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WYKwino Report No. 49


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WYKwino Report No. 42

Wino #42

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WYKwino Report No. 32

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The Sporting Life at WYK__Wong Hak Kwong

An Interview with Eddie H. K. Wong

Eddie H. K. Wong (1961 to 1968) was active in track and field, football and other sports at WYK.  He was recently interviewed by Tim Kwan (1961 to 1969) on his track and field experience at WYK.

1.  Eddie, which were your events at track and field?
I mostly ran 100, 200 meters and 4 x 100 relay, but also did triple jump at our school’s track meet because we were required to have both track and field in the three events we participated.  I guess it was meant to encourage us to try both.

2.  How did you get started?
I think I inherited my love for sports from my father.  As a little boy he often took me and my brothers to see a football game.  The stadium was always packed and I was thrilled at seeing the players in colorful jerseys running around in the green field.  I started to read about the game on newspapers and then I got interested and read the whole sports page, enjoying the analyses and the stories of the players and their achievements.
On entering Wah Yan and like everyone else, I spent a lot of time after school playing football in the sand field, and on the way I often noticed the school’s track team practicing in the grass field.  They looked so smart in their green track suit that I wished I could be like them one day. Continue reading

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WYKwinos Report No. 22


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WYKwinos Report No. 12

Date: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. 7pm – 10 pm
Place: 皇子海鲜酒家 Prince of Seafood Restaurant, 240 Alton Towers Circle, #A7 Tel. 416-298-3238

Wine is a reflection of the mood which the drinker is in. To celebrate the New Year, a bubbly is selected. To wish everybody 发得 in 2011, French/German wines are here to cheer you on!

1st Bottle GRAHAM BECK BRUT SPARKLING WINE
Wine: Sparkling Wine 12.0% Alcohol/Vol. xd Winery/Producer: Made in: South Africa, South Africa
By: Graham Beck Wines
Type: pinot noir and chardonnay Year: n/a
Cost: $17.95 Region: South Africa
Food to pair: 清炒芦笋 LCBO #: Release Date: Dec 11, 2010 #593483
Remarks: Tasting Note: (a 54/46 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay) Pale copper-tinged gold. Tangerine, spicy oak and a hint of exotic fruits on the nose. Fruity and harmonious, with a yeasty complexity adding depth to the fairly dense, harmonious middle palate. Comes across as sweeter and fuller than the Blanc de Blancs, but finishes dry and crisp, with a bit more length. No shortage of flavor here. Score – 89. (Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, March/April 2009)
2nd Bottle BOUGRIER VOUVRAY 2009
Wine: White Wine 11.5% Alcohol/Vol., MD Winery/Producer: Made in: Loire, France By: Bougrier
Type: Chenin Blanc Year: 2009
Cost: $13.95 Region: Loire, France
Food to pair: 雪豆三鲜 LCBO #: Release Date: Dec 11, 2010 #106880
Remarks: Chenin Blanc at its best, as with this example, features aromas of peach, citrus, lanolin and pear. Chenin is known for its refreshing acidity, thereby making it a fine candidate for cellar maturation. Some Vouvray have been known to last for 50 years or more, but you can try them earlier than that – give this one a more conservative 2-4 years due to more approachable styling. You will, however, also get great pleasure with this highly versatile wine now if you pair it with grilled prawns, vindaloo chicken or other spicy South Asian dishes. (Vintages Dec. 11, 2010).
3rd Bottle REICHSGRAF VON KESSELSTATT RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2003
Wine: White Wine 11.5% Alcohol/Vol. MS Winery/Producer: Reichsgraf Von Kesslerstatt
Type: Riesling Year: 2003
Cost: $21.95 Region: Germany
Food to pair: 中式牛柳 LCBO #: Release Date: Nov 27, 2010 #712471
Remarks: Tasting Note: A lush, voluminous Riesling, with ripe apricot, lime and mineral lurking in the background. The structure is apparent from mid-palate through finish, suggesting this needs more time to integrate. Best from 2006 through 2016. Score – 90. (Bruce Sanderson, www.winespectator.com, Feb. 28, 2005)
4th Bottle DOMAINE DES AILES MOULIN-À-VENT 2009
Wine: Red Wine 13.0% Alcohol/Vol, d Winery/Producer: Made in: Burgundy, France
By: Cave Des Vignerons De Bel-Ai
Type: Gamay Year: 2009
Cost: $15.95 Region: Burgundy, France
Food to pair: 八珍扒大鸭 LCBO #: Release Date: Nov 27, 2010 #183442
Remarks: Tasting Note: The inimitable Beaujolais producer George Duboeuf described the 2009 vintage as one of the best of the last 50 years, and the Domaine des Ailes Moulin-à-Vent is a simply terrific-value wine from this great vintage. Bright violet in the glass with an intense nose of cherry, cassis, spice, and toast. Dry with good, well balanced tannins, cherry and black fruit on the palate. You could enjoy this wine tonight with roast beef or try it with equal satisfaction (VINTAGES panel, March 2010) with the Imperial boneless duck!Concours General Agricole de Paris 2010, France
5th Bottle CHÂTEAU LA CHÈZE 2005
Wine: Red Wine 12.5% Alcohol/Vol   xd Winery/Producer: Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Bonnet-Gapenne
Type: Cabernet sauvignon (30%), Merlot (70%)  Year: 2005
Cost: $18.95 Region: Bordeaux, France
Food to pair: 北方风味烤羊架 LCBO #: Release Date: Dec 11, 2010 #191007
Remarks:

