Flight Choices to India (HKG -> DEL)

Heading to India from Hong Kong, 3 major flight choices (direct flight) are available.




http://www.airindia.com

Air India
Based in Mumbai since 1932 (as Tata Airlines), Air India is the 16th largest airline in Asia. Running 159 aeroplanes, serving 25 destinations worldwide, and with its affiliated carriers, Air India serves over 100 cities. In 2010, Air India is expected to join Star Alliance, the world's largest airline alliance.




http://www.jetairways.com

Jet Airway
Operating 85 aeroplanes (plus 44 on orders), Jet Airways is an airline based in Mumbai since 1993. It is India's second largest airline after Air India. Also, it is the market leader in domestic sector.

In July 2008, Which? magazine ranked Jet Airways as the world's best long-haul airline after Singapore Airlines.

At the moment, Jet Airways operates over 400 daily flights across 65 cities in 25 countries worldwide.




http://www.cathaypacific.com

Cathay Pacific
Founded in 1946, Cathay Pacific is the flagship carrier of Hong Kong. Its headquarters and main hub is based in Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong.

Including the Cargo Fleet, Cathay Pacific operates 126 (+32 on orders) aeroplanes to 114 destinations in 36 countries worldwide

In 2008, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair operated 138,000 flights, carrying nearly 25 million passengers and over 1.6 million tonnes of cargo and mail.




Flight Schedule Comparison

Air India Jet Airway Cathay Pacific
HKG -> DEL

Departure 17:20 13:35 22:20
Arrival 20:50 17:20 02:00*
Travelling Time 06 hrs 00
06 hrs 15
06 hrs 10




DEL -> HKG

Departure 9:00 22:45 23:50
Arrival 16:15 06:20* 07:15*
Travelling Time 04 hrs 45
05 hrs 05
04 hrs 55







Unless you've got an urgent meeting in the next day or you prefer not to take a whole day-off at the office, I do recommend you to go for Jet Airways. Personally, I hate to fly at wee hours or to be stuck in heavy traffic after landing.



Jet's cabin condition, food choice and service quality are equally good as Asiana and Emirate. The only shortfall is the departure gate. An airport bus transfer is alwasy required.

Heading to India

As a first-time visitor to India, I opted for the Golden Triangle of India.



The Golden Triangle comprises three of the most visited cities in the country's north-west. They are Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. As these three cities are connected with good roads where the roads form a roughly equilateral triangle with 200-250km along each side, the Golden Triangle becomes a classic introduction to India.

Delhi is the largest metropolis by area and the second-largest metropolis by population in India. Agra was once the heart of the Moghul empire with the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal. Jaipur, the capital of the largely desert state of Rajasthan.

Spending 8 days across these three beautiful cities, my trip was lovely and relaxing.

reference sites: goldentriangleindia.com, independent.co.uk
Kylie Minogue featuring Akshay Kumar - Chiggy Wiggy

Climate of India

India has three major seasons. They are Winter, Summer, and the Monsoon.

Winter months (November-March) are bright and pleasant, with snowfall in the northern hills.

http://whatsoever.hk/photos/Evening%20by%20Nandalal%20Bose.jpg
Photo Credit: gordongartrelle.blogspot.com
"Evening" by Nandalal Bose, 1941


Summer time (April-June) is hot in most parts of India. But, the numerous hill resorts do provide cool retreat.

http://whatsoever.hk/photos/Bharat%20Mata%20by%20M.F.%20Husain.jpg
"Bharat Mata" by H.F. Husain
News on Mr. Husain: Husain deserves to be home and painting, says court


During the Monsoon, rainfall is heavy along the West Coast between June and September, and along the East Coast between mid-October and December.

http://whatsoever.hk/photos/Monsoon%20India%20-%20Deluge%20by%20Brij%20M.%20Sondhi.jpg
Photo Credit: www.iaac.us
"Deluge" by Brij M. Sondhi - It depicted an evening in the season of monsoon in Assam, the North East India, where Brij M. Sondhi took his newly wedded bride


source: india-tourism.net

The Republic of India

Horizontal tricolour flag (deep saffron, white, and green). In the center of the white is a navy blue wheel with 24 spokes.

