Rebranding the Aussie image

| Jul 10, 2009

Rebranding the Aussie image

by Felicity Hughes

What with wildfires, drought, the economic downturn and competition from overseas, Australian winemakers are now facing a crisis that’s taken on Biblical proportions. What have they done to incur such divine wrath? After years of churning out a generic, bargain-bin product, pigeonholing wines from ...

| May 8, 2009

Sweet wines starting to trickle out of Romania

by Felicity Hughes

Since ancient times, wave upon wave of foreign conquests have washed over Romania, changing — sometimes obliterating — parts of the region’s cultural identity. Romans, Ottomans and Soviets all left an indelible mark on the central-European land, but for wine lovers, it is arguably ...

Sake goes abroad, brings back fans

| Apr 24, 2009

Sake goes abroad, brings back fans

by Melinda Joe

Times are tough for the sake industry. Gone are the days when Japan’s once-beloved national beverage held a place at every table; now, in a market flooded with beer, wine and shochu, sake struggles to compete. Domestic consumption has fallen every year since 1995, ...

Looking beyond the Premier Cru

| Apr 10, 2009

Looking beyond the Premier Cru

by Felicity Hughes

Nothing can quite beat the elegance of haut couture: the individual tailoring, the attention to detail and the assurance that you’ll be the envy of others. The elegance is unparalleled — and the price tag can be, too. By the same token, for sheer ...

A Riesling revival

| Mar 13, 2009

A Riesling revival

by Felicity Hughes

Riesling, the sweet Germanic wine thought to have been consigned to the trash can of 1980s bad taste along with home perms and pastel-colored leg warmers, is making a comeback. And proving Heraclitus’ ancient aphorism that you can’t step into the same river twice, ...

| Mar 13, 2009

A daily revolution at Marugo

by Felicity Hughes

The wine-lover’s equivalent to conveyer-belt sushi, Marugo II offers a revolving selection of wines for the curious wine buff. Where most good bars update their by-the-glass selections monthly, Marugo II does it daily. Rather than limiting the number of wines available, Marugo II’s by-the-glass ...

Young vines, intense wines

| Feb 13, 2009

Young vines, intense wines

by Felicity Hughes

Last month saw the Washington Wine Commission host the Taste Washington event, which showcased wines from 45 wineries in the region. For the event in Ebisu at the Westin Hotel’s Galaxy Ballroom on Jan. 29, wine enthusiasts gathered from all over Tokyo eager to ...