The soul of Chianti according to Monty Waldin

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Elisabetta Fagiuoli comes from a family that has been making wine for more than 300 years with the simple and truthful rules of attention, respect, love, harmony.

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At Montenidoli she only uses the native vines of her land, following strict organic methods. Cuttings are grinded for the compost that goes back to the vineyards. Wild edible mushrooms grow in the vineyards and testify the richness of our unpolluted land The wines are artisan wines: traditional methods, harvest by hand, small yields. The estate handcrafts a very limited number of bottles per year.

Montenidoli Chianti Colli Senesi Il Garrulo 2015

“Good deep red. Pretty aromas of redcurrant, fresh herbs and flint. Bright and fresh, showing a restrained sweetness and lovely inner-mouth aromatic character to the spicy red fruit flavors framed by lively but harmonious acidity. The bright finish features lively tannins and very good length.” Ian d’Agata, Vinous on 2010 vintage

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Chocolate and Wine Pairing, Oct 6 2018

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If you are a Bangkokian with a sweet tooth, we urge you to join us at Another Story, EMQuartier this Saturday starting 530pm. This will be a special workshop of luxurious indulgence in confections and nectar-like wines.

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Our collaboration partner Natalie of Xoconat obsesses over details when making small-batch chocolate, one at a time. The selection for the pairing includes Matena white, Thai spiced Ganache, Lavender Vanilla dark, Pistachio Buttercrunch, Coffee Toffee, Midsummer Dream French Rose, Lod Chong Bar, which just finished in time.

Especially for this engaging session we will present you 6 fantastic tipples: Niepoort Vintage Port 2005, Albert Boxler Gewurztraminer Reserve 2012, Begali Amarone Recioto 2012, Equipo Navazos Oloroso Sherry, Hofgut Falkenstein Riesling Spatlese Euchariusberg 2017 and Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Old Vines Todd Ranch 2015.

For inquiries please email marketing@winegarage.asia

For bookings please email anotherstory@themall.co.th

Seats are thb 1,000 per person, limited to 12 seats.

Garage Wine Co., Chile

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Like many wine lovers with an eye on Europe, we probably haven’t looked close enough to see what is happening in Chile, Argentina, and South Africa.

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There has been a fair deal of innovation and a good deal of movement into the classy realm of fine wines allowing small estates to capture part of the mid-to-premium segment – albeit now more visible in London, New York and Berlin.

Chile is traditionally dominated by large corporations. Only by the millenium has MOVI (Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes), a self regulating group of boutique producers, been set up; the initial group of 12 now is just over 20 quality-minded producers who try to make authentic wines, which alters our perception quite a bit.

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Derek Mossmann Knapp, the co-founder of Garage Wine Co. is one of the spokes persons and initiators whose credo includes that member wineries “have no promotional or marketing people at tastings, just owners or winemakers who are intimately involved in production”. This approach fits well to our Wine Garage style, and we have been quite successful in integrating their specialty, a Carignan field blend, into restaurants like Cocotte and Pesca in Bangkok.

More mainstream, but no less interesting, is our offer today: a Cabernet Sauvignon which veers towards the “natural” spectrum, but will please a wide range of palates.

We hope you will agree. When opening just pull the cork out through the wax capsule. Decant 20-30 minutes and serve at 16C.

Vintage: 2015 | Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon (93%), Cabernet Franc (7%)
Origin: Chile | Appellation: Maipo Alto
Elaboration: Fermented with native yeasts, low intervention, punch down in open top fermenters at 976 metres above the sea this vineyard an extreme example of Cabernet Sauvignon in Maipo Andes. Barrel aged over two winters in French barrels of various cooperages with two or more uses.
Conservation: Drink now through 2020
Winemakers: Derek Mossman, Pilar Miranda and Alvaro Peña 

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“A solid Cabernet Sauvignon with currants, hot stone, blackberries and hints of currant bush. Full body, dense and polished tannins and a pretty, chewy finish. 93 points” James Suckling

Austrian Wine Week, Bangkok

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We are super excited to be offering an array of Austrian varietals around some of Bangkok’s finest dining establishments from 1-5th October.

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Franz, founder of Tastes of Austria and myself were both working in New York City around the millennium, but our paths crossed a few years later during a trade visit to Tokio. Since then I firmly believed in bringing in Austrian wines to Thailand, but had to wait until Wine Garage was founded in 2013. Franz supports the export of these fine and dynamic estates, but in some cases also helps with blending and refinement of specialty items such as the Hoch Pet Nat Kalkspitz and Kalkreich – both a must try! He will be on the floor at Oskar’s on 1/10, Quince on 3/10, Nahm on 4/10 and Fireplace Grill on 5/10. A great guy to chat and drink with

 

The cool evenings in continental Europe allow are expressive fruit flavors to be kept in balance by acids and tannins. Frankly most varietals, from any of the regions, and styles from classic to the natural or biodynamic are extremely food friendly, especially for cuisine in this part of the world. Come on this ride with us an our partners and taste some of the greatest organic wines around.