India, officially the Republic of India (Hindi: भारत गणराज्य), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, and the second-most populous country in the world.

Image of globe centered on India, with India highlighted.

Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east, India has a coastline of 7,517 kilometres (4,700 mi). It is bordered by Pakistan to the west; People's Republic of China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia in the Indian Ocean.

Map of India showing its subdivision into states and territories.

India is a republic consisting of 28 states and seven union territories with a parliamentary system of democracy. It is one of few democracies in Asia.

States:
1. Andhra Pradesh 15. Maharashtra
2. Arunachal Pradesh 16. Manipur
3. Assam 17. Meghalaya
4. Bihar 18. Mizoram
5. Chhattisgarh 19. Nagaland
6. Goa 20. Orissa
7. Gujarat 21. Punjab
8. Haryana 22. Rajasthan
9. Himachal Pradesh 23. Sikkim
10. Jammu and Kashmir 24. Tamil Nadu
11. Jharkhand 25. Tripura
12. Karnataka 26. Uttar Pradesh
13. Kerala 27. Uttarakhand
14. Madhya Pradesh 28. West Bengal

Union Territories:

A. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
B. Chandigarh
C. Dadra and Nagar Haveli
D. Daman and Diu
E. Lakshadweep
F. National Capital Territory of Delhi
G. Puducherry

The world's twelfth largest economy at market exchange rates, and the fourth largest in purchasing power. India is one of the fastest growing economies after its economic reforms since 1991. However, it still suffers from high levels of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and malnutrition.

A pluralistic, multilingual, and multiethnic society, India is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.

source: india.gov.in, wikipedia

Frédéric Burgmueller - Nocturne No.1 in a-moll

Bordeaux in Your Glasses

Amazing not, Bordeaux alone has got 60 appellations.

More than 9,000 wine-producing châteaux and 13,000 wine growers, Bordeaux is one of the most important wine-producing regions in the world, which produces one third of French wines of good quality.


photo credit: www.nicks.com.au
This map was originally published online at www.nicks.com.au
(60 Appellations in Bordeaux)


At the moment, these 60 appellations are grouped under 6 families by their styles.

1. Bordeaux & Bordeaux Superieur (4)
- Mostly made from Merlot-based blends. They show bright color, a clean deep, appealing red fruit nose and the classic balance of alcohol, acidity and tannin are the hallmarks

* Bordeaux
* Bordeaux Supérieur
* Bordeaux Clairet
* Bordeaux Rosé

2. Medoc & Graves (10)
- Primarily made from Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines are distinguished by blackcurrant aromas, balanced tannin and medium to high acidity

* Graves
* Haut-Médoc
* Listrac-Médoc
* Margaux
* Médoc
* Moulis-en-Médoc
* Pauillac
* Pessac-Léognan
* Saint-Estèphe
* Saint-Julien

3. Cotes de Bordeaux (8)
- The Côtes de Bordeaux vineyards (their name comes from the hillsides along the right bank of the Garonne and the Dordogne Rivers) are spread across Bordeaux, producing mostly Merlot-based wines. The various Côtes appellations of the Bordeaux region are light-to medium-bodied wines with a fine bouquet and color

* Bordeaux Côtes de Francs
* Blaye
* Côtes de Bourg
* Côtes de Castillon
* Graves de Vayres
* Premières Côtes de Blaye
* Premières Côtes de Bordeaux
* Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux

4. St Emilion, Pomerol & Fronsac (10)
- Primarily made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc. These wines are deep in color with structure combined with a distinctive velvety texture. They are medium-to full-bodied and can be enjoyed young or aged to bring out their full complexity

* Canon Fronsac
* Fronsac
* Lalande-de-Pomerol
* Lussac-Saint-Emilion
* Montagne-Saint-Emilion
* Pomerol
* Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion
* Saint-Emilion
* Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
* Saint-Georges-Saint-Emilion

5. Dry White Wines (13)
- Usually made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. They are vibrant and fresh with loads of natural acidity

* Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
* Bordeaux & Bordeaux Sec
* Bordeaux Haut-Benauge
* Côtes de Bourg
* Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire
* Côtes de Bourg
* Entre-Deux-Mers
* Entre-Deux-Mers-Haut-Benauge
* Francs Côtes de Bordeaux (blanc)
* Graves
* Graves de Vayres
* Pessac-Léognan
* Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux (blanc)

6. Sweet White Wines (15)
- Dominant variety is Semillon. They are medium to full-bodied

* Barsac
* Bordeaux
* Bordeaux Supérieur
* Bordeaux-Haut-Benauge
* Cadillac
* Cérons
* Côtes de Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire
* Francs Côtes de Bordeaux
* Graves de Vayres
* Graves Supérieures
* Loupiac
* Premières Côtes de Bordeaux
* Sainte-Croix-du-Mont
* Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux
* Sauternes

To summarize:

1/ Good value red or white from Bordeaux, look for “Bordeaux” or “Bordeaux Supérieur” or "Bordeaux Blanc"

2/ Cabernet Sauvignon, look for a wine from the Médoc or Graves

3/ Merlot, look for a wine from Saint-Emilion, Pomerol or Fronsac

4/ Sauvignon Blanc or Sémillon, look for a wine from Graves or Entre-Deux-Mers; and Bordeaux Blanc

5/ Dry White Wines are usually made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle

6/ Sweet White Wines are typically made from Sémillon grapes grown in Sauternes and Barsac

sources: www.bordeaux.com, www.bordeauxwinebureau.org (1), www.bordeauxwinebureau.org (2)

Hong Kong - Economy is Back On Track

Hong Kong’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at a provisional 5.4% in June - Aug 2009, same as that in May - July 2009.

On the contrary, Hong Kong’s economy rebounded in the second quarter, benefiting from the faster growth of the Mainland economy and the waning of recessionary forces in the advanced economies.



Following a sharp year-on-year contraction of 7.8% in the first quarter of 2009, real GDP registered a smaller decline of 3.8% in the second quarter.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, the economy resumed growth at 3.3% in the second quarter, ending the contraction in the previous four quarters.

sources: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices (September, 2009); Census and Statistic Department, HKSAR (Q2, 2009)


Google Chrome Frame is an early-stage open source plug-in that seamlessly brings Google Chrome's open web technologies and speedy JavaScript engine to Internet Explorer. With Google Chrome Frame, you can:

1/ Start using open web technologies - like the HTML5 canvas tag - right away, even technologies that aren't yet supported in Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.

2/ Take advantage of JavaScript performance improvements to make your apps faster and more responsive.

So how does this work? Basically, it’s just a plug-in that creates a new frame inside of IE that is the Chrome browser. The plug-in itself is lightweight (around 500K or so, I’m told), but then it must download around 10 MB of Chrome-related data to work correctly on a machine. The look will be so seamless that a user shouldn’t realize they’re not simply browsing with their regular old version of IE, albeit a much faster and more compliant one, as told.

download: http://code.google.com/intl/zh-HK/chrome/chromeframe
source: techcrunch.com
When users search on key trademark terms relating to LVMH, rival products and even counterfeits appear.

In 2005, LVMH won a court case in France against the US internet giant, Google of infringing its copyright by selling trademark search terms relating to its products to rivals.



In June last year, Google succeeded in gaining a hearing for an appeal at the European Court of Justice (EJC) over the LVMH court case.

After a four-year legal battle, the appeal has come to an end.

Louis Vuitton Hong Kong Landmark
photo credit: ilvoelv.com

On 22nd September, ECJ advocate general Luis Miguel Poiares Maduro dismissed the claim, "Google has not infringed trademark rights by allowing advertisers to buy keywords corresponding to registered trademarks."

Maduro added that consumers were unlikely to confuse the original brand for a fake while searching on the web.

source: curia.europa.eu (case: C-236/08), guardian.co.uk, marketingmagazine.co.uk

Maurice Lacroix

In 1961, Zurich-based Desco von Schulthess AG acquired an assembly facility in Saignelégier, a town in the Canton of Jura, where it produced private label watches for the national and international market.

