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Decanting – What to look for

WELCOME TO EDITION 745 of GRAPEVINE Decanting is both a science and an art. It is a science because if a wine needs decanting and you do not do that, you will be tasting a “brick wall”. All you will “enjoy” is a solid core of structure. Especially if the red is cool or …

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Marselan Again?

Welcome to EDITION 744 of GRAPEVINE Today is the final day of judging for the eighth annual Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Six of us vice-chairs (one had to leave last night for Italy) will taste the Gold Medals harvested over three days of judging from 3, 4, 5 September. Judging flights of Chinese …

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The Great Bordeaux 2016 Vintage

Welcome to EDITION 743 of GRAPEVINE The Tower Club – Singapore’s most exclusive private members club in the Central Business District – was the venue of The Great Bordeaux 2016 Tasting. Organised by our website – www.chngpohtiong.com – it was held on Saturday 24 August 2019. The capacity 330-crowd included media, wine educators, sommeliers, wine shop …

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Not a Picnic

Welcome to EDITION 742 of GRAPEVINE Rain clouds over Chateau Beychevlle Tomorrow, Saturday 24 August 2019, we are organisers of The Great Bordeaux 2016 Tasting here in Singapore. 350 participants will be able to taste 33 wines. Participants need to focus on the task at hand and not waste precious time chatting with friends (who they …

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Airport Back to Normal

Welcome to EDITION 741 of GRAPEVINE Greetings from just back from Hong Kong yesterday. Luckily, the airport was back to normal and scheduled flights all departing. Whatever the concerns and demands of the protesters, making innocent third parties miss their flights to go home to their families (or offices) was not an …

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Stop this Harassment

Welcome to EDITION 740 of GRAPEVINE No 50-something-year old man has any business asking a 20-year old girl to kan pei. If, for some reason, you think that assertion too harsh, then I presume you would consider it alright if the same 50-something-year old man  asked his 20-year old daughter to kan pei. Lest you still think …

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Naturally Organic

Welcome to EDITION 739 of GRAPEVINE Silk Road is situated very near Kazakhstan (two hours to drive) in scenic Yili, where the same named river flows through. Yili also has 2,000 hectares planted to lavender. The climate – and weather – in Xinjiang is so arid, there’s hardly a pest in sight. …

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Spain’s Greatest Architect

Welcome to EDITION 738 of GRAPEVINE The most beautiful building in the world was 115 years ahead of its time. The Batllo Family was not happy with the original design and asked Spain’s foremost architect Antoni Gaudi in 1904 to visit his imagination on their home. Home to a wealthy family, Casa …

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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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