Wine buyer s GUIDE ISSUE MARCH In thIs Issue Australian by therza


                                 In thIs Issue

                                 Australian Reds
                                 under $150
                                 Sparkling Wines
                                 Sweet Wines
                                 The Ten Wine

   GUIDE                         commandments
                                 Resolving Wine Myths

         ISSUE 0 • MARCH 2008

Wine Buyer’s Guide                                 
                                                                                                                           Prices may have changed between submission of samples and publication due to
                                                                                                                             March’s Hong Kong budget. Please confirm with the supplier before ordering.

                             AUSTRALIAN REDS under $150                                                          Taylor’s Shiraz, 2005,                            Possums ‘Willunga’ Shiraz,                     Plantaganet ‘Hazard
                                                                                                                 Clare Valley. ★ ★ ★                               2005, McLaren Vale. ★ ★ ★ ★                    Hill’ 2004 Shiraz, Western
                             In assessing Australian Shiraz, we           grape. The best Shiraz wines in this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Australia. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
                             were primarily seeking the most              line-up have wonderful fruitiness,     This is quite a typical or textbook               A very strong and very rich wine that is
                                                                                                                 Australian Shiraz. It has a little more           extremely satisfying with a long-lasting       Fruity and elegant with lovely peppery
                             appropriate, accurate fruit definition.       appropriate dryness and hence          American oak or wood tannins than fruity          finish. Excellent for its category, this wine   notes and pleasant tannins, this wine
                                                                                                                 richness. It’s a painless drink but not that      could sell for $50 more than its actual        certainly exceeds its price bracket
                             Drinkability is also a big part of the       balance and most importantly long-                                                       price.
                                                                                                                 exciting. The finish is a bit short with                                                          expectation. It is a good wine and I would
                             overall judgement.                           lasting flavours rarely found in this   lingering oak flavours – the wine needs a                                                         like some more. This is a wine that is
                                                                                                                 tomato or black bean sauce to counteract          Leeuwin Estate ‘Siblings’                      perfectly tasty on its own or with various
                             In the sea of Aussie Shiraz not all of       style but which are a very important   that.                                             Margaret River Shiraz 2003.                    types of fried noodles – it’s excellent
                             them live up to the proud brand the          hallmark of quality.                                                                                                                    stuff. It is refreshing to see such style
                                                                                                                                                                   Sample corked.                                 and complexity instead of the supposed
 Simon Tam readies himself   country has built for this delicious                                                Saltram Wine Estate                                                                              sheer ‘Oz grunt’ in many of Australian red
    to judge some wines                                                                                          ‘Maker’s Table’ Shiraz, 2005,                     Tyrell’s Wine ‘Brokenback’
                                                                                                                 South Australia. ★ ★ ★ ★                          Shiraz 2003, Hunter Valley.
                                                                                                                 This wine is soft and fruity. It has very
                                                                                                                                                                   ★★★                                            Tyrell’s Wines ‘Rufus Stone’
                                                                                                                                                                   This is a big, bold Australian but quite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2004 Shiraz.