Description 1:

From a great vintage and with some bottle evolution under its belt, this award-winning Bordeaux is a noteworthy value. On a hillside overlooking the town of Capian and the famed Garonne river, Château La Chèze was built in 1515. The Château is now home to a small family-owned winery, with 15 hectares of the 30-hectare property under vine. This 2005 vintage won a Gold Medal at the 2007 Concours Général Agricole in Paris. (Vintages Dec.11, 2 010)

Description 2:

“With its remarkable date of birth, 1515, this château has been satisfied by its precedence. However, the 2005 vintage has a more modern and sappy style. A full, enticing and silky wine with lots of character. A wine which enters the 21st century with class and elegance. Another pleasant surprise from this Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, which continues to amaze us.” (ChateauOnline)
http://www.chateauonline.co.uk/F-1001-vin/P-17378-chateau-la-cheze-2005_2000083

Matching Dishes
清炒芦笋 雪豆三鲜 中式牛柳
八珍扒大鸭 北方风味烤羊架
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WYKwinos Report No. 6

Date/Time: June 10, 2010, 7 p.m. (roughly 3 hours)

Place: Mon Sheong Court

1nd Bottle Eugenio Collavini 2008 Sauvignon Blanc                                      

 

Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Winery/Producer: Azienda Vinicola E. Collavini
Type: White Year: 2008
Cost: $16.95 Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Food to pair: Garden Salad + Cream of Mushroom Soup LCBO #: 93575 
Remarks: Aromatic nose evocative of white peach, cantaloupe and yellow pepper. Like flavors are replicated on the palate with added hints of lemon and cream. Wonderfully balanced and crisp. Lingering, steely finish. Score – 93. (Kerin O’Keefe, www.thewinenews.com, Sept./Oct./Nov. 2009)
2st Bottle Calvet-Thunevin Cuvee Constance 2007                                             

 

 
Varietal: Blend of old vine Grenache & Carignan Winery/Producer: Etablissements Thunevin  
Type: Red Year: 2007  
Cost: $16.95 Region: Rhone, France  
Food to pair: Rack of Lamb + Lamb chop LCBO #: 168690  
Remarks: The 2007 Constance – as usual, Grenache-based, aged part in cement and part in barrel – is vividly redolent of fresh black raspberry and blueberry. With its infectiously juicy, ‘cool’ fruit character yet at the same time a striking sense of crushed stone and graphite, this long-finishing cuvee represents an outstanding introduction to its region as well as outstanding value. Score – 90-91. (David Schildknecht, www.erobertparker.com, June 2009)  

 

Eugenio Collavini 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Aromatic nose evocative of white peach, cantaloupe and yellow pepper. Like flavors are replicated on the palate with added hints of lemon and cream. Wonderfully balanced and crisp. Lingering, steely finish. Score – 93. (Kerin O’Keefe, www.thewinenews.com, Sept./Oct./Nov. 2009)

Release Date: Feb 20, 2010

 Agent: Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd.

