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Archive for November, 2009

 I’ve been procrastinating probably for about three weeks over my first post on Grape Wine Journey since Madam urged me to starting putting my thoughts on wine, and others great adventures, on this blog.

I really, really wanted to do it sooner as I have the greatest respect for Madam (and her wine collection), and shared her passion for chancing on a nice vintage in the least expected circumstances.

One of the main reasons I’m writing tonight is that we (my other half and I) happened to order one of the wines that Madam raved about when she came back from her trip to Bordeaux last summer – Pontet Canet. (more…)

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Wine and Music

Wine matching should be more than just food; music could also play a part.  Imagine with a glass of wine, sitting in the balcony with soothing music at the background – a nice break in the hectic world! I always like to have music at the background when I sit in front of my Netbook to write about my wine experience.  (more…)

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Burgundy is a difficult region to understand.  The classification of Burgundy is sometimes quite confusing.   If we compare the classification system of Bordeaux and Burgundy, there are about 60 names protected under the AC system in Bordeaux where as in Burgundy there are 10 times more. (more…)

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The story behind the label and the faces behind the vineyards are all fascinating to me.  Having the opportunity to meet the owner of Chateau Lynch Bages is the main attraction for me. (more…)

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Today I was reading a magazine while being pampered, and read an article on Beaujolais Nouveau.  I then realized this is the third week of November and the season for Beaujolais Nouveau.   This is also the season of Shanghai crab, and I was curious to know if they will match well. (more…)

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My fascination of wine always was to find out the story behind a label.   This makes wine more interesting, as it isn’t just a competition on how many aromas you can find in a wine.  At the end it is still a product and as a consumer you make the decision if you are willing to pay the price to enjoy alone or with a meal. (more…)

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Hugh Johnson

Mr. Hugh Johnson

A local English newspaper in Hong Kong, the SCMP, is launching a wine division locally.  They are partnering with Laithwaites Wine to promote their business. 

The highlight was hosting two wine tasting events in Hong Kong, targeting different market segments.  The first evening was for the consumer market and the second night for corporate clients.  The key attraction was meeting with Hugh Johnson, the famous wine writer from UK. (more…)

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Slow Cooked Oxtail in Red Wine Sunday brunch at home – pate with French bread, slow cooked ox tail in red wine sauce and freshly baked Yorkshire pudding on the side. Sound yummy and was indeed very delicious. (more…)

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Italian Wine Tasting

From left : Mr. Federico Cerretto of Cerretto (Piemonte), Mr. Nicolas Belfrage (Master of Wine)

My palate is more acquainted with Old World wine, Italian wine being one of my favorites, especially Barolo.  When I received the email from Watson’s Wine for the many tastings and dinners they were hosting this week, my first choice was the Italian Wine tastings. 

The tastings was led by Nicolas Belfrage, Master of Wine along with three vineyard owners.  (more…)

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Wine & Spirit Fair This is an exciting week for wine lovers, so many tasting workshops and wine dinners in town to choose from.  You only wish you could attend all.  But then there are 2 things you must have to satisfy the desire – deep pocket and precious time! The simple fact behind the buzz is that there are many wine makers and experts in town for the International Wine & Spirits Fair. (more…)

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