In 1975, the company introduced its first watch under the name of Maurice Lacroix, and launched its very first model in Austria. However, the name "Maurice Lacroix" does not refer to an actual person, and it was invented for marketing purposes.

They are one of the few Swiss watch brands that produces its own cases in their own workshops; eventually, up to 300 different parts are carefully hand-assembled by the watchmakers into the individually refined inner workings of a mechanical watch.



In spite of the company's rapid change and growth, one thing has always remained the same: their love of design, perfection, and fine materials.

In the fall of 2001, Maurice Lacroix S.A., previously a division of Desco von Schulthess AG, became an independent company.

In 2006 with the chronograph ML 106 calibre in the Masterpiece Le Chronographe, Maurice Lacroix has started to produce its own complex movement components, and the brand has finally taken its place in the exclusive club of Swiss manufacture brands.



The brand is represented in 3,700 selected specialist shops in more than 60 countries around the globe. Around 150,000 top-quality timepieces leave the Saignelégier facility each year.



Today, Maurice Lacroix is one of the most successful young Swiss watch brands, both nationally and internationally, and is represented in 45 countries all over the world. The company is one of the few independent Swiss watch manufacturers.

sources: dksh, maurice lacroix

What is Tartan?

The word comes from a Latin word, tyrius. It means "cloth" in English.

Tartan is a fabric which is woven with an assortment of stripes in varying widths and colors set at right angles to each other. The distinctive checked pattern of tartan is closely associated with Scotland and Ireland, both of which have been weaving tartan for centuries.

As tartans are relatively easy to weave and also quite striking, most cultures do demonstrate a history of weaving textiles with checked patterns, too.


Burberry Check since 1924
The first use of the Burberry design was said to have been by an Italian luggage manufacturer (John Bain reported that this came from David Doig, a well-known and very knowledgeable man from Scotch House in London). It has become so much part of the Burberry image that it has been trademarked and can now be regarded as a Corporate tartan.



DAKS Check since 1976.


John Emary was a tailor in Mayfair London in 1853, who perfected the manufacture of water proof woollen material. In the same year, he changed the name of his business to Aquascutum (in Latin Aqua = water, Scutum = shield).

HM King Edward VII was Aquascutum's first royal client, ordering an Aquascutum coat in the Prince of Wales check.

In 1897 (some time after Gieves and Hawkes), Aquascutum was granted its first Royal Warrant (a mark of recognition to companies who have regularly supplied goods or services for at least five years to members of the Royal Family).


source: tartanregister.gov.uk, wikipedia

My Wine Experience - Barbera

Grasping a bottle of wine off the shelf is never easy. For a safe choice of red, Barbera is definitely one of my favorites.

Barbera is an ancient grape variety with Italian origins. It has been known in Italy since at least the 13th century. Second to Sangiovese, it remains the second most-planted red wine grape in Italy.

The Barbera grape favours warmer climates. It is relatively high in acids, but low in tannins. It is consistent in providing good, and late ripening yields.



Within Italy, the Piedmont region is where the best Barbera grapes are grown, though such areas as Lombardy and Sardinia also produce a great deal.

Outside of Italy the Barbera grape variety is relatively popular in Slovenia, as well as in California and increasingly in Australia.


Gapsted Wines - Barbera 2006 (Red)
King Valley, Australia
HKD 210+

Nose: Fragrant and intense showing spice, red berry fruits and hints of vanilla.
Palate: A soft supple palate showing good concentration of sweet, ripe and plump black cherry fruit. Silky tannins and bright acidity, mingling with the vanillin oak provide the structure and the finish.


