Beverage for Gods
Time flies and here comes Chinese New Year. Every year end, we have good occasions to wine and dine such as : the Last Full Moon, “ Thanks Giving “ , Kitchen God Day, Year End Reunion Dinner …you name it !
Recently I had received query from a wine buddy that if Riesling is good for pork. Of course ! In most countries that grow Riesling , they have very good pork dishes like suckling pork and knuckle in Germany and Austria.
Portuguese also makes very good pork dishes. This reminds me of the Douro red wine of Casa de Mouraz. The current chief and wine maker is Antonio Lopez Ribeiro, the third generation of his family business. Before he took over Casa de Mouraz, he used to be the chief editor of an art magazine. He loves art and is passionate on wine making. When he took over the family business, he decided to go organic and biodynamic officially. Those who love art are always perfectionists. He kept the almond tree forest in his estate to enable bio-diversity and to conserve the eco-system. The oldest plot of vineyard is more than 90 years old. He planted different varietals in the same field and let insects do cross pollination to keep the vine healthy and to improve the genes. They insist to use their traditional method to press wine by treading by human.
Surrounding their Douro vineyard are the almond trees. Other than the rich red berries aromas in the full-bodied red wine, you will smell very pleasant almond. This rich Douro goes well with Cantonese BBQ Suckling Pig, Stewed Knuckle with Black Mushroom, Braised Pork Belly with Taro, Shanghaies Slow Cooked Pork Leg with Soy Sauce. It is indeed pretty versatile. 2012 with bottles age of 10 years, it is youthful. I think in 2 to 3 years’ time it will be even better. To enjoy it now, you may allocate 2 hours for breathing.
Every city has got its own special smell, I mean it. I smell butter in Paris and in Venice, I smell coffee. In Hong Kong, other than the scent of money, there is always ginger and scallion, especially in the nightfall when every home is cooking dinner. When Chinese New Year is around the corner, Hong Kong always smells rice wine, Cantonese BBQ, slow cooked black mushroom, dried oyster, sandal wood, joss stick, candle and burnt joss paper. I wonder why we use only rice wine to offer gods and ancestors instead of red wine? I think Kitchen God and Money God will be happy to try something else. You may breathe your wine when offer a little glass to gods. And it is a very good excuse to open a bottle avoiding the mumble jumble of your wife.
Casa de Mouraz Douro DOC 2012
Special HKD288.00/ btl
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