AuthorHans Zhong

Tech worker by day, geeky wine enthusiast by night.

1855 Classified Growths of Bordeaux – Full List, Ratings, Prices & 2nd Wines


In 1855, Bordeaux red wines on the Left Bank were classified ranked and rated (primarily based on price) to form the “Grand Cru Classes en 1855”. These rankings and prices largely held up over the past 160 years with some notable exceptions (e.g. Ch Palmer, Ch. Pontet Canet, Ch. Lynch-Bages etc.) that punch significantly beyond their weight. We have put together a full list, including...

Gamay – “disloyal” Child Of Pinot Noir


Gamay (pronounced gah-maye) is most well known for being the main grape (18,682 hectares/98% of area under vine) in Beaujolais (pronounced boe-joe-lay). For the past couple of hundred years, Gamay was primarily known to make simple, fruity red wines, especially when compared to its posh neighbour Burgundy’s Pinot Noir. Where Pinot Noir is seen as elegant, complex and full of ageing...

Viognier: bouncing back from extinction


Why Viognier, and what is it exactly? The WSET Level 2 text describes Viognier (pronounced vee oh nyay) as famously perfumed, fruity and full bodied, potentially a rival to the great Chardonnay itself. That’s enough to pique my interest: how can such a seemingly wonderful grape be so under-represented? Thus, I started digging into its history, revealing a tale of perhaps deserved decline...

Hans Zhong

Tech worker by day, geeky wine enthusiast by night.

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