Its high acidicity along with a low tanin level makes it a good match with tomato, mushroom and herb based dishes.

source: victorianalpswinery.com.au, wine.org.au

Appellation/White Wine Grape Chart (France)

Appellation Main Grape(s)
Aloxe Corton Chardonnay
Anjou Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay
Arbois Savagnin, Chardonnay
Beaujolais Chardonnay, Aligote
Beaune Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc
Blaye UgniBlanc
Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Bourgogne Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc
Chablis Chardonnay
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blanc, Bourbolenc,
Rousanne, Clairette, Picpoul
Chevalier-Montrachet Chardonnay
Chinon Chenin Blanc
Condrieu Viognier
Corbieres Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc,
Viura, Clairette, Muscat, Picpoul
Coteaux
d’Aix-en-Provence
Bourboulenc, Clairette,
Grenache Blanc, Vermentino
Coteaux
de Languedoc
Bourboulenc, Clairette,
Grenache Blanc, Picpoul
Cotes de Provence Clairette, Vermentino,
UgniBlanc, Semillon
Cotes-du-Rhone Clairette, Rousanne,
Bourbolenc, Viogner, Picpoul
Crozes Hermitage Rousanne, Marsanne
Entre-Deux-Mers Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Graves Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Jurancon Petit Manseng
Macon (+ Name) Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc
Meursault Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc
Minervois Grenache Blanc, Marsanne,
Rousanne, Vermentino, Macabeo
Montrachet Chardonnay
Muscadet Melonde Bourgogne
Musigny Chardonnay
Nuit-St.-Georges Chardonnay
Pessac-Leognan Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Picpoul-de-Pinet Picpoul Blanc
Pouilly-Fuisse Chardonnay
Pouilly-Fume Sauvignon Blanc
Pouilly-sur-Loire Chasselas, Sauvignon Blanc
Premieres
Cotes de Blayte
Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Reuilly Sauvignon Blanc
Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc
Saumur Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Saviennieres Chenin Blanc
St. Veran Chardonnay
Touraine SauvignonBlanc, Chenin Blanc
Vacqueyras Grenache Blanc, Clairette,
Bourbolenc, Marsanne, Viognier
Vougeot Chardonnay
Vouvray CheninBlanc

Piaget - Limelight Twice

Piaget Limelight Twice is simple, yet glamorous.


Limelight Twice, Ref. G0A34136
Calibre: Two separate Piaget 56P quartz movements, which are independently adjustable
Dial: Featuring a row of 52 brilliant-cut diamonds on one face


Through the striking executions on a simple idea (fitting 2 movements into 1 case), Limelight Twice has two complete faces to display two different time zone. The off-centred dial design helps to keep the thickness of the watch at 7.6 mm.


Limelight Twice, Ref: G0A34138
Dial: Featuring 226 brilliant-cut diamonds on one face, and 52 brilliant-cut diamonds on the other face; a diamond-set 18-carat white gold bracelet paved with 300 brilliant-cut diamonds

Replaced by a hidden time-setting push-button, the absence of the winding crown brings extra purity to its glamorousity.

source: piaget.com

My Wine Experience - Gewurztraminer

Taking Gewurztraminer is like going to a pub for a "One Night Stand". You won't be enjoying it on a regular basis. However, it is definitely tempting. Its exotic nature is so memorable.


Johanneshof Gewrztraminer 2008
Marlborough, New Zealand
HKD 298 (from Three Sixty @ Elements)


So far, Johanneshof is the best I ever have. It is quite off-sweet. Very strong nose and taste of Lychee. It won't be like rinsing your mouth in the ocean of syrup.


Leon Beyer Gewurztraminer 2007
Alsace, France
HKD 205 (from Wine Castle, Kornhill)


Leon Beyer is another interesting option. It is off-dry with crispness to balance out the hatred of sweetiness. Strong nose of Lychee. But, tastes like crispy Riesling from Alsace.


Paul & Philippe Zinck Gewurztraminer 2007
Alsace, France
HKD 220 (from Three Sixty @ Elements)


This one is so-so. If you like something sweeter with reasonable nose of Lychee, it could be your angel.


Joseph Cattin Gewurztraminer 2007
Alsace, France
HKD 180 (from Impression Gallery, Cheung Sha Wan Plaza)


I won't recommend you in trying the Joseph Cattin. It tastes like Aurther Metz. It is too sweet. A bit bitter on the finish. A strange option.

Escada Goes Bankrupt?

Escada was once one of the biggest fashion houses in the world. However, its popularity and earnings were kept declining in recent years.



