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. […]


November 24, 2014 Darren Gall 8

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 […]

An Ode to Brunch

June 7, 2014 Darren Gall 0

  Brunch noun a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch. Origin late 19th century: blend of breakfast and lunch. The 1896 supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary cites Punch magazine which wrote that the term was coined in Britain […]

The Dark Arts

June 1, 2014 Darren Gall 0

  Pinot Noir is the ultimate Diva of the wine world: alluring, sensual, erotic, complex, temperamental, infuriating, demanding and bewitching. Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair describes pinot noir as “the most romantic of wines, with […]

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