                                                                                                                 pretty and long lingering flavours. A
                                                                                                                                                                   refined nonetheless. The sample contained
                                                                                                                 crisp and elegant wine. The soft tannins
                                                                                                                                                                   small chunks of sediment. It was very          McLaren Vale. ★ ★ ★
                                                                                                                 and floral aromas make for a red that is
                                                                                                                                                                   crisp and complex and with a powerful
                                                                                                                 light and versatile for, matching food                                                           This has tons of fruit and oak and vanilla
                                                                                                                                                                   fruity perfume. The alcohol content could
                                                                                                                 as varied as anti-pastis or soya chicken.                                                        flavours upfront but nothing lasts. It’s
                                                                                                                                                                   be quite high for some but this would be
                                                                                                                 Forget any expectations you may have
        SYSTEM                                                                                                   about Australian reds when you buy this
                                                                                                                                                                   a great wine to serve blind to wine friends
                                                                                                                                                                   who will quite likely think it is an Italian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  okay for its price bracket but overall an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ordinary mouthful.
                                                                                                                 as it doesn’t fit the classic big and robust
                                                                                                                                                                   before realising it is Australian.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Orgasmic                                                                                               Australian mould. Perfect elegance!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Claymore Wines ‘Walk on
                                                                                                                 Heartland Limestone Coast/                        Tyrell’s Wines ‘Old Winery’                    the Wild Side’ 2005 Shiraz
  ★ ★ ★ ★ As good as it gets                                                                                     Langhorne Creek Shiraz,                           Shiraz 2004 South Eastern                      Viognier. Barossa Valley. ★ ★
                                                                                                                                                                   Australia. ★ ★ ★
    ★ ★ ★ Tell your friends                                                                                      2005. ★ ★ ★                                                                                      Oaky, matured and tough with some spicy
                                                                                                                                                                   Heady, spicy and extremely perfumed,           and chocolate notes, this very heavy and
      ★ ★ Have a G&T instead                                                                                     Not deep but very complex, an easy
                                                                                                                 mouthful of wine that is tasty and eager to
                                                                                                                                                                   this is a very modern wine from a very         full-bodied wine is not much fun. Of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  just average quality, dominated by old
                                                                                                                                                                   modern style of winemaking. Perfect
                                                                                                                 please. Although the wine is velvety with
        ★ I dare ya!                                                                                             plenty of upfront fruit, it doesn’t have
                                                                                                                                                                   and very fruity (blackcurrants) – without
                                                                                                                                                                   being sickly – upfront, the wine’s short
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  American oak, the wine is uninspiring.

                                                                                                                 much follow through in a short, slightly
                                                                                                                 bitter finish. It gives lots of satisfaction for
                                                                                                                                                                   finish is a sudden anti-climax.                 Sticks 2006 Shiraz Viognier.
                                                                                                                 this price bracket but is best served with                                                       South Australia. ★ ★
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The great aromas of violets and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  minerals that are heady, spicy and

                                                                                                                 The top four:                                                                                    bewitching promise much but the wine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is disappointing and mediocre on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  palate. The tannins are soft but the finish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is also short. Perhaps when the vines have
                                                                                                                 1. Plantaganet ‘Hazard Hill’ 2004 Shiraz, Western Australia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  matured they will give greater depth of
                                                                                                                    KEDINGTON WINES 2898 9323

                                                                                                                 2. Possums ‘Willunga’ Shiraz, 2005. McLaren Vale.
                                                                                                                    PONTI TRADING 2328 3218

                                                                                                                 3. Tyrell’s ‘Old Winery’ Shiraz 2004, South Eastern Australia.
                                                                                                                    MAXXIUM 2891 8086

                                                                                                                 4. Saltram Wine Estate ‘Maker’s Table’ Shiraz, 2005, South Australia.
                                                                                                                    MAXXIUM 2891 8086
                                                                    The Tasting Master randomizes the samples

