John H. Isacs

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The discreet charm of the underappreciated baijiu - Taste in China
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The discreet charm of the underappreciated baijiu

Call it my own white tiger celebration of sorts, this Chinese New Year holiday I'll be enjoying baijiu. You should too.

Vino classics never really die - Taste in China
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Vino classics never really die

This week I'll feature a few generally off-the-radar wines from Downunder that merit our drinking attention.
Avant-garde drinking in the new year - Taste in China
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Avant-garde drinking in the new year

The term "avant-garde" is frequently applied to the film and dance industries. With a dose of artistic license, I'll endeavor to suggest avant-garde drinking options for 2022.
Extreme emotions of Pinot Grigio - Taste in China
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Extreme emotions of Pinot Grigio

The majority of cilantro haters have a rare gene that's hyper-sensitive to the aldehyde chemicals. The strong dislike of this group notwithstanding, cilantro has many loyal fans.
No longer in a pickle with Spanish bubbles - Taste in China
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No longer in a pickle with Spanish bubbles

An affection for all things pickled is nothing new.
Wine-market perseverance in a  rocky 2021 augurs well for 2022 - Taste in China
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Wine-market perseverance in a rocky 2021 augurs well for 2022

About the best thing we can say about 2021 is that it was better than 2020. This is true in general, and also true for the Chinese wine and spirits market.
One of nature's rarest colors produces extravagant wine - Taste in China
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One of nature's rarest colors produces extravagant wine

How can the marriage of red and blue create such exotic mystery?
The sweet vino art of assuaging stinky foods - Taste in China
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The sweet vino art of assuaging stinky foods

It's not such a great leap in faith to want to pair these foods with an equally complex and aromatic wine.
Winter veggies meet Italy's vino queen - Taste in China
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Winter veggies meet Italy's vino queen

Seasonal foods are one of life's greatest pleasures.
Fujian delicacies and mountain fresh Austrian white wines - Taste in China
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Fujian delicacies and mountain fresh Austrian white wines

Gruner Veltliner outshines and distinguishes itself from better-known white wines.
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