Elusive flavours all part of the appeal

A winery in Franschoek,  east of Cape Town, where brandy is made. Photo: AFP

South African wines seem to have an ambiguous reputation among Hong Kong wine lovers, and Chris So is convinced it’s undeserved.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 10:55am

Wine school: nose to the grindstone

Illustration: Nik Coole

The Master of Wine exam is arguably the toughest and most demanding in the industry. Some think the Master Sommelier qualification is marginally tougher. 

13 Dec 2012 - 9:59am

STATE secrets

Despite a generally sluggish American economy, United States wine exports are doing well. Winery revenues reached a record of US$1.39 billion last year, an increase of 21.7 per cent from 2010, according to the Wine Institute & Global Trade Information Services.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Wine 33

With Bangkok taste buds maturing quicker than ever, new wine bars seem to be popping up everywhere. Wine 33 is among the latest, and is quickly making a name with the city's movers and shakers.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Argentina turns to organic methods

In terms of quality, the wines of Argentina have come a long way in a short time, as the range represented at this year's fair attests.

The Mendoza region remains the most productive in the country, although others, notably Patagonia, are showing great promise. The area of Mendoza under vine is greater than that planted across the whole of Australia and New Zealand combined.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

No land of Lafite, but it's still early days

While the quality of China-made wine, and the range of imported options, has improved enormously in recent years, it remains at a dismally low level.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am

City tipples

There's urban chic, urban legends and urban decay but how about urban wineries? In the United States, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco all have city-based wineries. And as 'Asia's world city' is never content to be left behind in any trend, however unwieldy, we now have a winery in Ap Lei Chau (

10 May 2009 - 12:00am

Who dares wines

The annual Wines of the Pacific Rim (WinPac) wine show takes place from Thursday to Saturday.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Shiraz and Sideways

Andrew Miller, chief winemaker of Australia's Wyndham Estate, was in Hong Kong on Friday to launch its newest shiraz vintage. It's the first winery Down Under to commercially plant the shiraz grape. But the influence of last year's Oscar-nominated vino-themed movie Sideways didn't escape the Aussie connoisseur as life imitated art when he embarked on his own Napa Valley wine tour.

24 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Uncorked potential

The look is pure Italian, from the terracotta roof tiles down to the ochre-painted walls and the elegant poplar trees lining a gravel drive. Within a radius of a few kilometres can be found the Casa Della Vigna, the Serenella Estate, San Martino Restaurant and BelPosto Cafe. Tuscany? Umbria, perhaps? Not quite.

29 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Wine Festival

The Wine'n'Things' annual festival at the Hong Kong Football Club on Oct 4 features more than 250 wines from 43 wineries from the United States, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.

15 Sep 2002 - 12:00am


The House of Gallo now has well-deserved claims to grandeur with the development of its premium single-estate wineries in smart areas such as Napa and Sonoma, but the broad-shouldered base of this Italian family winery has also made vast amounts of wine for the appreciative masses.

They still do so, and thanks for that.

18 Apr 1997 - 12:00am


Wine: Black Opal Winery, Black Silk Grape: Rhine Riesling Region: Clare And Eden Valley, Sth Aus Vintage: 1994 IF you have never heard of the Black Opal Winery, you are not alone. This winery, whose original cellar buildings were constructed in the picturesque Clare Valley in 1863, was known as the Quelltaler Winery until the late '80s.

24 Sep 1995 - 12:00am