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                                                                                                                                                The top four:
                                                                          SPARKLING WINES                                                       1. Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs,
                                                                                                                                                    USA                                                  SWEET WINES
                                                                                                                                                    GOLDEN GATE WINES 2891 8181
                                                                          Champagne may well be the international                                                                                        This is by far the most difficult bracket of wine to assess,
                                                                                                                                                The top wine was in a league of
                                                                          benchmark of bubbly but we intended to judge                          its own, the next three were on a                        mostly because sweetness is organically, intrinsically
                                                                          the bracket fairly without using Champagne in                         par with each other and are listed                       likeable in a primal sense.
                                                                          that way. We were absolutely open-minded to the                       alphabetically.                                          The best sweet wines display a great deal more fruitiness
                                                                          wonderful array of delicious and diverse flavours                      Limestone Coast Wines ‘Padthaway’                        than sheer sugary sweetness. The best wines are eminently
                                                                          from different wine regions and grape varieties.                      Sparkling Pinot Noir/Chardonnay                          drinkable – and dangerously so glass after glass without
                                                                                                                                                NV, Australia Adelaide.
                                                                          The best wines in the tasting had their own                           CELLAR DOOR 2854 1229                                    being sickly sweet.
                                                                          personalities and are distinctly different to                                                                                  A usually lightly regarded category, the best wines selected
                                                                                                                                                Montenisa Franciacorta Brut, Italy
                                                                          Champagne. They are also very complex with                            MAXXIUM 2891 8086                                        are perfect with soft cheeses as well as fruit salad.
                                                                          many layers of flavours.
             Rebecca Leung, General Manager of the                                                                                              Schramsberg Mirabelle, USA
       International Wine Centre, records her impressions                                                                                       GOLDEN GATE WINES 2891 8181
                                                                                                                                                                                                              delicious, with
d’A Blanquette de                              Henkell Trocken Fine Sekt.                     Limestone Coast Wines                           Bimbadgen Ridge Semillon                                        unconventional
Limoux Brut.                                   Germany. ★ ★                                   Barossa Valley Sparkling                        Sparkling.
France. ★                                      Flowery, perfumed and with a style some        GSM (Grenache Shiraz                            Australia. ★ ★                                                  flavours”
                                               writers would characterize as feminine,
This is an over manipulated wine that                                                         Merlot) 2005.                                   This is a fresh, fruity, floral delicate drink with
                                               this wine oozes sunshine. Pour it on a fruit
tries hard to emulate the Champagne            salad with exotic melons as it has slight      Australia. ★ ★                                  lots of flavours and complexity. There are plenty
style. With lots of bubbles, it is vegetal     residual sugars for the necessary balance.                                                     of different flavour notes. This is a sipping wine
                                                                                              Some might consider this wine too heavy
and delicate on the palate but the short       The wine has good acidity and is pleasing                                                      that is perhaps best with a couple of plain rice
                                                                                              for a sparkler but this is the only truly
finish lets the side down. This is not very     with refreshing bubbles.                                                                       crackers. It is though just a touch sweet, which
                                                                                              indigenous style from Australia, making
enjoyable and should be drunk ASAP.                                                                                                           adds to its drinking appeal when served cold.
                                                                                              it difficult to understand for the rest of the
                                                                                              world (which is fine by Australians!). The
Garofoli Metodo                                Brut de Charvis Methode                        bubbles are not aggressive and there are        Schramsberg Mirabelle.
Charmat Brut.                                  Traditionelle Brut.                            flavours of plums, red berries, sweet fruits     USA. ★ ★ ★ ★
                                                                                              and veg with minimal oak. This will go
Italy. ★ ★                                     France. ★ ★ ★                                  well with Belon or Irish rock oysters and
                                                                                                                                              Wow! This wine has a lot of pear-like taste. Its
                                                                                                                                              texture is quite soft but its main point is that it is a
Flat and with a lack of fruit, this wine has   This is a pretty serious wine that tends       with roast turkey.
                                                                                                                                              very rich and almost powerful wine that definitely
tons of minerals, which is strange in a        towards elegance rather than richness.                                                         needs food to stand up for it. Something like beef
sparkling wine. There are also petroleum       Stoned fruits and a slightly mineral edge
hints like an aged white wine. Quite           add to a tight crisp wine that is not for
                                                                                              Limestone Coast Wines                           pastrami, carpaccio or steak tartare might work
                                                                                                                                              but this would also be a good match for slithers
savoury but also soft and creamy, this is      the casual drinker. If you don’t like green    Padthaway Sparkling Pinot
                                                                                                                                              of matured crunchy Parmesan or horsemeat. The
not a wine for the faint-hearted and needs     apples, you won’t like this wine. This         Noir/Chardonnay NV.                             wine has tons of flavour and is easy to drink.
to be drunk with Japanese tempura to hit       should be drunk with tons of sashimi but       Australia. ★ ★ ★ ★
the savoury notes.                             skip the wasabi.
                                                                                              Tasty, funky, crispy and complex, this
                                                                                              wine is classy and has a real WOW!              Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs.
Montenisa Franciacorta Brut.                   Bouvet.                                        Factor. It smells of Parmesan cheese, is        USA. ★ ★ ★
                                                                                              elegant and has a well-rounded structure        Fantastic fruitiness but don’t blink or you will
Italy. ★ ★ ★ ★                                 France. ★ ★                                    with a little bit of age and lots of flavour.    miss the subtleties of this wine. The flavours roll
With lots of fruit upfront, especially         This good party wine is quite harmonious,      Drink it now – with a dim sum Sunday            out in a progression from lemon via bread to
stoned fruit, this wine is like a white        easy going, grapey, simple and crisp. It       brunch – especially for its creamy bubbles      finish with a little brulée and stone fruit. This is
Burgundy with bubbles: long and dry;           has good appeal and is easy to understand.     and long length.                                very much like classic Champagne and is very
oily, rich and deliciously interesting. The    It is an excellent base for Champagne                                                          complex and also fluffy like marshmallows. It
flavours are long and lingering, making         cocktails.                                                                                     needs to be accompanied by sushi or a good
for freshness and a crisp, enjoyable and
well-structured wine.
                                                                                                                                              DVD.                                                          Domaine du Grangeon Viognier - The Winner

