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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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2010 Bordeaux – Ten Years On

March 6th 2020

Southwold Tasting

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.”

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Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Coffinet-Duvernay, JM Boillot, Comte Armand, Courcel, Bize & Bouley

November 15th 2019

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Day three of our Burgundy tasting trip had much to compete with coming after the previous blow-out day of tasting exceptional wines in the Côtes de Nuits. Luckily, it did not disappoint. Although the weather was not on our side and rained the entire day it didn’t stop the wines from expressing themselves and allowing us to get an even better idea of this great vintage.

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2016 Red Burgundy revisited – tasted blind in bottle

October 28th 2019

Burgundy-2016

Neal Martin recently published a thorough review of the 2016 Burgundy vintage, having tasted over 260 different reds at the Burgfest extravaganza held annually in the heart of Burgundy. This is a marathon tasting, every May and September, where many of the wines from a particular vintage are tasted blind, appellation by appellation.

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