Portuguese wine critic shares tips at Macau Wine and Dine Event

Douro Valley. Photo: AFP

I met Portuguese wine critic Joao Paolo Martins recently at the Macau Wine and Dine Event at the Venetian, where he spent an entire day lecturing on his native wines.

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013, 6:02pm

Wine lover chases the obscure grape

Viens (right) at winemaker Allan Walken-Davis' (left) vineyard in Namibia. Photo: Maria Conti

Next week, Jean-Charles Viens is taking his final master of wine exam in Sydney. Then he's planning a holiday in Bali.

7 Jun 2013 - 2:14am

Wine opinion: Parisian vineyards

Patrice Bersac

It makes perfect sense for Patrice Bersac to live and work in Paris' Bercy district, just a short stroll from the restored wine warehouses of Cour Saint-Emilion, now converted to cafes and bars humming with students and day-trippers.

10 May 2013 - 7:32am

Chinese drive to create vast vineyards spark concern

Pandas' habitats would be damaged through deforestation in regions suitable if winegrowing unless controls are put in place. Photo: Reuters

Shenzhen businessman Peng Weijian has an insatiable curiosity when it comes to wine. For more than a decade he has travelled the globe tasting the products of grapes from many regions.

6 May 2013 - 5:22am 8 comments

Bordeaux en primeur for 2012

A customer tries a 2012 Bordeaux wine in Sauternes (top), while the owner of a vineyard in Graves prepares a tasting session. Photos: AFP

19 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Chilean wineries excel at mid-range tipples

The region of Santa Rita, located south of Santiago

Chilean wine has a reputation for offering reliability at the HK$100-a-bottle level. It's easy drinking with ripe fruit and some oak on the reds. It may not be sensational, but it's not offensive, either.

29 Mar 2013 - 10:32am

Wine opinion: winter in the vineyard

Photo: AFP

"In the summer, I'm usually working with a small team in the vineyards," says Olivier Tregoat, a terroir expert and vineyard consultant in Beziers in the south of France. "On a typical day, we'll be taking readings of the vines, and checking shoot growth, water stress, and all the other indicators of how good a growing season we are having."

8 Mar 2013 - 10:19am

Beer-brewing Dutch try their hand at making wine

Job and Neeltje Huisman drink a Nieuw Tivoli 2011, a white wine produced from the special grapes in their vineyards. Photo: AFP

Too cold, too wet and not enough sunlight: for centuries, the beer-brewing Netherlands has been snubbed as a good place to plant vineyards and make decent wines - until now.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am

Marcos Eguren

How did your upbringing affect your career choice? 'I'm the fourth generation of the family to work [in the wine industry]. I was born in the winery. My childhood is associated with the vineyard - I would work there with my father and brother. What I'm trying to transmit when I [make] my wines is the purity of them - that 'straight from the vineyard' experience.'

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


As Hong Kong's financial year draws to a close, platoons of smartly clad analysts will turn their attention to investment yields. The quest for high yield is unequivocal in financial circles but its role in the wine sector is far more contentious.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


It is difficult to explain passions, but some winemakers go to greater extremes than others. The extreme endurance award must go to Australia's Rutherglen stickies. These dark brown, sweet, highly evolved wines can take 80 years to produce. Honourable mention goes to a late-harvest riesling from Nussforf in Germany.

27 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Grape glut threatens vineyards with ruin

A wine glut in Australia is so severe that a multimillion-dollar bailout is needed to protect hundreds of small vineyards from financial ruin, the industry has warned.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am