A huge wine enthusiast and WSET Advanced certificate holder, I have lived in Stanley in Hong Kong with my wife Meghan (a Kiwi) and daughter Saffy (a child of the world) since 2009. Prior to that we lived in London and Tokyo. I also love travel, food and long-distance running.
Why start blogging? I am not directly involved in the F&B industry, so wanted a way to maintain my curiosity and passion for wine by writing about the experiences we have, and the people involved, here and on our travels. I couldn’t find many other non-commercial HK-oriented blogs, so the aim of the site is to provide impartial and enjoyable content related to our wine scene, as well as a window into our personal wine discoveries.
And why “The 23rd Parallel”? The number 23 has become oddly synonymous with our family, appearing regularly but most notably it was Saffy’s birth date and the number of the first house Meg and I bought in London. Given wine’s traditional home between certain parallels of latitude, and Hong Kong’s position just below the 23rd, it seemed a natural choice!
In addition to my posts and tasting notes here, I collaborate with Altaya Wines and Ginsberg+Chan in Hong Kong to produce accounts of tastings and wine dinners. I also write for US-based online wine magazines Palate Press and Grape Collective.
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David Rogers is one of the best new voices to emerge in wine. He has a gifted palate, wine “insight” and an open and eager mind. It was so refreshing to walk the vineyard with him. We were able to have a very different kind of vineyard conversation, touching on essences and the ineffable
— Will Berliner, Cloudburst wines