Chateau d - Ampuis
Three years ago, I had tried the wines of Guigal. The minute I tasted them, an immediate reaction was: “OMG, this wine is way funky”. Of course, back then, my palette was craving for straight forward flavours, big fruit, with fresh acidity, and alcohol. The wines of Guigal had the full package, but somehow along the way, I got a hold of rancid, awkward preserved veggie flavours...
Four years ago, Bill and I embarked on a journey to Bozcaada, a little island off the beaten tracks in the north Aegean sea. As promised by Lonely Planet, this was a paradise filled with beaches, seafood AND vineyards. We were enticed. After an overnight journey from Istanbul to Geyikli, we hopped onto a ferry to the magical island. It was everything as hoped, plus a hardcore bike ride, for...
Rue de Margaux
Rue de Margaux, a street in the Bordeaux suburbia of my imagination, is a great place to be. I visited 2 chateau’s, #1985 of La Gurgue, and # 1993 of Dauzac, and I must say, they were pretty decent. Referencing to vintage charts, the numbers are quite disheartening, a 86 pt for 1985 and a 77 pt for 1993 in Margaux . But numbers don’t mean anything, and everyone should...
Had to pull out some wine for dinner last week from my cellar (closet) and quickly chilled a bottle of Drappier, excellent champagne, and a pretty good valued wine. I have no idea why people like Bordeaux wine with abalone, it’s much better with champagne. The delicate bubbly is a great match with the mineral and umami packed mollusk. I found it quite a miniature revelation. [[MORE]]We...
Scent of a Rose
If Barolo smells like roses, does it smell like red roses? White roses? Or yellow roses? We carried out a blind sniffing-session to test whether the fragrances of colours in roses can be distinguishable. Red roses - Due to the species of rose, the red one didn’t smell like anything. Yellow roses - reminiscent of a jumbled up box of le nez du vin. Most peculiar and plastic-ky like...
Not wine related. But did you know that it makes of huge difference how you cook your ramen/ instant noodles? Yes, it only takes 3 minutes in boiling water. But put it greasy face down (the more toasted and shiny side of the noodle). Trust me. After a very thorough experiment during our last vino session (now developed as a hotpot aka bino session), the ramen cooked greasy face down is far...