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    Default Re: Any Wine Lover Here?

    i used to like reds in the past, but now i'm totally into desert whites.

    best i've tried via recommendations are

    italian muscato d'asti bottled by bersano
    italian lambrusco (australian lambrusco sucks big time)
    hungarian tokaji szamarodni
    hungarian tokaji fermint
    hungarian tokaji azsu (forgot which year liao. think it's 1999)
    hungarian tokaji eszencia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clown View Post
    i used to like reds in the past, but now i'm totally into desert whites.

    best i've tried via recommendations are

    italian muscato d'asti bottled by bersano
    italian lambrusco (australian lambrusco sucks big time)
    hungarian tokaji szamarodni
    hungarian tokaji fermint
    hungarian tokaji azsu (forgot which year liao. think it's 1999)
    hungarian tokaji eszencia
    I love moscato and heard that Italian moscato are great. Have u tried this Bartenura 2005 Moscato d'Asti? Heard it's a good one. Wonder where we can find it here.
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    Anyone can still find a good bottle of Villa Maria reserve Noble Riesling (Botrytis selection)??

    Still looking for this sweet white.

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    Hmmm... France wine still one of the best.
    Chateau Latour 2000 1st growth, Chateau Huat Brion red 2005 1st growth, etc... blew me away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstorm View Post
    Crystalwines selling it at $48 only when on offer otherwise it's about $54.
    Thanks very much. Saw Peregine on their price list - the Pinot Noir is actually quite nice...didnt see the Green Reserve Pinot although...highly recommended. Anyone seen anything from Chard Farms in Singagpore? I thot their wines, in general, were a trifle bit better than those of Peregrine - the wineries are just across the street from each other and apparently the owners are brothers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scanner View Post
    Hmmm... France wine still one of the best.
    Chateau Latour 2000 1st growth, Chateau Huat Brion red 2005 1st growth, etc... blew me away.
    wah! rich guy.....

    LOL!

    try their petrus.....

    erm....i only tried coz my super rich friend..... offered me a glass ...... LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by plsoong View Post
    wah! rich guy.....

    LOL!

    try their petrus.....

    erm....i only tried coz my super rich friend..... offered me a glass ...... LOL!

    Wah so defensive sia...
    1 bottle of Chateau Huat Brion 2005 only cost around € 550 nia...
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    Quote Originally Posted by scanner View Post

    Wah so defensive sia...
    1 bottle of Chateau Huat Brion 2005 only cost around 550 nia...


    :|:|:|
    i never tried that lar...

    Pro....tell me, how does it taste?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plsoong View Post
    :|:|:|
    i never tried that lar...

    Pro....tell me, how does it taste?
    I was told Pikes Clare Valley produce some of the best Riesling in Australia and I have got a friend, going there for a short holiday, to buy me a few bottles of Pikes Riesling 2003 or 2005. Hard to find it here. Original Sin selling the 2003 at S$69 each!!!

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    Bro,

    Pai Seh... Just came back into the forum today... You can try wines frm Pauillac/ Bordeaux region. If money is not an issue, try the Grand Cru Classe. Else Cru Classe also not too bad. Maybe you can also make a trip to WIne Amigo - located in Funan (2nd Floor). Owner's a Hong Konger - Tommy. Friendly & jovial guy. He brings in his own selection. So try to ask if he can give you a better price. He's also a very knowledgeable in wine . He conducts wine appreciation classes as well.

    Recommend all you wine lovers out there (who have not attended even 1 appreciation class to try it). It will unravel your journey in wine appreciation, and you will no longer be limited to vocab like "Fruity, light, sweet, etc" when you're sipping wine.

    Can always drop by after shopping at John's 3:16...

    Personally, when it comes to wine, it is not the price, but the taste. As most of you may agree - a $30 to $40 bottle is quite decent. As important as the taste, is the company you are enjoying the wine with... I'm sure if the company is right, a $30 bottle will taste like $300, if it isn't, a $100+ also tastes like it's "over the hill"

    Quote Originally Posted by jimtong View Post
    Any good French to recommend?
    Last edited by fv18m; 13th March 2007 at 07:48 PM.
    The DIFFERENCE is not in the "Cue", it is in the SKILLS...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fv18m View Post
    Bro,

    Pai Seh... Just came back into the forum today... You can try wines frm Pauillac/ Bordeaux region. If money is not an issue, try the Grand Cru Classe. Else Cru Classe also not too bad. Maybe you can also make a trip to WIne Amigo - located in Funan (2nd Floor). Owner's a Hong Konger - Tommy. Friendly & jovial guy. He brings in his own selection. So try to ask if he can give you a better price. He's also a very knowledgeable in wine . He conducts wine appreciation classes as well.

    Recommend all you wine lovers out there (who have not attended even 1 appreciation class to try it). It will unravel your journey in wine appreciation, and you will no longer be limited to vocab like "Fruity, light, sweet, etc" when you're sipping wine.

    Can always drop by after shopping at John's 3:16...

    Personally, when it comes to wine, it is not the price, but the taste. As most of you may agree - a $30 to $40 bottle is quite decent. As important as the taste, is the company you are enjoying the wine with... I'm sure if the company is right, a $30 bottle will taste like $300, if it isn't, a $100+ also tastes like it's "over the hill"
    Yep, tommy lam's wine amigo is a good place...but depending on certain wines, some i find are over priced....

