (Diego Maradona) and Evita Peron. A lesser known fact is that it's the fifth-largest wine producer.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Varietal has its day in the sun

Tomorrow wine lovers across the world will have the chance to celebrate an apparently underrated grape. The second International Grenache Day will see winemakers, importers and lovers of the variety taking part in various events to bring it wider publicity.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Tannic, robust and packed with plum fruit, who doesn't love malbec? While many people believe only thick-skinned grapes generate firm tannins and dark purple hues, malbec is actually a thin-skinned grape, which leaves it vulnerable to climatic hazards.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Grenache, or garnacha as it is known in Spain, is one of the most widely planted grape varieties. It has a humble reputation and does not quite have the prestige of wines made from cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir. It often plays a supporting role in wines, where it is used as a component in a blend.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Townhouse museum is a toast to wine making tradition

In the town of Ehnen, on the Luxembourg side of the River Moselle, which marks the border between the Grand Duchy and Germany, stands a stout Baroque-style townhouse that used to belong to an eminent local vintner, and generations of his forbearers. Since 1978, it has served as this tiny country's wine museum, and is a tourist attraction in Luxembourg's wine-producing region.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Vineyards are country's pride and joy

France continues to be the largest supplier of wines to Hong Kong, and the town's connoisseurs have a high regard for those of Bordeaux. However, recent years have seen a broadening of tastes and a greater interest being taken in the styles of other regions.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Inside Burgundy

Inside Burgundy By Jasper Morris

A telling reflection of the growing interest in burgundy wine is the fact that a Burgundian reference book was launched two weeks ago not in London or New York, but in Shanghai and then in Hong Kong.

24 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

The editor's note

It's easy to forget where meat comes from when it is neatly packed on supermarket shelves. Cut into manageable blocks, it has become just another consumable that we enjoy often without thought. In this edition of Good Eating, we've got our hands a little dirty, slapped the steak on the grill, and indulged our passion for red meat in all its varied glory.

14 Oct 2010 - 12:00am