Shooting Blancks!

August 19, 2015 Darren Gall 0

  Philippe Blanck of Domaine Paul Blanck is in Cambodia for a few days this September, spreading good cheer as he innately and inevitably manages to do, sharing his deep passion for Alsace and sharing […]

Gun Smoke and Steel

July 8, 2015 Darren Gall 0

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern most wine region, it produces legendary white wines adored the world over for their clarity, their purity, their finesse and elegance, for their complexity, their freshness and minerality and for that […]

Memory of an Elephant

July 6, 2015 Darren Gall 0

There was a time when European merchants, writers, adventurers and those out for a grand tour would travel throughout South East Asia by steamer, going about their business, enduring their hardships and either building up […]

Mercurey Rising

June 13, 2015 Darren Gall 0

  As the Mercury in the Penh rises to levels all at once both stupefying and mesmerizing, I begin to ponder the small planet of fire closest to the sun: Mercury, a Roman god no […]

Human, All Too Human

March 29, 2015 Darren Gall 0

My shameless love affair with Pinot Noir is widely known, Burgundy in particular but, we are not exclusive. A Glass of Noir Sweetness and silk on the tongue, Cherry kisses, Falling to the floor of […]

Groovy Wines

February 24, 2015 Darren Gall 0

Grüner Veltliner, (or GrüVe: “Gru Vee” as some like to call it) is a white grape variety famous throughout Austria and until recently, little known outside of the country. There are over 45,000 hectares of […]

The Tao of Jiaozi 

January 18, 2015 Darren Gall 0

     “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”  Lao Tzu   After queuing out on the sidewalk for an age, patiently day-dreaming about the magic going on […]

Lord of the Flies

January 1, 2015 Darren Gall 0

    A literal English translation of Clos des Mouches would be ‘Field of Flies’ however, in the local vernacular the site was called ‘Clos des Mouches a Miel’ which means ‘Field of Honey Flies’ […]

Hanoi by the Glass

December 6, 2014 Darren Gall 4

  “In a city one thousand years old, everyone is a visitor.” I have been ‘dropping’ in to Hanoi for over a dozen years, for the past 9 months I have found myself a resident. […]

Roussanne

November 24, 2014 Darren Gall 7

The Rhone Valley in France is rightly famous for its rich, spicy, full bodied red wines and the grape varieties that go into these vinous legends, namely: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and a number of lesser […]

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