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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Summer Everyday Drinking

The summer heat has been lingering in the atmosphere for a while. It’s also the time to see the appearance of our yearly visitor —  typhoon, in this part of the world. While HK observatory prepares for the annual “battle”, I have something else to worry about. It’s not lives and properties threatening like the typhoon, but it’s my wine chiller threatening — I’m running out of everyday drinking wine! Actions need to be taken, and here is something that I’ve looked into for the summer everyday drinking. Summer Everyday Drinking from BBR Chateau Villa Bel-Air Region: Graves, Bordeaux, France Grapes: 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc Vintage: 2007 Style: medium body,… Read More

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Christmas Eve Dinner with Bubbly and Port

Dangling blue and silver ornaments on the Christmas tree. . . Santa Claus is coming to town. . . This year finally saw a real Christmas tree in our house. Paying HK$399 for the real thing justified our daughter’s persistent request since last year. Of course, her request wasn’t just the pine tree, but a whole Christmas eve dinner at home as well. Searching for ideas for the big dinner online kept us busy for weeks. Fortunately, the “wine department” was under my care, and my last encounter to the quest for season bubbly came handy. 1995 Fleury Champagne it would be, for the Christmas eve dinner! We didn’t go for the… Read More

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The Quest for the Holy Bubbly Continues — 1995 Fleury Champagne Brut

1995 Fleury Champagne Brut After the disappointing encounter with Lombard and Cie a few days ago, another round of excitement has been aroused by the staff at Ponti.  He pulled out this unassuming label with minimal packaging. One might just miss it with the dominating display of those flamboyantly dressed bottles from famous champagne houses.  “A value for money choice, for a vintage champagne!” he said.  The 1995 Fleury Champagne Brut is selling at HK$458, with 15% discount until year end or while stock lasts.  5% extra for the purchase of 6 or more if one is Ponti’s member.  The price looks really good as many prestigious champagne producers start their… Read More

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Champagne New Encounter – Lombard & Cie Brut Grand Cru 2004

Champagne New Encounter Deck the halls with boughs of jolly, fa la la la la la, la la la. Tis the season to be jolly,  fa la la la la la,.. This is truly the season of the crown jewels — the king of bubbly. Champagne popping will probably precedes most reunion meals, parties and gatherings during the holiday seasons. Our beloved “jolly” sparkling wine has swept the world since the beginning of 19th century. Nowadays, the term Champagne has been used as generic term for bubbly by the general public. Little do they know that Champagne refers to, strictly by law, the sparking wine produced in the region of Champagne in… Read More

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