Peekaboo! This is my favourite wine among all the 6 wines I’ve sampled over dinner with the awesome peeps from Wine Talk. Thanks to Tim for extending the invitation to join Wine Talk’s Educational Journey of Wine with French Sommelier David Stephan which was held at The Pressroom @ Bangsar Shopping Centre. I had the privilege to enjoy and having great wines personally handpicked by David Stephan.
It was an evening of 6 different wines with tapas dishes and guided wine tasting from David Stephan.
The evening kick start with a fresh and crisp white wine from New Zealand: Kiwi Walk Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, New Zealand. It is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Kiwi Walk is an addictively crisp and fresh wine packed with great tropical aromas which made it is easy-to-drink. This wine showcases the classic tropical fruits of the region like Guava & lime, combined with fresh herbs notes. Perfect for pre-dinner drinks, or with any seafood dishes!
Conclusion: Super friendly SB, fresh & addictive!
The Wine Talk was held in The Pressroom @ BSC, but we had our tapas dishes from La Bodega. Both wines and tapas were a great match.
Caesar Salad – Crisp romaine lettuce tossed in classic Caesar dressing with toasted croutons and bacon bits. Love the runny egg yolk <3
Cold Cut Platter – Cecina, turkey chorizo and turkey salami served with pan con tomate and extra virgin olive oil. Something savoury to go along with the wines. Love the smoked beef!
Gambas al Ajillo – Tiger prawns sauteed in olive oil, garlic and chili. Another yummers and complemented with the whites.
Champinones al Ajillo – Button mushrooms sauteed with butter, garlic and parsley.
As soon as tapas were served on the table, David served us the second bottle of wine from Germany: Louis Guntrum ‘Royal Blue’ Riesling – Rheinhessen, Germany. Riesling itself is my personal favourite type of wine for its very sweet, delicate and easy drinking. Goes well with anything or just on its own.
The ‘Royal Blue’ is an off-dry wine, boasting some sugar and a very soft 9.5% alcohol level (this is a good clue to know if a Riesling is sweet or not; 12% & over: dry; 8-12%: off-dry ; below 8%: sweet). It showcases an elegant and classical Riesling scent, paired with aromas of tropical fruits, with green apples and citrus, pineapple and melon; An Excellent balance of sweetness and acidity. Enjoy by itself as an aperitif, with lightly spicy food, roasted duck or smoked meats.
Conclusion: A very addictive fresh white, candy in a glass!
Before hitting the reds, we had something in between white and red, Rosé. To be frank, I’m not a fan of Rosé because I find it like a baby wine. Heh.. The Rosé that David handpicked for us to sample is a 100% Grenache Gris from Languedoc, France – Gérard Bertrand ‘Art De Vivre’. Didn’t know that France is the world’s biggest Rosé producers.
David’s note on this Rose is that it is the best wines to fight off Malaysian weather. As it drinks nice and fresh, they are the best choice for a BBQ party with friends. Made from 100% Grenache, it shows a delightfully light color, lots of fruit flavors and a fresh and aromatic palate. Great for a wide range of dishes, from seafood, fish to Barbecue meats.
Conclusion: Like any good fresh rosé, best shared with friends for a nice BBQ!
Ahh… Pinot Noir. One of my favourite because I like the way it sound as you pronounced it, “pee no nwahr”. Possibly the only French word I’m familiar with apart from “Bonjour”. This La Closerie des Lys Pinot Noir – Languedoc, France, has an expressive nose of black cherry and spices with a beautiful attack; this is ample and fruity with a fresh final and delicate oak hints.
Conclusion: Beautiful wine, serve it slightly chilled with some roast duck, or grilled lamb chops.
Logan ‘Apple Tree Flat’ Shiraz – Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia is made of 100% Shiraz. This is a family-owned and operated winery, located in the village of Apple Tree Flat in New South Wales and launched by Peter Logan. Peter decided to develop a winemaking style which is a hybrid of both approaches – wines with Aussie fresh fruits flavours, and European structure and finesse, helped by the cooler climates of central NSW. Shiraz comes originally from the Rhône Valley, in South/Central France, where it is called Syrah. New world wines will usually label it as Shiraz (named after an actual city in Iran, the birthplace of the varietal). If new world wineries use the name ‘Syrah’ on their label, it means they are most likely trying to offer a lighter, softer version of the wines.
This Shiraz shows a deep, rich red color, and a softer palate than regular Aussie Shiraz, with flavors of mixed berries and sweet spices. So if you aren’t into big, bold, juicy Shiraz, this will be your friend. If you like the big wines, you can still enjoy this wine. A great match with classic roasted lamb or cheese platters.
Conclusion: A softer version of Aussie Shiraz, but still delicious!
I like full bodied red wines and this Finca Sobreño ‘Crianza’ – Toro, Spain made a spot in my list. Toro wines have a reputation to be fuller bodied than the Rioja or Ribera Del Duero, for example, due to the warmer & drier climate. The Crianza wines need to have aged for at least two years, of which at least six months aged in oak barrels. It has a pretty bouquet of blueberry jam and raspberry that is well-defined. The palate is well-balanced, with a smooth, silky texture, crisp acidity and a citrus, fresh, primal finish.
Conclusion: Full-bodied, I recommend decanting it for full enjoyment. Pair with grilled lamb and your friends!
*** P/S: Conclusions for each wines are by David Stephan.
When it comes to wine shopping, it can be a pain. Well, for me it is. Unless I really know what wine I’d like to have for dinner or for a party/gathering, I’ll purchase straight from the shelves without any hesitations. Most of the time, I let the food decides. For example, if I’m having steak (red meat) for dinner, the most definite wine to pair with it is a bottle of red wine. Either a lovely Cabernet or Cabernet blends or Australian Shiraz is good to go. I’m no wine expert, just a newbie with basic knowledge about wine.
What wines should I buy?
Red or White?
From which region/country?
What wines should I serve at a party? to a gathering? as a gift?
Which one is the best for me?
What wine is the best?
These are among the common questions asked. There’s no doubt that wine can be confusing, with so many wines, with so much to learn about each one. How many times have you bought wines from the supermarket based on the attractive labeling, wines you’ve had before or a fancy looking bottle? And ended up disappointed by its content?
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