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Having grown up in Northwest Florida and Wyoming, then pursing an MS in Social Science Education, C. Lawrence's road to wine hasn't been as direct as some. However, in 2006 he decided to pursue his passion, thus embarking on his own, continuing journey of vinous discovery. Since then, Charles has attained WSET certification, operated Vendimia Wine Bar in Hakuba Japan, worked as a wine consultant for hotels/restaurants in Japan and Thailand, spent a harvest in California's Russian River Valley at Porter Creek Vineyards, and is now enrolled in the Bordeaux Ecole du Management Wine MBA. After nearly 12 years in Japan, Charles is off to Bangkok where he will be working with wine.

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Fine wine experiences in Kuala Lumpur

August 31, 2012 - 0 Comments - Charles Lawrence

By Charles Lawrence Don’t be lulled into thinking you won’t find fine wine in Malaysia. Yes, it is a Muslim nation, but no, the rules aren’t restrictive to the flow of wine. The country’s forward thinking and progressive leaders believe in diversity and strive to maintain a respect for all beliefs and individuals, including those…>

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Siam bites: Discovering the creative cuisine of Bangkok

July 19, 2012 - 1 Comments - Charles Lawrence

THIS isn’t a list about the best of anything, ultimate degustation, or top eats not from the streets. It’s more. It’s an introduction to a crossroads of culinary creation, where ancient culinary ways simmer together and creative chefs shift the boundaries of taste. So, in no particular order, here are a few of my favorite…>

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Sybarite sips and Siam nights… a Bangkok wine adventure

June 18, 2012 - 0 Comments - Charles Lawrence

THIS list isn’t about the best of anything, ultimate wine lists, or top somms with finesse and flare.  It’s more.  It’s an introduction to vinous ventures, where personal preferences lead, and playful oenophiles test the limits of taste.  So, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER, here are a few of my favorite spaces to explore flavors so…>

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Maniac Sushi from Japan’s southern island

November 18, 2011 - 1 Comments - Charles Lawrence

FANCY yourself a sushi fiend, heh? Ever been to Kyushu, the island below Honshu? It is to sushi what Ibiza is to party people: the place to be. I lived in Oita Prefecture, at the northern most point of the island and it is while living in this coastal area that I discovered some truly…>

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Getting ‘lost’ & being ‘found’: Canyoning in Japan

November 16, 2011 - 0 Comments - Charles Lawrence

SPLISH, splash, zoom and dash… the sounds and feelings of getting lost and being found in the sublime surroundings of Japans backcountry river canyons, far from the rush and push of its concrete coagulants of humanity, is something most visitors and residents sadly miss when wondering what to do for an escape from anime oblivion. …>

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Nagano Japan: Made for mountain biking

November 14, 2011 - 0 Comments - Charles Lawrence

ALWAYS found it strange when folks asked if there was good MTB riding in Japan…duh? For those with limited geography knowledge – or better, a desire to explore one of the world’s most beautiful countries, the archipelago nation is nearly nothing but a vast MTB park, where every prefecture is studded with mountains and hills…>

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Enjoying the world’s best powder in Japan… snow that is!

November 11, 2011 - 1 Comments - Charles Lawrence

I AM an admitted addict. I have a weakness for powder. I need it. Where do I get my powder junkie fix? Wyoming? Alaska? BC? Colorado? France? While those places definitely rock, they cannot compare with the blissful 11-meter plus base of the white life that coats Japan’s Northern Alps every winter like a blanket…>

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Bangkok by night: Forget the bars, just eats and arts…

November 10, 2011 - 0 Comments - Charles Lawrence

WHAT to do in BKK if not into the bar scene? Why not wander the streets eating your way from one district to the next? Street food vendors are everywhere and while offerings may look similar from one to another, with a little courage to try something different, you can taste many interesting edibles, even…>

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Surfing in Western Bali: Balian

November 9, 2011 - 1 Comments - Charles Lawrence

THE lure to ride the plentiful waves that break along the shores, reefs, and points of the “Island of the God’s” has long captured the mind and imagination of many a surfer, and why not? With nearly perfect conditions, Bali is a surfing destination that consistently draws thousands and thousands of wave riders from around…>

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Sampling bugs on Bangkok’s Soi Cowboy

November 7, 2011 - 2 Comments - Charles Lawrence

HOW does a guy who will eat nearly anything find 10 foods he won’t eat from the various vendors plying their goods along the streets and alleys of Thailand’s teeming capital? He doesn’t. Such was the request I received: to find 10 street snacks I wouldn’t eat. I eat street food almost on a daily…>

Fine wine experiences in Kuala Lumpur

Fine wine experiences in Kuala Lumpur

August 31, 2012 - 0 Comments - Charles Lawrence

By Charles Lawrence Don’t be lulled into thinking you won’t find fine wine in Malaysia. Yes, it is a Muslim nation, but no, the rules aren’t restrictive to the flow of wine. The country’s forward thinking and progressive leaders believe in diversity and strive to maintain a respect for all beliefs and individuals, including those…>

Siam bites: Discovering the creative cuisine of Bangkok

Siam bites: Discovering the creative cuisine of Bangkok

July 19, 2012 - 1 Comments - Charles Lawrence

THIS isn’t a list about the best of anything, ultimate degustation, or top eats not from the streets. It’s more. It’s an introduction to a crossroads of culinary creation, where ancient culinary ways simmer together and creative chefs shift the boundaries of taste. So, in no particular order, here are a few of my favorite…>

Sybarite sips and Siam nights… a Bangkok wine adventure

Sybarite sips and Siam nights… a Bangkok wine adventure

June 18, 2012 - 0 Comments - Charles Lawrence

THIS list isn’t about the best of anything, ultimate wine lists, or top somms with finesse and flare.  It’s more.  It’s an introduction to vinous ventures, where personal preferences lead, and playful oenophiles test the limits of taste.  So, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER, here are a few of my favorite spaces to explore flavors so…>

Getting ‘lost’ & being ‘found’: Canyoning in Japan

Getting ‘lost’ & being ‘found’: Canyoning in Japan

November 16, 2011 - 0 Comments - Charles Lawrence

SPLISH, splash, zoom and dash… the sounds and feelings of getting lost and being found in the sublime surroundings of Japans backcountry river canyons, far from the rush and push of its concrete coagulants of humanity, is something most visitors and residents sadly miss when wondering what to do for an escape from anime oblivion. …>

Nagano Japan: Made for mountain biking

Nagano Japan: Made for mountain biking

November 14, 2011 - 0 Comments - Charles Lawrence

ALWAYS found it strange when folks asked if there was good MTB riding in Japan…duh? For those with limited geography knowledge – or better, a desire to explore one of the world’s most beautiful countries, the archipelago nation is nearly nothing but a vast MTB park, where every prefecture is studded with mountains and hills…>

Enjoying the world’s best powder in Japan… snow that is!

Enjoying the world’s best powder in Japan… snow that is!

November 11, 2011 - 1 Comments - Charles Lawrence

I AM an admitted addict. I have a weakness for powder. I need it. Where do I get my powder junkie fix? Wyoming? Alaska? BC? Colorado? France? While those places definitely rock, they cannot compare with the blissful 11-meter plus base of the white life that coats Japan’s Northern Alps every winter like a blanket…>

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