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I have been lucky with the street names surrounding my life in Saigon. My elementary school was on
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For most people, mornings are tough. Hitting the snooze button like a zombie instead of rolling
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Monday, 09 April 2018 10:43

El Loco Tapas Bar

El Loco Tapas Bar has moved location. Their new space on West Lake can house 50 people and is an intimate upgrade from their previous one.

Published in Just In
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 04:16

Taste of Australia

This coming month Australia is marking 45 years of diplomatic relations with Vietnam. It’s going to be quite an affair

Published in Briefings
Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:57

The Perfect Match

Winemaker Allan Scott has been coming to Vietnam since 2004. Over the years he's seen a tryst developing between New World wine and Vietnamese cuisine.

Published in Many Faces Of Vietnam
Friday, 10 November 2017 06:08

Mad Cow Wine & Grill

Don’t be frightened off by the name, because this Mad Cow is nothing like what you’re probably thinking. Mad Cow Wine & Grill is located on the 30th floor of the Pullman Saigon Centre; a self-proclaimed combination of edgy grill with the casual tone of an urban wine bar. Its motto is Mad about Wine, Serious about Food.

Published in Top Eats
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 05:44

Wine Conquistadors

Wine is a constantly evolving product; in the glass, in the bottle and in the vineyard. Innovation, experimentation and the will to constantly improve is the mantra that winemakers live by. This is especially the case in the modern Spanish wine world. Spain is currently the most dynamic wine producing country in the world.

Published in Amazing Grapes
Thursday, 12 May 2016 06:39

Confessions of a Wine Supplier

Photo by Julie Vola

Ever wondered what it's like supplying wine in Vietnam? Billy Gray catches up with Jeremie Courivault, one of the best known faces in the local wine industry. Photos by Julie Vola

Published in The Big Story
Thursday, 05 May 2016 05:01

Mekong Merchant Wine Cellar

One of District 2’s favourite eating and drinking haunts, Mekong Merchant, has decided to exercise its penchant for good wine by opening up an on-site wine cellar.

Published in Just In
Monday, 11 April 2016 08:48

Women & Wine

The wine industry is a very male dominated world. All facets of production, appreciation and sales have traditionally been the domain of men. This has, of course, undergone a considerable change in recent years, and the wine business is becoming much more balanced. But wine styles and marketing are still very much skewed towards attracting male consumers.

Published in Amazing Grapes
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 18:27

How Much is Too Much?

Wine appreciation is a funny thing. Most people discover wine by having a sip out of their parents’ glass. Maybe they like it, maybe they don’t, but either way it is a very ‘grown-up’ thing to do. Growing up through the teen years, most young people try alcohol but more often than not it is in the form of beer or cocktails. But once people discover the magic of wine there is usually no turning back. A whole world of flavours, smells, language and confusion awaits.

Published in Amazing Grapes
Thursday, 17 December 2015 06:56

Wines For a Perfect Christmas

It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again already. Christmas in Saigon is quite a spectacle, with Saigonese fully embracing the commercial spirit of the festive season.

Published in Amazing Grapes
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