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 Critic Review

John Szabo

Crafted in a new world style, this sauvignon from northeastern Italy has intense aromas of passion fruit and guava, underpinned by citrus, fresh cut grass and green pea. The palate is mid-weight, balanced and juicy, with decent depth and length, finishing on lightly bitter flavours. Ready to enjoy. Value Rating: **1/2

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Calvet-Thunevin Cuvee Constance 2007

The 2007 Constance – as usual, Grenache-based, aged part in cement and part in barrel – is vividly redolent of fresh black raspberry and blueberry. With its infectiously juicy, “cool” fruit character yet at the same time a striking sense of crushed stone and graphite, this long-finishing cuvee represents an outstanding introduction to its region as well as outstanding value. Score: 90-91 (David Schildknecht, www.erobertparker.com, June 2009)

 Release Date: May 29, 201

 Agent: CALIBRIUM INTERNATIONAL

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Critic Reviews

John Szabo (Canada’s first Master Sommelier, critic for Wine Access, Wine Align etc.)

Clean, open, savoury, spicy and succulent southern French red here, with impressive flavour intensity and length at the price. This has real personality and character – perfect for a mixed grill. Tasted April 2010. Value Rating: ***

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 David Lawrason (www.DavidLawrason.com; critic for Globe & Mail ,Wine Access, Wine Align)

 Huge value from a high flying new outfit (including funding from Ch. Valandraud in Bordeaux) in the“hot” “Catalans” region near the Spanish border. Blend of old vine grenache and carignan the showy aromatics include ripe plum, sweet oak, cigar and earthy notes. It drinks the same – warm, smooth, generous and right there, with better length than expected. Some dusty tannin, but ready to go and it should last through 2014. Excellent length. Tasted May 2010

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The Sporting Life in Toronto

A Football Match: WYKAAO vs. WYCHKOAA, July 1, 1999

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The two teams

Wah Yan Anniversary Cup

Captains Raymond Chan and Tim Kwan reminisce the event.

T:  Ray, do you remember the game between the alumni of the two WY schools?
R:  Of course…that was played in 1999, a very special year to me besides being the 75th anniversary for WYK…
That’s the year my twin girls were born. Knowing lot of twins were born prematurely, I was kind of worried that I had to leave while playing and take my wife to the hospital. Finally, they were born full term on Halloween day.
T:  Yes, we were younger then, and took on as co-captains…   You did most of the recruiting.  We discussed it and it was not easy.
R:  Not easy, since we never had an alumni team, and seldom did we play together as a team.  I had to rely on my past participation in other league and connection to dig up some of these WYK ‘diamonds’ in the rough.
T:  Do you remember what month we started to assemble the players?
R:  June or something… actually only assembled on paper by getting the names and phone numbers down. I think we only played 1 practice game as a team.
T:  Let us list the players who registered with us.

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WYK Football Class and PS

Raymond Chan and Tim Kwan over coffee:-

T:  You and I attended WYK 1961 to 1973, and were at school at the same time in 1968-9.  I was in Form 7 and you in Form 1.

R:  Unfortunately I joined WYK in 1969 and missed the opportunities of seeing you on the field.

T:  Do you remember Football Class (FC)? 

R:  You mean those classes that were not pre-scheduled, but turned out to be FC.  It did not happen too often in our years… 

T:   Oh, really?  I thought you had the same amount of FC as we did.  It was 2 or more times a week at the peak seasons.

R:   You were lucky… a lot of our classes just turned out to be Private Study (PS) classes.  What do you mean by the peak seasons?

Class Picnic

T:   There were periods when classes would go on picnics, so their teachers did not come in.  Also, I think that during the flu season, a few teachers were absent.

R:   I wonder why you did not get self study classes.

T:   I speculate that the administration at my years (62-69) let us have a wonderful time at school.  Notes were sent earlier in the morning to advise FC.  We also did little tricks to get FC too.

R:   What were those tricks?

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The Sporting Life at WYK, a football match recalled

Interview with Raymond Chan 

Q.   In your first interview, you mentioned an unusual football game.  What year was that?

Form 5, 1973, I think… not quite sure, you know, I am getting old.

Q.   Was it an interschool match?

No, just a special Christmas 7-a-side tournament organized by the school during the Xmas, New Year holidays.    

Q.  Grade B or C?

If I remembered correctly, the tournament was divided into 2 divisions, one lesser one for Forms 1-3 and another for the higher Forms. You just form your team and enroll, and it was a knock out tournament. So you played more than 1 game and more than 1 day if you were lucky to move on to the next rounds. Of course we were in the higher division.

Q.   You said it was 7-a-side?  And your tem was short: what happened – 1 or 2 player no show, no subs?

Yes it was 7-a-side played on the grass field.

Game on grass field

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