On the shelves

Until a few years ago, French winemakers stubbornly refused to put grape varieties on their labels.

Friday, 28 August, 1998, 12:00am


The stock market roller-coaster is not for me. Too dangerous. A far better investment is a case of Marques de Monistrol red from the Penedes region of Spain. With this, value is guaranteed.

7 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Focus of the vintage world

Robert Beynat has all the qualifications necessary to run the biggest wine show in Hong Kong. He comes from Bordeaux, where he earned a doctorate in business and enjoyed trips to the French vineyards.

12 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

On the shelves

Louis M Martini Winery is an old fashioned place - may it never be modernised. For 65 years, since Louis Martini built his winery in Napa, three generations have been dedicated to one philosophy: plant good grapes, grow prime fruit, make quality wine and sell at affordable prices.

15 May 1998 - 12:00am

Tasters' goblet runneth over

I remember the excitement wine bars caused when they first appeared in London in the early 1970s. Attracting a hipper, younger, classier crowd than pubs - with fellows in suits, stylish women in short, tight skirts and nary a spittoon in sight - they were the happening place-to-be.

20 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Putting your senses to the test

Now that tastings are as commonplace in Hong Kong as boutique openings - not to mention full-blown wine-maker's dinners - if you don't want to look as though you have just arrived from another planet, you should know how to act when the wine is poured.

I refer not to a pretentious ritual, but simply to the correct procedure for properly judging wine.

13 Mar 1998 - 12:00am


Why would anyone call a wine 'Long Flat Red'. Long? How can a wine be long? Flat? Well, yes, some wines do taste flat, but surely if you were trying to sell the stuff, you'd keep this quiet. Red? OK. In Australian, however, it makes perfect sense. Murray Tyrrell, the grand old man of the Hunter Valley, many years ago planted some of his impressive acreage on a long, flat riverside site.

6 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

New York wine shop with mission

Wine has gone through many changes over the years. In the beginning, it was nothing more complicated than basic fermented grape juice. When the French finally finessed it, aged it and pasted on fancy labels, it matured into a rather complicated drink. It was an intimidating situation for many, a nerve-wracking exercise in trying to choose the perfect bottle.

9 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Wine-tasting on hotel agenda

The Ritz-Carlton is the latest hotel to start holding wine-tasting seminars. The series of 12 will take place on the third Monday of each month throughout 1998, starting in January.

The tastings will be held in Toscana's private dining room. They cost $480 for an individual class or $5,184 for the series.

For more information call 2532-2062.

19 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Healthy move for Michael

Michael Jebsen feels very good about himself these days. Having given up smoking four months ago, Michael not only feels healthier but also has more energy.

As managing director of Jebsen & Co, a conglomerate which sells health food products - as well as everything from cars to cameras - Michael is probably practising what his company preaches.

7 Nov 1997 - 12:00am


Wine: Quinta de Pancas Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Region: Estramadura, Portugal Vintage: 1995 Once each year the Hong Kong Wine Society visits Macau for joint tastings with the enclave's Wine Society. The best Portuguese wines and vintage ports are sampled.

26 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Putting wine in its place

The Bible mentions wine many times and it is feasible it was the first liquid to be drunk after water.

Yet, we still panic at the sight of a wine list, are intimidated by pretentious descriptions of its characteristics, anguish over our eventual choices and hesitate to believe our own noses, taste buds and feelings.

Something is wrong somewhere.

18 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Compliments on the wine selection

TASTING food and wine with Tim Hanni is a weird experience. He tells you to suck a lemon, then sip an oak-edged chardonnay. Somehow, the wine becomes docile.

Then he suggests you follow bites of a tart Granny Smith apple with rough cabernet sauvignon. Your mouth feels similar to a battleground - the tartness grapples with the wine's kick.

8 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

White knight turns wino for poor gentlefolk

SIR Hamish Macleod is gone, but his legacy lingers.

One action of Sir Prudent's alone gets him the Knight Commander of the Lai See Order - his 1994 change on duties on wine.

In the bad old days, all wine in Hong Kong was taxed in a rather unfair way that favoured stuff gweilos can't drink from China.

30 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Grapes and gripes

CYCLING the fabled Wine Route of Alsace (Route du Vin d'Alsace) looks easy on paper. But finding peace in a glass of Gewurtztraimner is easier than finding a gravel shoulder to rest on along Route 421.

The occasional cycling spin in the New Territories or Lantau was no preparation for the Les Mans-type manoeuvres of heavy goods vehicles.

6 Sep 1994 - 12:00am