Ben@ben_in_hongkong

From Montreal to Hong Kong with a stopover in London and Tokyo. Two great kids and a wonderful wife.

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Ben

19 years with this beauty 😘❤️❤️😍


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Pretty epic Riesling tasting in HK with the usual suspects and a LOT of new friends. Two GG and one Auslese GK for the win. Super fun, but man is it challenging to blind taste Riesling when we have all the styles present. #wine #riesling #wineporn #naturalwine #vinnaturel #gg #kabinett #spatlese #auslese #trocken #trockenbeerenauslese #beerenauslese @kellerdalsheim #jjprum @corneliusdonnhoff @pinard_et_filles @annetrimbachalsace @zindhumbrecht @lethbridge_wines #hongkong @huttonvalefarm @lauerwine @domainealbertmann @spherawinery #battenfeldspanier @weingutrappenhof @thewinefarm #schäferfröhlich


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So much great comfort food this weekend, from Lori’s lasagna, to my mom’s tourtiere, oysters at Liverpool House, onglet at L’Espress. Feeling so full 😂🤣!!!


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What a fun weekend of great food (Liverpool House, Buvette, Pullman, Larry’s, Chasse Galerie, l’express), great wines (Ganevat, Clos Rougeard, Leroy, Pinard et Filles) and catching up with Catherine and Fred from @pinard_et_filles . Such a special moment, super engaging and smart couple (very cute kids), great project and wines with so much energy. Just my kind of people. ❤️


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Great to see family and friends this weekend in Montreal. ❤️❤️❤️


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Three good reasons to stay in midtown and wake up at 6:30. #besttimeofday #centralpark #sunrise #run #nrc #newyork #favoriteroute #favoriterun


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Another epic tasting in HK, this time Gamay blind with Lapierre in Mags unblind as a reference. Yvon Metras again for the win.... 😍😍😍😍. Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2014 (mag) Prieure Roch Gamay 2014 Lucy Margaux Gamay 2017 (missing) Timo Mayer Gamay 2017 Louis Jadot, Chateau des Jacques, Clos de Grand Carquelin 2005 Sorrenberg Gamay 2017 Thibault Liger-Belair, Moulin à Vent, Champ de Cour 2015 Arnot-Roberts Gamay Noir 2016 Yvon Metras Fleurie 2015 ❤️ Jules Desjourneys Moulin à vent 2009. Beet with some great food and stemwares, and a great group of friends 👌👌. #naturalwines #vinnaturels #beaujolais #gamay #bojo #moulinavent #morgon #fleurie #sonoma #yvonmetras #marcellapierre #julesdesjourneys #sorrenberg #mayer #chateaudesjacques #prieureroch #thibaultligerbelair #arnotroberts #hongkong #beet #vinvivant


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Just a casual Sunday night in Tokyo... still pinching myself at having the opportunity to taste side by side Metras Sr and Jr, both wines of incredible purity. The Fleurie was one of the greatest bottle of bojo I have ever had at such a young age. Speechless. Metras ❤️ La Pioche ❤️ Tokyo ❤️. Perfect birthday weekend 😎 #naturalwines #vinnaturel #wine #vin #yvonmetras #julesmetras #metras #fleurie #chiroubles #2016 #lapioche #tokyo #beaujolais #bojo #gamay


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What a special night 😍😍. Dauvissat Les Clos 2006, Carillon Puligny 2006, Fourrier Gevrey Echezeaux 2013, great food and amazing company. Thank you @gordanalabuda, @tordlabuda and @msalexandrastgeorges for such a special night. Blessed #naturalwines #vinnaturels #bourgone #wines #dauvissat #gc #lesclos #carillon #louiscarillon #pulignymontrachet #fourrier #gevreychambertin


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This little ball of cuteness just turned 11!! 🎂🎉🎉 Happy birthday Jonathan. #jonathanjusturnedeleven #eatyourcyclelikeyoujustdontcare #cuttyfurryball #iwishihadhairlikethat #oooohsofluffy


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Top (Singapore) or bottom (Tokyo)?🧐I choose top. Why? Because sharing beautiful bottles with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. That and surprising them blind with a bottle of Overnoy 😂. The look in the room for the big reveal was priceless.
Bereche: laser sharp acidity, super dry and blossomed with food. Meunier with a big M!

L’arbre blanc: so much fun trying to guess blind. Pinot gris from the look, Bini bitterness on the mouth, Italy? No, France. Loire? Yes! Sauvignon blanc? Yes. 👌👌 also getting better with air and food.

Ganevat: nose of the night. Could have smelled for hours. Of course I knew (mine), but unmistakable Ganevat. So easy to guess Jura, but also a good example of how Terroir is more important that grape varietal. Savagnin? Chardonnay? Could have been either. Also, age helped give it extra depth.
Overnoy: bottle variation? Not the clean nose I am used to with the white wax. More farm than usual. Mouth like spring water and drinking so easily. Would have been harder to guess blind than usual. More a crowd pleaser when revealed than when poured blind. There are some wines like that.

Domaine St Pierre: most delicate wine of the night. All lace and dainty. Love at first sight and one to buy by the case load before it gets hyped too much and bye bye normal prices. ❤️ it

Clos Rougeard: Loire chenin, super easy. I thought Anjou at first, similar nose to Leroy but with much less reduction. Hum 🧐. Would not have guessed Breze and certainly not the year. A tour de force of balance and winemaking. To produce a wine of such finesse in the hottest year in 50 years is incredible. Chapeau.

Lapierre: wow, so hard to guess the grape. Cab franc? Not quite. Trousseau, maybe but too juicy. Poulsard? Not jurassien. Never had a gamay like that. Proof that Lapierre is the big Dady. So much personality. A wine that has a conversation with you and keeps you guessing about its evolution. Definitely one I would like to taste over the next 20 years to see its evolution. Blown away!

Allemand: what can I say... Cornas, with Age, from the master... 😢 beautiful gift Calvin! Blown away. #wine #naturalwine #vinnature #overnoy #ganevat #allemand #lapierre


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Veal brain at @restaurantgresca, probably the best dish I’ve had in the past five years. Incredible. #likebutter #barcelona #oishii #sorryvegetarianfriends


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