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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Wine Appreciation Night with Wine Talk's David Stephan

Once again, I was privileged enough to have another wine tasting session with Wine Talk. The last session with Wine Talk was a really memorable and enjoyable one where I learned a few things about wine and it was the first time I heard about Rosé wine. (http://www.ktheblogger.com/2013/03/wine-talk-with-room-service.html) It was still held at the vicinity of Bangsar this time but at La Bodega Lounge:
I never knew La Bodega had such a huge outlet at this part of Bangsar with 3 different concepts but as for the La Bodega Lounge, it's located above the La Bodega Deli.

Back again to teach me more about wine is Wine Talk's French Sommelier, David Stephan.
Here's him with me and Isaac:
Glad that he still remembers me. :D

In total, we tasted five wines where 2 were White, 1 was Rosé and 2 were Red.
As I await for the start of the event, I went to the ice bucket to take a sneak peek of what's to come:
Once the majority of us had arrived, we started off with a Tucumen Sauvignon Blanc from Mendoza, Argentina (RM72):
That's Celeste modelling for it. LOL.

It's colors are subtle yellow, almost clear.
Taste's crisp and fresh giving me a clean feel on the palate. It's best to pair with seafood and so we were presented with this dish to go with the wine:
It's called Pulpo a la Gallega - Spanish octopus serves with potatoes, seasoned with sea salt, paprika and extra virgin olive oil. My fave dish of the night. The seasoning was just right in enhancing the flavors of the items. Paired with the wine, it just does it much justice.

Next wine presented to us was also a White Wine called Monte Da Peceguina 'Branco' from Portugal (RM90):
Now, here's a wine that I'm familiar with the taste since I was presented a bottle the last round of wine tasting.
It looks duller in color than the first but stronger in it's flavors. You can taste the grapes in 'em. Goes well with Grilled White Meat and some fish that's rich in it's taste.

To go with the wine, we were presented with this dish:
Called the Gambas Al Ajillo (RM38) - Tiger Prawns sautéed in olive oil, garlic and chilli. Despite having garlic and olive oil, the heat from the dish is not as spicy as I thought it would be. In fact, there's more olive oil then anything else. Bread is served with it where it's great to dip into it's gravy.

Next up came the Rosé wine:
Ever since I was introduced to this, I took a liking to it. Of course, there are White and Red wines that I prefer over Rosé but overall, I just like it because it's like an in-betweener. LOL. This one is called Château Fontarèche Corbières 'Tradition' Rosé from Languedoc, France (RM70).
The color looks orangey:
It contains subtle fruity flavors and hints of strawberry.

To go with the wine, we had the Albóndigas "Saint Climent":
It's lamb meatballs in a rich brandy sauce. Costs RM20 for a small portion and RM30 for a large portion. The lamb was rich in taste and the sauce complements it well. As for drinking it with Rosé, well, anything drinking with Rosé tastes nice. LOL. Okay, so it's better with BBQ things.

Moving on, it's time for the heavy tastes ala Red Wine.
We started off with the Lion's Lair Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa:
A bottle costs RM55.
It looks like Ribena color and has a bright sparkle to it:
Well, Shiraz isn't exactly the wine that I delight in and this one too does not work out for me. I have yet to find a Shiraz that I like. Anyway, it goes well with rice dishes, grilled chicken and pastas.
For the food pairing of this, we were presented with Arroz Negro con Calamares y Allioli (RM35 or 1 pax, RM68 for 2):
It's squid ink paella with squids topped with garlic mayonnaise and tiger prawns. When I saw it was squid ink paella, my eyes lit up as I remembered the great taste of it last time. However, when I tasted this, I'm disappointed because it's not as tasty as the one I've eaten before. Then again, the price here is way cheaper then the one I had.

And the last wine that was given to us to try was the Pago De Cirsus 'Vendimia Seleccionada', Navarra, Spain (RM81):
By this time, I was almost at my limit and so I forgot to take a pic of it, haha.
Anyway, it's colors are darker than the Shiraz earlier and duller. It has very strong tannin taste to it and goes well with Cheeses and Roasted Lamb.
And the dish that was served with this wine is of course this:
The cheese platter (RM25).

If you want to learn more about wines, it is best to keep trying more. Wine Talk has a special service where wine lovers and enthusiasts alike can discover more wines that will be personally handpicked by David. A person just needs to join the Wine Club which is FREE from sign-up or membership fees and will receive 6 or 12 bottles of wines every month or 2. It's a convenient way to enjoy wines where you don't need to worry about what wine to buy because David, the sommelier, will choose them for you based on your preference. Wine Talk also Guarantee on the Price and Satisfaction. If you're not happy with the wine you received, they will change it for you.

Wine Club and Wine Talk's wine delivery service are currently available across Peninsula Malaysia. For further info, log on to http://www.winetalk.com.my or call 1300 88 97 88.

You can also use my special voucher code when you shop at Wine Talk to enjoy RM50 off on your order of RM300 worth of normal-priced wines. Just key-in the code KTANBLOG50 upon checkout.

4 comments:

Happy walker said...

can i drink the wine too? XD

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Sure. These wines are exclusively available at www.winetalk.com.my

STAIRWAY said...

Awesome! Share a drink...

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Right