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This article was also published in the Financial Times. As I walked into the M Bar on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong at 6.45 pm, I spotted my friend sitting at a...

Tags:  Hong Kong

I'm intrigued by this fine-wine air freight service from Bordeaux and London to Hong Kong that is now being targeted at individuals. Apparently, they have been running one a month to HK for the...

Tags:  transport, Hong Kong

This article was also published in the Financial Times. Hong Kong presents a particular professional challenge: it is the city in the world where I am least likely to see a menu and, as a...

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Written by Norman Lowe. See our new guide to all readers’ restaurant reviews . Last month I had the pleasure of having lunch with a gentleman who has been in the wine business for many...

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This article was also published in the Financial Times. As we climbed the stairs to the first floor of the Lei Garden restaurant in Mongkok on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, a branch of this...

Tags:  Hong Kong

The Hong Kong fine wine market is in the rudest of health, it would seem, thanks largely to the abolition of wine duty there in Feb 2008 and the determined efforts of established auctioneers,...

Tags:  Hong Kong, auction

This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times. Initially, it appeared like a very one-sided contest. On one side of the swing door was Yan Tak, the highly...

Tags:  Hong Kong

On 27 Feb this year, duty rates on all alcohol except spirits were abolished in Hong Kong in a move intended to establish the city as a fine wine hub to rival the likes of London and New York...

Tags:  Asia, Hong Kong

It will be fascinating to see what sort of prices are fetched by the super-starry lots in two major fine wine sales to be held in Hong Kong this month. The first is to be held on...

After an absence of seven years, Christie’s wine department will be back in Asia for an auction on 29 Nov2008 at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre. The headline wines in...

Tags:  Hong Kong

The wine trade would dearly love the whole issue of fake wine to disappear. I keep thinking of Aubert de Villaine, for example, who would like to spend his time overseeing the production of wine...

Firstly, thank you, thank you, all those who have so kindly sent recommendations of wine-storage facilities and wine courses. We are very grateful and are compiling what we hope will be a...

Tags:  Hong Kong, China, WSET

This article was also published in the Financial Times. At Pearl Liang , in the lower concourse of Paddington Central, west London, the Chinese waiter could not have been friendlier as he took...

Tags:  Hong Kong, China

Here's a very brief extract from Robert Parker's tasting of 20 bordeaux 2009s on Tuesday morning at WineFuture Hong Kong. It was hyped as The Magical 20 , and already merchants are trying...

Below is the hall where the WineFuture HK tastings were held, just before my Beyond Bordeaux tasting began. The picture above left is of Robert Parker presenting from the stage from which this...

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