Internet: a powerful tool to manage your brand and a potentially rewarding one for those wineries that know how to properly handle it. But there are some risks one must be conscious of.
The great piece of theatre in a traditional European restaurant sees a white gloved, bow-tied Sommelier carefully prising a cork out of a precious wine bottle then painstakingly pours the wine from the bottle into another vessel with the precision of a micro-surgeon. This is an example of decanting. Is this procedure necessary and should it be restricted to the confines of the restaurant and its wine professional team?
In the international wine world, red hybrids such as Baco Noir and Marechal Foch have the appeal of a tag-team wrestling bout.
A Chinese proverb says, “First, luck; second, destiny; third, Feng Shui; fourth, virtues; fifth, education”. Luck, destiny, and virtue are all part of creating fine wine, and Howard Park, in the Cowaramup district of Margaret River in Western Australia, also fulfils the other two criteria.
The style of the original Mission Hill, with its eighteenth-century antiques, tiled floors, and whitewashed walls, was reminiscent of the Mondavi model, as was von Mandl’s penchant for associating his enterprise with cultural events, including support for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.