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Wine Dinner at Restaurant Markus December 2019

A very enjoyable and educational recent wine dinner at Restaurant Markus, hosted by Marcus Lai of Asia Wine Cellar showcasing the wonderful wines of Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur. All wines were from the same 2017 vintage but different plots in and around Vosne Romanee area, some only metres from another; contrasts were remarkable, and […]

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Grange Extravaganza, May 2018

NV Dhondt-Grellet Champagne Les Terres Fines, 100% Chardonnay Another boutique producer, this time from Cuis, and this time 100% Chardonnay. 30% of the wine is vin de réserve from a solera system started in 1986, disgorged 29 June 2015, zero dosage. This was also purchased from Dave Chan at Wine Journey, http://www.winejourney.com.sg. at a memorable Restaurant Markus wine dinner […]

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Markus Wine Dinner

To celebrate the second anniversary of their opening, we joined the party for a set food and wine pairing at our favourite Penang restaurant, Markus. Course 1, Texture of Fegato 3 types of Foie Gras from hot to cold; ice cream, mousse, pan fry. I tried them in reverse order, finishing with the foie gras […]

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Chateau Croizet Bages

2010 Pauillac de Crozier Bages, 13.5% alcohol

Tasted May 2016. Pauillac is the largest city in the Medoc, on the Bordeaux Left Bank, and is home to three of the four original 1855 classification of First Growths, aka Premiere Grand Crus. These were Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, and Chateau Margaux. Since there were no Right Bank wines named in the 1855 classification, […]

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Chateau Mailly Grand Cru Brut Reserve NV

This chateau has been producing champagne since 1929. We tasted this on NYE 2014. Colour is pale straw with a vibrant bead. Nose has bright citrus, yeast and light bread aromas. alate is explosive as the bead/bubbles explode on the palate like turning on a hose in the mouth. Tastes of grapefruit, bread and yeast as […]

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Château Teyssier Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2011

“The palate is incredibly pure, with bouquets of violets and black fruits.” Bought this in London at Odd Bins Abbey Road at under $30. We don’t see wine like this in Sydney, and certainly not at anything like this price. But the availability of a great range of fine French wine has always been a […]

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