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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Prepare for the Cold — 2006 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany

The autumn has come earlier in Hong Kong, or at least how it was felt. Cool breeze and very comfortable weather arrived a week before Mid-Autumn festival. Many have embraced the anticipation of early winter this year, looking forward to the cold front by some. A friend of mine who spent some time in Sydney told me that he loved Aussie wine, always enjoying the sensation of heavy wine running though the soul and body during the cold weather. Although the usually heavy bodied Aussie wine might not be my favorite, I definitely feel the same way about fancying hearty full bodied wine when the weather is cold outside! Of course the… Read More

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