Lunar New Year Option A – 6 Bottles for TWD $4900
I have put together a selection of great wines for you with tasting notes and the usual retail prices. Have a great new year and enjoy your wine. Cheers!
Miraval Bellenda Extra Dry Prosecco
Usual retail price in Taiwan – TWD 690
Sparkling (Off-Dry) Grape varieties: Glera
Region: Veneto, Italy
Tasting Notes: Fresh notes of pear and apple with lime zest and lemon sherbet. Good persistent bubbles and a refreshing, clean finish.
Food Match: Seafood dishes, especially with a touch of sweetness such as scallops or prawns. Great to as an aperitif.
When to Drink
Drink now to 2020. Serve at 6-8˚C
Massey Dacta Sauvignon Blanc
Usual retail price in Taiwan – TWD $590
Dry White. Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc 100%
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Crisp and refreshing with aromas of passionfruit, elderflower and lime. On the palate, fresh acidity with a mineral lime zest, green mango and grapefruit
Great with oysters, Taiwanese style steamed whole fish with ginger, asparagus dishes and sashimi.
When to Drink
Drink now to 2020. Serve at 8-10˚C
2015 Bodegas de Rosario Las Renas Cuatro
Usual retail price in Taiwan – TWD $780
Dry red wine – full bodied.
Grape varieties: 70% Monastrell, 10% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Bullas, Spain
Tasting Notes :
Medium to full bodied with relatively high alcohol (15%) matched by rich, ripe dark berry and dried fruit flavours and a hint of bitter chocolate. Soft tannins and a little toasty, nutty element from 4 months in oak barrels.
Great with bbqs, grilled meats, pizza and soft cheeses. Excellent on its own or try it with Zhu Jiao Mian Xian (豬腳麵線)
Drink: Now to 2021 – best served at 16-18˚C
2015 La Vinyeta Heus Negre Tinto
Usual retail price in Taiwan – TWD $690
Dry red wine – Medium bodied.
Grape varieties: Samso (Carignan), Garnatxa Negra (Grenache), Merlot & Syrah
Region: Emporda, Spain
Tasting Notes : Aromatic with firm, but ripe tannins, dark blackberry fruit and hints of sweet spices like anise and allspice
Food Match: Can stand up to heavy dishes like beef stew or Taiwanese beef noodle soup. Try it with lu rou fan (滷肉飯)
Drink: Now to 2030 – best served at 16-18˚C
Sommos Premium, Somontano, Spain
Usual retail price in Taiwan – TWD $1990
Dry red wine – full bodied. Grape varieties: Tempranillo Syrah & Merlot
Region: Somontano, Spain – Spain’s newest great wine region
Tasting Notes: A big, mouthfilling wine with complex, ripe dark cherry fruit and firm, but ripe tannins. Good acidity means the ripe flavours are balanced and the finish is long with toast, vanilla and some minerality. A real superstar!
Food Match: Fantastic with steak, spicy lamb dishes or game dishes like venison stew
Drink: Now to 2025 – best served at 18-20˚C
Confronto, Collefrisio, Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo, Italy
Usual retail price in Taiwan – TWD $1960
Dry red wine – full bodied. Grape varieties: Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo & Primitivo
(the contrast of the two grape varieties gives the wine it’s name – confrontation in English)
Region: Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo, Italy
Tasting Notes : Full bodied, full flavoured wine with rich, ripe cherry and licorice notes along with balancing acidity and a long finish with lingering black plums. Powerful wine.
Food Match: Italian classics like meat or cheese pizzas, or eggplant parmesan, to quality burgers. If you want something that can stand up to some spicy Korean or spicy(麻辣)hot pot, try this.
Drink: Now to 2023 – best served at 18-20˚C