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Viticulture

Jean-Valmy Nicolas

What did growing up in a family of winemakers teach you? 'I'm very lucky - [this business] is not just about wine, it's something very cultural. It's about the way you have a good time with other people - sharing good wine and good moments.

Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am

A radical approach that is grounded in common sense

Thirty years ago, most vineyards, like other agricultural farmlands, used chemicals to combat disease and, more importantly, increase output. But chemicals degrade land and damage ecosystems. To restore the balance, vine growers increasingly practise 'sustainable' farming, which uses a minimum of chemicals, or 'organic' farming, which uses none.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

TOP tipples

Nicolas Pierron, Head Sommelier, Island Shangri-La

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

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

Rain of terroir

A bright blue sky warmed the thousands of wine tasters who converged on Bordeaux at the start of this month's wine futures week, as temperatures reached the low 30s. But by the end of the week, just a few hours after the last glasses were cleared away, the temperature had fallen by 20 degrees Celsius as a hailstorm lashed the city.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

'Eighty per cent of pre-1980 Burgundies sold at auction are fake,' says Laurent Ponsot. That figure from the Burgundy winemaker came as a shock to me.

'I have been on a personal crusade for the past four years,' he adds. 'I need to find out who has fake Burgundies and who is selling them.'

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Tang and Leung: the tale of two offices

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

The only time I look at Chinese zodiac forecasts is when I am waiting in my dentist's office and there is nothing else to read. This year, commentary about the upcoming Year of the Water Dragon seems to have crept closer to the front sections of the newspaper, even inviting international observations about the ferocious looking dragon stamps released on the mainland this month.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

We have some idea of the 2011 vintage in the southern hemisphere, which was harvested around April, but it is still very early to make any final assessments for the northern hemisphere.

However, reports from producers and local commentators continue to stream in, and now we are starting to get a better picture of the quality of the 2011 wines from around the world.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

South of the Bordeaux

Hong Kong's wine lovers are going to find that between now and the end of November it's not so much a question of saving the date as blocking off the whole calendar for a series of grape-centred events.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

For several hundred years, French was the language of European politics, fine arts, literature and, of course, all matters pertaining to gastronomy.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Good year for the noses

The annual en primeur tasting allows buyers from the world over to taste the latest Bordeaux vintage and choose the wines they would most like to secure for their customers. These wines were only harvested six months ago, and won't be bottled and delivered until 2011 - or even 2012, in many cases.

15 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Best foot forward

I trod grapes with about 30 pickers at Quinta do Vesuvio, in Portugal, the other night. Foot-treading has been done since time immemorial but these days grapes are squished with human toes only when port is being produced.

18 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Best of the bunch

Last week, I harvested grapes at La Tache (Burgundy), hoping the pewter coloured skies would hold the rain for one more day. They did. Burgundy's 2009 vintage is looking good. I then met with Madame Bize-LeRoy, arguably one of the finest producers in Burgundy, if not the world. Bize-LeRoy decribed 2009 as a 'vendange facil', an easy harvest, which means it is a high quality vintage.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Brand story: Caudalie

What is it?

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

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