|Quotation of the Month
Lane Steinberg's red wine "Haiku" review
Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir 2005 (New Zealand)
Interest bloomed slowly
Simple sturdy street flowers
Fondly beckoned back
|Zodiac of the Month－Scorpio
October, 22 – November, 21
Scorpios lead fate filled lives and have intense and dramatic personal relationships. Even as children Scorpios are often found to be wise beyond their years. Scorpios often know all the answers, except sometimes; they too often have difficulty finding what they need to develop their own happiness.
Passion, desire and power go hand in hand for Scorpios. Their biggest challenge and test in life is choosing between the power of love and the love of power. Coming to grips with their extraordinary emotional depths and sensitivity isn't easy for those around them. Others can often live with a Scorpio partner for years, but not really know them. Their eyes often blaze with feelings that words never express. Too often they say "no" when they really mean "yes". They have contrary natures.
Most Scorpios are winners. The main thing they have to worry about is their attitudes, which make up their mind powers and can either make or break them. When they are negative about something or someone, or critical of themselves, they can tend to get in their own way.
When it comes to wine, Scorpios are not interested in detailed information about soil conditions or alcohol level. What counts for them, is taste and price-performance ratio.
Scorpios like to focus and fully concentrate on the content of their glass. That’s another reason, why they like to taste wine undisturbed in a small group of wine gourmets.
But when being challenged, the Scorpio’s ambition has no limit to win this little wine competition and show off with their great knowledge.
...tough late bloomer
...needs a lot of care
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The 19th of November, we will take the opportunity of Andreas Pieroth visit, to organize a Friendship Wine Party Germany – France at Le Petit Bedon (Pachon).
He will make a special diner to match with Pieroth Estate Wines (including old vintage one), Rauzan Segla & Lheraud as digestive.
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Movie “Goethe!” will be released from October 29th (Sat). It is a love story about Goethe; German’s honorable and marvelous writer.
There is a wine that is perfect for this movie! It is a German white wine with Goethe’s illustration and signature called the “Winkeler Hasensprung”. This wine was produced when Goethe visited the wine producer’s Vollrads castle in 1814 and admired it’s beauty.
Why not watch this movie and bask in the afterglow of the movie by indulging yourself with Goethe's wine!
The Tyler Foundation's annual fund raising extravaganza was held at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo on October 29th.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and participation in raising money for the Tyler foundation as a result of which we were able raise 627, 940 yen.
For more information on the event, please visit "2011 White Hot Extravaganza"
A Special Lecture & Tasting of Chateau Palmer for the Press
A special lecture & tasting for the press was held last month. It was also an occasion to celebrate the visit of our special guest: Mr. Bernard de Laage de Meux, the Marketing and PR Director of Chateau Palmer.
In this event, the following wines were served and Mr. Bernard gave a lecture and shared his experience and knowledge with us.
‘09 Château Palmer Blanc
Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century wine
‘08 Alter Ego
‘05 Alter Ego
‘06 Château Palmer
‘00 Château Palmer
‘98 Château Palmer
Ms. Fumiko Aoki, a wine writer who also participated in the lecture & tasting blogged this event.
Please click and read her blog!
Pago de Circus is now recognized as D.O. Pago
Harvest 2011 - UIV-ISMEA Estimates 42,3 Million of HL - An all time low- only twice in 50 years!
The 2011 grape harvest level is at a historical minimum low matched only twice in 50 years. This has emerged from a survey in the vineyards made by ‘Unione Italiana Vini’ (‘Italian Union Wines’) together with Ismea during the first week of September, attesting that production was a little more than 42 million of hectoliters, which is 10% less than 46,7 million in 2010. Most regions in Italy experienced a decrease. Some examples are Veneto -10%, Marche -13%, Abruzzo - 17%, Puglia -5%, Sicily – 20%.
Mr. Robert Parker paying special attention to?
There will be a symposium called Wine Future Hong Kong 2011 in Hong Kong on Tuesday November 8th. There, Robert Parker will give a seminar called Magical 20. The wines that will be served at the seminar are the ones Robert Parker did not rate as the First but selected them as worthwhile as the First. Our wines are also selected as below.
