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Another 2003?

Welcome to EDITION 737 of GRAPEVINE Since April, it has been very hot in Bordeaux in 2019. Last Friday 5 July 2019 in the Var, the temperature hit 41 degrees Celsius! I stayed inside the house and relaxed, not doing anything. It was an act of self preservation. Too risky to exert any energy. …

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Philippe Jamesse & Tour De France in Champagne

Welcome to EDITION 736 of GRAPEVINE On Wednesday 3 July, I was in Tours sur Marne and Reims for a day. At Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, I bumped into someone I have known for a long time, the former Chef Sommelier of Les Crayeres Philippe Jamesse. Philippe Jamesse – former Chef Sommelier of Les Crayeres – is one …

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Stop Westernising Chinese Cuisine

Welcome to EDITION 735 of GRAPEVINE Imagine if we were one day wonderfully alert, fit and productive; and, another day, lethargic, unwell, and messing up everything we did? We would be utterly frustrated with ourselves and, if humanly possible, kick ourselves in the butt. Go on, try it. Jerry Zhang has just started working …

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Upcoming Events

Welcome to EDITION 734 of GRAPEVINE We have three upcoming events in Singapore in June, July and August. LU Mengxi, proprietor of Domaine du 1er Juin, had studied in Burgundy and will be in Singapore on 29 June 2019. On Saturday 29 June, there’s a dinner with Domaine du 1er Juin of Ningxia, China. Proprieto …

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David vs Goliath

Welcome to EDITION 733 of GRAPEVINE If you are reading GrapeVine for the first time, bear with me that it is not always about wine. There is more to life than grape juice. Most of us have heard of the Biblical story David & Goliath. It is the tale of how a young …

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What Did You Taste?

Welcome to EDITION 732 of GRAPEVINE There is too much wine in wine writing. And it’s hopelessly boring. Save for a handful of writers, reading about wine is as exciting as going through what is written on a packet of cat food. At least the photograph of the cat is engaging. Originality …

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Lost & Found and Laundry at T3 Singapore Airport

Welcome to EDITION 730 of GRAPEVINE Often times, we make discoveries as a result of a setback. So it was that returning from Yamanashi via Haneda Airport on Wednesday, the aircraft touched down about 11.30 pm.  I had no check-in luggage as it was a relatively short 3-night trip. Reaching home past …

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A Great Point

Welcome to EDITION 729 of GRAPEVINE Greetings after landing this morning from Yangzhou/Shanghai. One of the things I consider foremost when travelling is the type of power-point socket the country or city uses.  Hong Kong is the most convenient because, as a result of our shared past British connection, we use the same …

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Facebook Postings

Welcome to EDITION 728 of GRAPEVINE Greetings from back from France two days ago. Next week, there will be no postings on our websites as I am travelling to Shanghai to launch our new magazine 100 there. There is a waiting list to get into that dinner where 110 participants will congregate at …

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Social Media Platforms

Welcome to EDITION 727 of GRAPEVINE Next Monday 18 to 27 February 2019, there will be no postings on our websites. Instead, I will be writing on the following social platforms:  The platforms are managed for me by our Sales & Marketing Manager Ms YU Kayan, who also translates them into Chinese …

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