Date: March 2020

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A view from the vineyards – The impact of social distancing

March 25th 2020

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It is times like this that we truly value the very special relationship we have with our vignerons and winemaking friends. In the same way that it is so important to keep our spirits up at home amongst family, friends and work colleagues, it is vital we do the same with our friends and wine suppliers abroad. Italy went into lockdown 14 days ago, France 7 days ago and it can be a demoralising experience. As one Bordeaux négociant said to me who is now working in isolation at home, “I actually miss those irritating habits of some of my…

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Bring a Special Bottle Night (BASBN) 2020

March 20th 2020

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On Friday, March 13th, a group of 16 gathered at Crown Wine Cellars in Hong Kong for what was the 13th iteration of this particular fine wine dinner. Bring a Special Bottle Night 2020 experienced a radical shift this year. For the first time since BASBN’s inception, women were invited to join in the fun and games! The three lucky ladies were Debra Meiburg MW, my partner in vinous crimes Sabrina Hosford, General Manager of Summergate HK and myself.

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Video | Taittinger Comtes de Champagne – A family story shaped by quality and finesse

March 11th 2020

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Featuring Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, former President and honorary chairman of the eponymous Champagne Taittinger, this short film takes you inside this legendary family-owned Champagne house in Reims. Discover the philosophy behind each label, their historical cellars and Taittinger’s upcoming release, their prestige cuvée Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008.

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Travel Tips | Champagne

March 9th 2020

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We continue our series of tips and recommendations for trips to wine regions with a flying visit to Reims, Epernay and the vineyards of Champagne, which lie to the north east of Paris. Champagne is the most exciting and seductive of wines. In the words of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, “Every bottle of Champagne should be a celebration and a ceremony.”  A few days spent in the home of the world’s best loved sparkling wine are guaranteed to be both.

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2010 Bordeaux – Ten Years On

March 6th 2020

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When the 2010 Bordeaux vintage was released it arguably received more acclaim than any other release this century. Markets were buoyant, journalistic influence, most notably that of Robert Parker, was at its apogee and talk was of a vintage of the century, with quality surpassing the extraordinary 2005 vintage. In my vintage report at the time I commented that “if 2009 was a vintage of opulence and accessibility, the 2010s are all about power, intensity and structure, which will most definitely reward patience.”