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Napa Valley Earthquake – Assessing the Damage

Published on 27 August 2014 in Jeannie's Insights
It was the tremour, then the deafening rumbling sound that woke me up from peaceful slumber at 3.20am on Sunday, August 24 in Napa Valley, while on a working visit. I sat up and held on to the side of my bedframe as my matress jerked up and down. I thought a... read more

Understanding a Nation in Mourning

Published on 14 May 2014 in Jeannie's Insights
When I was 16 years old, I spent the summer in Seoul and stayed with my Aunt and Uncle who had three cousins around my age. One day I was out with my eldest cousin who is five years older than me and we walked by a young girl who looked to be around my age, ... read more

Top 5 White Burgundies For Your Cellar

Published on 6 January 2014 in Jeannie's Insights
As I grow older, I am coming to appreciate aged white Burgundies more and more. The very best examples have a steely backbone that enables it to prolong its life for decades and surrounding this core is delicate flesh, nuanced flavours that evolve with time.... read more

Embracing Burgundy

Published on 19 December 2013 in Jeannie's Insights
Just glancing at the recent wine auction results in Hong Kong, there is no doubt that fine wine collectors in Asia are turning to Burgundy. The lots that are breaking auction records and surpassing high estimates over the past year are often Burgundy rather ... read more

Californian Cult Wines

Published on 1 November 2013 in Jeannie's Insights
Californian wines have had their ups and downs in the Asian market. In the 1980s and early 1990s, before the Australians, Kiwis and Chileans became marketing savvy and zoomed in on Asia, Californian wines were what most people living in Hong Kong or Seoul th... read more

The Diversity Of Piedmont

Published on 23 October 2013 in Jeannie's Insights
The first time I tasted a very mature Barolo, a 1964 Borgogno, I remember thinking that there was more than just a whiff of black fermented tea notes there. I couldn’t place which black tea I was smelling at that time about 15 years ago – it could have been ... read more

Ode To Mature Wines

Published on 13 October 2013 in Jeannie's Insights
Reviewing my wine notes over the past 23 years, I have to admit to a bias: I am less critical and more forgiving of mature wines than I am of young wines. I judge them less harshly because they can’t be judged like young wines. Mature wines have balance, fin... read more

Top 5 Wine Accessories

Published on 4 October 2013 in Jeannie's Insights
For anyone who has seen the movie Sideways, it is hard not to wince and cringe when Miles Raymond, the depressed the wine enthusiast, finally opens up his beloved 1961 Cheval Blanc in a paper cup at a fast-food restaurant! It is heart-breaking enough that he... read more

Top 5 Rising Stars of Italy

Published on 9 September 2013 in Jeannie's Insights
China and Italy have ties that go back many centuries. The height of the Roman Empire coincides with the height of the Han dynasty when great advances were made in China in the area of mathematics, philosophy and the arts. It was Marco Polo, an Italian, not ... read more

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