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    Bass River Winemaker Dinner at Merchants Wine Cellar in Singapore

    Pictures: Bass River Winemaker Dinner at Merchants Wine Cellar in Singapore with Ainslie Kenny, Frank Butera, Christian G.E. Schiller and Annette Schiller from Ombiasy WineTours Helmed by the Australian team Ainslie Kenny and David Elliott, Merchants Wine Cellar is a wine bar and wine store on Duxton Road that exclusively carries wines from Australia and New Zealand in its ...

    8 readers - By Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-wine

    Jefford on Monday: A Label Drinker Comes Out

    I've never taken part in a true blind tasting. Have you? It would, I think, mean sitting in a cubicle in an anonymous research laboratory staffed by strangers. Wine samples would emerge through a hatch. We'd write a description of the wine, provide answers to a few questions, or score what we’d tasted according to a number of different parameters. Then go home.

    7 readers - By Decanter

      Sotheby's claims auction record with DRC 'super lot'

      Decanter - - 5 readers - Sotheby's has sold a 114-bottle 'super lot' of DRC Romanee-Conti wines for more than US$1.5m in Hong Kong, reinforcing collectors' thirst for top Burgundy and setting a new auction record. The cache of wines, including six bottles from each vintage between 1992 and 2010 inclusive, was sold in Hong Kong to an unnamed Asia-based collector for HK$12.56m (US$1.6m) at the weekend.

      Top US auction house bets on Bordeaux rebound

      Decanter - - 4 readers - Chicago's Hart Davis Hart will hold its first Bordeaux-only auction at the end of this month, in what could prove a key test for signs of improved buyer confidence in 2014. 97 lots of Petrus 1982 are being auctioned Hart Davis Hart (HDH) said it expected to sell up to $5.5m of top Bordeaux wines from around 100 chateaux at the auction, to be held over 31 October and 1 November.

      Sushi Titans Battle! O Ya vs Sushi Iwa

      The Passionate Foodie - - 4 readers - An epic battle of two Sushi titans. The U.S. versus Japan. Three arenas of engagement: Sashimi, Nigiri & Makimono. Five judges to determine the outcome. Who will prevail as the Champion of Sushi? A couple weeks ago, I participated as a judge in a grand Sushi battle, pitting local Chef Tim Cushman, of O Ya Restaurant, against Chef Hisayoshi Iwa, of Sushi Iwa in Japan.

      Langley's Chaberton Estate Winery rebrands - slightly

      John Schreiner on wine - - 4 readers - Photo: Chaberton winemaker Barbara Hall A harvest of spectacular quality is underway in the largest and oldest Fraser Valley vineyard – the 40 plus acres behind Chaberton Estate Winery south of Langley. The vineyard was planted in 1982 by Claude and Inge Violet. They planted only early-ripening white varietals like Siegerrebe, Madeleine Angevine and Madeleine Sylvaner, all ...

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      DAWA 2014 results: India wins historic first International Trophy as full results released

      …. Vice-chairs were Gerard Basset MS MW OBE, Decanter columnist Andrew Jefford, Shinya Tasaki and CH’NG Poh Tiong. Australia led the way with a total of 536 wine entries, winning 4 Internationals, 2 Regionals and 28 Golds. Italy followed with 481, 318 from France (including 85 from Bordeaux and 75 from Champagne) and 223 from Spain, from which one…

      2 readers - By Decanter

      High Tea at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore

      … headquarters. The General Post Office, under Singapore Post, vacated the building in 1996. In 1997, a Hong Kong investor acquired the Fullerton Building from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). It spent close to another S$300 million converting the Fullerton Building into a hotel and building the two-storey commercial complex One Fullerton…

      3 readers - By Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-wine

      Green Sky in Singapore, Comcrop 'Urban Farming' by the Living Project

      … Compared to other urban farming projects, Comcrop (born in 2013) is still a baby. Yet it proves that even in densely populated cities, Singapore ranked 3rd in most crowded places after Macau and Monaco and before Hong Kong (according to Wikipedia piece), there is room to grow. Green sky in Singapore for Green Day # 271 (* Comcrop image from…

      2 readers - By Serge the Concierge

      Having trouble “getting” social media? Welcome to SMOG!