    I know him quite well... and my boss is the drummer for the trio jazz every monday! u guys SHOULD get to talk to him (my boss or tommy) as he is REALLY a wine conneisieur....cum jazz drummer, cum diver cum senior scientist...... si bei japalang, but si bei talented too.... no wonder "foreign talent"

    anywayz, just let them know, Poh Loong recommended u guys to go talk with him/tommy lar

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    Plsoong,

    My friend offered to sell me 2 bottles of Cascabel Fleurieu Shiraz 2004, at $35 each, which he got them from his friend at a special rate. This wine is rated 94pts by Robert Parker. Is it a good buy?
    Last edited by redstorm; 13th March 2007 at 08:11 PM.

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    Bro,

    Borrowing a qoute from Tommy, maybe you should buy 1 bottle, try it, and see how many points you'll give in terms of Colour, Smell & Taste. The wine appreciation class taught me all that - MOST IMPORTANT of all - what is 94 points to these Pros may be 64 to us, cos their criteria when they judge is different from laymen like you & I.

    If you don't like it, even if the Pros deemed it to qualify for Grnad Cru Classe, 'sell you for $30 you'll still not buy. End of the day, wine drinking is very personal. You can try people's recommendations. But you'll have to judge if you like it yourself or not. When tasting, do not take the Pros' grading system into consideration.

    Cheers...

    Quote Originally Posted by redstorm View Post
    Plsoong,

    My friend offered to sell me 2 bottles of Cascabel Fleurieu Shiraz 2004, at $35 each, which he got them from his friend at a special rate. This wine is rated 94pts by Robert Parker. Is it a good buy?
    The DIFFERENCE is not in the "Cue", it is in the SKILLS...

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    Quote Originally Posted by liquidforce View Post
    Do you have lobangs for greek wine? I've been searching (not that hard.. hahaha) ever since my fave greek restaurant was taken over by chat masala.
    Athens Restaurant has moved to Bukit Timah in the same stretch as two other Italian restaurants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohflex View Post
    Athens Restaurant has moved to Bukit Timah in the same stretch as two other Italian restaurants.

    gawd.. that's far!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fv18m View Post
    Bro,

    Borrowing a qoute from Tommy, maybe you should buy 1 bottle, try it, and see how many points you'll give in terms of Colour, Smell & Taste. The wine appreciation class taught me all that - MOST IMPORTANT of all - what is 94 points to these Pros may be 64 to us, cos their criteria when they judge is different from laymen like you & I.

    If you don't like it, even if the Pros deemed it to qualify for Grnad Cru Classe, 'sell you for $30 you'll still not buy. End of the day, wine drinking is very personal. You can try people's recommendations. But you'll have to judge if you like it yourself or not. When tasting, do not take the Pros' grading system into consideration.

    Cheers...
    Actually, many a times, wine critic's rating should be taken with a pinch of salt. Like what you said, sometimes an expensive bottle of wine may not be to your liking. One man's meat is another man's poison, I guess. I wouldn't mind buying a case of Kangaroo Ridge 2003 Merlot if I know who the local wholesaler is. For $20 a bottle, to me this one is damn smooth and fruity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redstorm View Post
    ... of Cascabel Fleurieu Shiraz 2004, at $35 each.. This wine is rated 94pts by Robert Parker. Is it a good buy?
    Actually there's only 1 way to find out..
    Buy a bottle.. Drink it.. Then decide whether it's worth getting another...

    My friend does a regular recce at carrefour for greek stuff..
    I don't have personal contacts for that region tho'..
    Last edited by Ally; 14th March 2007 at 11:01 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fv18m View Post
    Bro,

    Borrowing a qoute from Tommy, maybe you should buy 1 bottle, try it, and see how many points you'll give in terms of Colour, Smell & Taste. The wine appreciation class taught me all that - MOST IMPORTANT of all - what is 94 points to these Pros may be 64 to us, cos their criteria when they judge is different from laymen like you & I.

    If you don't like it, even if the Pros deemed it to qualify for Grnad Cru Classe, 'sell you for $30 you'll still not buy. End of the day, wine drinking is very personal. You can try people's recommendations. But you'll have to judge if you like it yourself or not. When tasting, do not take the Pros' grading system into consideration.

    Cheers...
    Sorry for the late reply....been busy playing with stuff and shooting a roll in my DIY

    fv18m is right.

    buy a bottle and try, if like, call Tommy up immediately and book the whole case!


    to me, its normal lor.... nothing FANTASTIC about..but for $35 ...i guarauntee that its at least better value than some of the nonsense stuff in Cold storage/NTUC!

    some of the wines really don't cost THAT much..but because the supermarketes gotta pay a heavy tax on wines, they got no choice but to levy a higher price i believe.

    the other thing is whether this wine is WORTH keeping. sometimes its rated at Wine spec 97 for say a 95 brunello...... but if in general, most brunellos can only keep between 5-8 years for its peeak b4 it starts going down...

    so if u buy a brunello NOW thats say, 1991 and ratings by whoever says 97 pointer, it could be an agreeable rating for the wine 5 years later...... but as of now, its prolly on its way down ..... so even if u pay $40 for this, its only about good to know that its cheap for a brunello and what it COULD have been like....but its not its "value" anymore...

    the problem is that, at its peak, it's alot more ex

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstorm View Post
    Actually, many a times, wine critic's rating should be taken with a pinch of salt. Like what you said, sometimes an expensive bottle of wine may not be to your liking. One man's meat is another man's poison, I guess. I wouldn't mind buying a case of Kangaroo Ridge 2003 Merlot if I know who the local wholesaler is. For $20 a bottle, to me this one is damn smooth and fruity.
    time for u to move on to something mroe complex than fruity

    heheheheh (A)

    u need something like Black olives, heavy headed spice....gunpowder....rich chocolate, old leather, tar.....etc

    sh*t, i'm thirsty liao

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    any beverage with alcohol content (min 4%) , i'm in!
    "ashes to ashes; funk to funky..we know major_tom's a junkie
    strung out on heaven's high....."

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