Beach Time Wines

The perfect beach wine is refreshing, thirst quenching and drinkable There are no such things as “wines to drink on the beach,” or, at least, not yet. If you live by the beach you are likely to have similar, while different, wine drinking patterns than those living in the countryside or city. However, most of us,

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Store & Serve

How to store wine in a tropical climate Quite often someone approaches me with the following question: “Hey, I just came from Europe/USA/Australia and I brought some nice bottles of wine, how long can I keep them and should I put them in the fridge?” The answer is, “it depends.” If you don’t have a

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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

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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

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New Wave Whites

Spain is doubtless a red-wine country, but don’t dismiss the country’s other white wines If you’ve ever had Spanish white wines, it’s likely that they were made from one of the three better-known Spanish grapes. If you had a white Rioja, one of the most internationally popular Spanish white wines, you were enjoying the juice

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Food with Flair

Wine, it’s so versatile—in the glass and on your plate. Cooking with wine can definitely bring about it’s own pleasure, or pain if you use it incorrectly Although cooking with wine is not so common outside certain European countries, especially in places like Vietnam where it’s costly because of the tax on wine, some of us still do it

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Fallen Idols

It’s not all about reputation and name recognition anymore I love Bordeaux wines, I have always loved them, perhaps it’s because my wine training started with Bordeaux wines back in London. I will never forget when I was invited to a trade tasting session of St Emilion wines and how I fell in love with the wines. Time led to the

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How Green Are Green Wines?

Clearing the confusion and mystery around what makes a wine environmentally friendly and qualify as “green” Over the past few decades we have had an explosion of what I like to call “green wines,” which, depending on the country where they are produced, may be labeled as organic, biodynamic, natural, vegan or all of the above. But which ones should we buy? Well, that depends

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Zero Waste Wine

How to become a wine without waste drinker It seems that finally the zero waste movement is taking off in Saigon with some great people working very hard, and usually for free, to change minds and habits in Vietnam, and turn this lovely country into a much lovelier, cleaner one. But if you are a wine drinker, and you favor zero waste and

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Sip Spain

Rias Baixas is located in the Galacia region of Northwestern Spain and enjoys a cool, coastal climate and is best known for producing Albariño Unless you’re a fanatic for special great wine, and you like doing research, you may not be familiar with wine from Rias Baixas. Well, that’s actually good because one of the characteristics

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