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

What a special night ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. 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!! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Happy birthday Jonathan. #jonathanjusturnedeleven #eatyourcyclelikeyoujustdontcare #cuttyfurryball #iwishihadhairlikethat #oooohsofluffy


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Top (Singapore) or bottom (Tokyo)?๐ŸงI choose top. Why? Because sharing beautiful bottles with friends is one of lifeโ€™s great pleasures. That and surprising them blind with a bottle of Overnoy ๐Ÿ˜‚. 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!

Lโ€™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. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ 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. โค๏ธ it

Clos Rougeard: Loire chenin, super easy. I thought Anjou at first, similar nose to Leroy but with much less reduction. Hum ๐Ÿง. 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... ๐Ÿ˜ข beautiful gift Calvin! Blown away. #wine #naturalwine #vinnature #overnoy #ganevat #allemand #lapierre


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


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Throwback to Spain. Seven sherries and one table wine. Fino, fino, fino! Some ๐Ÿ˜ฑAmontillados and finally a taste of Envinate. Spain is so underrated.... #xeres #sherry #envinate #equiponavazos #tiopepe #fino #amontillado #bodegastradicion #vors #wine #naturalwine #vinnaturel #enrama #newspain


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Ceci nโ€™est pas une tortue... Malheureusement, lui nous a vraiment quittรฉ ๐Ÿ˜ข. Au revoir Mr Robuchon. #rip #robuchon


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Magical #alahambra


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Scenic views from a road trip in Southern Spain. From the wind turbines, to the majestic Sierras with some Toro and Xeres copita in between. #spain #roadtrip #xeres #toro #vacation #sierranevada


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The streets of Southern Spain ๐Ÿ˜#street #spain #jerez #andalucia #vacation


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The simple joys of summer ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ #beach #beachlife #buryme #sun #spain #estepona #marbella


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Found a little treasure trove in Spain. Also, delivery in this country is ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ฉ.... #sherry #equiponavazos #fino #manzanilla #amontillado #spain #holidays #pxgransolera #labota #wine #vino


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