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.
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.

Latest from Sarah Wong

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
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

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
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?

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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

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

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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

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
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.

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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

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, 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

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
California winemaker on standing out in a male-dominated industry

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

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