07 April 2005

Me And My Vino

This was originally a reply to Anna's comments to my earlier piece Flip Flopping Around The Chardonnay but realised that it is going to be too long to fit in there and voila here we go again, to the front!

Hi Anna,

Aiyoh. You see me too up lah... My "level" is merely microns off the floor only. Besides, I only got 2 classification of wine.

1) Yum!..... then passed out drunk.


2) YUCK!!!! then passed out drunk.

But seriously, I can't even tell the difference between raspberry and boysenberry as so often mentioned in wine notes. Heck I can't even remember what each taste like. I guess, as much as these notes that wine reviewers so painstakingly and passionately wrote, they are sadly lost on me. Tell me that it hints of "Dover market char kway teow with extra sea-hum, extra chilli but less tow-gay" and I can tell you "I KNOW! I KNOW!" Alas, nobody has seen or heard of such a book.

I had the opportunity, many years back, to have Mr Chng Poh Tiong taught me the following*:

If someone come up to you and ask for your opinion on a particular wine, what do you do?

Step 1 > Go through the motions of holding it up to see the colour (preferably against a white background), clarity and how the colour (for red) fades at the meniscus. Remember to swirl the wine.

Step 2 > Smell the fragrance by totally covering your nose with the glass. It is socially acceptable to plunge your entire nose into the glass, as long as you do not proceed to drink the wine with your nose thereafter. Appreciate the smell that it brings. Swirl the wine THEN nose it. Not swirl AND nose it.

Step 3 > Sip the wine. Let the wine go to every part of your mouth. Play with it with your tongue. Do not gargle. While still holding the wine in your mouth, sip a bit of air through your teeth to further aerate the wine. Do not gargle. Appreciate the smell the aeration brings from behind your nose. Do not gargle. Also notice the texture of the wine. Do not gargle.

Step 4 > Swallow the wine and note how it flows down your throat. Also, notice the after-taste (follow through).

Step 5 > Cringed your eye brows and spaced out for about 30 seconds, giving the deep-in-thought expression.

Step 6 > Your are ready to deliver your verdict. Just reply, "It's got potential."

Step 7 > Quickly siam to the other end of the room staying as far from this someone as possible.

* Well, not in those exact words but the main gist of it is there.

- Voxeros

1. a reader left...
Thursday, 7 April 2005 3:05 pm
heh..I learn new things everyday....I do this but I never learnt to take notice of the aeration thing..thats bloody cool..thanks!

2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 7 April 2005 3:38 pm
Pleasure's all mine.
Thanks for dropping by! (",)
3. a reader left...
Saturday, 9 April 2005 2:11 am
"Dover market char kway teow with extra sea-hum, extra chilli but less tow-gay"... that's up my alley! I missed eating that. Can you Fedex that to me? Oops, forgot you're not in Spore too.

4. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 9 April 2005 2:17 am
You know that area well? How come?

Let me guess, either you were from Fairfield Secondary and/or ACJC?

That place brings a lot of memories when I was in ACJC (yeah yeah.. typical ACS boy...) where we used to cross over to the market during lunch hour to whack the Char Kway Teow or the Roti John.
yum...... *stomach growl*
5. a reader left...
Saturday, 9 April 2005 7:22 am
Roti John !!!!!!! ARHGHH! I can't get it here.

no, not from the school there. So, you ACS boy? Interesting....I mean, notorious


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