The Swedish Connection

Generally reliable and readily available, Grandes Marques champagnes remain dominant in terms of market share, but champagne-aficionados would be aware of, indeed delighted by, the emergence of boutique maisons over

The Spirit of Japan

A linguistic rendition of the Chinese term shaojiu, shochu has been produced in Okinawa and Kyushu since the 16th century. What is now known as Okinawa used to be the

The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance

The Anglo-Portuguese alliance is the oldest one in the world that is still in force. Ever since the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373, which is in turn the oldest active treaty

The Lord of Barsac

In the enticing world of sweet Bordeaux, if Barsac exemplifies elegance as opposed to Sauternes’s power, Château Climens (Premier Cru) would be the epitome of unrivalled elegance, hence its epithet

The Pride of Hungary

Located some 240km northeast of Budapest, Tokaj is Hungary’s preeminent wine region, so important in Hungarian history that its vineyards are mentioned in the national anthem. A classified wine region

The Bijou of Margaux

Situated a stone’s throw away from the Gironde, Ferrière (Troisième Cru) is the little gem of a Bordeaux estate, comprising merely 16ha of vineyards. The vineyards are located in the

The Liberal Outlook

Situated in southern Pauillac close to the Gironde, Haut-Bages Libéral (Cinquième Cru) is an estate that consistently punches above its weight. Planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, both

The Miracle of Immortality

Located 950km southwest of Lisbon, Madeira is one of the outermost European territories, and one that produces wine. The volcanic archipelago is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal,

The Septentrional Guardians

by Jacky I.F. Cheong However precise the Burgundian classification system is intended to be, it is intricate and somehow mystical. Starting from the sub-division of regions, the quest for Burgundy begins

The Carthaginian Resurgence II

by Jacky I.F. Cheong (Continued from “The Carthaginian Resurgence” on 6 June 2014) Whereas the first vines in modern-day Tunisia were planted by the Phoenicians during the Punic era, it