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

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

Jules Taste of Provence Master Class
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Thursday 17 April, 2014. The Taste of Provence Master Class held at BERJAYA University College of Hospitality, brought to us by Straits Wine Company together with the Sommelier Association of Malaysia (SOMLAY). Julian Faulkner of Domaine de Grand Cros in … Read More

F is for Francophile
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 As part of the preparation for today’s blog I took an online test to ascertain whether or not I am a Francophile and apparently I am. This means that I sympathise with the culture (oui) government (non), history (peut-etre non), … Read More

B is for Bordeaux or do you prefer Bored Doe?
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B is for Bordeaux, or do you prefer Bored Doe? More importantly which of these two wines would you buy? Particularly as the latter is a Cabernet Sauvignon red blend with a very non-plussed female deer and a French chateau … Read More

Wines for Thaipusam
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Thaipusam is a public holiday in several states in Malaysia including Selangor, Penang, Johor and Kuala Lumpur.  This is a major Hindu festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. The biggest celebration occurs at Batu Caves which is considered … Read More

Newsletter- Chateau Unang, Xmas 2012
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See my Xmas newsletter for details of these exciting new wines and festive recipes matched perfectly…………

Potato, Parsnip & Porcini Gratin
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From Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson Serves 8 Ingredients: 10g dried porcini mushrooms 150ml boiling water from a kettle 50g butter 1 tbsp garlic oil 500ml milk 500ml double cream 3 star anise 1/2 tsp salt pepper 900g potatoes 900g … Read More

Autumnal Reds
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Around about now if we were in Europe we would be thinking (well I would) about opening a reasonably robust warm tannic red wine to enjoy in front of the fire – just the thing after a day wrapped up … Read More

The Pope’s new home………….Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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I’m lucky enough to travel to the Southern Rhone Valley most summers and am always blown away by the quality, price and variety of the styles of wine produced. Red wines are in the majority and the most popular grape … Read More