After the Group loss after taxes amounted to -70.3 million euros in fiscal 2007/2008 and failed to execute a rescue plan in the earlier time, insolvency became inevitable. Escada AG had filed for bankruptcy on 13th August, 2009

At the moment, ESCADA AG's national and international subsidiaries are not initially affected by the insolvency of the parent company.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Founded by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley in 1976. It operates 182 of its own shops and 225 franchise shops/corners in more than 60 countries.

source: escada.com

Breitling - iPhone Application

As the maker of the first wrist chronograph and the first fully automatic chronograph, Breitling is practically synonymous with chronograph. In celebrating its 125th anniversary, Breitling is asserting itself by launching the first in-house automatic chronograph movement, Caliber B01 in May 2009.



Now, Chronomat B01 is available for all iPhone users virtually. The Chronomat B01 application provides a functional and detailed presentation of the latest Breitling chronograph, entirely developed and crafted in the brand workshops.



A precise description, technical data, a portfolio, a video and 360° views give an extremely clear idea of the exceptional nature of the new Chronomat.



Also, the application is equipped with a unique configurator serving to visualize hundreds of possible customized versions of the model.

The point-of-sale location-tracking system enables all devotees of mechanical chronographs to localize the nearest authorized Breitling retailers.

source / app download: chronomat

My Wine Experience - Mount Franklin / Highfield

Looking Good!


HKD 180+ @ Kornhill Jusco

However, I will opt for Highfield.


High Field - Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (White)
Marlborough, New Zealand
HKD 180+ @ Chateau Maurice, Kowloon City
A fragrant bouquet of passionfruit.
A pleasant lime after taste.
Better that Fallen Angel!

Highfield is richer in the bouquet of passionfruit. Tastewise, Mount Franklin is a bit thin and short.

Campanas + Lacoste

Exotic!


Special Edition
A cluster of eight alligator logos instead of the usual one logo on the chest is produced for both men and women. 20,000 pieces are available

Having great success in the past series, Lacoste is bringing us another surprise in the fourth Holiday Collector's Series.


Super Limited Edition

The Campanas + Lacoste series features shirts with arrangements of embroidered reptiles. They are references to both Lacoste’s crocodile motif and the designers’ Alligator Chair which is upholstered with cuddly toy alligators.


Alligator Chair by Campanas


Wow! Hundreds of Lacoste's Alligators!

The super limited edition will be made to order only with up to 12 men's and 12 women's editions created, it is hand-crafted completely from crocodile logos, recalling the lace work of Northern Brazil.


Campana Brothers

sources: campanas.com.br, lacoste.com, yatzer.com

Inexpensive Drinkable White Wines

It is simple and direct.

If you like something very dry, it would be a fun choice for you. You will not be disappointed by it's strong lemon-like nature.


Cave Vinicole D'Andlau Barr - Riesling (2008)
Alsace, France
HKD 70+ (from Park n' Shop)


Though it is lack of beautiful aroma, this wine is crisp, very dry and refreshing. Clean on the finish. No weird aftertaste.

How To Read A German Wine Label - Part II

Beerenauslese (Berries Selected Harvest)
Minimum Must Weight (Oeschle): approx. 120°

Beerenauslese is a dessert wine-style late harvest wine. It is made from individually selected fully botrytis-affected grapes that have shriveled about half way.



It is not made in many vintages because conditions need to be ideal for the grapes to ripen to this extent, so these wines are very hard to find and expensive. They are usually packaged in 375ml bottles, and are incredibly rich with creamy honey and raisin flavors.



Trockenbeerenauslese (Drying Berry Selected Harvest)
Minimum Must Weight (Oeschle): approx. 150°

Trockenbeerenauslese is also known as TBA for short. It is the highest category in the Prädikatswein category of the German wine classifications. The grapes are individually picked and shrivelled with noble rot, often to the point of appearing like a raisin.



As the grapes are dried by botrytis and very little juice is yielded, this wine is not produced in many vintages. They are dependent on weather conditions, which determine whether botrytis wines will even be possible in a given year. Producing these dessert wines is expensive and labor-intensive. Ultra-rich and deep golden orange in color, it is the liquid gold in a bottle!



sources: drloosen.com, seaboardwine.com
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