Monday, 25 October 2010 by Tom HudsonThere's nothing better than discovering a wine of a given appellation, class or reputation which exceeds expectation. Knowing that Chateau "X" 1990 has a 97 point Parker score is useful information but what's much more useful is knowing the relative merits of that score based on your own experience & considered opinion. It's for this kind of information that customers consult a wine merchant and it's with great relish that under-rated wines like La Mission Haut Brion 1983, Cheval Blanc 1983 & 1989 and Pichon Lalande 1983 & 1988 can be discovered by the uninitiated or persued by the already enlightened at bargain prices. Let's keep this to ourselves shall we..?!
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 by Stephen Browett
Off to Paris for the weekend to attend the 30th anniversary of Willi's Wine Bar. We wander the streets of the 1er arrondissement on Saturday morning and thoughts turn to lunch. I sense that my wife is thinking of somewhere chic on the Champs Elysées or the Boulevard Saint Germain, but I have another destination in mind - ten stops away on metro route 13, deep in the Parisian suburbs. This is the equivalent of staying in Mayfair and deciding to have lunch in Croydon. What was I thinking of? Well, quite simply, while Sophie was trying on handbags in the Rue Saint Honoré , my one-track mind was thinking only of Coche-Dury. Homer Simpson dreams of doughnuts, I dream of Coche.
Monday, 11 October 2010 by Jo Purcell
One of the hardest questions facing any Hong Konger is the classic “where shall we go for dinner tonight?”. The city is crammed with restaurants offering an array of different cuisines – whatever your taste, you are sure to find it here, and survival in such competitive circumstances means that restaurants can only offer the best quality for their very discerning customers.
Monday, 4 October 2010 by Stephen Browett
2003 Bordeaux was the theme as 16 of us sat down at 9.30 am last Friday to blind taste our way through the 100 top wines of the Medoc and Graves. Apart from assembling a comprehensive "who's who" of the left bank wines of Bordeaux, we had also put together an all-star tasting panel that included Jancis Robinson, James Suckling, Neal Martin and the vastly experienced Barry Phillips and Derek Smedley MW.