1970 Giordano Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy

Two Years of Delay of My Old World Wine

The Two Years Delay It has almost been five years, the last blog clocked in October 2015. Looking back at the blog about “chicken poop” of the Bordelais, it still triggers silly grin. Somehow the once upon a time determination to post a blog every month, faded with distraction of life and work. Luckily the uncorking has not ceased albeit a little inconsistent ever since. I was about to share the post about some of the old world wine tasted two years ago, but more distraction came along the way. So, here you are, the post that was delayed for two years! The Beginning of the Old World Wine Rioja… Read More

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Some say that it’s chicken poop — the classic Bordeaux Cheteau Sénéjac, Haut-Médoc

A good friend of mine, whose knowledge of wine was comparable to a sommelier, once came up with this epic way of describing the typical Bordeaux red wine taste profile. “It’s the chicken poop that the Bordelais blend in their creation, to seduce all the Bordeaux lovers!”  Once the preposterous idea sank in, I did surrender to his deemed less sophisticated, yet down to earth, and rather impeccably precise description of the taste profile! The combination of classic blackberry nose and taste, mixed with earthiness, tobacco, and toasted oak, all seem too fanciful for my friend. He just surmised it to one layman term — chicken poop!  What can I say, we all love… Read More

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Yamazaki 12 Years

Whisky here I come!

Wine to Whisky I went into the wine world without guidance, tasting all the bottles on the wine shelves at our local supermarket to begin with. This method seemed dull, yet pragmatic. There was something to gain after all the money spent. Now that my wine beginner path has passed, it’s time, after the constant reminders from people and other things around me, to tune my palate to another magic potion in growing popularity – whisky! Of course, with the peculiar winning of The World’s Best Single Malt Whisky (awarded by The World Whiskies Awards) by Japanese Yamazaki in 2012, and Taiwanese Kavalan this year, there’s naturally the urge to seek out… Read More

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Back to the Lovely Rioja – 2006 Vina Real Gran Reserva

2006 Vina Real Gran Reserva It has been a while when I had a true old school Rioja like Vina Real. Still mesmerizing, the beautiful tempranillo is teasing my taste buds with prune, chocolate and a hint of tobacco. The tannin has resolved into silky texture after 2 hours of airing. 2006 Vina Real Gran Reserva started its journey 9 years ago in this unique piece of land in Northern Spain called La Rioja. Although the age is relatively not very old considering the usual aging potential in wine world, the wine, with its fading dark ruby and pale purple tinted ring, begins to manifest its vintage charm. That charm… Read More

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2008 Fattoria Milziade Antano Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, Umbria, Italy

Tannins – Sagrantino’s unique offering to Southeast Asian Food

We often hear that the wine has too much tannins. The term has more negative indication when it is mentioned. But wine connoisseurs know that tannins are not necessary bad element in wine. In fact, tannins are the building block for a fine wine that can age for long time. Not to say that every tannic wine can always keep for a long time, it is the other way round. A powerful wine that has a potential aging life of more than 10 years, will almost always begin with aggressive tannins and usually not approachable at all in youth. The initial strong tannins will hold the wine and gradually resolve to beautiful… Read More

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