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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Châteauneuf-du-Pape – the Complicated Companion

You see “CDP” most of the time, and have been wondering what kind of wine it is. Many people, including wine lovers, except for French speaking ones, usually try to avoid pronouncing it loudly. Yet those who have the encounter with this “CDP” wine, formally Châteauneuf-du-Pape, are often not shy in promoting it. Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC The region is Southeastern France, a small appellation north of Avignon at South Rhone. It is one of the earliest, declared in 1929, official wine appellations in the country. Châteauneuf-du-Pape could translate to “The Pope’s new castle”, indicating direct influence of papal history to the viticulture (visit wiki for more information).  While reading the history and… Read More

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Lantern Festival — Last Chance to Chinese New Year Toast

The festival was Chinese. But the dinner table was decorated with produce from Iberian Peninsula, perfectly well suited to the wine list, in our last change to Chinese New Year toast! Among the delicacies from Spain, we had Iberico Jamon (the spanish ham on the black serving board), freshly carved from a whole back leg; Tio Pepe sherry vinegar (the bottle of dark vinegar in the middle) of Jerez de La Frontera; Queso de Cabrales (Cabrales cheese, behind the sherry). A little further east to the Peninsula, from the province of Reggio Emilia, northern Italy, we were spoiled by the king of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese — the Vacche Rosse (the middle block of cheese on the… Read More

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Feast -“ful” Malaysia Chinese New Year 2012 part 3 – Wine Extravaganza

Wine Extravaganza Chinese New Year is usually festive, joyful, busy, romantic and most importantly intoxicating for the wine lovers! Family reunions and friends gatherings can always be spiced up with such pleasure arousing catalyst. Hence, I called it a wine extravaganza when we emptied the bottles in the above picture at my wife’s 2nd uncle’s house. The gathering was our first wine extravaganza in Klang. After a quiet, and almost alcohol abstained week at Butterworth, it seemed like a break fast. They total amount of alcohol seemed alarmingly substantial, but there were more than 20 guests who enjoyed their sips with great food and company. It worked out to be about 3… Read More

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Feast -“ful” Malaysia Chinese New Year 2012 part 2 – Freshwater Catfish

Visiting friends and relatives has been a tradition during CNY. My uncle’s home at Pokok Sena was our destination for the 1st day of CNY. He is the eldest brother of my mom. The journey only took one hour of driving, but there was surprise along the way. Pokok Sena, where? It is small town 16km east of Alor Setar in Kedah State. The surprise came during our driving break at Gurun Rest Area (Exit 173). Many travelers were having meal and snack break here. Most of the stalls served Malay food. Auntie Ling was quick to squeeze herself into the queue before one of the Malay mixed rice stalls. She immediately… Read More

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