April 2018   

Check out the newly revamped AsianPalate.com! 

I am thrilled that after many months of tinkering, AsianPalate.com is finally live! We celebrate food and wine together, as always, but we also bring you the action plan, the professional road map, on to achieve this. To find out more, click here.

It was exciting to be part of Season 1 of the wine program Wine Masters, launched at Prowein last month. This is not your usual wine program or documentary. The team behind it, Farmhouse Film from the Netherlands, are experienced in high quality feature film production and the final quality is superb. 

Burgundy was my focus over the past few months – see my overview of the 2016 vintage here and search from over 500 wine notes & ratings of 2016 Burgundy. This month, I will be leading a masterclass organized by Wines of Argentina and Consul General of the Argentine Republic at Gaucho from 3:30pm-5:00pm on April 17th followed by a walk around tasting of the largest selection of Malbecs shown in Hong Kong! For more information or to obtain invitations to the event, contact [email protected].  

Check out My Views to read about the Syrah-Shiraz conundrum or the Chinese wine that I believe can compete the top wines of the world or go back in time and read my account of what happened 10 years ago when Hong Kong moved to zero wine duty

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My Views

Against the Odds -- 2016 Burgundy

When I visited Burgundy at the end of 2016 to taste the 2015 vintage in barrel, the vignerons I met with looked exhausted. Despite the fabulous 2015 vintage wines we were tasting, it was clear that they could not shake the recent vivid images of the harvest they had...  Read more

The Syrah-Shiraz Conundrum

One grape, two names, multiple personalities. Whichever style of syrah or shiraz you prefer, there’s no denying that it’s an attractive glass of red. Syrah stands out from other popular red grape varieties with its chameleon-like ability to adapt to different climatic conditions ... Read more

The Joy and Pain of Moving to Zero Wine Duty

By Wednesday afternoon in Hong Kong on February 27th 2008, my inbox and mobile message box was full. I don’t remember who broke the news to me that Hong Kong had completely removed its wine duty... Read more

Ao Yun Proves China Can Produce Wines That Can Compete With The Best

The first time I tasted the 2014 Ao Yun red wine blind, it was at a small dinner where it was served among many impressive wines – 1986 Chateau Clerc Milon, 2008 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia, 2014 Sena and 2007 Domaine Leroy Clos de Vougeot. Read more

Smart Buys

12 Great Value 2016 Burgundies

Yields were dismal in 2016, forcing BIVB to admit that “every grape counts” in a year that witnessed one of the worst frosts in 35 years. The overall yield in Burgundy was down more than 25% and for many top domaines, the loss ranged from 25% to as much as 80%. Thus finding a great value wine is rare but possible. Read more

Top Red and White Burgundies in 2016 for Collectors

The 2016 vintage is for the true Burgundy lover, the ones that like to discover and follow favorite producers to see how they fared during a challenging vintage. Even in Chablis, where most people wrote off the vintage due to the frost and the hail, there were delicious...  Read more


Malbec World Day

Date: 17 April 2018 
Place: Gaucho, Hong Kong

Join me and Wines of Argentina, Consul General of the Argentine Republic on a tasting journey to discover the iconic wines of Argentina from 3:30pm-5:00pm at Gaucho Restaurant.

Masterclass of Chile's Top Recent Vintages

Date: 29 May 2018 
Place: Vinexpo, Hong Kong

Join me and Errazuriz on a tasting journey to discover what made 2015 and 2016 such perfect vintages in Chile and why vintage variation plays an important role in distinguishing the iconic wines of Chile.

Charity Wine Masterclass to Benefit Food Angel

Date: 3 May 2018 
Place: Hong Kong

Discover the world of great wines, join me in this charity masterclass. 100% of the ticket price will go direct to Food Angel.

Masterclass on Grand Cru Classé de Graves Wines

Date: 30 May 2018 
Place: Vinexpo, Hong Kong

Discover the impressive quality of red and white wines from Grand Cru Classe de Graves, which are from a small group of just 16 châteaux.


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