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
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
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.
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
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
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
The right wine can enhance a dish to perfection There’s a lot of apprehension when it comes to food and wine pairing. So I thought that this month we should chat about matching food with wine and, conversely, wine with food. On the most basic level, the only thing that you really need to worry about is whether one is overpowering the
Wine tasting is not the same as drinking it Swirl, sip, spit. Is that all there is to tasting wine? Well, yes and no. I think there’s a lot of pretentiousness out there when it comes to tasting wine – fancy verbiage, oddly inflated egos, specialized glassware, and a myriad of fancy corkscrews and decanters – that can overwhelm a lot