Tina Cellar is a wine import cpmpany with a focus on cult, healthy, and boutique wines. Christina Keung, CEO, has been in the Hong Kong wine trade for 30 years and she knows her stuff, and this tasting was no exception. I joined my fellow Kwun Tong compatriot, Patrick, for an evening of exceptional food and wines.
The premise behind this tasting was to showcase both the food of MC Kitchen, and also to introduce Xavier Vignon and his wines to Hong Kong. Unfortunately Xavier wasn't able to make it, but more on that later. Xavier is one of the top 15 winemakers in the South of France and has served as a wine consultant for wineries across the world. But, as I learned later on, he had never been to Asia before this trip!
Onto the wines and food!
|tomato, ham, and spring roll|
Next up was my absolutely favorite! Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2010. Perhaps it was the 14% booze level. Or perhaps the truffley nose. No, no, it was definitley the toastiness and the looong finish. I sipped on this with a pesto chicken spring roll. Why have I never seen a pesto chicken spring roll before? Perfection.
This was followed by Korean japchae noodles wrapped in Iberco ham and an accompanied Xavier Vins Cote du Rhone 2010 (RP90). The spring roll and Blanc (7 grapes, mostly Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier) totally stole the show.
The very next evening...
And I hit up another Tina Cellar tasting. Different venue, different wines, different delicious Bo Innovation food.
I was welcomed into Tincati Milano with a beautiful glass of Jose Dhondt Mes Vielles Vignes Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru 2007. Ain't that a mouth full. Well, yes it was. Toasty and...Chamagney!
|gai daan jai surrounding the wines|
Tincati Milano is an Italian menswear store. Everything looked nice (especially the shoes) but seeing as there was nothing for me to wear, I focused my attention elsewhere; food and beverage.
Let's talk about the food; amazing chicken rice rolls with chili sauce and my not so favorite, beef rolls, and my absolute favorite, gai daan jai with Iberco ham middle. Superb.
Now the wines. We enjoyed 3 Super Tuscans, Carnasciale 2009, Antrinori Tignanello 2009, and Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona 2009. What a treat all of these wines were!
And as icing on the cake, Xavier was able to pop in for a few moments to tell us a little about his background in wine making and why he decided to park it in the Rhone. What was the most interest to me was the new (only 6 or so years now) ways of judging wine quality. Instead of looking just to tannin, ripeness, sugar, etc, now there is a push to look at the water content. More importantly the mineral content in the wine. This is something for some further investigation....
Thank you Tina Cellar for some truly excellent wine tastings!