<20 wines to be tasted>
Chateau Cos d'Estournel, Chateau Pontet Canet, Chateau Pichon Lalande,
Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Malescot St. Exupery, Chateau Pape Clement, Chateau Haut Bailly, Chateau L'angelus, Trotanoy, Chateau La Conseillante, Chateau Pichon Baron, Chateau Lynch Bages, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Chateau Clos Fourtet, Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau Brane Cantenac, Chateau Le Gay
The vintages of all the wines to be tasted are 2009, and it will be the very first time for this vintage to be tasted after the bottling. We can not wait to try the wines of 2009!
Millaman's great winemaking team!
He is originally from Curico and has been working for 9 years in Millaman. Alexis has a vast experience and knowledge of the terroir where our finest wines are produced
- Italy: Fattoria di Valiano
- France: Chateau Pavie, Chateau Cos d´ Estournel, Chateau Louis Latour.
- U.S.:Robert Mondavi.
- Chile: Carmen, Santa Rita, Terra Andina and Von Siebenthal.
- Argentina: Doña Paula
His philosophy: To create fruit-driven wines that combine the best of New World vivacity with Old World elegance.
|Winery of the Month
Currently, Vignelaure practices lutte raisonnée. They will receive an official recognition for being Organic in next 4-5 years. In addition to their lutte raisonnée, they have reduced the sulfites to the very minimum. The content of sulfites Vignelaure’s wine is less than 50ppm(mg/litter). Comparing with the wines of some producers who practices biodynamics, Vignelaure’s sulfites amount is almost a half of them.
Unlike some producers who make wines from Bordeaux varieties, Vignelaure uses Bourgogne barrels. This is why wines of Chateau Vigneulaure are very delicate.
Wine & Food -
Sudachi and Sauvignon Blanc
When sudachi citrus comes into a season, my friend from Tokushima sends me a couple of boxes. Most of the time, sudachi plays the role of supporting actor, but you can turn it into a main performer by how you use it in cooking.
This time, I made salad with sudachi dressing, roasted chicken with sudachi flavor, and brevoort grilled with salt.
Zucchini and Sudachi Salad
Ingredient to serve 4 people
2 large zucchinis
Dill as you think proper
Ingredients for dressing
Cut the edges of zucchinis, and boil them whole in salted hot water for 1-2 minutes. To keep its fresh green color, dip them in cold ice water right away. Slice them in thin size and dress them with salted and chopped dills.
Mix olive oil and sudachi juice and salt in an empty glass bottle. Shake it until the ingredient mixes well. Place zucchinis and thinly-sliced parmesan cheese on the plate, dress them, and sprinkle walnuts and blackpeppers.
Roasted Chicken with Sudachi Flavor
A whole chicken (I recommend Nichinan chicken from Miyazaki.)
Start working an index finger between the skin and the flesh, and make a large pocket. Then put sudachi in it. Season with salt and pepper. Then roast in an oven at 180℃ for 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on size of chicken. Roast it for 20 minutes, and dress the skin with olive oil for crispy texture and nice roast color.
Peel potatoes and dice them into bite-sizes. Sweat them in a little olive oil. Add the potatoes while chicken is getting roasted. (Roasting for 25 minutes is good enough for potatoes.) If you have any sudachi left, you can cut them into halves and roast them with potatoes.
Sudachis placed between chicken skin and flesh gets gruel texture that may remind you of Chinese oranges or marmalades. And this tastes delicious. It also tastes very good with chicken skin.
Wines that go well with these two dishes are sauvignon blanc which has fruitness and sourness. In particular, I would like to recommend Grove Mill and Whitehaven.
These very colorful plates are made by a British ceramic artist, Mr. Steve Tootel. Mr. Tootel, residing in Tokyo, holds workshops and occasionally goes to Mashiko to teach ceramics to foreign residents and students. He also dedicates himself to various charity activities.
On the large plate, I placed brevoort grilled with salt and sudachi on side. Blue fish was drawn on the plate and shells are incorporated. This dish and the ocean-themed plate is the best combination.
The plate that I used for salad has gold selvage, which is very gorgeous!
I seldom used these colorful plates, but it was a good lesson that I learned what kinds of color goes well with these plates. It was a bit challenging for me, but it was inspiring at the same time, as now I am willing to use colorful plates and match them with foods.
Text by Mami Whelehan
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