January 2018   


Happy New Year & a toast to the upcoming Year of the Dog!

I am delighted to grace the cover of Spirito di Vino Asia magazine in their current issue to kick-start the New Year. My family and I had a good laugh when one of my daughters commented, “This photo doesn’t look like you, there are no wrinkles!” Thank you photoshop and thank you Spirito di Vino Asia! To view the full article, click here.

January is designated Burgundy month for me, not just because of the annual Burgundy tasting in London, but due to the week-long celebration organized by Pearl of Burgundy, Asian Palate and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) from January 24th to the 27th. To sign up for our Échezeaux Grand Cru Masterclass on January 26th featuring 6 different Échezeaux vignerons and their wines, click here. On January 25th we are organizing a free Burgundy seminar called Discover Grand Cru Burgundy featuring three Burgundy vignerons together with Pearl of Burgundy and SHTM’s Food and Wine Academy.

I am thrilled about the launch of the 3-hour wine documentary called ‘The World’s 50 Best Wineries with Jeannie Cho Lee MW’. This program aired on Chosun Broadcasting Corporation to an audience of over 5 million people on January 7th, and will continue being on air every Saturday night (HK time) this month in Korea. To view the episodes online, click here.

There are many new articles on our site – whether you are interested in recommendations on great Port, Sherry or Madeira, food and Krug pairing or a vertical tasting of 100 years of Château Le Puy, please check out My Views. I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months in Hong Kong, Seoul or Burgundy (early February)! Please stay in touch - I look forward to your comments and questions via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, WeChat or Weibo.

Wishing you and your family an amazing 2018 filled with laughter, memorable moments and of course, great wines. Cheers!

My Views

Fabulous Good Value Fortified Wines To Put You In The Holiday Mood

Delicious fortified wines like Port or Madeira are a relative bargain compared with non-fortified reds and whites, and what makes them perfect for the long holiday season is their ability to deliver amazing flavors even after being opened for several weeks... Read more

100 Years of Château Le Puy

Château Le Puy is a little-known Bordeaux property based in the Francs Côtes de Bordeaux that has been producing delicious, authentic Bordeaux red blends for 400 years. Read more

Krug Pairing with Chef Kirk Westaway

The Krug Room is an intimate, very special dining room in Hong Kong hidden beside the kitchen of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. In this small, elegant room that seats around 12 people comfortably with views straight into the kitchen, the menu changes frequently depending on the occasion. Read more

Artistic Interpretation of Chinese Gastronomy with Chef Da Dong

It was an honor and privilege for me to pair Chef Da Dong’s artistic dishes with wine on November 17, 2017 in Hong Kong. I have been fortunate enough to dine at Chef Da Dong’s restaurants both in Shanghai and Beijing and always enjoyed his food... Read more


Discover Grand Cru Burgundy Seminar

Date: 25 January 2018
Place: School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Learn about Grand Cru Burgundy, its distinctive and diverse terroir direct from 3 winegrowers who farm the land and craft these special wines. This is a free event, open to the public, to support wine education and spread wine culture. To register and attend this free seminar, click here

Tasting Burgundy 2016

Date: 29 January - 6 February 2018 
Place: Burgundy, France

My annual trip to Burgundy to taste over 500 wines from the 2016 vintage at top domaines and negociants.

Échezeaux Grand Cru Masterclass

Date: 26 January 2018
Place: The China Club, Hong Kong

Join me and Pearl of Burgundy for a very special Echezeaux masterclass with 6 vignerons from Burgundy. We will taste 6 different Echezeaux and discuss the unique and diverse terroir of the grand cru vineyard. Last few seats available – to reserve, click here

Teaching at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Hotel & Tourism Management

Date: 2-4 February 2018 
Place: School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

I am teaching the Wines of the World course, part of SHTM’s Master’s degree program on International Wine Management for aspiring wine professionals. To find out more, click here


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