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sWeet WInes...                                                                                                                            Chateau Tilleuls de Gauthier
                                                                                                                                          Loupiac 2004 Vins de France.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Domaine du Grangeon
                                                                                                                                                                                         Viognier Cottage Vineyards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maury Vielle Reserve 1992
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cottage Vineyard. H	H	H	H
                                                                                                                                          H	H                                            (Half bottle) H	H	H	H	H                        This is an excellent port-style wine that

The top five:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        has long, long fruit flavours, especially
                                                                                                                                          elegant, complex and savory, this wine is      This is a drinking wine more than a            dried fruits, but is well-balanced.
                                                                                                                                          not as sweet as one might expect but that      food wine that should be enjoyed with a        Complex, yet youthful and fresh beyond
                                                                                                                                          sweetness is there is supported by acidity.    good thick book. The aroma is like aged        its age. Chocolatey and similar to a
                                                                                                                                          The wine is very satisfying on the palate,     honey, lovely and floral but not deep. The     tawny Port, this wine needs a fruit cake, a
                                                                                                                                          lasts a very long time and is a perfect        flavours are intensely sweet, wide, long,      Cuban cigar or a bar of 90 percent cocoa
Simon TaM:                                                         rebecca leung:                                                         match for any pate.                            powerful and layered and complex with          chocolate.
                                                                                                                                                                                         an extra long aftertaste. extraordinarily
Domaine de grangeon Viognier Vin de Paille. France.                Domaine de grangeon Viognier Vin de Paille. France.                                                                   delicious, with unconventional flavours,
CoTTAge VIneyARDS 2395 1293                                        CoTTAge VIneyARDS 2395 1293                                                                                           this wine will lift your head out of
                                                                                                                                          Villa Plassan 2001 Cadillac                                                                   Wolf Blass Gold Label
Chateau de Bastard Sauternes. France                               Chateau de Bastard Sauternes. France.                                                                                 whatever mundane space it is occupying.
                                                                                                                                          France. H	H                                    This is very, very good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Riverina Botrytis Semillon
CoTTAge VIneyARDS 2395 1293                                        CoTTAge VIneyARDS 2395 1293
                                                                                                                                          This wine is a bit boring, very simple but                                                    2004. Australia
eberle Muscat Canelli. uSA.                                        nederburg noble Late Harvest. South Africa. SInoLInK                   heavy, syrupy, creamy, with not much
goLDen gATe WIneS 2891 8181                                        2408 3090                                                              fruit and no length at all. It needs a very                                                   Sample corked.
                                                                                                                                          cold vanilla ice cream to make it worth
                                                                                                                                                                                         Earl Corinne Couturier
Maury Vielle Reserve.                                              Jean Rival Cuvee Prestige Monbazillac. France.
                                                                                                                                          drinking.                                      Grenache. France. H	H	H
CoTTAge VIneyARDS 2395 1293                                        CoRneRSTone 2573 8782
                                                                                                                                                                                         This beautifully purple coloured wine is       Nederburg Noble Late
