French Wine

MALBEC

Malbec is one of the most exciting, vibrant and versatile wines on the market.

Thursday, 14 October, 2010, 12:00am

Uncorked

Grenache is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Recently, a group of top winemakers, viticulturists, journalists and scientists gathered in southern France, at the foot of Mont Ventoux (known for being one of the most gruelling ascents in the Tour de France), to see what could be done to nudge grenache towards the altar.

4 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

City's thirst for fine wine from Down Under is growing

Hong Kong is a well established market for Australian wine and, it seems, an ever thirstier one.

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Perfect match

Grilled snapper wings (fins) can be found at Japanese restaurants, but they're an easy dish to make at home. They can be seasoned with anything from sea salt to Cajun blackened spices, but the fins shouldn't be marinated because the flesh is easily degraded by oil and liquids such as onion juice. Grill the snapper wings in a cast iron skillet until crisp and charred in spots.

20 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Class distinctions

It would be comforting to believe that modern societies are not class conscious, but they are. There is no clearer evidence than the hierarchal classification of Bordeaux and how eagerly we chase the region's bottled royalty.

2 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Pierre Perrin

Do your wines go well with Chinese food? 'It can be quite challenging - there are so many different types and styles. It's not easy to say which style goes best with our wines. Chiu Chow goes well with some of our wines and Shanghainese is fine. Cantonese food might be difficult to pair, it can sometimes be a little too subtle for some types of Rhone wines.'

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Perfect match

The scallops we know as 'fanback' are called razor fish in some parts of the world. They got the name because the razor-sharp shells, which often protrude out of the mud, can seriously cut a predator - human or otherwise. They're sweet with a light texture but contain a lot of water so can shrink rapidly during cooking.

7 May 2009 - 12:00am

Delicate princess

Chefs and sommeliers are challenging the old credo 'white wine with white meat; red wine with red meat' and pinot noir is just the wine to flirt with the rule. A delicate red, pinot is slinking onto the table with this autumn's turkey, chicken and duck, as well as with meatier fish, such as tuna, shark and swordfish.

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Perfect match

If you like seafood, you'll appreciate how incomparably delicious fresh scallops are. There are many varieties, including one called razor fish, which has a shell so sharp it can do you serious harm if you accidentally step on it while wading in the sea.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

uncorked

The winemakers in Roussillon (roo-see-yohn) are determined to rock you. If there's a region where ancient rock plays a leading role, it is this isolated area on the eastern side of the Pyrenees Mountains in southwest France. In Roussillon, growers don't speak about soil; they rock.

18 May 2008 - 12:00am

Perfect match

Roast suckling pig isn't just a Chinese dish - the succulent, tender meat and crisp skin is appreciated around the world, especially in Europe. The best wine with it needs to match its richness and take into consideration what the meat is flavoured with and the condiments served with it. A full-bodied red is generally a better choice than a pinot or an unoaked white, however fruity.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Grand Cru to dazzle for his new mentor

The power of a stable change to John Moore is freshly imprinted on the minds of racing fans and they've hit the markets early in the third event at Sha Tin this afternoon where Grand Cru has his first start for the yard.

Grand Cru, formerly prepared by Francis Lui Kin-wai, was regarded a quite a useful galloper who perhaps underachieved compared to what he had promised.

27 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

uncorked

Malbec is no solo artist. Over the centuries it has played back-up to some of the world's finest wines - adding a damson note to classic bordeaux, giving structure in the Loire and gamey accents in southwest France. As malbec was once widely grown throughout France, it has hundreds of synonyms, such as cot or auxerrois noir.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Dished up

Kedington Wines is holding a wine tasting on October 23 at the Fringe Club Roof Garden in Central. The HK$150 fee includes tastings of more than 50 wines from Australia and New Zealand. Bookings: 2898 9323

18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

uncorked

Now that your children are settled into school, it's time to get focused on your own education. And there's no better way to ease into the study habit than to register for a few wine courses. Get out your scissors, pen and corkscrew; it's back-to-school time.

9 Sep 2007 - 12:00am