French Wine

Hitting a high with liquid assets

Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to sip a 1982 Petrus is aware of the assault on the senses. But what about investing in top quality wines as an alternative asset class?

Sunday, 9 October, 2005, 12:00am


Only in dusty history books or in the sleepy wine world is the globe divided into 'old world' and 'new world' segments. Old world wine denotes European production whereas new world varieties are from non-European upstarts such as Chile, Australia and the United States.

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Uncorking a centuries-old industry for export

INDIA, LIKE CHINA, has a long history of making wine, but has only recently attracted the interest of international connoisseurs.

Wine was probably first made on the subcontinent about 5,000 years ago, but for religious and cultural reasons attitudes to alcohol have been inconsistent around the country.

15 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


Ranging in colour from salmon to strawberry, rose is the perfect summer drink. Don't confuse rose and blush. Blushes are pink, but the resemblance stops there. Blushes are deliberately sweet, whereas roses are dry and offer the aromas and flavours of red wine without the heaviness.

26 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

ESC sequences

This story features in this week's podcast, click here to hear all about it.

9 May 2005 - 12:00am

Dished Up

Margaux, at the Kowloon Shangri-La, is closing, and the last day to taste the restaurant's fine French cuisine is Saturday.

28 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Wine On


Trapiche 2003, $85

4 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Wine on


Laporte Domaine Du Rochoy Sancerre 2001, $238

12 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Wine on

Grenache blends from Barossa Valley,

South Australia

Miss Harry 2001, $158

11 May 2003 - 12:00am

Tastes and trends of things to come

My boss at the South China Morning Post gently encourages me at this time of year to predict what will happen in the world of wine for the coming year. Over the past 12 months, one of the hot topics has been the stelvin cap.

29 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

A first family of the wine world

The family-owned Hugel winery in Alsace, France, is a member of two extraordinary clubs. The first is the Primum Familiae Vini (PFV), the 'first families of wine', an international association limited to a maximum of 12 winemaking families. Membership is by invitation only and fellow members include Mouton Rothschild, Robert Mondavi, Piero Antinori, Miguel Torres and Robert Drouhin.

18 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Wine On

Under $100

Guelbenzu Bodegas del Jardin


13 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Bubbly talk looks only for girly clique

An interesting invitation was brought to our attention, but sadly Lai See's gender may preclude his attendance at what threatens to be a lively event.

Wine distributor Clicquot has invited reporters to a champagne breakfast at Petrus in the Island Shangri-La with Madame Cecile Bonnefond - the first female president of the company's champagne arm.

26 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Wine ON

Under $100

Jacob's Creek


2 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Spice grapes on comeback trail

Twenty years ago, wines from Alsace in France and from Germany's Rhineland were popular in Hong Kong. Fruity and perfumed, they were regarded as the vanguard of elegance. To go into some of the comparatively few restaurants that had decent wine lists and to ask for a gewurztraminer showed you were sophisticated.

16 Oct 1999 - 12:00am