eos Moscato Late Harvest. uSA.                                     eos Moscato Late Harvest. uSA.                                                                                        intense, gamey, smooth, savvy, silky and       Harvest 2006.
goLDen gATe WIneS 2891 8181                                        goLDen gATe WIneS 2891 8181                                                                                           viscous, deep, like a fruit bomb and with
                                                                                                                                          Chateau du Pradey 2005                         dried prunes and plums on the nose. There      South Africa. H	H	H
                                                                                                                                          Sainte-Coix-du-Mont Ponti. H                   is a great balance both of acidity and         This is a very balanced and very rich wine
                                                                                                                                          This wine is simple, short, lacking in         alcohol and even the young tannins (that       that is very complex and very new World
                                                                                                                                          inspiration but pleasant enough. There         give it great aging potential) are pleasant.   in style, very oakless and very long. It is
d’A Muscat 2006 France                          Moscato d’Asti Bersano 2006.                   Chateau Filhot a Sauternes 2005.           is very little fruit on the nose. Sweet, the   This is delicious enough to drink as it is     also elegant with lively acidity, abundant
Cottage Vineyard. H	H	H	                        Italy. H	H	H                                   France (Half bottle) H	H	H                 palate is disappointing and the length is      but would be wonderful with rosemary           dried pears and fresh honey and a lovely
To call this a sweet wine is an                 This wine is deliberately grassy, smokey        The wine is complex and with very         short. not recommended.                        and lamb or some hard crumbly cheeses.         aftertaste. It needs salted liquorice to
understatement. The refreshing, syrupy          and with a lovely, lively blossomy smell       ripe pineapple aromas from an excellent                                                                                                  complement, highlight and extend its
flavour and aroma produce a sweet,              redolent of a good florist’s. This lightly     vintage, although it might lack a little                                                                                                 characteristics - or a very ripe nectarine.
beautifully balanced and technically            sweet wine is refreshing and simple            appeal on the nose for some drinkers.
correct wine with sufficient acidity that       enough to be drank as an aperitif before       The wine is very classy with long,
would be perfect with a fruit salad or plain    dinner or - to complete the equation - drink   long lingering flavours and a perfect
fruit after dinner.                             it with minted strawberries.
                  accompaniment to a slice of Brie.                                                                                                        Kiona Red Mountain Chenin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blanc Ice wine 2005.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Canada. H	H	H
Eberle Muscat Canelli 2006                      G&B Pinard Pineau de
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is the sweetest wine one of the panel
Paso Robles. USA. H	H	H                         Charentes. France. H	H                                                                                                                                                                  had ever drunk. It is big, rich and intense
Like liquid sunshine on a rainy day, this       Complex, as it is not too sweet but has                                                                                                                                                 with extremely ripe pineapple aromas and
is sure to lighten your mood. Lively and        plenty of toffee flavours, this bottle would                                                                                                                                            luscious sweetness balanced with a fine
fresh citrus, especially lime zest and hints    be a good choice for nuts or a coffee-                                                                                                                                                  acidity. Like a sherbet or ice sorbet and
of lychee, make for an easy to swallow          flavoured dessert or serve it chilled with                                                                                                                                              the fruitiness of a mixed fruit juice, the
wine that would make a perfect balance for      anchovies or white chocolate. The wine                                                                                                                                                  wine has a good texture and is a little bit
spicy Thai salad, steamed prawns. It could      is also not in your typical fresh and zippy                                                                                                                                             on the crisp side. It needs a fruit jelly - the
equally be drunk alone.                         Pineau style: extra age has made it more                                                                                                                                                first time the panellists have ever made
                                                luscious and intense.                                                                                                                                                                   such a recommendation.

