WYKwino Report No. 26

Date/Time: 8th June 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Place: Fantaxia Restaurant 樂逍遙

1st Bottle Ironstone Obsession Sympohony                                                     355784_web                                    
Varietal: Symphony Winery/Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Type: White Year: 2010
Cost: $14.95 Region: California, USA
Food to pair: 蓮花仙子 Scallops LCBO #: 355784
Remarks:A sure sign that spring has sprung is the return of this bright and breezy aromatic wonder. Ironstone’s ever-popular Obsession is made with the Symphony grape, which is a cross between Grenache Gris and Muscat of Alexandria. Like Muscat it’s got a perfumed nose with fresh peach and orange-blossom aromas. There’s a delicious touch of balanced sweetness here, which makes this wine a fabulous match for medium-spiced Indian dishes.Highlighted by a floral nose, it is very aromatic. On the palate, tastes include peach and fresh flowers with a bit of sweetness on the finish.

2nd Bottle Casas Del Bosque Reserva                                      150047        
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc Winery/Producer: Vina Casas Del Bosques
Type: White Year: 2010
Cost: $14.95 Region: Casablanca   Valley, Chile
Food to pair: 百花鳳凰 Shrimp stuffed chicken LCBO #: 974717
Remarks:  Greenish-straw. High-pitched, spicy aromas of lime pith, green apple and white pepper backed by subtle herbacity. Dry and racy in the mouth, offering incisive citrus flavors and a lashing of mint. Finishes on the firm side and with impressive clarity and spicy persistence.Sauvignon Blanc is incredibly versatile with food. Try the dry style with bell peppers, cilantro, smoked cheeses, shellfish, Caesar salad, Jarlsberg cheese, corned beef and cabbage, cheese fondue, goat  cheese, turkey pot pie, egg dishes, asparagus quiche, guacamole, sushi, pasta with cream-based sauce, pizza and grilled salmon.

3rd Bottle Sampietrana   Vigna Delle Monache Riserva Salice Salentino         247908_web     
Varietal: Negroamaro Winery/Producer: Sampietrana
Type: Red Year: 2006
Cost: $15.95 Region: Puglia, Italy
Food to pair: 雙菰醬爆霜降肉 Pork LCBO #: 247908
Remarks: Spry, fruity nose, elegant and fresh with dark chocolate, cinnamon and sweet damsons. Intense and ripe, but immaculate acidity and length. Other comments – medium dense ruby red, quite assertive nose, clove red berries, superb palate of berries, leather, camphor, plums, rich and textured, good persistence, very good indeed. It got Decanter 2010 World Wine awards.Negroamaro is a red wine grape variety native to southern Italy. It is grown almost exclusively in Puglia and particularly in Salento.

4th Bottle Castello Di Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva 2007               650754_web    
Varietal: Sangiovese Winery/Producer: Castello Di Querceto
Type: Red Year: 2007
Cost: $27.95 Region: Tuscany, Italy
Food to pair: 紅酒美極焗羊架 Lamb LCBO #: 650754
Remarks: Full-bodied and really beautiful, showing floral, currant and plum aromas, silky tannins and a fresh finish. It goes well with beef bourguignon, black pepper, chicken, turkey pot pie, chili, hamburgers, meatloaf, lamb leg, lamb rack, and even lasagna.Chianti is made primarily of the Sangiovese grape. (Chianti Classico must be made of 75 to 100 percent Sangiovese). Sangiovese is Italy’s most famous grape, responsible for three great wines of Tuscany: Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello   di Montalcino. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, it is also a major grape in   many of the prestigious wines known as the Super Tuscans. Sangiovese is also produced in California where it is sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Also, Chianti was historically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, called a fiasco (“flask”; pl. fiaschi); however, the fiasco is only used by a few makers of the wine now; most Chianti is now bottled in more standard shaped wine bottles. Baron Bettino Ricasoli (later Prime Minister in the Kingdom of Italy) created the Chianti recipe of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca in the middle of the nineteenth century.

5th Bottle Maipe   Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon       


Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Winery/Producer: Proviva
Type: Red Year: 2009
Cost: $17.95 Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Food to pair: 香蒜蜜椒牛柳粒 Beef LCBO #: 246116
Remarks: Similar in style, but more structured and revealing slightly more oak is the 2009 Cabernet   Sauvignon Reserve. Full-bodied and dense with abundant notes of crème de  assis, chocolate, espresso roast, spice box, and tobacco leaf, it is a layered, succulent, hedonistic Cabernet to drink over the next 3-4 years.  Score – 90. (Robert Parker Jr., erobertparker.com, August 2010).

Introducing Soho Lychee Liqueur – tastes terrible on its own but great on papaya and vanilla ice-cream.


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  1. The lychee has a history and cultivation going back as far as 2000 BC according to records in China. Cultivation began in the area of southern China, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Wild trees still grow in parts of southern China and on Hainan Island. There are many stories of the fruit’s use as a delicacy in the Chinese Imperial Court. It was first described and introduced to the west in 1782.`^….

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