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What is your least favourite drink?

Jeffrey Wong, 18

Sunday, 8 July, 2007, 12:00am


Wine was created to go with food and there are some great matches in the world: sauternes and foie gras, sancerre and oysters, vintage port and blue cheese. In Europe, cuisines and wines from the same region have evolved harmoniously together.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am


A visitor to De Bortoli cellar door in Australia's Yarra Valley was sampling the Windy Peak Sauvignon Blanc and listening to a few descriptors from the woman behind the counter. 'You might find, in addition to the lemon and lime overtones, some notes of asparagus, grass and even green peas,' she explained. The visitor paused for a moment and put down his tasting glass.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am


There is a reason why we describe life's painful disappointments as bitter pills. If you have fumbled your way to the medicine cabinet in a pre-hangover state, odds are you know about the bitterness of pills; an aspirin stubbornly lodged in the back of your dry throat is the textbook example of bitterness.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Why do fish and chips from a takeaway shop taste better than the homecooked version?

FYI: Why do fish and chips from a takeaway shop taste better than the homecooked version?

18 Jun 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

Grape expectations

Beijing has been witnessing huge growth in the wine industry in recent years, with rising numbers of expatriate palates yearning to be satisfied. Bulk e-mails from all sorts of wine companies and ads in expat magazines tantalise potential customers with wine-related events, the free delivery of cases of fine wines and special buffet lunches with wine as the main lure.

17 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Guests to put in the hard shards

CitySeen received an invitation this week that made us look twice. The regional manager of Austrian crystal specialist Riedel is coming to town and its promotions people wanted us to attend a 'wine glass tasting'.

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


If there is one sure way to assess wine quality, it is by evaluating its length. Length is a term used to describe how long the flavour of a wine remains in the mouth after swallowing or spitting. The longer the length or persistence of a wine's flavours, the higher the wine's quality. Like a thoroughbred racehorse, a winning wine needs to go the distance.

3 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Grape expectations

Wine lovers should mark January 28 and 29 in their diaries because the 16th annual WinPac (Wines of the Pacific Rim) Festival will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Central. Judges

16 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Food and thought

Ayurveda states that the different universal elements - vata, pitta and kapha - are strong at different times of the day, so not only do we need to eat foods corresponding to our doshas, but we also need to eat at suitable times.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Wine on


Less than $100

Robert Skalli 2002 chardonnay, $93

5 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Sniff, sip and swirl - all in 10 seconds

Instinct is key to choosing the best, said local oenophile Simon Tam, one of two dozen judges at this year's International Wine Challenge of Asia, where 900 vintages are in competition.

The judges will gather at Cyberport today for the final rounds of the three-day competition.

5 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Japanese food is as good as it tastes

If you enjoy Japanese food you may lead a healthier and longer life.

Popular Japanese food such as sushi, seafood, green tea and tofu are what give Japanese the longest lifespans in the world.

16 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Wine on

Italian cabernets

Villa Caffagio Cortaccio cabernet sauvignon 1999, $625

24 Aug 2003 - 12:00am