Last chance in KL to attend my Beginners Course
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Last chance to  attend my wine course.  Beginners classes starting at SRS Bangsar on Friday 17 February.  More details here.  Sign up asap.

New Wines for A New Year – even a Rooster
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If you are looking for something new in the world of wine you may like to try a “Natural” or “Sans Soufre” wine (made without the addition of Sulphur Dioxide).  The natural wine movement has been around for more than … Read More

Red Onion Gratin
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From Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook Serves 6 as a side Ingredients: 4 large red onions olive oil 4 cloves garlic 4 sprigs of fresh thyme 100ml white wine 4 tablespoons creme fraiche 40g Gruyere cheese 20g Parmesan cheese Method: Preheat … Read More

Grosset, Polish Hill Riesling, Clare Valley 2014, Organic
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For some of my Beginner students this was their first Riesling – and what a way to start.  It had a delightfully fragrant nose and aromas of citrus; lemon and lime along the tell-tale kerosene notes (don’t be perturbed). A … Read More

Beginners Food & Wine Club at Southern Rock Seafood
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My latest wine course is starting this Friday, 14 October at an exciting new venue.  Don’t miss out, sign up ASAP! Joanne  

Cote des Roses Rosé, Gerard Bertrand, 2015
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I have to admit that I was attracted to this wine by the beauty of the bottle design; its base (or punt) is in the shape of a rose, a rose for a rosé, an absolutely fabulous idea. I also wanted to test … Read More

Chateau Unang – Organic Wine Offer
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Chateau Unang, Ventoux AOC, Southern Rhone Valley, France Organic Wines Mixed Case RM815 (saving RM25)* 4 each of: Ventoux Blanc 2014 Ventoux Rosé 2014 Ventoux Rouge 2013 Mixed Case including top of the range red, La Croix, RM875 (saving RM35) … Read More

Bourgogne Aligoté – Dubreuil Fontaine 2013
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Bourgogne Aligoté is the”other” white grape grown in Burgundy alongside its more fashionable sibling, Chardonnay.  This wine is light, crisp and refreshing with delicate floral and citrus aromatics and packed with flavours of lemon, apple and pear finishing with a … Read More

The French Gastronomic Meal (with Wine)
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I went to IKEA in Avignon for lunch over the summer. Not through choice so much as a necessity. I had visited the sports store next door with my 14 year old son so close to lunchtime that apparently his … Read More

Organic Mixed Case of Chateau Unang – Latest Vintage
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Chateau Unang, Ventoux AOC, Southern Rhone Valley, France Just arrived in KL in time for Christmas & New Year!!! Mixed Case RM815 (saving RM25)* 4 each of: Ventoux Blanc 2014 Ventoux Rosé 2014 Ventoux Rouge 2013 Mixed Case including La … Read More

Kalleske Pirathon Shiraz, Barossa Valley
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Blackberry, black cherry, damsons, spice & pepper, chocolate (what more could you ask?).  Deep purple colour, full-bodied with enormous character, unmistakably Barossa. Harmonious balance of ripe and succulent fruits, well integrated oak and fine tannins. Would be great with a … Read More

Wirra Wirra Church Block, McLaren Vale 2012
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Cabernet Sauvignon 49%, Shiraz, 35%, Merlot 16% Tasted with my new Beginners Group.  What a wine to finish the lesson!  This is a delight, full-bodied, smooth, juicy blackberry, vanilla and hints of mint.It has a great structure, the acidity and … Read More

Casa Marin Riesling San Antonio Valley Chile 2009
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From the cooler Coastal region of Catagena in the San Antonio Valley This dry Riesling, tasted on the Advanced Course, was simply outstanding.  Intense and complex.  Lemon zesty, refreshing acidity, deliciously textural body with layers of flavour.  Very long minerally … Read More

New Latitude Wines
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The majority of the world’s wine-making regions lie between latitudes of 30-50N and 30-50S; the climate is best suited to grape growing within those parameters. It could be argued that climate change will shift those boundaries in favour of certain … Read More

Zinfandel – Grape Variety
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“Turbo-charged blackberry meeting a spice warehouse” Matthew Jukes Red, high alcohol, bold & full, moderate tannins or off-dry Blush wines “White Zinfandel” in California   Origin – Croatia – known as Tribidrag   Main wine-growing areas: Puglia, Italy, where it … Read More

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