Just Before the Harvest (2): Rioja

Just Before the Harvest (2): Rioja

Wine

In Spain, Rioja is one of the northern region that will harvest a bit later than the south. See what our friend says at this moment.

Roberto Ijalba Pérez of Bodegas Santalba, Rioja, Spain
The harvest forecast in the Denominacion de Origen Calificada Rioja DOC Rioja this year presents a lower quantity than last years because the soils have lower fertility and therefore less production. In early June started a period of drought that still continues and together with high temperatures during August in Rioja have reduced the yields of the crops compared to previous years

by Aug 28, 2012
Gambero Rosso – The Guardian of Italian Wines

Gambero Rosso – The Guardian of Italian Wines

Wine

大紅蝦(Gambero Rosso)是意大利最有影響力的飲食及葡萄酒出版及廣播權威,成立於1986年。為了推廣意大利的葡萄酒文化到世界各地,由1987年開始,以簡單的通訊形式開始出版葡萄酒評鑑 《Vini d’ Italia》,最初只品評較少量的葡萄酒,慢慢發展至現在的規模,更加成為了世界性的意大利葡萄酒權威刊物,有如意大利酒的 《米芝蓮指南》。

Gambero Rosso, the international food, wine, publishing and broadcasting conglomerate founded in 1986, is influential and authoritative in Italy. To promote Italian wine culture to other parts of the world, it published the Gambero Rosso guidebook Vini d’ Italia in late 1987 in newsletter format with reviews of a limited number of wines – serving as a modern Bible of Italian wines.

by Aug 28, 2012
Just Before the Harvest: Bordeaux

Just Before the Harvest: Bordeaux

Wine

Earlier this month, we reported the early harvest in Sicily, here is a brief report from our good friend in Bordeaux, through the harvest has not started yet and the weather may still be changing, see what we might have for this vintage .

by Aug 27, 2012
Travelling in Wine – Château Lynch Bages

Travelling in Wine – Château Lynch Bages

Wine

Château Lynch Bages,因譯音與香港一名粵劇紅伶相似,所以又名「靚次伯」。在香港愛酒之人一定已聽過它的大名,連香港某航空公司也用它作頭等客倉的貴賓酒。Lynch Bages位於波爾多左岸的Pauillac區,跟Château Pontet Canet同區,佔地有90畝,而平均樹齡為35年。於1855年波爾多分級制中被列為第五級,與Pontet Canet齊名。

Château Lynch Bages, transliterated from the name of a famous Cantonese opera artist in Hong Kong, is also known as “Lang Chi Bak”. It is a well-known brand among the wine-loving community, even one of the local airlines serves their first-class travellers with this premium wine. Situated in the Pauillac region on the left bank of Bordeaux, the winery has a 90-hectare vineyard which generally 35-year-old vines are grown. Producing high quality wines, Château Lynch Bages was classified as a Fifth Growth in 1855 – on a par with Château Pontet Canet.

by Aug 24, 2012
What Else Besides Tempranillo?

What Else Besides Tempranillo?

Wine

每逢提起西斑牙葡萄酒往往都離不開Rioja的紅、白酒,而然西班牙盛產其他葡萄酒如Sherry,今期便為大家介紹較少人知的葡萄佳釀。有275年歷史的Bodegas Alvear乃Andalucia區最古老的釀酒廠。傳至第八代的Alvear,他們善於採用Pedro Ximenez葡萄釀造Sherry雪梨酒,以名為Criaderas及Solera,一個源於西班牙南部的方法釀酒。

Whenever someone mentions Spanish Reds they don’t really go far from Rioja, which is a shame since Spain truly has one of the world’s best wineries, with Bodegas Alvear being one of them. Throughout its 275 years, Alvear is the oldest winery in Andalucia and one of the oldest in Spain, stretching through eight generations. Using Pedro Ximenez grapes, Alvear adopts the Criaderas and Solera system, unique and originated in the south of Spain.

by Aug 22, 2012
Hakushu Single Malt 12years

Hakushu Single Malt 12years

Whisky

白州單麥威士忌。早已忘記什麼時候愛上日本威士忌,最初當然是抱著玩玩下的心態嚐試,畢竟這距離威士忌的發源地,蘇格蘭足有九千公里的東洋島國,會以什麼心態對待威士忌呢,自不然有一份好奇。結果跟很多人一樣,開始了這日本威士忌之旅。日本人的一貫做事認真的態度,把一座又一座的蒸餾廠重新在不同的地方建立起來,一個又一個大家現在都很熟悉的名字由此而起,蒸餾廠的一切細節、運作都按蘇格蘭的一樣全搬到日本,而且更盡善盡美。跟蘇格蘭不同的是,日本的氣候較暖,陳年過程熟成會較快,而且由於日本的蒸餾廠較少跟其他酒廠購入原酒作調配以增加出品的風味,因此他們很努力鑽研不同的技術為自己的酒釀增添個性。這也是他們在短時間內成功的因素。

by Aug 21, 2012
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