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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wine Entry : Villa Maria New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (2011)

Nice bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, it was a Reserve that had the right balance of acidity and mildness. It went really well with the dinner dishes of mussels and seafood.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Wine Entry : Tyrrell Moore's Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tyrrell Moore's Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Pleasantly surprised that such a young Cabernet Sauvignon would be so mellow and welcoming. Good richness in berry fruits with a comfortable non overpowering oak flavor at the end.
Description at back of bottle : Tyrrell's was established in 1858 and the company today remains  wholly owned Australian family owned and operated. The Moore's Creek range of wine are designed by our winesmakers to be enjoyed immediately and to complement a wide variety of food styles and cuisines.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wine News : Goldilocks method for wines

Interesting article on the appropriate temperature for drinking wines. I.e. Goldilocks method for wines.

Red Wine : Recommended 55 DegF or 12.8 DegC
(So it is room temperature in colder climates not Singapore!)

White Wine : Recommended 50 DegF or 10 DegC

Champagne : Recommended 40 DegF or 4.4 DegC

Every 10 degrees over will double the aging process, without the benefit of slow, proper aging.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Wine News : MyPaper Interview with a Singapore winelover

Mypaper interview with a Singaporean wine lover

His passion for wines started during his university days in Australia, when he was just 21. Now, Mr Daren Tan, 39, general manager of a consumer-goods company, collects and preserves wines at home.

My Paper finds out what he looks for when buying appliances for wines.

What is a good wine to you?

There are hundreds of thousands of varieties (of wines), so this explorative path with wines is endless.

There is always excitement in opening and tasting a new bottle of wine.

A good wine is simply one that is luscious and so engaging that you are sipping it every few minutes.

What are the wine appliances that you think wine lovers should own?

Proper wine-drinking glasses are a must, a decanter, which is necessary for some bottles, and a wine fridge.

Why did you decide to buy a wine fridge?

I bought my first fridge 10 years ago to preserve my wines, as I store a lot of old bottles.

I bought a new Vintec wine fridge in May. This is a 40-bottle storage space.

Vintec is a brand that specialises in wine preservation. Their fridges are capable of keeping vibrations to a minimum, maintaining ideal humidity, have ultraviolet-protection glass panels that cut out light and glare, and have stable and accurate temperature-control mechanisms.

What do you look for when purchasing wine appliances or products?
I tend to be more interested in brands dedicated to wine preservation.

Do you have lifestyle habits related to your passion for wine?

I have a bunch of close friends who are all passionate about wine. We would get together once every few weeks at one of our homes for a wine-and-cheese session. Everyone brings a bottle.

I would usually dictate specific types of bottles that the group should hunt for, so that we can do "apple-to-apple" comparisons when tasting.

What are some of your favourite brands of wine?

I love wine from all over the world.

My favourite Australian wines come from Barossa Valley, where you can find wines with characteristics like "bold" and "full-bodied".

My favourite French wines are second growths (second crus) from Chateau Leoville-Las Cases and Chateau Leoville-Poyferre, and fourth growths from Chateau Beychevelle.

When it comes to Italian wines, I mostly prefer the Barolos.

As for Spanish wines, I absolutely love the Rioja gran Reservas from the La Rioja region.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Wine Entry : Kanu South African Semi-sweet wine

Tried this Kanu South African Semi-sweet wine at Changi Village hotel's Wine Company. Delightful and refreshing. Fairly inexpensive and tasted really good with the meal.

Description at back of bottle :
Legend has it that when Kanu, the mythical bird of promise appeared in the southern African skies, all who fell under its shadow would be blessed with a bountiful harvest. Offering floral, perfumed heady aromas of candied pineapple and soft honey, along with gentle spice and muscat notes. This aromatic blend would be ideal paired with a spicy thai curry or a traditional smoky braai, or enjoyed by itself outside in the summer sun.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wine News : Corkage fees in Singapore

The Strait Times on 19 May Sunday wrote about the Corkage Fees in Singapore by Rebecca Lynne Tan.
I read the article and wanted to pen down several thoughts.
  • The reason given for the corkage charge "The corkage charge is there because we handle the wine with care, we decant if necessary and we provide and use the most suitable glass for that particular wine." is so lame and unbelievable that the journalist actually published it. All that work does not cost $50-$100.
  • The main reason for restaurants to charge a corkage fee is that they actually mark up the prices of the wine by up to 300% ! If you bring your own wine to the restaurant, even with the corkage fees, you will be better off financially (depending on the price of course, more expensive the less the fraction of corkage it is).
  • The public service done by the journalist is to list down the restaurants that have BYOB and one-for-one offers.
  • But in conclusion, prices for wines in Singapore restaurants are out-of-the-world and you are better off enjoying your wines at home.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wine Entry : Villa Maria Pinot Noir 2010 (New Zealand)

Villa Maria Pinot Noir 2010 from New Zealand
Light, smooth, easy drinking with fresh cherries overtures
Will I drink again ? Yes, together with a light meal