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When the BBC dreamed up Oz and James' Big Wine Adventure (BBC Lifestyle; Thursdays at 8pm), it brought together two of the most historic/heroic/romantic/hedonistic pastimes devised by man - motoring and wine tasting.

Sunday, 23 March, 2008, 12:00am

Perfect match

Most diners are familiar with intestines only as a casing for sausages; not many cultures eat them on their own, even though they're delicious. Large pork intestines are fatty and succulent. They're often deep-fried to render out the excess fat and concentrate the subtly sweet, nutty taste. Cooking them salt and pepper-style gives them a lift and changes their character dramatically.

21 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

What's On

December 15

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


Don't be cowed by experienced wine tasters who seem to discern every scent on the planet in a glass of wine. While you can let your imagination run wild with such descriptions such as 'Angelina in a jacuzzi', most wine aromas fall into a modest number of categories.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Grub clubs

There's a smorgasbord of clubs for food and wine lovers in Hong Kong and Macau, where like-minded individuals can meet and share their interest. Here's a taste of what's out there.

Chaine des Rotisseurs

Bailli Delegue (chapter president) Cassam Gooljarry

Membership 100 in Hong Kong; 33,000 worldwide (in 103 countries).

6 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

What is your least favourite drink?

Jeffrey Wong, 18

Many people love cola but I don't, be it Pepsi or Coca Cola. I find it's just a can of sweet liquid. The potential harm from drinking it is scary: tooth decay and weight gain for starters. And in terms of flavour, it's no match for coffee or hot chocolate.

Emily Bao, 14

8 Jul 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