Taste for Pleasure, The Wines of Bibi Graetz!

At the HK Wine Fair last month, I began a new series of wine courses that I call "Taste For Pleasure". Here, the focus is obviously on pleasure, but I want to tell stories about the wines so that participants can relate to the emotions of the winemakers, the beauty of his region and the traditions and culture that invariably influence the final style and quality of the wine.

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Taste Like A Pro, Handling Grapes in Cellar

In these days, wineries all over the northern hemisphere are occupied with handling the grapes they have just harvested and to produce the wines that will grace our tables in the years to come. This period is fraught with risks and can greatly influence the scores wine professionals will give to the wines when they have a chance to taste them.

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China, a market still in Infancy...

Last April's visit to Vinitaly of Jack Ma, founder of the mighty Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and richest man in China has brought to light Italy’s position in China’s wine market as well as its tremendous potential going forward.  The reception to his speech brought mixed reviews within the Italian wine industry.

However, after 22 years living in Hong Kong and working in China, I have learned to look at its dynamics with a macroeconomic approach rather than focus too much on the microeconomics of everyday. 

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A Framework To Understanding Wine...

The more I study and teach about wine, the more I realise that a source of many complications and confusion for many wine student when it comes to wine appreciation is a general lack of a framework of thinking to approach their journey of discovery.  In this post, I want to propose an approach, a way of thinking that lays solid foundations upon which to rest the building blocks of wine knowledge and help to connect the dots more effectively. 

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