Eos Moscato late harvest Paso
Robles 2006. USA. H	H	H	H                       Jean Rival Cuvee Presitge
                                                Monbazillac 2005,                                                                                                 Classic sauternes                                                     Corner Stone Hawkes Bay
A very complex wine that veers between
the smell of Chinese restaurant desserts        France. H	H	H	H                                                                                                                                                                         New Zealand 2006. 	H	H
- fruit Sundaes, lychees and even fried ice                                                                                               Chateau de Bastard Sauternes 2004 Cottage Vineyards.                                          Pleasant enough and in a lighter ice
                                                While the finish of this very complex,                                                    	H	H	H	H			                                                                                   wine style, this is CRISP but lacking
cream - and an almost sickly sweetness,
                                                thick and heavy wine is bone dry, it also                                                 The bouquet is maturing and the palate luscious, heady with peach, apricot, fruit             fruit definition. The perfume is floral
it is exciting, heavy, tasty and lovely but a
                                                possible to detect honey and tropical fruits                                              salad, grapes, pineapple, fresh peach, fresh apricot, canned and dried peach and              and the length okay. In fact, although
good mouthful of this delicious wine, with
                                                on the nose and dried apricot on the palate.                                              apricot. The wine is well made with good acidity and a delicious, lingering finish.           pleasant enough and acceptable with spicy
its long-lingering fruit flavours, is enough.
                                                The wine could age five or six years and                                                                                                                                                poppadoms as an aperitif, everything
Share a bottle with friends.
                                                                   An alter ego of the Cognac region         A wine this mouthwatering will go well with a tarte tartin or a slice of blue cheese.
                                                the perfect balance makes it useful for            rarely seen outside France             not for the faint hearted.                                                                    about this wine is just okay.

                                                dessert but even better with poached fish
                                                with mango.

                                                                                                 ISSUE 0 • MARCH 2008                   Wine Buyer’s Guide                                                                                                                         
T hE 10                               Sorry if you’ve heard this one before. Moses
                                      came down from his sojourn on the mountain
                                                                                                           Thou shalt not       worship only one
                                                                                                           wine writer. Whoever you trust, a second,
                                                                                                           third or fourth opinion is always worth
                                                                                                                                                        Thou shalt        honour reds and whites
                                                                                                                                                        equally and without prejudice. Perhaps
                                                                                                                                                        even a little rose in the summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Thou shalt not        say a wine is good
                                                                                                                                                                                                     if it tasted like dried budgerigar vomit to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     you. Conventional wisdom can be wrong
    commandments                      staggering under the weight of the tablets carved                    taking.
                                                                                                                                                        Thou shalt not        murder thy wine by
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and you don’t win any points for drinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                     something you don’t like.
                                      with the commandments and told the assembled                         Thou shalt not        buy wine only for
                                                                                                                                                        aerating it. Decanting, big glasses and
                                      throng, “I have good news and bad news”. “Tell                       the label. Craven worship of a trendy or
                                                                                                                                                        opening the wine 20 hours before you         Thou shalt not       covet thy neighbour’s
                                                                                                           expensive label does not guarantee you a
                                      us, Moses,” shouted the throng. “Well, the good                                                                   drink it can all be lethal for the drink.    ‘74 Petrus. But if you are the neighbour
                                                                                                           good wine.                                                                                stop hoarding the stu and share a glass
                                      news is I’ve got Him down to 10, the bad news is                                                                  Thou shalt not        commit adulteration
                                                                                                           Thou shalt not        take the number of                                                  or two with someone!
                                      adultery is still on there.”                                         the vintage in vain. Just because some
                                                                                                                                                        of thy wine with 7 Up or water or
                                                                                                                                                        anything else except possibly for a mulled   Thou shalt       trust thine own palate!
                                                                                                           wines from a certain year are rubbish it
                                      Here are the Wine Buyer’s Guide’s ten                                                                             wine in winter.                              Thou shalt not        take wine too
                                                                                                           doesn’t mean the lot are.
                                      commandments for enjoying wine simply for the                                                                     Thou shalt not        raid the kid’s piggy   seriously. It’s bloody fermented grape
                                                                                                           Thou shalt      take a rest from booze one                                                juice - not the key to universal wisdom
                                      great drink it is. But as this is a wine guide we                    day of the week. If the Lord needed a day
                                                                                                                                                        bank or rob a jewellery shop to buy wine,
                                                                                                                                                        even if it a ‘74 Petrus.                     and happiness.
                                      went for 12 to get the case discount.                                of rest, so do your liver and wallet!