For more details please visit our event page with up to date information

https://www.facebook.com/events/259802997999786/

 

 

Wine talk Sep 8th at 6pm – the New Australia at Riedel Wine Bar

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The New Australia is having a moment now. Freshness and nuance have taken over from sweetness and impact. Many young winemaker’s and celebrated names make no rules hold wines from the Adelaide Hills, to McLaren Vale and Yarra Valley. They bottled pet nat, skin contact and other crazy blended low-fi wines lean towards the naturalist end of the spectrum. If you are interested in the remote and unusual, wines that brim with life and fun, this wine talk might just be the one for you.

The line up includes wines from the following producers:

JAUMA PET NAT BLEWITT SPRINGS CHENIN BLANC 2017, MCLAREN VALE

JAMSHEED HAREM LE BLANC PLONK 2016, YARRA VALLEY

OCHOTA BARRELS CHARDONNAY SLINT VINEYARD 2017, ADELAIDE HILLS

JAUMA DANBY GRENACHE 2017, MCLAREN VALE

OCHOTA BARRELS THE GREEN ROOM 2017, MCLAREN VALE

GENTLE FOLK VIN DE SOFA 2017, ADELAIDE HILLS

PATRICK SULLIVAN WINDY COTTAGE PINOT NOIR 2017, YARRA VALLEY

TIMO MAYER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016, YARRA VALLEY

To reserve your seat please email info@riedelwinebarbkk.com or call 02 656 1133

Les Vendanges wine fair Sep 6-9th

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Gaysorn Village invites to a series of exclusive events on the theme “Gaysorn Menllennial” this September

“Gaysorn Menllennial is an interactive event where gentlemen, epicureans and those with meticulous taste can share inspiration for living life to the fullest in their own unique ways. This is the driving force behind the stylish transformation of Gaysorn Village into a destination to hangout with like-minded people, offering various aspects of life experiences. For the event, gentlemen are invited to indulge in their favorite pastimes and to embark on a mindset where lifestyle meets the millennial man. We hope our customers can experience a versatile concept which can be defined in two words – life & style,” says Charn Srivikorn, chairman of Gaysorn Property.

One of the highlights is “The Great Wine Harvest” from Sep 6-9th, an event that aims to turn Gaysorn into a wine enthusiasts playground, offering more than 150 labels of artisan, organic and rare wines.

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You can book or get more information by calling the Gaysorn Concierge team at tel 02 656 1149

Throughout the 4-day wine event there are multiple hosted events, including these wine talks at Riedel Wine Bar. You can book by emailing info@riedelwinebarbkk.com or call 02 656 1133

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The Wine Garage stand will feature the following wines from our extensive range:

WG Price File Les Vendanges 2018We look forward to seeing you later this week.

Kumeu River, Auckland, New Zealand

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Kumeu River is one of the 10 or 12 estates we started off with in 2013. Year in year out, their wines, starting from the village and going all the way to the top with Mate’s Vineyard, are compelling in their own right. Frankly, it is also their relatively low price for fine Chardonnay, that have made it possible for listings in almost all gastronomic hotels and restaurants in Thailand. (Below credit NZ Wine Blogger)

Kumeu River line up (credit NZ Wine Blogger)The Brajkovich family is very much involved in every aspect of the family estate, with each of the four children sharing responsibility for winemaking (Michael, 1st Master of Wine in New Zealand), viticulture (Milan), sales (Paul) and tasting room plus activities, events (Marijana), while Mother Melba continues as Managing Director, and is one of the longest standing female executives in the industry. (Below credit Kumeu River)

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Every year, sometimes in SFO, then in London, there is a panel tasting hosted by industry captains and fine wine writers, where the Coddington is pitted against village wines from the Cote d’Or, the Hunting Hill against 1er Cru vineyard wines, and the Mate’s against Grand Cru level. Surprise, surprise, they keep getting voted into one of the top ranks. Sadly our rotation here is quick, and we don’t have enough stock of the single vineyard wines to put down and taste after 5-6 years; am certain the reward is immense. (Below credit Pic Bear)

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The vineyard is only 50 meters above sea level with both warm and cooling influence depending winds from either the Tasman Sea or Pacific Ocean. Similar to the Cote d’Or the vines grow on clay with overlying sandstone, with vines aged 5-55 years. The trained lyre system helps prevent sunburn from high UV in New Zealand, there is no irrigation.

Try this Estate bottling, which is at the core of the range, and see how close New Zealand Chardonnay can resemble a Bourgogne Blanc. Then later you might want to opt for the villages bottle as your everyday white wine, or venture into the nuanced single vineyard on special occasions. This one goes very well with richer seafood or poultry, and even spicy Thai curries. Decant for 30 minutes when young to allow the fruit to balance in to minerality.

