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California vintner Jim Barrett dies aged 86

Winemaker Jim Barrett in 2008. Photo: AP

Barrett's 1973 Chateau Montelana Chardonnay won the prestigious "Judgment of Paris", a one-time blind tasting by nine French experts organised by British wine merchant Steven Spurrier, sending shockwaves through the wine industry.

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013, 3:55am

The cult of family

Family tradition has become a big deal in French wine - in some cases to the point of being a cult. Winemakers are taking pains to explain that it is not ego or price that drives them, but a sense of pride in being stewards of exceptional pieces of land. They try to keep steady hands on the tiller until the land passes to the next generation.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

I was invited to a discussion led by television chef Lidia Bastianich about the evolution of Italian food in America while I was in New York last week. She spoke about her journey through the United States, researching her seventh cookery book, Lidia's Italy in America.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Margrit Biever Mondavi

How did you come up with the idea of combining fine art, music, cuisine and wine at your winery?

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


With LVMH's recent announcement of a sparkling-wine joint venture in China and the marriage last year between Lafite Rothschild and Citic, prepare for a spate of international wineries turning their attention towards the mainland.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Man on a mission to share his passion for American wine

Increased competition and rising living costs are making it tougher to run a wine business, says Toby Marion, director and co-founder of distributer Golden Gate Wine.

But that has only made Marion - who started the company with his wife Eileen in 2004 - push harder to promote the quality and diversity of under-represented American wines to Hongkongers.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Mondavi widow here to continue tradition of good wine, fine food and jolly good company

Robert Mondavi, the man who put California wine on the map might be gone but his widow remains a proud ambassador. Margrit Biever Mondavi (left), the second wife of Robert Mondavi who started his eponymous Napa Valley empire in 1966 and died in 2008, was in Hong Kong all last week for numerous trade and media wine dinners and events.

5 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Bottle Shock

Starring: Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Rachael Taylor

Director: Randall Miller

Category: IIA

18 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Vine art

Stanley Cheng Kin-sui has good reason to pull a cork and raise a glass of his Hestan Vineyards debut, a 2002 cabernet sauvignon. Released in 2005, it became a red-hot collectors' item, having bagged a 95-point rating from wine aficionado Robert Parker.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Snow dudes squeeze every dollar out of winemaking

If you like to take home hotel shampoos and soaps, the next time you stay at the Peninsula there'll be some new bottles to add to your collection. Recently, they switched to a new brand called Davi, created by two young Californians, Josh LeVine and Carlo Mondavi. If that last name rings a bell, it's because the latter is heir to the Mondavi wine fortune.

17 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

A vintage affair

A black-tie vintners' dinner was the highlight of Hong Kong's biggest wine fair, Winpac 2007, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, earlier this month.

In a spectacular night of food and tastings of wine from all over the world, more than HK$200,000 was raised during an auction for the benefit of the M'Lop Tapang project for street children in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

23 Feb 2007 - 12:00am


Anyone familiar with 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies will remember the deeply intoned lyrics in the show's jingle, 'black gold, Texas tea'. Though not as lucrative as Jed Clampet's black gold (slang for oil, for those of you who missed the show), when it comes to sparkling red wines, one could intone, 'black bubbles, Australian tea'.

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Your shout

Been keeping a top spot all to yourself? How about sharing it? Be it a dai pai dong with a difference, a champagne and caviar extravaganza or a dance floor you call your own, let

5 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Food & wine

Sopexa will hold another of its wine events tomorrow at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The Burgundy Wine Fair at the Happy Valley Stand of the Happy Valley Racecourse takes place from 2pm-7pm. The entrance fee of $78 ($68 if you book today) allows guests to taste more than 100 wines from various importers including Jebsen, Remy, Ponti and Riche Monde.

19 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Food for thought

Wine lovers will be interested in two big events coming up - one in Hong Kong and the second in France. The biennial Vinexpo in Bordeaux is the biggest wines and spirits event in the world, covering 40,000 square metres. The exhibition takes place from June 17 to 21.

27 Apr 2001 - 12:00am