Darren Gall

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Livers of Gold

La fite “I have discovered the wine of Château Lafite to be a delicious, generous cordial, comparable to the ambrosia of the Gods of Olympus” Maréchal de Richelieu (1755) Throughout the entire world, the name Lafite...

Galette des Rois

Galette des Rois “The revolution like Saturn devours its own children” Georg Büchner Saturnalia In Ancient Rome, Saturn was a mythological god, his reign depicted as a golden age of peace and prosperity, as described by Hesiod and...

The Yule Log

The Yule Log The celebration of Yule is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. The Ancient were hunters, who spent most of their time outdoors and the seasons and weather patterns had...

Pigs of the Gods

 Mahendraparvata: City of the Gods Jayavarman II, -after an elaborate spiritual ceremony, that included rituals performed by Brahman Hiranyadama- rose himself up above the crowd that had gathered atop Mount Kulen, (Phnom Kulen) having just...

Le Moulin Rose

On the Tasting Bench Famille Querre, ‘Le Moulin’ Brut Rose A sparkling wine made in the traditional ‘bottle fermented’ method, from 100% Merlot, in the heart of Pomerol! The Querre Family owns 36 hectares of vineyards...

A Thing of Kalimna (Beauty)

A Thing of Kalimna I partly organized and then wholly attended a small ‘trade-&-friends’ dinner last week; it had a ‘bring-a-bottle’ theme, which is an ingenious way for trade to come together and taste, assess...

The Cheese Makers

"Dessert without cheese is like a beauty with only one eye" Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin At Thalias Hospitality it is incorporated into their structure that they make a positive contribution to the development of Cambodia, that they...

Joseph Drouhin: the Door to Freedom & the Road to Chablis

By all accounts, Joseph Drouhin was an enterprising young man. He came from the Chablis region in the far north of Burgundy and -at just 22 years of age- he moved to Beaune and...

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