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Champagne

I went to the Jacquinot & Fils Champagne dinner that was held by the Wine High Club at the W Hotel in Jordan.
It was great — for the most part — because of the feeling of the event more so than the champagne, which was good as well.

The champagne:
Now, I’m not much for champagne as my palate just isn’t there yet to judge a good champagne from a great champagne. But I can say that the bubbly provided by Jacquinot & Fils Champagne was presented well.  Also, Jean-Manuel Jacquinot the winemaker was also in attendance to introduce not only his family’s vineyard but also to give some background to each of the 5 different types of champagne that was on offer.  Out of the 5 presented, the first, Private Cuvee, was my favourite.
The food:
I’m not really one for photographing food that much so the photos provided here are from Fu Man Chu, ‘The Man of Leisure’. The presentation was great, except for the last dish before the dessert. I don’t eat red meat or pork and requested something else to replace the beef dish and was just given 2 pieces of fried chicken on top of some celery. I’m from DC so I can always get down with some fried yard bird, but I was hoping for something that was at least similar in presentation as the other 4 dishes. But not a big deal as I was satisfied with the event for other reasons. The food was just a bonus.

South African Abalone Photo by: Fu Man Chu, The Man of Leisure
South African Abalone
Photo by: Fu Man Chu, The Man of Leisure
If only I could have eaten 12 of these. Photo by:  Fu Man Chu, The Man of Leisure
If only I could have eaten 12 of these.
Photo by: Fu Man Chu, The Man of Leisure
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Champagne tasting dinner, 23 June 2014

The people from Wine High Club were very nice and very knowledgeable as to their products  and the business of wine.  Thank you Kay and Red.  The other guests at the event were also very kool in the fact that they were all there to get some good food, good champagne and share in some good conversation.

I can’t wait for the next event from Wine High Club.

Another event that is on the calendar is the Malbec Challenge organised by the Hong Kong Wine Judges Association.  This will surely be a great event to be at and I hope that everyone can come.  The Argentine Consulate General to Hong Kong will be in attendance at this event and there will be more Malbec wine to judge and taste than the palate will be able to handle.  Malbec is my 2nd or 3rd favourite red anyway, so this will be especially great for me.

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Are You Becoming a Wino?

As I have started to enter into the world of wine, I wonder if this means that I am becoming a wino.

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I grew up in Washington DC and the word wino has a very distinct sound and meaning to me (the picture is Ned the Wino from ‘Good Times’, btw). I think that others from certain cities would also translate the word in their mind in a similar fashion.  It was more of a popular term before crackheads hit the scene from the 80’s and 90’s crack epidemic.
A wino was the affectionate term given to those that were always hanging out on the corner by the liquor store and well…..they were drinking. Mostly, I don’t remember them exclusively drinking wine per se but always had a bottle in their hands (in a brown paper bag of course).  Even long before the liquor store opened at noon, these cats would just be sitting around waiting to get a bottle or still getting into a bottle that maybe they procured later in the night before.

Well, now that you have that image in your mind. Am I becoming a wino in that sense of the word?  I don’t think so.  In Hong Kong , you can buy alcohol 24/7 so I don’t need to hang out and wait.  But honestly, I really don’t like to drink but at certain times and now that I’m getting into wine……..well, I feel a bit more high class in my drinking.

The study of wine though is a very deep and complex subject.  I’m not just looking to sit around and drink and talk about sports at the local pub.  I want to be able to dissect a wine and discuss the various elements and complexities of the wine.  Where was it grown?  When was it bottled?  Who made it? How does it taste?  On and on with what could be talked about from just one taste of a wine.  A taste!  I don’t even need to swallow the wine to ascertain all of the information about the wine.  This is what I’m going after in my quest to truly learn about wine and all that goes into the wine world.

Wish me luck and I will post what I learn along the way.  I will also post things about wine and in particular wine going ons here in Hong Kong.  There is a lot going on with wine in Hong Kong as the Hong Kong government dropped the wine tax in 2008 making Hong Kong the wine hub of Asia.

Tell me what wines you like to drink and why in the comment section.  We can learn from each other.

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