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    KL will join hands with other great cities in the world in celebrating the fourth edition of Malbec World Day, a worldwide revelry (and binge) dedicated exclusively to the Argentine (of French ancestry) grape par excellence.

    MWD happens on April 17, and the KL’s leg will take place at the Renaissance Hotel on April 24, featuring professional trade tasting seminar and later the celebration tasting session with access open to select public invited guests. And yes, I’ll see you there.

    This event is presented by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in collaboration with Entwine.

  2. Wonder why you need brown bags instead of hiding wine labels in blind tastings? Wine bottle shape and size, obviously, could be a dead giveaway that robs all the fun. Presented by Wine Folly.

    Wonder why you need brown bags instead of hiding wine labels in blind tastings? Wine bottle shape and size, obviously, could be a dead giveaway that robs all the fun. Presented by Wine Folly.

  3. Lauded as the most beautiful (and photographed) vineyard in the world, the majestic panorama at Rippon Vineyard at Lake Wanaka is to die for.

    Lauded as the most beautiful (and photographed) vineyard in the world, the majestic panorama at Rippon Vineyard at Lake Wanaka is to die for.

  4. 2011 Crios TorrontesRegion  La Rioja, Tucumán and Mendoza, Argentina
    Type  White Still
    ABV  13.8%
    Variety  100% Torrontés

    Redemption is best served cooled: the Crios Torrontés was so lip-smacking tasty it quickly washed away memory of my poor first contact with its kind. Straw-hued, the aromatic bouquet burst with nectarine and other tropical fruits, strewn across a blossoming field of flowery herbs. The juice was vividly Sauvignon-like: dry, citrusy with a nice saline touch to good weight and delicate finish. Terrific sipper for a chatter, seafood pairing is a no-brainer. —

    Stockists  RM69 Asiaeuro

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  5. 2010 The Hedonist ShirazRegion  McLaren Vale, South Australia
    Type  Red Still
    ABV  14.0%
    Variety   100% Shiraz

    He who loveth pork, liketh this wine because of the awesome label. Yes, it sports a critter but the juice was not half bad at all. The inviting fragrance of blackberries, plum and smoke raced to a promising start. Purplish gloss hid a medium-to-full bodied structure beneath, a literally spiced up palate of dark fruits, ample acidity and slick tannin. More polished than heady, with good length too. Tuck in along to avoid diminishing marginal utility. — 3

    Stockists  RM78 ShopatTWE

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  6. On the Pomerol plateau, there are just two or three family-owned properties left. We are the “Last of the Mohicans”. Soon, people will come and stare at us, like we are curiosities. We are surrounded by pension funds, banks, insurance companies and now the Chinese.

    —Dominique Techer of Château Gombaude-Guillot

  7. … but don’t overanalyze [wine]. All the vaunted clichés of tasting notes… [they] actually communicate very little to other people about the experience of drinking that wine.

    —Eric Asimov, New York Times wine critic

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