February 2013

Spotlight – In international business, almost every market around the world does things in a different way. This often leads to misunderstandings and unfulfilled expectations. However, different does not need to mean difficult and knowledge of the needs and characteristics of specific geographic markets is an advantage to those who are active in the global economy. These articles help you understand different aspects of the insurance industry around the world, enabling those who do business there to feel more “at home, abroad.”

In this month’s Spotlight article, we would like to take a look at a key aspect of business culture which is close to the heart of many a gourmet. Like all commercial industries, successful professional insurance businessmen and women enjoy fine-dining. Especially in the run-up to Christmas, annual lunches and dinners have become a way of rewarding partners and keeping relationships warm. Whereas a certain pomposity frequently accompanies the choice of wines for the first two courses, the cheese plate usually ends up with an un-associated bottle of red or a port. More often than not, the combinations are not as delicious as they could be but the diners soldier on.

We recently came across an article in the Selector Magazine produced by the Australian Wine Selectors organisation which addresses the understanding of the different tastes of cheeses and the best wines to accompany each sort.  We felt that the article on Cheese Culture is a revelation and we would like to highlight this aspect of cuisine as culturally looking outside the box and to indicate a way in which our insurance friends around the world can show off a bit of sophistication towards the end of a meal. This article is reprinted with permission from Selector Magazine Winter 2012. For more food+wine stories visit www.selectormagazine.com.au

Lyndey Milan, Australian home cook hero, is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster on food, wine, travel and lifestyle. She currently has several TV series in international distribution: Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece, Lyndey & Herbie’s Moveable Feast and Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Ireland. Learn more about these at www.lyndeymilan.com or www.facebook.com/FlameDistribution.

“Cheese Culture” can be accessed here and we must add that some of the wines mentioned will not be available in some far-flung places where our readers are located, but a sommelier worthy of his title should be able to recommend something appropriate from the local selection.