            “ Opening a bottle of wine several hours
              before drinking it will improve the avour.”
            Many wine lovers tend to open their            is attributed to the minimal evaporation
                                                           and ethanol reduction, but this will also
            consumption, hoping and believing the
            wine will get “smoother and better”
            after a “breathing” process. A majority
            of wine snobs simply uncork the bottle         Experiment is always the best tool to
            without decanting the wine into another        verify wine myths. All you need to do is
            container, and expect the wine to aerate for   gather a few passionate tasters and vote a
            improvement through the bottle’s narrow        volunteer to host the event. Go buy two
            hole. Some might argue removing the cork       identical wines from the same shop, white
            and letting open the bottle helps to remove    or red, old or young will do, preferably
            sulphur additives and alcohol, will promote
            simultaneous oxygenation of the wine, and      two wines one after another, ideally with
            therefore encourage the development of the
            wine’s bouquet.                                both wines blind in two identical glasses at
                                                           the same time, and collect tasting notes for
                                                           conclusion. Repeat the process as often as
            will not help aerate the wine within one or
                                                           uncorking the wines: the outcome will tell
                                                           you that simply uncorking the wines for a
            allowing the wine to stand uncorked for 24
            hours, because the tiny and limited space  bouquet.
            between the wine surface area and the open
                                                       Next time, when your connoisseur friend
            take place.
                                                           unopened deliberately for a couple of
            Some wines may taste “smoother and nicer”      hours, please ask him to put it back to avoid
            after being uncorked for over 20 hours, that

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Supplier                 Tel           Fax          Email                                  Supplier                 Tel          Fax          Email

ABC WINES               23684684      27219799                     LyCO INTERNATIONAL LTD.
no.20, g/F., Wing Lee Building, 27-33 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon                                       28155801      28155803
                                                                                           unit A 20/F 235 Wing Lok Street Trade Centre 235 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, HK
                       25231945      25231947                    MAxxIUM HK LIMITED
2804 Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, HK                                                          28317206    25763315
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                        29072112     29073113                     MOONSKy STAR LTD
Shop 307 & 308, The Lee gardens, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong                                           27231376      27236653

BOTTLE SHOP (CHINA) LIMITED                                                                NORTHEAST WINES & SPIRITS LTD.
                  21101881                                                               28735733   25545346
                                                                                           unit B1, 1/F., Vita Tower, 29 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
                          21724879     21724302              OMTIS LTD                23330241 ext 157/160
unit 303, Treasure Centre, 42 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong.
                                                                                           ONEREDDOT FINE WINES
BOUTIqUE WINES         28724234      28772131                                     24088320     83435737
Room 1603 Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau                                                       unit C-e, 20/F Leahander Centre, 28 Wang Wo Tsai Street, Tsuen Wan, n.T., HK

CDCC                     24717238                              ORIENT PACIFIC (ASIA) LIMITED
                                                                                                                     27916332      27916376
CHARLES & BROTHERS WINE MERCHANTS CO. LTD.                                                 9/F., World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, HK
                         28510877    28512693,
                                                       PACIFIC WINE INTERNATIONAL LTD.
13/F., Block B, Wing Hing Commercial Building, 139 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, HK                              21569338     21569388
                                                                                           Rm 206 Wayson Comm. Bldg., 28 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan, HK
CONCORD WINES            22393522      21110253
                                                                                           PONTI TRADING LTD.
CONNOISSEUR WINES & SPIRITS (HK) LTD.                                                                               23283218       23270262
                          27723670     23496126     unit D, 2/F., Luk Hop Industrial Building, 8 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, HK
unit A21-25, 5/F., Block A1, yau Tong Ind. City, 17 Ko Fai Road, yau Tong, Kowloon, HK
                                                                                           RARE & FINE WINES LTD.
CORNERSTONE DISTRIBUTION (HK) LTD.                                                                           25229797             25211911
                          25738782       25728411
unit 1, 3/F., Block 2, Kwai Tak Industrial Centre, 15-33 Kwai Tak Street, Kwai Chung, HK   RED WINE CELLAR 23834388                23834188
                                                                                           Shop no.2, g/F., nice Bldg., 6 - 10 Hau Wong Road, Kowloon City, HK
                          23951293      35424599                SHIAMAS LIMITED 28510348           28510869
Suite 7B, 7/F., yu Wing Building, 64-66 Wellington Street, Central, HK                     4/F., Hong Kong Diamond exchange Building, 8-10 Duddell Street, Central, HK

