Wine

Planet of the Grapes

Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:51
Did you know that there are about ten thousand species of wine-grapes in the world? The chances are that the average wine-drinker would encounter only a couple of dozen of them in the same number of years. You see, the vast majority are somewhat obscure....

Chilean Cheapies

Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:08
You may be surprised to know that they’ve been making wine in Chile for over four hundred years, ever since Diego Garcia de Caceres first planted vines there in 1554. Just to put that distant year into some kind of perspective, Shakespeare was born ten...

La Vie en Rosé

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 17:40
For years, rosé wines were dismissed by wine connoisseurs as undistinguished plonk. But as so often happens, the tables have started to turn. Even three years ago, the sales of rosé exceeded those of white wine in France. Pink was suddenly in fashion.

A Touch of Glass

Thursday, 17 November 2011 16:40
On Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok, there’s a restaurant where they give you an enormous wine glass if you order anything other than the house wine. Honestly, the glasses are absolutely massive. One of them would make a desirable residence for a goldfish. They’re extremely heavy...

Royal Cliff scoops the pool (again)!

Thursday, 13 October 2011 09:39
The Royal Cliff Hotels Group has much to be proud of, but perhaps the icing on the cake has to be the prestigious Wine Spectator awards, with five of the Royal Cliff’s restaurants receiving the Best of Award of Excellence 2011.  This makes it the...
Gavin Saffer is global sales director of UK based Premier Cru Fine Wine Investment House. Gavin flew in special to be the guest speaker at EMM Consultancy’s Fine Wine Wealth Creation Seminar held last Wednesday (July 20) at Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, Pattaya.

Magic in a Bottle

Thursday, 21 July 2011 12:49
So, it’s Happy Birthday time once again. The Pattaya Mail is eighteen and there’s a good excuse for a celebration. Mind you, as newspapers go, the PM is a mere child compared to that Swedish paper that has lumbering along for 366 years, although not...

A Wizard of Oz

Friday, 08 July 2011 13:22
“Passion is everything,” is the motto of lively and enthusiastic wine-maker John Quarisa. Born in Australia of Italian heritage, John has consistently been recognised for his winemaking skills for over twenty years. He has received some of Australia’s top wine honours and in 2004, was...

Give us This Day…

Thursday, 02 June 2011 09:33
For the last few months, I’ve been on the lookout for a few daily reds that are cheap enough - and passable enough - for everyday drinking. I’ve tried to find easy-drinkers from the lower end of the price range, because in these difficult times,...

A Paler Shade of White

Thursday, 19 May 2011 15:56
When you come to think about it, “white” wine is a curious misnomer. Milk is white and so are Malibu bottles, but “white” wines are transparent. Actually, there are very few wines that are as colourless as water. More often than not, white wines come...

Southern Comforts

Thursday, 28 April 2011 10:51
In the bad old days, not so long ago, many French country wines were little more than rustic plonk. At best, they served the needs of local workmen or curious tourists; at worst they were converted into industrial alcohol. Then in the 1970s, all that...