Wine Tales

Sweet Wines Harald’s Wine & Dine Menus

Wine Tales | Oct 28, 2013

Today you will find sweet wines in every country where wine is produced, with each region of that country producing different kinds of sweet wines. Sweet wines come in white, red, rose and sparkling forms.  Germany, my home country, is the most famous producer of sweet wines, even more so than France I would say. […]

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Secrets of A Chateau & Other Wineries

Wine Tales | Sep 28, 2013

For almost 42 years I have been in the food and beverage business and I may say that all restaurants have secrets just as all wine Chateaux and wineries in the world have secrets. What kinds of secrets are they? The secrets that wine Châteaux and wineries would rather not speak of are mostly regarding […]

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Harald’s Wine & Dine Menus – White Wine

Wine Tales | Aug 28, 2013

This time I’d like to discuss white wine.  Although there are several famous grapes used to produce beautiful white wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Riesling, I’d like to focus on one of the most popular varieties: Sauvignon Blanc. The most famous Sauvignon Blancs come from the Loire Region of Central France, from the towns of […]

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Taking Advantage of A Sommelier’s Knowledge

Wine Tales | Jul 25, 2013

I have now lived on this beautiful island of Bali for close to seven years. I have conducted a few wine classes in stand alone restaurants as well as restaurants in resorts, stretching from Nusa Dua to Ubud before joining the St. Regis Bali Resort. Very interestingly, in each of these restaurants, I came across […]

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A Blue Day with Harald Wiesmann

Wine Tales | Jun 28, 2013

Good wine and good friends are a pair made in heaven. On one sunny afternoon at Kayuputi restaurant we were blessed with the company of both, a bottle of white wine and our resident wine expert, Harald Wiesmann,Restaurant Manager of Kayuputi and Chief Sommelier at The St. Regis Resort Bali. During the ensuing conversation we […]

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What Makes Certain Wines So Expensive?

Wine Tales | May 31, 2013

When you go for a dinner and you have to choose the wine, I bet that you wonder why one bottle of wine costs Rp. 500,000, while another is Rp. 20,000,000.  Let’s take an example in Chateau Pibran and Chateau Mouton Rothschild, both stemming from the Pauillac area in Bordeaux, France. There are many factors affecting […]

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which wine for which food or which food for which wine ?

Wine Tales | Apr 29, 2013

Have you ever had to choose the wine to go with dinner; everyone’s eyes fixed on you with anticipation?  Not an easy situation to handle but an everyday happening.   If the restaurant has a Sommelier there is nothing stopping you from seeking his advice. If you’re a regular customer, the Sommelier will know your tastes, […]

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Unforgetful First Impression

Wine Tales | Mar 26, 2013

For me it is a long story, spanning more than 25 years. My first real encounter with wine was in 1980 in Bordeaux near St. Emilion. It was my first visit to this famous wine region. At that time, I was a stuebli (Swiss Fondue) chef at a 100-year old family owned castle hotel, called […]

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Sweetness is My Dream

Wine Tales | Mar 01, 2013

If someone would ask me the question: Why should he/she drink and how to start drinking wine? What would be my personal answer?

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