EVERWISE CELLAR CLUB                                                                       SINOLINK FINE WINES LTD
                         34269988      34269292                                          24083090      24083102
units 402-3, 4/F., Winway Bldg., 50 Wellington Street, Central, HK                         unit 4307A, 43/F., Metroplaza Tower II, 223 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung, n.T., HK

FIVESTAR WINE INTERNATIONAL LTD.                                                           TELFORD INTERNATIONAL COMPANy LTD.
                          26222787      26222438                                    23152581      23116050
unit 2, 1/F., Wah Shing Centre, 11-13 Shing yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, HK             unit 1609, Kerry Cargo Centre, 55 Wing Kei Road, Kwai Chung, nT, HK

FORCE 8 CELLARS LIMITED                                                                    THE CAPE WINE & ROOIBOS TEA SPECIALIST
                        25276217      25276255                                         25253898     25256598
1/F., 42A Hollywood Road, Central, HK                                                      ug 59 Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, TST Kln, HK

GOLDEN GATE WINE CO. LTD.                                                                  VINE TO WINE CELLAR CO. LTD.
                          28918181     28918608                                             25739222       24871919
Suite 1006 Tai yau Building 181 Johnston Road, Wanchai HK                                  Flat 13, 9/F., Favor Industrial Centre, 2 - 6 Kin Hong Street, Kwai Chung, nT, HK

HILLMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED                                                                   VINS DE FRANCE CORP. LTD.
                25227898               25229123                                                                     28035760    28035774
                                                                                           8/F., Winsan Tower, 98 Thompson Road, Wanchai, HK
                          28989787     28989876              VINS GALLERy LIMITED
1801, Chai Wan Ind. City, Block 2, 70 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan, HK                                                   26248170     27721456
                                                                                           Shop B1, g/F., Block 1, Camelpaint Building, 632 Hoi yuen Road, Kwun Tong, Kln
JEBSEN FINE WINES 29262225            28821143
28/F., Lee gardens Two, 28 yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, HK                                 VIOLA CLARO TRADING CO. LTD.
                                                                                                                   25490796   25494601
KEDINGTON WINES (FAR EAST) CO. LTD.                                                        Room 1102, Bupa Centre, 141 Connaught Road West, HK
                         28989323       28989183
13/F., Room A, Sunrise Industrial Building, 10 Hong Man Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong        WATSON’S WINE CELLAR
                                                                                                                   26068938    26902847
KEEN REACH TRADING CO. LIMITED                                                             Watson House, 1-5 Wo Liu Hang Road, Fo Tan, Shatin, nT, HK
                 21359728  21359729
                                                                                           WINE DEVELOPMENT (INT’L) COMPANy
KING REGAL INTERNATIONAL LTD.                                                                              82089239   28612818       
                          27852270       27453943
unit K, 4/F., Blk 2, Wah Fung Industrial Centre,                                           WISEVILLE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
no.33-39 Kwai Fung Crescent, Kwai Fong, n.T.                                                                       24112006      24113116
                                                                                           Rm 3401, 34/F., Cable TV Tower, 9 Hoi Shing Road, Tsuen Wan, n.T., HK
                        31166668    31166669                       WORLD OF WINES        25591998     25591229
unit 203 Cosmos Building 8-11 Lan Kwai Fong Central HK                                     Room 2211, CC Wu Building, 302-308 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, HK

                         28171625      28127232
1215 Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, HK

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