It’s that time of the year again and I am preparing myself mentally and physically for the oncoming grind. Every night for the past three nights, I have used fluoride mousse for my teeth before going to bed. I have kept my wine drinking and tasting this past week to a minimum because I know that big tasting days are ahead of me in Bordeaux.
By 11am every morning this week, I will have sniffed, swirled and spat out at least 60 wines. During this five-day long semi-annual exercise for Singapore Airlines, I will have tasted over 600 wines. What I find useful during this exercise are the snapshots I’m able to formulate of key wine regions and styles. All the wines are tasted blind and only after the final selection is made, are the wines’ identities revealed. read more
I missed the earthquake in Japan by a mere 36 hours. On Wednesday, the 9th of March, I was in an office building in central Tokyo when the earth shook so much that the entire building swayed from side to side. I could see the building we were in and the buildings outside the window, swaying like trees bending from strong gusts of wind. All day on that Wednesday in Tokyo, there were little tremors throughout the day, a pre-warning signal of the devastation yet to come.
I ran out of the house, late as usual, and my children were giggling as I scrambled into the car. I was on my way to interview the Managing Director of one of the largest wine importers in China. Tape recording device – check. My leather notebook – check. My cell phone – check. My business cards – check. My wallet – not in my bag. Perhaps my children had taken it out? Could it be in another bag? I didn’t dwell on it since I would not need it this afternoon.