Sarah Wong

Sarah Wong

Sarah Wong is a freelance wine writer and judge. Her wine knowledge and expertise have developed through extensive education, tasting and competition judging. She has been a long-standing wine judge for Cathay Pacific Wines and Spirits Challenge and Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Other than wine, Sarah's passion lies in adventure travel, and she can often be found in the mountains of Ethiopia, Pakistan, Kyrygstan and the Himalayas.

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Three wines from Bordeaux’s famous Cazes family

Wines from the well-known winemaking dynasty are enjoyed as much by locals as its international fans

9 Jul 2019 - 5:17PM

Wines from the well-known winemaking dynasty are enjoyed as much by locals as its international fans

Three wines from Bordeaux’s famous Cazes family
Three must-try wines from Europe’s highest vineyards in the Italian Alps

The stunning Valle d’Aosta region – home to the highest vineyards in Europe – produces some unique wines. Lean, elegant, light-bodied reds and whites are produced form grape varieties such as petit rouge, fumin and prié blanc.

22 Mar 2019 - 5:39PM

The stunning Valle d’Aosta region – home to the highest vineyards in Europe – produces some unique wines. Lean, elegant, light-bodied reds and whites are produced form grape varieties such as petit rouge, fumin and prié blanc.

Three must-try wines from Europe’s highest vineyards in the Italian Alps
Three wines from the 2015 Bordeaux vintage that are worth splurging on

With harvest conditions being near ideal, the year offers value for money wines

15 Mar 2019 - 5:30PM

With harvest conditions being near ideal, the year offers value for money wines

Three wines from the 2015 Bordeaux vintage that are worth splurging on
How three Hongkongers turned their passion for wine into a business

Wines from Calla Lily, a Napa Valley winery owned by three Hong Kong friends, stay true to their roots

3 Mar 2019 - 11:48AM

Wines from Calla Lily, a Napa Valley winery owned by three Hong Kong friends, stay true to their roots

How three Hongkongers turned their passion for wine into a business
Italian winemaker tackles climate change and bureaucracy head on at family-run vineyard in Piedmont

Alberto, the young oenologist behind Italy’s 600-year-old Cordero di Montezemolo winery, talks about the challenges facing winemakers today

15 Feb 2019 - 6:31PM

Alberto, the young oenologist behind Italy’s 600-year-old Cordero di Montezemolo winery, talks about the challenges facing winemakers today

Italian winemaker tackles climate change and bureaucracy head on at family-run vineyard in Piedmont
Sparkling wines are having a moment – here are some worth trying

The world’s taking a shine to sparkling wines, be they from Champagne or elsewhere, but how do you choose the right one?

25 Jan 2019 - 5:32PM

The world’s taking a shine to sparkling wines, be they from Champagne or elsewhere, but how do you choose the right one?

Sparkling wines are having a moment – here are some worth trying
Beyond Napa – three light Californian wines the defy that state’s typical tipple

Santa Lucia Highlands’ restrained wines are a refreshing change from California’s usual full-bodied tipples

11 Jan 2019 - 5:36PM

Santa Lucia Highlands’ restrained wines are a refreshing change from California’s usual full-bodied tipples

Beyond Napa – three light Californian wines the defy that state’s typical tipple
Champagne ‘dosage’: not how much you drink, but the amount of sugar and why less is the new more

Changing tastes have seen liqueur d’expedition trend towards dry styles

30 Dec 2018 - 1:06PM

Changing tastes have seen liqueur d’expedition trend towards dry styles

Champagne ‘dosage’: not how much you drink, but the amount of sugar and why less is the new more
Everyone loves Thai food, but what about the wines? Central Thailand winery is worth exploring

Three of the best food-friendly wines from GranMonte, a pioneer in the Thai wine industry

30 Nov 2018 - 1:31PM

Three of the best food-friendly wines from GranMonte, a pioneer in the Thai wine industry

Everyone loves Thai food, but what about the wines? Central Thailand winery is worth exploring
Georgia’s natural wines making a splash in the industry with traditional qvevri method

