The Art of Imperfection

July 30, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  Mike Wong at Kanji restaurant has been a chef of Japanese cuisine for over twenty five years, learning the many disciplines of Japanese cooking under several masters. Working under such masters is rigorous, “They […]

Children of the Cornas

July 30, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  A region famously described by one of the world’s most influential wine writers as ‘obdurate’ and its most renowned winemaker as ‘antediluvian’ has seen generational change of late, as tradition gives way to initiative. […]

As I ate the Oysters

July 24, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  “Eating oyster is like kissing the sea on the lips” -Léon-Paul Fargue (1876 – 1947) It seems only a handful of years ago that expats would pine for decent oysters in Phnom Penh; they […]

Moscato Rap Sheet

July 24, 2016 Darren Gall 0

The Piedmonte area of North West Italy produces some of the world’s most highly regarded and long lived red wines. Its Barolo wines, made from the Nebbiolo grape are renowned for their inky depths and […]

Banque de l’Indochine

July 16, 2016 Darren Gall 0

Today, (14th July) the people of France celebrate their National Day, named ‘La Fete Nationale’, it is perhaps better known around the world as ‘Bastille Day’, commemorating the storming of the Bastille on the 14th […]

La Vie En Rose

July 16, 2016 Darren Gall 0

Is rose in vogue in Cambodia? In wine markets around the world, rose has been gaining ground in the wine popularity stakes for several years and there is evidence it is starting to take hold […]

The Brexistentialist

July 8, 2016 Darren Gall 0

July is the month when the French celebrate ‘La fête nationale’, commemorating the storming of the Bastille, (14th of July 1789) the original celebration -held one year later- was meant to symbolize the unity displayed […]

The Mendoza Strain

July 8, 2016 Darren Gall 0

Old wine scribes from Europe have a tendency to separate the world into two distinct halves, Old Word wines are those from Europe and the Middle, (Near) East, whilst those from everywhere else are collectively […]

The Iron Hewer

July 1, 2016 Darren Gall 0

Thibault Odent, brand ambassador for the global wine negociant, ‘Mestrezat Grand Crus’ was in Phnom Penh last week and together we enjoyed a delightful lunch with a few well-chosen wines. The afternoon was spent on […]

Pickle me Ginger

July 1, 2016 Darren Gall 1

Pickle me Ginger The dinner invitation came with its own title: ‘Nurture Your Culture’ and a sub-title for those, (me) who simply had no idea, it was apparently going to be a ‘Fermented Feast’, I […]