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Wine opinion: Saint-Emilion

The picturesque Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux.Photo: AFP

The cobblestone streets of Saint-Emilion have been alive with delighted smiles and sideways glances since its new wine ranking was unveiled a few weeks ago.

Thursday, 4 October, 2012, 10:37am

Cru to themselves - winemaking philosophies are not so far apart

The handwritten sign hanging over the wooden beams on the winery ceiling says: 'Wines are like women. You have to cherish them before they open up to you.' Looking at it, Edouard Labruyere shrugs with a smile. 'That's Burgundy for you.'

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Younger generation injects breath of fresh air

Bordeaux, defined by the classification system of 1855, is a region associated with history and tradition, and most of the world's most expensive wines. A bunch of young Bordelais, however, are attempting to inject a breath of fresh air into the region, and they go under the collective name of Bordeaux Oxygene.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

2010 Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Riesling Kabinett

2010 Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Riesling Kabinett NACKENHEIM, GERMANY

Founded in 1980, Gunderloch is a family-owned winery and now run by the fifth generation Hasselbach family. The vineyards are located on the banks of the River Rhine, carefully chosen for its ability to ripen grapes optimally.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sweetness and light: the best of Austria

Some of the images that Austria evokes include Mozart, the Viennese waltz, Wiener schnitzel and strudel. Then there's glass manufacturer Riedel and, of course, the wines.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

When New Food - official media sponsor for the 86th China National Food, Wine & Spirits Fair - invited me to speak at its gala dinner in Chengdu last month, I was immediately interested. Many China-based wine professionals had told me it was the largest and possibly the most important fair of its kind on the mainland.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sweet / fortified

On Decanter's list of '100 Wines to Try Before You Die', 16 are sweet or fortified. High-quality sweet wines tend to be more expensive due to low yields and high labour costs. For Chateau d'Yquem, it is said that one vine produces one glass of wine; vines for other wines provide between six and 42 bottles. The wine is not even made every year.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Germany was once known for cheap, sweet wines known as liebfraumilch. Some of us may remember Blue Nun. The industry has since modernised, and vast improvements have been made. Beset by complicated labelling regulations and unpronounceable names, German wines still struggle to make their mark.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

I was treated to Yquem on several occasions when I was in Bordeaux, France, last month. Every time I have an Yquem or any great mature sweet wine, I say to myself: 'Why don't I buy and drink this more often?'

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

Vinexpo's focus on China this year was remarkable - so intense, it seemed almost obsessive.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Italy hopes to find perfect match for Chinese cuisine

Italy's participation at this year's Wine and Spirits Fair reflects the full extent of its wine culture.

Its pavilion will feature wineries, wine tourism, wine education, wine logistics and gastronomy, reflecting the Italian view that food and wine should not be separated.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am


Looking for an elegant white wine that won't get you too tipsy and pairs beautifully with delicate fish and seafood dishes?

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Perfect match

Steamed mussels in lemongrass, saffron and black peppercorn broth is a dish that was invented by yours truly - although whether anyone else had come up with it previously, I do not know. Most mussel preparations are predictable. This one takes three flavours often paired with the bivalve and combines them for an easy and palate-stimulating dish.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am


Looking for a really good white wine that won't get you too tipsy and goes with seafood? Try riesling, one of the world's noble grape varieties.

It's easy to spot riesling on the shelves because it comes in long, slim bottles that are green, blue or brown.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

Crus collection

Chablis doesn't seem to belong to Burgundy. Although officially part of the French region, it's a two-hour drive from the Cote d'Or, the heart of Burgundy. Chablis' soil is chalkier, its weather chillier and its wines steelier than those of the Cote d'Or.

29 Nov 2009 - 12:00am