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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Más Vino, Por Favor

The best of rioja in Vietnam Wines from Rioja are internationally renowned as the best wines from Spain. This small region located in the North of Spain probably has the country’s longest history of producing wine, dating back over 2,000 years to Roman times, and is the oldest and first officially recognized wine producing area

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Home is Where the Wine Is

How to start a basic wine collection As we edge towards the holidays, I’ve been pressed by more than a few private clients about what they should be stocking up on to imbibe during the festive season. This is an opportune time to stock up on a few party essentials, and wine is no exception. But the question I seem to

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