Wolf Blass Wines + Chinese food

Winemaker Wolf Blass recently had a lunch wine-tasting at this fancy Chinese food joint in Nexus called Dao Xiang Chinese Cuisine and it was great.

Catch of the day...

Catch of the day…

I’ve usually enjoyed wine (white and red) with non-Asian food. Like pizza, bread, roast, grills, cheese, pizza, some pizza, etc. So the opportunity to try it with some hardcore Chinese food was cool.

Wolf Blass is an Australian wine company that has won many awards, the latest being Red Wine Maker of The Year at the International Wine Challenge 2016.

Score!

Score!

The lunch was a non-rice spread of dishes, the most prominent being a large frothing wok loaded with prawns, fish, crab and pork belly slices. It looked like some sort of gumbo. But nobody seems to know what it is. Haha

20170209_133043The soup in this mix was excellent (had many bowls of it).

We started with the Yellow Label Riesling, very light-tasting, almost bland compared to the heavier Germans. I enjoyed the fruity aroma of the Sauvignon Blanc typical of this grape. It has a slight tang, and pleasant with the soup. Light start with a long citrusy finish.

Yummy

Then we had the Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is superb. Straight up, some berry fruitiness. Smooth, low on tannins, medium-length finish. Perfectly balanced.

To me, a prefect cab sauv, considering its reasonable price point. (Retail price is about 70, on-trade about 150). Not sure which places have this particular variety, but available at Locker & Loft for sure.

Special limited-time label for the Shiraz

Special limited-time label for the Shiraz

The Gold Label Shiraz also impressed me, tho am not usually into this grape due to its spiciness. I guess this isn’t a typical shiraz, as it’s not in-your-face. In fact you could easily have several glasses quite quickly. Maybe the slightly spice soup played a factor.

All in all, a palate-opening experience, knowing i now can easily wine with my char kueh teow or dim sum. The whites and surprisingly the reds paired well with Chinese dishes.

Wolf Blass from Barossa Valley makes wines that very few will dislike or reject, and suites a variety of palates. That is probably what makes them such a successful winery. And the Yellow Label range is one to watch out for.

 

Brain damage: 7.5/10

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Malaysian fruit wines

It’s strange that a fruit-rich, tropical country like ours doesnt seem to have any fruit wines. Until now that is!

Reiss Jaden Wines is a new brand that currently has four wines and a liquor in its portfolio. I managed to score a sneak peek at the range, with full samples of course.

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Set

Set

The wines are targeted as table wines, to be enjoyed chilled at restaurants or at home. They’re produced from natural products, made from Malaysian fresh fruits.

There are more types being planned; as for now the range of wines are ginger, lemon, ginger-lemon and pineapple. And a coffee liquor too.

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The darkest of the lot

The darkest of the lot

Unlike many grape wines, these are simple and uncomplex beverages. The Ginger Wine is obviously the most lively and spicy of the lot. It feels a lot like ginger beer actually. Haha. But with a good side-effect.

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The Ginger-Lemon Wine has strong ginger aromas too, with a citrusy tinge. Taste-wise it’s more lemon than ginger. Some of my tasting buddies say they’d prefer more ginger, but i found it perfect. The ginger was light, so was the lemon, and it enabled quicker consumption. Balanced and exotic, the sweetness was just right. A fruity-spice drink I’ve never experienced before, that’s for sure.

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Reiss Lemon Wine is very fruity and quite sweetish, with a sweet-sour finish. It feels more like a lemon liqueur. Pretty interesting.

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And the Pineapple Wine gives out the sweet aromas of pineapple; kinda puts the beach into my head. And in the mouth it’s fruity and even caramel-like. Awesome with ice.   .

In fact, all these wines should be enjoyed cold, and with ice as well if you prefer them to be less sweet.

The Coffee Liqueur is a 40% ABV drink. You can enjoy it on the rocks or a mixer of your choice. I went for Milo (as well as choco milk), with lots of ice. Good stuff!

These unique wines have a good ABV of 14.5%.

The tasting session was enjoyable and a nice change from the usual wines. All these wines tend to go down pretty easy, and make for a fun day or night out. I foresee purchasing some for consumption. They’d make unique gifts too. Throw in a huggaz wine transporter and you’re good to go!

