Reds and whites play a major role in the wine industry. There is one type of wine that cannot be eliminated- sweet wines. Sweet wines have two extreme comments in the market, either people love them a lot, or people do not really like them. However, no matter what, the sweets do still have their value for drinking or collections. They are gradually getting more popular in food pairing.
There are several famous sweet wine producing regions in the world. Bordeaux of France, Tokaj of Hungary, Mosel and some other regions of Germany are all well known by wine lovers. In addition to these, there is a hidden region that is not as famous and popular as the previous ones, but people will immediately fall in love with the wines when trying. It's a region locating in northeastern France- Alsace.
Provence is well-known of its lavender growing. Lots of tourists are going there to enjoy the summer vacation with the blue violet floral sea. Apart from that, the long history of the city from the ancient Greek and Roman Empires, together with the beautiful landscape, literature and art culture had made the city attractive for sightseeing. However, there is one thing from Provence that cannot be missed- Wine!
Provence is located in southeastern France, extending from Rhone River on the west to Italy on the East. It is along the seacoast of Mediterranean Sea on the south, which brings a classic Mediterranean climate to the region. It is the hottest region in France characterized with mild winters, hot summers, little rainfall and abundance of sunshine with average of 2800 hours per year.
The First Paddock 2010 - A Fragrant Ruby From The South
We introduced the white wine from New Zealand in February issue, and now we are now bringing you another treasure from the country - Pinot Noir.
To call Pinot Noir a fragrant ruby is absolutely not exaggerated. Pinot Noir is a grape variety that winemakers both love and hate a lot.
A sense of Enticement, Romance & Happiness
New Zealand is one of the most popular white wine growing regions in the world. Perhaps you will immediately think of Sauvignon Blanc when talking about white wine from there. New Zealand is actually one of the fast wine growing and producing regions in the world, locating between latitude 36°- 45° South. To trace its history, the region had only started the wine production in the 1970s in Marlborough, the most important wine growing region, in south island of New Zealand. Sauvignon Blanc was the first grape variety that was grown and since then had greatly affected the wine production. The style of the grape was popular among wine critics and regarded the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is arguably the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world, from pronounced tropical fruit character in warm climate growing regions, to grassy, herbal and refreshing character in cool climate growing regions.
Apart from Japan where we introduced their wine in the First Issue, we have another fast-developing country for wine production in the industry. Guess what would that be? Yes, that’s China! The increase in production of their wine is as fast as the rate of their economy growth.
The Plot of the Moon
Clos des Lunes
How enjoyable it would be to have a nice wine with your beloved at an outdoor romantic restaurant under the moonlight! Here the owner of one of the most famous wineries in Bordeaux, Domaine de Chevalier, has started with his team to develop another good quality dry white wine in Bordeaux- Clos des Lunes
Appearance: Bright and shiny pale gold colour
Aroma & Palate: Vibrant aromas of white peach, lychee and acacia flower. Concentrated ripe and pulpy fruit with richness showing the character of Semillon; a hint of grass and fresh acidity from sauvignon blanc balance the richness in body. Gravely mineral character can also be detected.
Conclusion: A refreshing white wine with intense fruity flavour is good to drink young. Suitable for all seasons. Good to pair with white meat like chicken, fish, seafood and salad. Served between 10-12°C.