Domaine de la Taille aux Loup Remus Plus 2011

Heard so much about Jacky Blot creating fine wines for Michelin-starred restaurants, and finally was able to try his singular Chenin Blanc. The whites are pure scented Chenin Blanc from Montluis and reds are Cabernet Franc from Bourgeuil. This special cuvee has been oak aged, and feels like a fine white Burgundy on the palate.Continue reading “Domaine de la Taille aux Loup Remus Plus 2011”

Hedonism Wine, London

Children dream of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, and wine afficionados dream of taking a bottle from each single shelf at Hedonism Wine in London. I wasn’t too excited when reading about the biggest retail shop launch and seeing their Yquem wall all over the papers – believing the oligarch owner only buys Blue Chip wines.Continue reading “Hedonism Wine, London”

What is the best Champagne alternative while in Thailand?

While living in New York and working at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, I came across Schramsberg at many occasions.  Must admit though, that I have never bought a single bottle, despite it being the wine of choice at White House’s state functions. And the reason was simple! Entry-level French Champagne costs only a few dollars more!Continue reading “What is the best Champagne alternative while in Thailand?”

Bernd Philippi, a man with a strong spine

Bernd Philippi has established his family domaine, Koehler-Ruprecht, on the pedestal of German – no – all of white wines. His specialty has been dry Rieslings from the revered Kallstädter Saumagen vineyard in the Pfalz. Often classified as an Auslese Trocken, these full-bodied and dry wines are at times hard to understand, take time toContinue reading “Bernd Philippi, a man with a strong spine”

Don’t feel like drinking alcohol, your dinner not need to be boring!

Being a wine guy, I have always thought a meal without a wine was not worth having.  But recently I was happily proven wrong by the mysterious artisan blends of Gryphon Tea Company.  Their range of brews includes several full flavored green, herbal, black and white teas, of which the following are ideal for pairingContinue reading “Don’t feel like drinking alcohol, your dinner not need to be boring!”