Charles Lawrence

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 graduated with a Bordeaux Ecole du Management Wine MBA.

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Fine wine experiences in Kuala Lumpur

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...

Sybarite sips and Siam nights… a Bangkok wine adventure

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,...

Maniac Sushi from Japan’s southern island

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...