Winemakers such as Pheasant’s Tears are helping Georgia, one of the world’s oldest wine regions, make a name in the natural wine category

23 Nov 2018 - 5:22PM

Winemakers such as Pheasant’s Tears are helping Georgia, one of the world’s oldest wine regions, make a name in the natural wine category

Georgia’s natural wines making a splash in the industry with traditional qvevri method
French vs Californian wines: the blind tasting that pitted old world against new, and rocked the industry

The historic 1976 Judgment of Paris was a blind tasting that revolutionised the wine industry and changed the fortunes of one Napa Valley winemaker

9 Nov 2018 - 5:46PM

The historic 1976 Judgment of Paris was a blind tasting that revolutionised the wine industry and changed the fortunes of one Napa Valley winemaker

French vs Californian wines: the blind tasting that pitted old world against new, and rocked the industry
How Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet inspired Verona’s Bertani winemaking family

Italy’s Bertani family keeps its nearly 400-year-old winemaking business alive by eschewing trends and staying true to tradition

26 Oct 2018 - 5:43PM

Italy’s Bertani family keeps its nearly 400-year-old winemaking business alive by eschewing trends and staying true to tradition

How Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet inspired Verona’s Bertani winemaking family
Famous Japanese whisky maker Suntory goes back to its wine roots

The third largest manufacturer of spirits started life as a wine merchant and is rediscovering its history more than a century after it was founded

12 Oct 2018 - 5:03PM

The third largest manufacturer of spirits started life as a wine merchant and is rediscovering its history more than a century after it was founded

Famous Japanese whisky maker Suntory goes back to its wine roots
Why only exceptional vintages are released at century-old champagne house, Salon

No blending allowed at small producer Salon, which makes elegant, subtle and finely structured champagne only when the grapes are just right

28 Sep 2018 - 6:08PM

No blending allowed at small producer Salon, which makes elegant, subtle and finely structured champagne only when the grapes are just right

Why only exceptional vintages are released at century-old champagne house, Salon
Sicilian winery Donnafugata shows you can judge wine by its label, with designs inspired by local art

Innovative winery Donnafugata makes most of the fact that a wine’s label can have an impact on sales

14 Sep 2018 - 5:03PM

Innovative winery Donnafugata makes most of the fact that a wine’s label can have an impact on sales

Sicilian winery Donnafugata shows you can judge wine by its label, with designs inspired by local art
Three Italian whites wines that are not pinot grigio, which actually originated in France

The Umani Ronchi family winery has been championing the country’s indigenous whites wines for more than 60 years.

31 Aug 2018 - 5:06PM

The Umani Ronchi family winery has been championing the country’s indigenous whites wines for more than 60 years.

Three Italian whites wines that are not pinot grigio, which actually originated in France
Why Champagne house Laurent-Perrier prefers to create blends, not vintages

For Laurent-Perrier’s Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt, combining harvests makes for a better sparkling wine than individual vintages

17 Aug 2018 - 6:07PM

For Laurent-Perrier’s Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt, combining harvests makes for a better sparkling wine than individual vintages

Why Champagne house Laurent-Perrier prefers to create blends, not vintages
How a Bordeaux winemaker adds a French twist to rice wine, even sommeliers approve

Bordeaux’s Le Guishu rice wines have been winning awards and the attention of sommeliers

3 Aug 2018 - 5:13PM

Bordeaux’s Le Guishu rice wines have been winning awards and the attention of sommeliers

How a Bordeaux winemaker adds a French twist to rice wine, even sommeliers approve
Three quality Sicilian whites that dispel the region’s reputation for cheap bulk wines

Donnafugata winery’s modern, fresh and fruity pours are perfectly suited to the hot, sticky summer in Hong Kong

22 Jul 2018 - 1:04PM

Donnafugata winery’s modern, fresh and fruity pours are perfectly suited to the hot, sticky summer in Hong Kong

