Blondes Have More Fun: November Edition

The photo above comes from brunette days gone by in October, but I just found it in my phone.  So there you are.

November 16th, how did that happen?
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My customer and friend invited me to a dinner (vintage Dom) to which I was then disinvited by the hosting company as I work for a competitor, and as a consolation prize got this very stunning and complex amontillado as an apology (I’m pretty sure I owe the gift here).

My customer later told me about the origins of Amontillado.  Back in the day when Fino was all the rage, a cask being transported from Montilla Moriles to Jerez was rumored to have had the flor break, thus allowing oxygen to get into the previously protected Palomino juice.  Thus a hybrid of the salty savoury Fino and rich nutty Oloroso.  When someone in Jerez asked of this style, the response was “A Montilla” which eventually transformed into Amontillado, which is a perfect apertivo in my opinion.

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We opened this.  Sadly this was done did.  Does anyone have any insight into the misshapen bottle?  We have another wine from the same producer and vintage in a normal Bordeaux style bottle.  IMG_2028

Bourgogne wine tasting at the Pullman hotel.  Loved the freshness and lightly reductive notes found here.

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After Bourgogne was the Gambero Rosso tasting followed by dinner with Neil and Andy at Sohofama, which is excellent.  Enjoyed this Pic St Loup tremendously.
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The next day was James Suckling’s Great Wines of the World featuring many producers I carry, like the Damilano above.  Really really elegant wines found here.  I totally recommend you pick up a bottle of their Barbaresco!
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So crowded la. IMG_2035

Marketing at G+C.  IMG_2036

Private event (with some fab wines) at G+C. IMG_2038

And snacks from Delicious HK. 
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A quick 3 hour lunch with Mandy for the launch of Jeannie Cho Lee’s second season.  IMG_2049

The Koreans came for a visit!  Wine N Travel, a 35,000+ strong wine club in Seoul, comes and visits us every year and we welcome them with bubbles and 1971 Barolo.  Notice how everyone is on their phone
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Awesome stuff. IMG_2051

Happy hour at Hanjin with Sarah.  Soju cocktails?  Noo thanks.
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And then out for a free flow meat dinner for Andy’s 50th.  IMG_2054

Finished with cider at the Globe. IMG_2056

Happy (41st) birthday, Andy!
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The following day was Simone’s going away dinner. It’s so sad to see her go, but great to know the network of winos spreads on.  I brought the 1969 which was lovely on the nose but a bit tired on the palate. Loved the 2 Paddocks.
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And Michael’s St Aubin.  This is the type of wine I would gladly drink everyday.  IMG_2066

Another wine I could drink everyday…
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So delicious la.  Kim and I went halfsies and basically ate ourselves silly.

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Liger Belair’s Chilean venture a la ChessIMG_2071

Doug brought a 1946 Rose, the first in Italy (from G+C), which totally stole the show.  Rockin.  
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And of course shots. IMG_2084

3 am in Wan Chai. IMG_2102

No rest for the wicked, because free flow Champagne Sunday was on.

As Charlotte and I walk into Cabana, Hong Kong’s newest and greatest beach club, we were handed Ziplock bags.  Why?  To protect our phones from Champagne showers.  YEssssss. IMG_2105

Get better November. IMG_2106

On top of the Pulse @ Cabana
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With free flow Mumm, which is surprisingly palatable. IMG_2115

And sushi, foie gras sandwiches, kebabs, chocolate covered strawberries….IMG_2116

And the best sunset in HK IMG_2118

Oh and oysters, too.
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Hi Ivan
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Hi new Champagne friends 
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Monday = not Champagne on the roof, but an afternoon in the Conrad hotel slinging wine.  Rosanna looks enthused. IMG_2138

Have you tried the newest Coravin?  Available here. IMG_2144

We were stationed next to the chocolate guy.  And if that wasn’t enough come 6pm they started with Bailey’s cocktails.  I cannot say no to Baileys, nor shall I ever try.
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I think Tuesday I took to myself for Wednesday was rose Champagne day at G+C.  The Belle Epoque, which I had preciously had and didn’t love, was my fav.  It was quite mature and just really different.

Full notes: http://ginsbergchan.com/event/ws-vintage-rose-champagne/

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Fab tasting of some interesting and totally crushable natural wines at La Cabane.  This Chard was particularly fresh…

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And matched perfectly with the earthy and mildly stinky cheeses.
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While dogsitting, see Rudy and his new best friend, I ran into my friend Christina.  What was supposed to be a quiet night turned into vodka sodas at Beegers– who named this place???IMG_2197

Post Muy Thai pho.  Life is good. 
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And some Sunday afternoon Cab on Simone’s Doug’s roof.IMG_2208

More facial hair on this roof than the whole of Kowloon combined. IMG_2237

Sunday night at Fishsteria, which is totally delicious, with a few bottles of bubbles…

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Finished.

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