Experiments at altitude

Our Burgundy Director – and intrepid explorer – Jasper Morris MW reports on a recent excursion to China’s Shangri-la, scouting out the potential of vineyards planted at dizzying heights in the Yunnan province. Shangri-la, or Xiānggélǐlā, or Zhōngdiàn, or indeed Gyalthang in Tibetan, are all names for the same magical place in north-west Yunnan. It […]

Burgundy 2015: A midsummer update

Recently returned from Burgundy (where he spends most of the year), Jasper Morris MW – our Burgundy Director – reports on the 2015 growing season thus far, and the prospects of the 2014 vintage. It was not just the players and spectators at Wimbledon who were melting in the heat as June gave way to […]

A hop to Hokkaido

Following a recent trip to the high-rises of Tokyo, Jasper Morris MW – our Burgundy Director – journeyed north to the vineyards of Hokkaido; here he reports on the wines coming from this curious island. My recent trip to Japan began with a concentrated few days promoting Burgundy in Tokyo, finishing with a superb sushi […]

Teatime tales

Jasper Morris MW – our Burgundy Director and tea fanatic – introduces a trio of Burgundian winemakers to three of the finest Pu’erh teas in Hong Kong. After an exhausting week in Hong Kong, I took Olivier and Corinne Merlin and David Croix to my favourite tea shop, Sun Sing Tea, on the 32nd floor […]