ICCCW – Crossing cuisine and wines boundaries

International Congress of Chinese Cuisine and Wine (ICCCW), it sounds like a mouthful of syllabi. But the name is very appropriate for this subject, so complicated yet often generalised by our friends from the western world. Singaporean wine veteran, Ch’ng Poh Tiong, organised another edition of this dinner in Singapore to prove that breaking rules […]

Visited: Champagne Taittinger

September 21st, I made my first ever visit to a Champagne house. Reims, a beautiful city where kings of the past used to be crowned, is where many big Champagne houses are. Epernay, a village not far from Reims, is where one can find smaller (and/or grower) Champagne houses. I took the easy option of taking a […]

Languedoc – The southern assortment

Prices of Bordeaux are out of hand, Burgundy just got devastated by hailstones (so was Champagne) and Rhône are getting expensive, if not already so. There are little affordable French red wine options available in Singapore, but not unless you are willing to explore the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon.

November with Beaujolais nouveau

The clock struck twelve and welcome to zero-hour. 15 November 2012, the third Thursday of November. So what? No, this is not the prelude to Black Friday. Today is for Beaujolais nouveau. New Beaujolais, the freshest youngest wine you can possibly get from France is legally allowed to be available on market today (by French […]

Aussie in Burgundy – Andrew Nielsen, Le Grappin wine maker

Burgundy, the sacred land of Pinot Noir. Where grape growers are humble farmers. A region most affected by land division with accordance to ancient Napoleonic laws. People deeply rooted in traditions and heritage, and birthplace for some of the most expensive wines in the world. Paying tributes to terroir, several foreign wine lovers have settled […]

Sweltering days: a Pinot Grigio and a Rosé to cool off with

Ah, Summer. The season of dressing light, ditching the covered shoes and bringing out the flip-flops. Hit the beach and bake the skin to a crisp brown. This may sound great for most people in the world but when you’re actually here in the midst of drowning humidity between 80 to 90 per cent and […]