THIS IS MY KIND OF KITCHEN

We had a delightful experience at Restaurant Sühring in Bangkok where we chased the weekend blues away!

My restaurant and bar reviews are now going to have three categories:
Rock Star Greeting (RSG), WOW Wine Service (WWS), and WOW moments

Rock Star Greeting
Picture this: It’s a rainy Monday night; the crazy taxi driver navigates us successfully through the labyrinth of laneways in central Bangkok.  He halts and turns to us with a cheeky grin and announces “we’re here!”   The taxi door flung open and waiting with a beaming smile and an umbrella was the front of house guy and says “Welcome to Sühring!”  We didn’t wipe the smile off our faces for the rest of the night!

He escorted us to the front door of the restaurant, which is the home of twin brothers, Thomas and Mathias Sühring.  We allowed extra time to arrive due to the weather and the manic Bangkok traffic!  We were greeted by name and told our spot at the kitchen bench was already waiting! Excellent.

So within 5 fives minutes of arriving, we had been treated like rock stars and were warmly welcomed even though we were 20 minutes early!  Our anticipation of a wonderful experience was palpable.

RSG  * * * * *

Often I wonder if trade shows are worth spending the time, money and legwork on but I decided to go to Hong Kong for Vinexpo and it was definitely worth it.

Celebrating its 20th edition this year, Vinexpo Hong Kong is the most renowned trade exhibition for wine and spirits industry professionals in the Asia-Pacific region.   With close to 1500 exhibitors representing 30 countries, it was the perfect time to connect and reconnect with industry folks from around the world – all in one place!

As an extra incentive to attend, Australia was chosen as the “Country Of Honour” this year which, in my opinion, really was an honour!  It was the largest-ever showcase of Australian wineries with 140 exhibitors representing 230 wine brands from over 35 regions.  My heartiest congratulations to Wine Australia for such a well-organised, well attended exhibition.   Not to mention the coolest official networking party I’ve been to for ages.  Complete with five themed bars covering laneways, the harbour, beachside, bbq and the red-centre.  It made me feel very proud to be Australian!

I would like to see a bigger focus on women in the Australian wine industry.  It still is quite lop-sided but let’s keep pushing for action and conversation to continue.

After hiking around the exhibition for a few days, it was well worth spending the weekend to slow down and “relax”.   As a major cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong really is the complete package.  From the local food markets with colourful characters, to the array of wine stores popping up, impressive award-winning restaurants and bars, Melbourne-esque neighbourhoods complete with hidden laneways and bars, street art and of course Hong Kong’s beautiful Victoria harbour with the hillside views beyond.   Hong Kong is a wonderful place to lose yourself in – even for a few days!

Check out my video and let me whet your appetite to visit!  We might even meet you there!

Women Of Wine celebrates 10 years this year!

Our aim back in 2007 was simple – promote women in the wine industry and help our guests learn and understand more about wine without feeling intimidated. I really wanted to see more women have the confidence to take hold of the wine list at restaurants and be bold in their choices! V

It’s been a fantastic time over the last 10 years to be a part of this sector with more and more women being recognised in the wine industry as significant global and domestic players.

Over the years, Women Of Wine has provided many opportunities for women (and men too of course) to enhance their love of wine through our events and bespoke winery tours. We’ve challenged their palates, expanded their wine knowledge and seen their wine cellars grow!