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Gustation

Asian grapevine

Listen closely to intense wine conversations and you might hear phrases such as, 'yes, it must have gone through malo', 'this wine ought to breathe' or 'poorly handled oak regiment'. Every industry and specialised field has its own language, and wine is no different.

Thursday, 19 May, 2011, 12:00am

A swipe of a wine bar smartcard dispenses a full-bodied taste of the Golden State

If you're not too familiar with California's wine industry, there's a technology-assisted way to taste its range at the newly opened California Vintage wine bar in Wyndham Street.

13 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Public raise a glass in toast as doors are thrown open

Although the first two days of the fair are open only to the trade, Saturday will see the doors thrown open to the public, for anyone aged 18 or above, who can buy tickets at selected Circle K convenience stores or at the fair for HK$200 each.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Putting Californian wine on the map and helping charities as well

Cold temperatures aren't always bad news for wineries. This year's unusually cool summer in California, at a time of global warming, might have helped contribute to distinctly cool vintage wines.

20 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Perfect match

Stir-fried asparagus with scallops is a simple, delicious and substantial dish - and it's good for those who are watching their waistlines. The scallops are filling and the asparagus is a healthy green vegetable filled with antioxidants.

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Sommelier keeps wine tasters in the dark to sharpen their senses

Wine writer Jennifer Luk Kit-shan (pictured) plans to take blind tastings to a new level - conducting them in the dark.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

A taste for knowledge

One of the major attractions of Vinexpo Asia-Pacific, from its first Hong Kong show in 1998, has been an expanding programme of tutored tastings, seminars, master classes and special presentations conducted by high-level wine and spirits industry professionals.

25 May 2010 - 12:00am

Hungry for more

I've only been to Taipei a few times but, being a food lover, my trips have been agonising. It's not that the food is bad; on the contrary, there's more good food than I can possibly sample. I end up having breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and street food - then pack my suitcase with delicacies such as roasted duck tongue, pineapple cake, dried fish roe and bottled sauces.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

A space for inspiration

A residential-inspired venue offering a special visual showcase for event planners has been introduced by Park Hyatt Beijing.

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Puree for the tongue

Western chefs are finally embracing umami. Formerly it was believed the human tongue could only taste four flavours - sweet, salty, sour and bitter. But the Japanese discovered monosodium glutamate and its umami flavour.

18 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

In defence of fat

Saskia asks: Why do fatty foods taste so yummy?

Wynnie says: People often find low-fat or fat-free versions of their favourite foods are disappointing imitations of the original, despite what the label promises. This is not psychological: removing fat from food usually changes its texture, aroma and taste.

3 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Art on a plate

Renowned Japanese food artist Ayako Suwa was in town last month to introduce some of her creations to Hong Kong. Shopping mall wtc more is showcasing the artist and her material in an exhibition that will run until early next month.

14 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Xavier de Eizaguirre

How did you get into the wine business? 'I studied international business and my dream as a teenager was to travel the world. I decided early on to find a job that would let me travel. Luckily I found a job with Chateau Mouton Rothschild as export director; I've been with them for 34 years now. Obviously, as export director, I had to travel and I've never stopped.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Get a taste of the sweet life - miracle berries that take away those bitter edges

The share market may appear to be on the right track, but we all know the actual economy still hasn't caught up with that trend. These are sour times, but luckily some people are still working at spreading a bit of sweetness around town.

22 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Blog for the common man

Wine blogs can be a bit of a bore. They're often pretentious and long-winded, with the writer waxing rhapsodic about a rare wine that most of us will never taste and working in references to dead German philosophers, obscure film directors and the blogger's luxury yacht, vineyard in Burgundy and home in the south of France.

16 Aug 2009 - 12:00am