|Quotation of the Month
I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others.
Zodiac of the Month-Capricorn/Sagitarius
December, 22 – January, 20
I am proud
The sign of the high roller, Capricorn is regarded as the zodiac’s top, but also quiet, life and business achievers. But, there are two very different types of Capricorns.
The first is represented by the mountain goat, always climbing higher and higher; never content until reaching the top. The second is the garden goat, with little adventurous spirit or ambition-happy to remain within a small domain, refusing to budge unless it is pushed. Either type of Capricorn, however, is patient and persevering. They reach their goals because they know the longest journey commences with a single step and that the first step is always the most difficult.
The one thing a Capricorn must always try to do is balance work with play; otherwise they can become too one-sided and work can replace true personal emotional fulfilment. Continually climbing the eternal mountain of success, Capricornians rise to the occasion when faced with a new task or deadline. Although conservative and cautious, Goats are willing to try unusual approaches on their road to success in business or in love. Romantically, they desire a permanent relationship with someone who'll give them the affection they crave.
Although Capricornians are rough with their money, they know when it’s time to invest in enjoyment. But only, if they have the feeling to make the sale of the century, e.g. at a wine auction. Never the less, they can enjoy and appreciate a glass of high quality wine. And if a wine is corked, Capricornians wouldn’t even use it for cooking the sauce.
...gets better and better, when matures
Joan of Arc
January, 21 – February, 19
Those born under the sign of Aquarius not only march to a different drummer, they make up new music as they go along. They are 'mind oriented' individuals, whose thoughts never stop tick-tocking over. Because of their high focus on intellectual exploration, many inventors, eccentrics and highly original trailblazers are born under this sign. Their intense ability to live on many mental levels, holds both pain and pleasure for Aquarians. For example, in the American Hall of Fame there are more Aquarians than any other sign, yet statistics reveal that in mental institutions there are more Aquarians than any other sign too. Many extremes can surround this sign and these extremes can take them to both heaven and hell.
But in everyday terms, most Aquarians are extremely humanitarian and often involved in social programs that assist others. They can also be objective in judgement, for they never let their emotions get in the way. Outgoing and amiable, Aquarians attract friends wherever they go and those whom Aquarians befriend have their unswerving loyalty.
Aquarians are the zodiac's most mysterious and unusual people - and no two are anything alike. Those born under this sign - ruled by innovative and non-conformist Uranus - march to the beat of their own drum. They see life in a different way. Others quite frequently think their habits and ideas are eccentric or crazy in some way, but it is this uniqueness that makes them so special. The Aquarian mind is extremely quick and they never seem to stop thinking (it is interesting to note that many born under this sign suffer from insomnia.) Aquarians usually have strong political, environmental or social beliefs. But whether it is a relationship, career or cause - Aquarians are happiest when they have "something" to believe in and nurture.
...willing to take risks
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Côtes de Bordeaux Japan Mission
Côtes de Bordeaux wines were introduced to the press in the name of the Japan Mission on January 15th (Wed) at Bistro “Benoit”
Left photo ：Director of Côtes de Bordeaux Committee, Ms. Audrey Bourolleau
Côtes de Bordeaux appellation is made up of 4 regions: Blaye, Cadillac, Castillon and Francs and the appellation name has been integrated to Côtes de Bordeaux since 2009. On the label, Côtes de Bordeaux is added after the area name which can be noted as Francs Côtes de Bordeaux for example.
Pieroth’s selection of wine “Dourthe Côtes de Bordeaux” was served among the 12 wines during this event. 2009 is the first vintage of Dourthe Côtes de Bordeaux, it had a medium tannin and a good structure with a similar weight to the food served therefore matching nicely with the “Calmars sautés a l’Ail et Piment d’Espelette”.
Left photo :Executive chef of "Benoit" , Chef David Bellin
Middle photo: Owner of "La Tupina" in Bordeaux, Mr. Jean-Pierre Xiradakis
Right photo:Chef of "La Tupina" in Bordeaux, Chef Sylvère Fourcade
Chef Sylvère Fourcade of “La Tupina” in Bordeaux was in charge of the menu for this day. He participated in the “La Tupina” program that was organized by Chef Alain Ducasse from 2006 and demonstrated his ability at “Benoit”during Jan 20th~25th.
So, hope you enjoy some of the photos taken from his wonderful dishes!
Mignons de Canard aux Echalates
Calamars sautés a l’Ail et Piment d’Espelette
The elegant chili flavor was impressive.
Ballotine de Volaiine
Minced pork liver and throat with foie gras wrapped in boned chicken was wrapped and boiled with fond blanc and bouquet garni served with sauce.
Le “Cannel’s Bordelais” Glace au Pruneau et Armagnac
It was much lighter than intial tappearance with the pineapple giving a very good accent. As Bordeaux is an international port Pineapple became one of the foods that has become very popular locally.
Condesa Eylo 2009 wins a Gold Medal at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Condesa Eylo 2009, from Bodegas Val de Vid in the DO Rueda, was awarded a Gold Medal at this year’s edition of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. The competition, which received more than 6,600 entries from all over the world, awarded just 191 Gold Medals. The panel of judges valued this fresh, elegant white wine, made with Verdejo grapes, which shows exceptional quality and a singular expression of the soil and climate where it grows.
Vallformosa won Gold Medal at the Berlin Wine Trophy 2009 in Germany!
At the end of last year, a chocolate and wine matching event organized by Shot Magazine was held in collaboration with Aiko Beaumont the representative of “El Ceibo”
And we would like to introduce an example of the matching that was presented during this event.
Even those who are familiar with wine tasting may feel a bit lost when it comes to chocolate tasting. But give it a try because interestingly enough the method of chocolate tasting is nearly the same as wine tasting! The main two differences between wine tasting are that with chocolate you also need to listen to the sound when breaking the chocolate and to touch it.
Now, the matching that we would specially like to introduce is the combination of Beerenauslese and El Ceibo’s Bolivian Coffee.
The dominant aroma of this chocolate is a roasted coffee bean fragrance. There is also a smoky overtone. The flavor is medium and has a pleasant sweetness and a touch of anis. And the coffee flavor comes out strongly on a lingering finish. The balance between the sweet finish and the cacao are excellent.
So, which wine matches best with this chocolate? You should find it would be a German dessert wine. Milk chocolate or white chocolate matches with a German dessert wine. The El Ceibo’s Bolivia Coffee is milk chocolate but as it has 60% cacao, it would be better to choose a wine that is not too sweet. Ingenheimer Pfaffenberg Beerenauslese is not too sweet and as a result will not destroy the flavor of this chocolate nor cover the lovely coffee flavor that comes on the finish. The texture of the coffee bean in this chocolate gives an accent to this marriage.
So please try this combination hopefully it will provide you with an indescribable sensation of happiness!
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