      …. But with Gus’s help and the whole SMOG team, I feel like I’m eight again! Thanks, guys! C.O., Baghdad. We’re doing really well, considering. Gus, do you know how to load a rocket-propelled grenade launcher? And what should I do when the wifi is down? J.R., Pittsburg. Can I please have my money back? This is my second request. J.B., Castro Valley CA. I’m…

      3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Top US auction house bets on Bordeaux rebound

      … region in the first half of 2014. All 10 of HDH's highest-priced lots during that period were Burgundy wines, epitomising a trend that has transcended regions and arguably culminated with Sotheby's' record-breaking, 114-bottle lot of DRC Romanee-Conti sold in Hong Kong last week for US$1.6m. By contrast, Bordeaux has faced one of its most trying…

      4 readers - By Decanter

      Washington wine community fondly remembers John Sarich

      … the classic recipes.” LeClaire and Sarich became close through the years by working together on charity events. “We had a nice camaraderie,” he said. “We partnered on a lot of events, and he did cooking classes at my home.” LeClaire always marveled at how often Sarich traveled for Ste. Michelle and where he would end up. “He would be in Hong…

      4 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Sotheby's claims auction record with DRC 'super lot'

      …Sotheby's has sold a 114-bottle 'super lot' of DRC Romanee-Conti wines for more than US$1.5m in Hong Kong, reinforcing collectors' thirst for top Burgundy and setting a new auction record. The cache of wines, including six bottles from each vintage between 1992 and 2010 inclusive, was sold in Hong Kong to an unnamed Asia-based collector for HK…

      5 readers - By Decanter

      Sushi Titans Battle! O Ya vs Sushi Iwa

      … at Park South and is planning to open their second Boston restaurant, an izakaya, Hojoko at the Verb Hotel. Chef Hisayoshi Iwa, who was very soft spoken at the event, opened his own restaurant in 2012 in the Ginza, which has already garnered a Michelin star. He has a second restaurant in Hong Kong. His restaurant has received much positive press…

      4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Langley's Chaberton Estate Winery rebrands - slightly

      … intense flavours of Muscat raisins, grapefruit and apricot. The slightly off-dry finish gives the wine a rich texture. 90. Chaberton Dry Bacchus Reserve 2013 ($17.25). Made from Fraser Valley grapes, this is 95% Bacchus with 5% Sémillon to add complexity. The wine has appealing aromas of rose petals, green apples and spice. It is crisply dry…

      4 readers - By John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine

      Jefford on Monday: A Label Drinker Comes Out

      …, or of the blind-tasting competition, is to elevate the meritorious regardless of pedigree. It actually doesn’t matter if true objectivity is a fantasy; simply changing the subjective filter is a worthwhile exercise. Having just spent a week in Hong Kong judging the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, indeed, I feel confident that the ‘shallow blind’ way in which both…

      7 readers - By Decanter

      Market Watch: Hopes rise as Bordeaux shows signs of life

      … years to buy top Bordeaux'. At auction so far this month, Bordeaux has continued to face stiff competition from Burgundy. On 6 September, Zachys Hong Kong sold 61 bottles of Mouton-Rothschild spanning every vintage from 1945 to 2005 inclusive, except 1949, 1953 and 1993. The lot fetched HK$477,750 against a pre-sale high estimate of HK$600,000…

      5 readers - By Decanter

      What it’s like to be a #wine judge – part 2 #LACountyFair

      … Picking up where we left off, this past May I was invited by Planet Bordeaux, the marketing arm for France’s Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC, to be a guest judge at the 75th Annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Since the Bordeaux panel wasn’t until Thursday morning, I was asked to observe a panel of judges evaluating Rhone…

      5 readers - By Señorita Vino
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