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“Still a Kiwi classic, Kumeu River’s 2016 Estate Chardonnay features toasted grain aromas, ripe peach and nectarine flavors and a long, citrus-inflected finish. It’s medium-bodied, with a plump, silky texture and up to a decade of aging potential.” 91 points Wine Advocate

Quince-Eatery & Bar celebrates the half dozen on Aug 16th 2018

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Six years running and Quince is still creating excitement in Bangkok, as well as in Ho Chi Minh with a wood-fire restaurant. This coming Thursday, Charlie of Bangkok and Julian of Saigon, with their crew will propose the below well-accentuated menu for diners after the cocktail party at 8pm. Please reserve your table now by emailing eat@quincebangkok.com

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Wine Garage is pleased to support the party by offering half a dozen white and reds, showcasing new arrivals, and favorites, at celebratory prices.

SPARKLING

Domaine Zusslin Cremant d’Alsace Brut Zero NV, Alsace, France               250        1500

Dante Rivetti Spumante Rosé “Ivan” 2008, Piedmont, Italy                          290        1700

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Adele Rouze Quincy 2017, Loire, France                                                           200              1200

Stagard Riesling Gaisberg 2016, Kremstal, Austria                                         280              1700

Jauma 1000 Fires Chenin Blanc Semillon 2017, Adelaide Hills, Australia 230              1400

Sandhi Wine Chardonnay Santa Rita 2014, Central Coast, USA                  380              2300

Stephane Ogier Condrieu Combe de Malleval 2016, Rhone, France          360              2150

Domaine Testut Chablis 1er Montee Tonnerre 2015, Burgundy, France   350              2100

RED

Atlan & Artisan Epistem No 3 2014 (Magnum), Yecla, Spain                       260              3200

Montepeloso A Quo Maremma 2014, Tuscany, Italy                                     240              1400

Salem Wine Co Pinot Noir Eola Amity 2015, Oregon, USA                          290              1700

Zambujeiro Monte do 2014, Alentejo, Portugal                                             200              1200

Jamsheed Syrah Garden Gully 2011, Victoria, Australia                             380              2200

Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 2015, Rhone, France                   440              2600

WE WISH QUINCE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

Domaine Fondreche Persia, Mont Ventoux

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Domaine de Fondrèche was founded by Nanou Barthelémy who purchased the property in 1993. A few years later her son, Sébastien Vincenti, started to make the wines after spending his formative years at leading estates in Chateauneuf du Pape.

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Through his dedicated work, following natural leaders such as Didier Dagueneau, recognition began to build for a region once known for rustic wines. His detailed work in vineyard and cellar, for years created wines that offer superb value compared to more recognized appellations, yet still little known among the general public.

In general Fondreche’s style displays a Northern Rhone varietal purity with some tannins and a Southern Rhone generous mouthfeel. The wines are intense, yet refrain from being too opulent.

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Old vine Syrah is grown on clay and limestone, the fermentation is traditional with a 2 to 3 week maceration, with little pigeages to promote a slow and gradual extraction, and aging in cement and 1,500 liter Stockinger foudres.

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The 2016 Ventoux Cuvee Persia, always a Syrah-based cuvée, includes 10% Mourvèdre this year. It’s a blockbuster Persia, overflowing with plum and blueberry fruit, yet not heavy or simple. Black olives and espresso beans also make appearances, all buttressed by ripe tannins and a velvety texture. It’s supple enough to be approachable now but expect fireworks with a few years of cellaring. Robert Parker 94 points

90% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. Aged in oak for 12 months. Superb violet and pepper fragrance, plus a lovely beefy note as well as blueberry fruit and furry tannic feel. This has  all the fragrance of the northern Rhône, but all the guts of the south. A good option when you can’t decide between Gigondas or Crozes? JR 17/20

 

 

The grand daddy from Getariako

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Of course the first taste of Txacoli was in New York City, sometime during the late 1990’s. Various hard to book seafood bars were serving this fizzy white with the unpronounceable grape called Hondarrabi Zuri. Its easy, yet also one of the great mineralic wines to pair literally with any kind of food.

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Txomin Etxaniz was established in 1930, but has records dating back to to 1649, and is the biggest producer with almost 100 hectares. Their terraced vineyards overlooking the Bay of Biscay has ongoing air circulation to prevent diseases from spreading.

While you may have started to enjoy the white Albarino from Rias Baixas, or Viura planted in Rioja, these lip-smacking wines can be grouped with Chablis or Vinho Verde on wine lists. The more serious Txacoli aren’t as light in flavor or fizzy, and the carbonation is entirely natural.

“The Txomin Etxaniz is fresh and tangy, with a slightly chalky mineral and lemon flavor. It goes beautifully with the ubiquitous Basque snacks of anchovies and preserved tuna.” Eric Asimov, The New York Times

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The 2015 vintage is described as “Light bright yellow. High-pitched aromas of citrus fruits and pear skin carry a dusty mineral overtone. Taut and linear on the palate, offering juicy Meyer lemon and green apple flavors that deepen steadily through the midpalate. Shows an emphatic stony note on the clinging finish, which leaves behind sappy orchard fruit and honeysuckle notes.Josh Raynolds for Vinous