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April 2019

Sign up now for the first academic wine conference in Asia!

Mark your diaries for 3-5 June 2019, to be part of the first academic wine conference in Asia brought to you by UNESCO Chair “Culture and Wine Traditions” of the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France and the School of Hotel & Tourism Management of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This pioneering academic multidisciplinary wine conference will take place at Hotel ICON in Hong Kong and we are very honoured to announce the following confirmed speakers: Professor Jean-Robert Pitte, Professor Bill Gartner, Professor Olivier Jacquet, Professor Caroline Le Goffic, Professor Demei Li, Professor Haiyan Song, Steven Spurrier, Jasper Morris MW and myself.

If you want to share and exchange the latest research on wine markets and the quickly evolving culture of wine consumption, please register here to get 10% off for early-bird registration by April 15th and check out the website for full program details.

The past several months have been a whirlwind of travel concluding in over 1,000 notes from tasting 2017 Burgundy wines and 300 tasting notes from 2018 Bordeaux wines. Search my tasting notes here and read my recommendations in My Views.

Exciting upcoming events include a masterclass and walk around tasting of wines from Grandi Marchi, the most prestigious group of Italian wineries in Hong Kong on June 6th 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel. For more information, please email [email protected].

Join me in Seoul this month on April 16th when I will help launch LG Electronics Signature Kitchen suite including a premium built-in wine fridge. Or in London later this month during Decanter World Wine Awards where I will chair the Burgundy panel. I hope to see many of you at Vinexpo Bordeaux on May 14th where I will be speaking about the impact of climate change in global vineyards – click here for more details. I will also be in Champagne and France in May and in June with the Singapore Airlines team, sourcing the best wines for the ‘world’s best airline’ according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers´ Choice Awards!

Please join me in supporting the crowdfunding campaign to publish Gerard Basset’s book, Tasting Victory. Be among the first to receive the first edition of Gerard’s book by using this link. Gerard Basset was an incredible wine professional and an even more amazing human being and we are extremely lucky that he left his words of wisdom and insight in this book.

Lastly, I am thrilled about the launch of my book, The 100 Burgundy, published by Assouline which will be available starting June 2019. The book tour schedule for this fall will include more than ten cities around the world – watch this space for more details. As always, I look forward to hearing from you via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, WeChat or Weibo.

A belated new year of the Golden Pig!
새해 복 많이 받으세요!

My Views

Bordeaux 2018 is not the Vintage of the Decade but it is filled with Wonderful Surprises

A vintage is often defined by what came before it and after a challenging 2017 with severe frost and low yields, 2018 had to be better. It was. Yet it wasn’t a vintage that was without its own challenges: Mildew pressure was intense and lingering which forced many organic... Read more

2017 Brings Relief to Burgundian Growers Suffering from 7 Years of Shortage

Burgundies were downright cheerful when I saw them at the end of 2018 to taste their 2017s. Finally, they had wines to sell! The big smile was due to the generous crop in 2017 which was lacking in the previous seven vintages. But this was not the case for everyone ... Read more

Vertical of Ornellaia Reveals its Consistency over Two Decades

If you are a Super Tuscan lover, you would no doubt have heard of Ornellaia. It is one of the early pioneers of Bolgheri, producing wines labeled then as IGT because of their use of Bordeaux grape varieties. Now Bolgheri is a DOC that is much admired and sought-after as ... Read more

Chinese Wines Are Now Ready to Compete Internationally

No other wine region I can think of has come so far so fast. Just 15 years ago, Ningxia had less than 3,000 hectares under vine and now they have over 40,000. The region was unheard of among wine professionals in the 1980s and even in the 1990s, most people could not even ... Read more

Smart Buys

Top Ten 2017 Burgundy Whites

2017 was a very good vintage in Burgundy and a pleasure to taste from barrel. The red wines are juicy and fresh with light tannins and body while the whites are linear with wonderful detailed flavors. In terms of overall quality, whites trumped the reds in quality both in terms of their finely-etched and flavor profile... Read more

Must-try Wines from China

Recently I spent 5 days in China with the Ningxia Winery Association hosting masterclasses about Chinese wines in Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou and Hangzhou. I had the opportunity to try over 35 Chinese wines and I came away very impressed with the increasing improvement in quality... Read more


First academic wine conference in Asia

Date: 3-5 June 2019
Place: Hong Kong

The first academic wine conference in Asia will host 300 academics for three days in Hong Kong.

Vinexpo Bordeaux International Symposium

Date: 14 May 2019
Place: Bordeaux, France

I am honoured to be invited as a speaker at the Vinexpo International Symposium to talk about the impact of climate change.

Grandi Marchi Masterclass & Grand Tasting

Date: 6 June 2019
Place: Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong

Join us for this special event showcasing the great wines of Istituto Grandi Marchi, a prestigious group of 19 historical Italian wineries.

Decanter World Wine Awards

Date: 29 April - 3 May 2019
Place: London, UK

As Chair of the Burgundy panel, I will be immersed in Burgundy for the entire week in London.


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