This year was one of excessive travel and in the coming year, I hope to travel much less. The most memorable wines of this year were all related to the places I visited and it was extremely difficult to select my top ten; even top 50 would have been challenging. I did manage to narrow down my selection from the 3,000+ wine notes I took this year. The following is just a handful of my most memorable wine and travel highlights in 2011: read more
I was invited this week to speak at a luxury market conference in Florence called the Milano Fashion Global Summit, now in its 10th year. For the first time, I thought more about what I should wear versus what wines might be poured. How can one not be self-conscious when you are surrounded by heads of fashion houses, like Patrizio di Marco, Chairman of Gucci and Michele Norsa, CEO of Ferragamo? read more
If you ask Jean-Charles Cazes of Chateau Lynch Bages who was recently in Hong Kong, what is their secret to the wine’s success in China, he will likely answer, “There is no secret.” Cazes, like his father before him, works the market and even holds a Hong Kong frequent travelers card, which allows him to avoid the long immigration queues at the airport. The criteria for obtaining the card? “A minimum of about three trips to Hong Kong per year and I meet this criteria easily,” says Cazes, who is in Asia nearly every month.