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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More Aussie Wine, Mate?

Aussie Wine Everyone loves Aussie Wine, mate? I’m sure it’s just my problem, that the overwhelming fruit bomb experience with wine from Australia, has been turning off the taste buds in my palate. Or am I not alone? Well, I will get punched, killed and put on a char grill by many if I keep putting down the Down Under wine for its generally lack of sophistication and complexity. Who am I to criticize it when I am not a wine professional, nor have I tried enough Aussie wine for the claim? So, to eradicate my bias, I shall set a course to explore more. Start with Food The occasion… Read More

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Made for BBR Hong Kong

Yeah, it has been quite a while….I’m back, after my everyday drinking wines are about to run out! While searching to replenish my wine chiller, I decided to try out BBR Hong Kong. Specially made for BBR If you have bought wines from big supermarket chain before, you could have ended up with wines that were labeled for the particular supermarket. For instance, Marks and Spencer sells wines under their own label. Some of them reveal their original producer, some don’t. The famous ones usually do. You could take a look at my old posting about the ones that I tried out from M&S. BBR is a big name, an… Read More

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