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The history Stretched across the slopes of the Vosges Mountains, the region of Alsace has long history of winemaking. Located next to the modern day German border (along the Rhine) the area has been a territory of political contention and conflict for centuries. Annexed by France in the seventeenth century, Alsace was claimed by the new German Empire in 1871. ... Read More »

Chateau Grand Corbin-Despagne

The history The Despagne family has been in Saint Emilion for centuries, with the family’s first historical reference in the area dating back to 1665. The family has strong roots in the wine industry, with past generations holding jobs such as vineyard workers and ploughmen.  In 1812, Louis Despagne, the son of tenant farmers at Cheval Blanc, purchased a few ... Read More »

Barolo: Iconic Piedmont Wines

Located among the rolling Langhe hills in Piedmont, the Barolo DOCG is one of the most renowned appellations in Italy. The appellation’s name is derived from the village of Barolo, located about a few miles south of Alba. The history There is a long, illustrious history of winemaking in this region, filled with many changes and developments. Until the nineteenth ... Read More »

Chateau Cos d’Estournel

The history Chateau Cos d’Estournel was founded by Louis Gaspard d’Estournel.  In 1811, he recognised the exceptional potential of some of his vines near the village of Cos in Saint Estèphe, and he began to vinify these grapes separately.  From there on the wines of Cos d’Estournel began to gain great prestige, and they were exported throughout the world, as ... Read More »

Chinese New Year Food and Wine Pairings

Wine and food pairings are always tricky, but pairing wine during Chinese New Year can be particularly difficult. The table is usually filled with a vast array of flavours, which can make the wine selection daunting. Of course, food and wine pairings are subjective and most of the fun of matching dishes and wines is from exploring your own personal ... Read More »

Chateau Mouton Rothschild: Celebrate the Year of the Ram

This Thursday marks the start of the new year according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. And this year is the Year of the Ram (or the Year of the Goat or Sheep depending on the translation). In the world of the wine industry, there are probably no rams more famous than the rams at the core of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. ... Read More »

Sabering a Champagne Bottle

With Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year holidays fast approaching, it could very well be time to pop some bottles of bubbly.  But to really up the extravagance of a celebration, why not consider the art of ‘sabrage’, the practice of using a saber to open a bottle of Champagne. The origins All the stories of sabrage seem to ... Read More »