Supertuscans

Plenty to discover with Italian wines Italy is paradise for wine lovers. Like France or Spain, virtually every single Italian region and province, including the islands, produces wine. The country also has over 400 autochtone grapes (rising to over 2,000 if you include sub-varieties). A few decades ago, Italy was famous for producing large amounts

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Just Chile

Discovering wine from South America Chile is the largest exporter of wine to the US; around two thirds of all Chilean wine produced is exported. Chile occupies most of South America’s Pacific Coast, with vineyards squeezed in between the ocean and the Andes, creating the perfect conditions for the vines to grow and produce great

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A Tipple from Down Under

Australian wine and what’s trending for your drinking pleasure Australia has a long tradition of making wine while at the same time being innovative with wine making techniques. In fact, wine was made in Australia as early as the 19th century. The country is currently the sixth biggest wine producer in the world, with most

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Review: Shiraz Wine & Coffee Shop

Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape, but now it’s also the name of the newest wine shop in Saigon While it seems appropriate to call a wine shop Shiraz Wine & Coffee Shop (20 Mac Thi Buoi, D1), however it was not named after the grape. According to the owners, Shiraz

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Don’t Burst My Bubbles

Pop the cork, it’s time to celebrate with Champagne Even those who don’t usually drink hardly ever say no when offered a glass of Champagne. Champagne has launched thousands of ships, toasted billions of weddings and special occasions; flutes attended countless parties, and shared untold special moments between two people. Champagne is the wine of

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Burgundy: A sommelier’s trip to France

This month I want to take you to France with Catherine Guo, a Japanese sommelier living in Vietnam who just spent a month there visiting some of the country’s most charismatic wineries. She spent three weeks in just Burgundy visiting almost 60 wineries. Catherine has always been passionate about wine and recently graduated from the

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New Zealand’s Rise in New World Winedom

THE RISE OF New Zealand wines in the last 30 years has been nothing short of meteoric. Thirty years ago New Zealand wines were hardly consumed outside the country but now they’ve become serious players in the international wine scene. Although most of the major grape varieties are planted in New Zealand, the two star

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Taste the Rainbow

Get to know South African wine Due to its strategic location, South Africa has recently become one of the pioneers in producing quality New World wines, with winemaking dating back to 1659 when Jan van Riebeek, founder of what is now Cape Town, made wine from vines that had been planted a few years earlier.

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Sniff and Swirl

Drinking wine can be one of the easiest things to do but at the same time one of the most complicated things to do right. How can I make the most of a glass of wine from the moment I pour it until I drink it while simultaneously involving four of my five senses? We

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild: behind the wine label

Chateau Mouton Rothschild has few peers in the length and luster of its history. There are only five “first grows” (considered wines of exceptional quality) in Bordeaux, and one of them, perhaps the more charismatic winery, is Baron Philippe de Rothschild, in Pauillac (Medoc). I will never forget the first time I tried Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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