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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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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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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