Saigon Grand Cru, a Possibility?

The undrinkable world of Vietnamese wine Just a few weeks ago, the owners of the iconic Chateau Lafite (DBR), one of the top 5 Grand Cru of Bordeaux, announced its first Chinese wine, Long Dai, which will be released this year and distributed by Pernord Ricard. With so many countries that already have a great tradition, as well as ideal soil and climate … Read more

Wines of Argentina

Argentina is the ffth largest wine producing country in the world and it makes some outstanding wines Argentina is an amazing country—the people, the various landscapes, and the extreme in weather—and so are its wines, which are generally overlooked by consumers. I first came across Argentinian wines when I was living in London. A friend … Read more

The Magic of Old Vines

Age before beauty in the world of viticulture Every now and then a bottle of wine reaches the market with a label that says “old vines”,“vinas Viejas”, “Vignes vielles” or “alte reben”, depending on where the wine comes from. But, how does the age of the vines influence the taste and/or quality of the wine? In the wine world, there is … Read more

Same Same or Different

Aside from making your food shine, a well balanced wine list can inject individuality and boost your bottom line Every now and then I am hired as a consultant to design a bar and restaurant’s wine list. What all my clients have in common is that they all want to have an outstanding wine list, and they all want to be successful … Read more

Gifting Wine

The art of getting it right With several festive seasons around the corner many companies and people are browsing wine lists, considering wine to buy as present for their clients and loved ones, but what should they buy? Giving wine as company present for Christmas or Tet is very common in Vietnam. When giving a … Read more