＂Orange Wine 吖嘛！飮過啦！＂
Experienced Taste Can Tell Spice
A good friend and client ’s Mother In Law asked me to host a lunch party for her old girls reunion. She emphasised that she would like to treat a tea connoisseur.
My bestie’s hubby has a very smart quote: when your wife returned home after the old girls reunion, if she complained a lot, most likely, her school mate married a Mr. Right or Price Charming. If she behaved affectionately, probably her school mate married a scum.
To avoid potential family incidents of my good friend and client, I know I have to cater his Mother In Law in person with all my private reserves.
The first senior lady arrived looked pretty dominative, eyebrows like a male lion’s and lips like a capsized boat. I told myself this was a difficult one and needed extra cautions. The other guests arrived gradually.
Noticing that they had an hour trail walk and were sweating, I offered them tea as a welcome drink. Aunt Dominative asked:
“What sort of tea are you pouring ?”
“Raw or matured ? Don’t give me matured, it’s horrible! “
“It is a raw Yunnan Puer from 3000 years old tree at the border of Cambodia .” I then introduced a bit of the background of this special tea.
“Do you have cold one? You Cantonese never know how nice cold Puer is !”
“Auntie , You are very impressive ! Aromas of orchid and lotus are more obvious when Puer is cold. What type of tea do you usually drink ?”
“I drink everything good. Don’t think that we Shanghais drink Dragon Well only !”
Then came Mother In Law, I was formally introduced to Aunt Dominative. She purposely asked me to explain and food wine pairing. Due to the restriction of social distance, 8 guests were divided into two tables. From the natural flow of guests, I could feel that it would be a North and South mixed double.
All the dishes were off menu. The kitchen team hated me for these pains taking dishes.
Mother In Law raised her voice and asked me to talked about the wine. Of course I obeyed.
“Madame , Have you heard of biodynamic wine?”
Aunt Dominative show a sulky mouth and replied: “Of course, it is now commonplace, not really special!”
“What about Orange Wine ? “
“Yes , I knew it , drank many times !”
“What if a bottle of Muscat made Orange and dry but sparkling on lees ? “
Then I started to tell her the story of the producer Laurent Bannwarth. She refilled her glass most frequently.
Later, Mother In Law raised her voice again: “Christina, could you please tell us about the tea? “
“ My dear aunt, I had talked about it 3 times already !”
“ Oh really ! I forgot the vintage ?”
“ It is the harvest of 1985 .”
“Aiyah! I am getting old and forgetful !”
I then paired the Secret Honey Sauce Lobster and Surf and Turf Risotto Casserole with a bottle of Alsatian Riesling and a chilled sparkling Babera.
Aunt Dominative turned down carbohydrates, but later on she encore the risotto twice and took the burnt risotto in Puer tea.
There was a squabble on the subject of how to do the Morning Glory.
Mother In Law would like to stir fry with shrimp paste cause she knew we used local 100% pure silver shrimps paste , whilst Aunt Dominative would like it plain fried cause she thought that the lunch was heavy. The final verdict was plain fried.
Mother In Law asked me again why Morning Glory was always fried with Shrimp Paste. So I explained the combo. Folic acid in the Morning Glory enhances egestion and excretion, it will cause loss of Potassium and dehydration that leads cramming. Astaxanthin in shrimp paste replenishes and prevents loss of minerals. It is a Tanka tradition especially for fishermen working and sweating under hot sun in summer. After listening to the story, Mother In Law’s table added an extra dish of Morning Glory with Shrimp Paste. My silly old waitress took the dish to the wrong table. Mother In Law stopped her but Aunt Dominative insisted to share half.
I followed the eyes of Mother In Law and discovered Aunt Dominative’s aura changed from giant to the size of a quail. From the satisfactory smile of Mother In Law, I guessed it must have been a complex for decades.
Thanks to the restriction of social distance. I could imagine the scenario of dining on the same table but saying each one’s own grace. From this mini “American Civil War”, these senior ladies’ taste buds surprised me. I have been selling biodynamic wine. Those who get use to commercial wine will think that the taste is too light when they first taste it. However, once you discover the advantages, most drinkers cannot turn back. I never thought that these group of seniors could tell from this cult bottle of Orange dry sparkling Muscat on lees the following aromas: white rose, white tea, lychee, longan, white peach, nutmeg, turmeric and ginger. It is very fruity on the nose but dry on the palate.
Why not a bottle of cult Orange dry sparkling Muscat on lees to leverage the heat and complex for this summer?
Laurent Bannwarth Muscat Frizz Pet “ Nat 2016 750ml
Annual production 1200-1400 bottles. Final 60 bottles counting down
P.S. due to the very special wine making method, this bottle of wine needs extra care of chilling and opening. Please refer to YouTube demonstration.
備註 ： 由於此酒的獨特釀製方法，冷藏及開瓶時要特別注意。詳情可參考YouTube視頻。