Wine Tales

Celebrating 5 Years of St. Regis Bali Resort

Wine Tales | Aug 11, 2014

“This year we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of St. Regis Bali Resort, which also marks my own 5 years of great food and wine in our Astor Ballroom and Kayuputi Restaurant.” Thinking back to our 5 years of food and wine events, I am filled with joyous nostalgia as all have been such pleasures to […]

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Food & Wine Pairing

Wine Tales | Jul 03, 2014

I’m sure that you have heard many chefs and Sommeliers explain how they pair their food with the wines from their wine list. To clarify things though, let us examine a classic dish and discover what style of wine would complement it the best. “Tournedos a la Rossini”. Rossini was a famous Italian composer as well as […]

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Reasons for Becoming a Sommelier

Wine Tales | Jun 02, 2014

The decision to become a sommelier is something that must be thought about over and over. To be a part of this palate-pleasuring business, you must remember that the rules are strict and you must know and recite a wine’s past time and time again.  As a sommelier myself, I will tell you about the […]

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Wine Tales | May 02, 2014

Please do not be mad at me, But I love you  for being the greatest meat on earth. So let me start and eat you,  From the parts I like the most. Cold must be the starter, Warm the entre and hot the main course. How many their will be? Read on, read on. Firstly […]

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Working in Paradise

Wine Tales | Mar 28, 2014

Have you ever heard this question pass the lips of visitors to the island?  “You must be very happy living here on this paradisiacal island!?” My usual answer is: “Oh yes, it is very nice here and I would like to come here for a holiday but working here is a bit different”. Naturally, the conversation steers […]

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Journey to the Wine Region in South Australia

Wine Tales | Mar 05, 2014

Every year, one of my inner voices urges me to visit another wine region. I believe that it is important for a Sommelier to be able to describe the winery and the surrounding conditions as well as just the wine itself. For the last 3 years, I have taken my Sommelier Assistants from St. Regis Bali […]

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Being a Sommelier

Wine Tales | Jan 30, 2014

I wish you all a very happy New Year and hope that you started it with a wine of your liking. You may well find some of your wines of choice below, with my apprentice Sommeliers’ top choices for their palate. In this first issue of 2014, I would like to feature the inner voices of […]

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Sababay Winery, Turning Grapes into Diamonds

Wine Tales | Jan 02, 2014

Most people have heard of “Old World” and “New World” wines but more recently, a new sub section of “New Latitude” wines from countries like Brazil, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia has been emerging. Sababay Winery, which sources its grapes from the local growers in Bali, falls into the “New Latitude” category.  The establishment of […]

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Wine Tales | Jan 02, 2014

Harald Wiesmann, Restaurant Manager of the Asian inspired Haute Cuisine Kayuputi and Chief Sommelier at The St. Regis Bali Resort, has a very interesting career history spanning a number of years with different roles in various countries. His 41 years of international experience has led Kayuputi to receive prestigious awards from the Wine Spectator Magazine […]

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All About Champagne Harald’s Wine and Dine Menus

Wine Tales | Nov 29, 2013

When I started working as a waiter in 1972, people indulged in Champagne when there was something special to celebrate, much like it is now. However, more often Champagne was ordered through a whole Degustation Menu and only by the upper echelons of society who were lucky enough to be able to afford it and […]

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