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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From left: 2012 Volpi Moscato, 2010 Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse Les Cras Olivier Merlin, 2013 Albert Bichot Beaujolais Nouveau, 2004 Chateau du Tetre Margaux, BBR Wm Pickering 20yr Tawny Port

November Wine Frenzy

It’s the time of the year again! I have been following the tradition of the new wine in November. Yes “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé !” My first posting about this interesting topic was two years ago. Since then, the special November wine always appeared at the right time on my dinner table. November Wine Frenzy Ponti had a great deal this year from the usual producer Albert Bichot. It was HK$149 per bottle, buy 2 get 1 free — truly a steal, cheapest in 3 years! After gathering the numbers from my network of wine lovers, we decided to go for 15. However I was too late in placing the order,… 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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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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