Wine Tasting

Wine tasting: White Rioja

Wine tasting: White Rioja

Ninety per cent of output from Rioja in northeastern Spain, one of the country's most famous wine regions, is red wine. Thus, white Rioja remains a niche product - but its importance should not be overlooked.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 8:41am

Wine Tasting: Prats wines

Wine Tasting: Prats wines

With a view of the Hong Kong Club stretching in front of us, Bordeaux legend Bruno Prats remarked that his first visit was to Hong Kong was in 1972. He was advised, "Forget about the local wine market as only the British drink wine."

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

Wine opinion: tips of the blind tasters

Wines can usually be identified by characteristics linked to regions, climate and grape variety. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Most tasters normally start by eliminating half of the world, by going down the Old World-New World route. Because of tradition and winemaking technique, Old World wines tend to be more restrained. 

7 Feb 2013 - 9:13am

A vintage to savour in the flush of youth

It is always difficult to assess Burgundy vintages, as quality depends on harvest conditions, vineyard site and individual winemaking practices. The consensus among wine writers is that 2009 Burgundy is a good but not great vintage for white wines. Master of wine Clive Coates has given white Burgundies an overall score of 17/20.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

My first two great bottles of Sauternes were with the late Barry Burton. I was a new arrival in Hong Kong in early 1994, and my wine-savvy girlfriend, Rita Lim, introduced me to her circle of wine friends and private tasting groups. This included the Hong Kong Wine Society, which was, and remains, the most active blind-tasting group in Hong Kong.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Presentation adds to prestige

Wine lovers can usually tell from one glance at a label whether the contents are likely to be worth savouring. But on the mainland, where drinking wine is still something of a novelty, it is necessary to spell out that a wine is special, particularly if presenting it as a gift, through elaborate packaging and ornate lettering.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am


Chateau Fontenil is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and its winemaker Michel Rolland (pictured, above) will be in town for a wine dinner at The China Clipper in The Peninsula Hong Kong on May 30 at 7pm.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

2010 Columbia Valley Chardonnay

2010 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Chateau Ste Michelle Washington State, US

Chateau Ste Michelle produces an ideal summer tipple in Oregon, in the United States.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

2011 Neudorf Pinot Rose

2011 Neudorf Pinot Rose New Zealand

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

2009 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Chardonnay

2009 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Chardonnay Columbia Valley Washington state, US

When most wine drinkers think of American wines, they immediately think of California. Not to be overlooked is Washington state, which is the second-largest wine region in the country.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

AFFAIR of the senses

Kavita Devi Faiella, wine director, Press Room Group

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Uncorking a vintage career in selling fine wines

Since the government abolished taxes on wine in 2008, new life has flowed into the industry, turning Hong Kong into a global wine hub. Needless to say, when buying a product as sophisticated as wine, it never hurts to ask a professional.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am


If you are embarking on a wine-learning journey, Hong Kong - with its vibrant industry and duty-free tax status - is probably one of the best places to start. All you need to do is be confident, taste more and keep a record of wines you like or dislike.

Reference books

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

French sommelier's 'universal' wine glasses pass taste test at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon dinner

Nay-sayers may be sceptical about a universal wine glass that can indeed enhance the aroma and reveal the richness and complexity of your vino.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Glass makes a difference to the overall experience

Suresh Kanji was dining in a newish, quite decent restaurant in Hong Kong, and ordered a bottle of quite decent red wine to go with dinner. When the glassware arrived, he changed his mind. He downgraded to the most ordinary bottle of wine on the list. Why?

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am