The Southern Charm

Occupying almost a third of Portugal, the southern province of Alentejo is renowned for producing wines combining complexity, fruitiness and richness. Although the region traditionally focused on agriculture, especially cork

The Prussian Crown

As per traditional wisdom, Mosel collocates with femininity whereas Rheingau masculinity. Situated geographically – and stylistically – between the two, Nahe is often referred to as the middle child of

The Spirit of Japan II

(Continued from “The Spirit of Japan” on 5 September 2014) Although its history can be traced back to the 16th century, shochu was in a downward spiral in much of the

The Biodynamic Renaissance

The heritage of Château Durfort-Vivens (Deuxième Cru) can be traced back to the 12th century, and for 7 centuries it was continuously owned by the Durfort de Duras family, which

The Classicism of Modernity II

(Continued from “The Classicism of Modernity” on 20 June 2014) The birthplace of Dionysian legends, Greece is rightly proud of its ancient roots and rich heritage. Whereas during the

The Shades of Green

Situated in the northwestern edge of Portugal facing the Atlantic Ocean, Vinho Verde is a little world of intrigue unto itself. First mentioned by Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca and

The Carthaginian Resurgence III

(Continued from “The Carthaginian Resurgence II” on 11 July 2014) Located at the northern tip of Africa, Tunisia is merely 155km away from the Sicilian city of Marsala, or 225km away

The Idyllic Treasure

Created by viticulturalist Henri Bouschet in 1866, Alicante Bouschet is a crossing of Petit Bouschet – per se a crossing of Teinturier du Cher and Aramon – and Grenache. Easy-to-grow,

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

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