My first two great bottles of Sauternes were with Barry Burton. I was a new arrival in Hong Kong in early 1994 and my wine savvy girlfriend, Rita Lim, introduced me to her circle of wine friends and private wine tasting groups. This included the Hong Kong Wine Society (HKWS), which was, and still remains, the most active blind tasting wine group in Hong Kong. Barry was the Chair of this society since 1983 as well as being a Regent of the Hong Kong chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux since 1989. He knew everyone there was to know in the world of wine and everyone knew him. read more
Francois Millet, winemaker of Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé, describes 2010 as a vivacious, energetic vintage. Millet is one of the most poetic winemakers in Burgundy, describing each barrel in terms of ‘he’ or ‘she’ and explaining vintages in vivid metaphors. “The 2010 vintage gives you synergy between the vineyard, climate and the wine,” says Millet. “2009 does not have the same synergy and it was a break just as the 2011 will be a break. read more
Asia is a continent of self-professed foodies. If you look at the eating habits of local Singaporeans, Koreans, Japanese, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Thai or Hong Kong Chinese, we have one thing in common: we eat all day. Xiao chi (snacks) found on nearly every street corner in the busy culinary capitals of Asia are our soul food. The steamed dumplings in the bamboo steamers, the white buns stuffed with sweet red beans or savoury pork or chicken, and the fish cakes on skewers which vary little whether they are enjoyed in Seoul, Tokyo or Hong Kong.
When I first met Lu Siqing, the celebrated Chinese violinist, I was surprised by his affable, laid back persona. With a thick mane of dark, wavy hair and a warm smile, Lu is unassuming and attentive. It is when he starts to talk about the loves in his life – music and more recently wine – that you sense the fire and intensity within.