The company has been making other wines for 25 years now. These fruit wines are yet to be launched. However, if anybody’s keen to order a bunch, i’d be able to make arrangements.

Be good boys and girls and drink your fruits now..

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New booze gear from huggaz

huggaz drinking accessories has new designs for its Road Series beer can koozies.

The choices for drinkers has increased quite a bit, and some of my buddies are collecting all the designs.

The new designs use colour more significantly.

huggaz Rainbow

huggaz Rainbow

 

huggaz Beachy

huggaz Beachy

 

huggaz Sarong

huggaz Sarong

 

huggaz Nam

huggaz Nam

 

huggaz Army

huggaz Ranger

 

Smiley

Shady

 

...and Smiley

…and Smiley!

 

Mock - Copy

The Kinky Blue Fairy has customized huggaz koozies

 

As does a Mexican restaurant in Penang

As does this Mexican restaurant in Penang

 

huggaz can koozies, beer bottle koozies (stubby holders) and insulated wine carriers are available at the online store or at the outlets here.

huggaz will also be available (by one of the bars) at Urbanscapes 2014 on Dec 6 in Genting Highlands.

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huggaz launched

Booze accessory & gift brand huggaz launched last week at The Poolside Terrace at The Club, PJ.

8pm my ass. Went on till 11

8pm my ass. Went on till 11

It was the media launch actually. Kicked off at 5pm, with ice-cold beers – all served in huggaz of course, to ensure they remain ice cold.

Henry enjoying his drink (pix by Joyce Wong)

Henry enjoying his chilled drink (pix by Joyce Wong)

Didnt take many pix unfortunately. Busy partying n shit.

The beer koozies / coolers / stubby holders are available for both cans and bottles, while the wine carriers (Wino Series) are for single or double wine bottles. All products are made of high-quality neoprene, as opposed to soft foam, which is ol skool shit. Neoprene is the dive-suit material. Durable and efficient.

It’s good, coz there’s nothing worse than a warm beer, especially once you’ve had more than half. Unprotected beers warm up real quick in our weather.

Chillll

Chillll

Handy stuff for festivals, house parties, BBQs, events and beaches. It really says what the tagline claims – Cool till the last sip! And quality is high.

huggaz can koozies, known as the Road Series (3.5mm neoprene), are foldable ones, and come in six designs, with six new designs coming in April. They cost ten bucks a piece.

All products can be customized for events, or parties like weddings.

The merchandize are machine-washable too.

huggaz Peaceout

huggaz Peaceout

 

Che & Cubano

Che & Cubano. Lakota (double-barrel wine carrier) in the back

 

The Bomb Series are four designs meant for beer bottles. These come with zippers so they’re well-sealed.

 

Bush

Bush

 

Granat

Granat

The wine carrier bags are handy as gifts, especially when you show up at a party with wine. Keeps the wine cold for pretty long, so from fridge to commuting to consumption, it remains chilled n ready to drink. Four designs in total.

Towa from Wino Series

Towa from Wino Series

The Phat Series can koozies (thicker 5mm neoprene) will be launched at a later date.

International festival organizers Future Music and huggaz have collaborated to create two limited edition designs, which will only be sold officially at Future Music Festival Asia this week:

Night Lion

NightKing

 

Leo

FutureLeo

 

Customizations have also been done by Wine Talk Malaysia (wine carriers) and blogger Kinky Blue Fairy (can koozies).

huggaz now has five partner outlets where u’d be able to get your own piece and ”Stay Cool”:

 

1. Village Grocer, Bangsar Village, KL

– retails huggaz bottle and can koozies as well as wine carriers

2. Ben’s Independent Grocer, Publika, KL

– retails huggaz wine carriers

3. Ales & Lagers, Publika, KL

– retails huggaz bottle & can koozies

4. The Food Company, 108 Jln Burhanuddin Helmi, TTDI, Kl

– retails huggaz bottle & can koozies

5. Shiraz, 3 Jln SS3/37, University Garden, PJ

– retails huggaz bottle and can koozies as well as wine carriers

 

Or purchase  online at huggaz.com, with free shipping for RM50 & above.

All products come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

The huggaz FB page is here, while Instagram is here.

huggaz Smiley - comin next

huggaz Smiley – comin next!

 

Brain damage: 7.5/10

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