Three quality Sicilian whites that dispel the region’s reputation for cheap bulk wines
Three red Burgundies that prove wines from the French region don’t have to be expensive

From fruity and aromatic to smoky and spicy, these wines are a joy to drink and won’t break the bank

13 Jul 2018 - 5:01PM

From fruity and aromatic to smoky and spicy, these wines are a joy to drink and won’t break the bank

Three red Burgundies that prove wines from the French region don’t have to be expensive
Making great vintages from montepulciano, grape known for early drinking wines

In the Italian regions of Marche and Abruzzo, vineyards are delivering

montepulcianos with high fruit concen­tration and ageing potential – a far cry from the early-drinking variety with its soft tannins

29 Jun 2018 - 5:04PM

In the Italian regions of Marche and Abruzzo, vineyards are delivering

montepulcianos with high fruit concen­tration and ageing potential – a far cry from the early-drinking variety with its soft tannins

Making great vintages from montepulciano, grape known for early drinking wines
Why a Tuscan winery is looking to Burgundy for inspiration

Querciabella’s organic, sustainable approach results in vegan-friendly wines that hold their own against the Super Tuscans

10 Jun 2018 - 5:00PM

Querciabella’s organic, sustainable approach results in vegan-friendly wines that hold their own against the Super Tuscans

Why a Tuscan winery is looking to Burgundy for inspiration
From California to Spain, three wines that defy stereotypes, and the winemakers behind them 

From California to Spain, some intrepid winemakers are going against tradition to produce wines that are worth seeking out

20 May 2018 - 5:03PM

From California to Spain, some intrepid winemakers are going against tradition to produce wines that are worth seeking out

From California to Spain, three wines that defy stereotypes, and the winemakers behind them 
California winemaker on standing out in a male-dominated industry

Veteran Napa Valley vintner Rosemary Cakebread has been quietly making a name for herself

4 May 2018 - 5:04PM

Veteran Napa Valley vintner Rosemary Cakebread has been quietly making a name for herself

California winemaker on standing out in a male-dominated industry
Try these hard-to-find wines from new grapes or unusual regions

Hong Kong’s specialist importers place a wealth of unusual wines within reach

20 Apr 2018 - 6:40PM

Hong Kong’s specialist importers place a wealth of unusual wines within reach

Try these hard-to-find wines from new grapes or unusual regions
For value-for-money white Burgundy, look to Chablis and Domaine Samuel Billaud

Sustainable methods and minimal additives deliver lean wines with purity and sense of place

5 Apr 2018 - 7:27PM

Sustainable methods and minimal additives deliver lean wines with purity and sense of place

For value-for-money white Burgundy, look to Chablis and Domaine Samuel Billaud
Three affordable white burgundies from biodynamic winery Domaine Leflaive
At centuries-old German winery, nuance and elegance come naturally

Diversity of terroirs and adherence to tradition essential to the illustrious Schätzel winemaking family in the Rheinhessen region

10 Mar 2018 - 5:00PM

Diversity of terroirs and adherence to tradition essential to the illustrious Schätzel winemaking family in the Rheinhessen region

At centuries-old German winery, nuance and elegance come naturally
Three high-quality and elegant wines from Australia

Petaluma Winery is just one of the Australian wine industry’s many success stories

26 Feb 2018 - 9:51AM

Petaluma Winery is just one of the Australian wine industry’s many success stories

Three high-quality and elegant wines from Australia
Grape & Grain | How scion of top Argentina wine family helped malbec earn its reputation for quality

Trained as a physician, Laura Catena felt unable to step away from the family business, and today divides her time between medicine and winemaking. We try three of Bodega Catana Zapata’s wines, all for under HK$200 a bottle

25 Jan 2018 - 11:50AM

Trained as a physician, Laura Catena felt unable to step away from the family business, and today divides her time between medicine and winemaking. We try three of Bodega Catana Zapata’s wines, all for under HK$200 a bottle

How scion of top Argentina wine family helped malbec earn its reputation for quality