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.


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
Bourboulenc, Clairette,
Grenache Blanc, Vermentino
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
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.


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.


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