IN THE BIZ!!!

Yes you heard that right! I have officially joined the wine business here in Hong Kong since just last Friday. I got my literal dream job. I have a huge sharp learning curve to go but my feet is in the door! I am not trying to hide where I work exactly but I prefer to keep that and the blog (my baby) separate for now. 

Now let's drink some Cloudy Bay “Pelorus”, a fantastic sparkling from Marlborough, New Zealand!

Happy Chinese New Year & Some Updates

Happy Chinese New Year! It's been 10 years since I really celebrated CNY at all so it's particularly exciting to be in Hong Kong right now, along with collecting 10 years worth of missing laisee. My uncle happened to own a couple bottles of Château Haut-Brion of various vintages and for my homecoming, graciously opened his oldest bottle (1970, below far left) for me. 

Things that have transpired in between now and my last post: multiple job interviews, almost daily; three wine-related events; completion of my WSET Level 1 class and exam; completion of A+ Australian wine course and the beginning my WSET Level 2 classes. While things are humming along pretty decently, it has been slightly demoralizing to see just how difficult it is to break into the wine industry. Most available job openings are in marketing and sales. Having been to a liberal art school which did not offer any coursework on either subject and having done internships in more advanced theoretical work (think tank), I still find myself possessing the requisite skill sets to complete the (rather) basic tasks at hand. However what employers really do want is to already see concrete experience already spelled out loud and clear on the resume. 

That is the current bind that I am in right now, even though I am not requesting much (at all) in terms of benefits and salary. A friend did say though that despite the overall worsening economy, things should pick up after CNY, which is when most people quit/change careers. I will continue to plug away at it and push myself further before calling it quits. 

Also I will set up an “editorial calendar”, which hopefully will mean more frequent and consistent posts and updates. Happy Chinese (Lunar) New Year again to those who celebrate it! 

 

Château Haut-Brion, Premier Grand Cru Classé, 1970

Region: Pessac, France. Varietal: Bordeaux blend.

Soft black berry with little herbaceous notes, very smooth tannins and medium finish.

An Ode to Alan Rickman

I'm sure everybody has heard by now the deaths of both David Bowie and Alan Rickman (RIP). I have to say I am substantially more affected by the latter's death due to a greater familiarity of his work. That having said, with my keen interest in wine, I am surprised that I never got round to watching Bottle Shock (2008) until this past weekend. The film is available on Netflix. 

The movie covers the historical 1976 "Judgement of Paris". I can't say it's best movie on wine I've seen, but it's half decent, quite enjoyable and most of all, devastatingly great to see the man on screen again, even if only too briefly for my taste.

I should warn you in the case that you should pair this with a cheap chardonnay that your dad bought on a whim to cook with (Lindeman's Cawarra Chardonnay 2014), then things will not end well. Tears, lots of tears, if you were asking.

Alan Rickman (1946—2016)