Wine Tasting with Wine Talk

10:30 rebecca wong 0 Comments

Before I start talking about my amazing night, I just like to say - this is going to be a long post. So, please bear with me. ^_^
 
Are you a wine lover? I never used to appreciate wine, but I'm starting to do so.
 

I was honoured to be invited by +Celeste DJ Choo from Wine Talk as one of the bloggers to enjoy a night of nice wine and delicious food. Warning ahead - this is going to a long post from me. =)

 
 
The event was held at La Bodega at Jalan Telawi. I was super excited - I can't say no to nice wine and food! With Bangsar's after work traffic, it took me a while to get a parking space.


Finally, I arrived...


I love the sittings - comfy sofas but close enough to the speakers, thus creating an intimate feel to it.

Let me talk a little bit more on Wine Talk.

 

Wine Talk is an online wine delivery service where customers can easily order wines from their website or via call to 1300 88 9788. They have over 400 labels of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, champagne, rosé wine, and even non-alcoholic wine. The best part is, you don't even need to step out of your house! You can have them delivered to your home, office, wedding venue or any location within Peninsular Malaysia. You can avoid the hassle of finding parking space and carrying the bottle(s) of wine back.

Wine Talk offers more than this. They are determine to ensure every customers of theirs able to enjoy great wines with great value. They found their answer to this - David Stephan.


David, who is the Wine Talk's French sommelier with more than 15 years of experience in wine. The wines at Wine Talk are personally selected and handpicked by David Stephan. To know more about David, you can check out their website.

So, back to our event of the night...


We had 5 different wines to try that night. Look at the wine chilling in the ice bowl! Don't they just look inviting?

 
Can't wait to have a sip!
 
 
We were given some brief introductory on Wine Talk by the lovely +Celeste DJ Choo  and David Stephan.

 
 
Tucumen Sauvignon Blanc - Mendoza, Argentina

 
Pulpo a la Gallega (RM 75)
Our first wine of the night - Tucumen Sauvignon Blanc (RM72) from Mendoza Argentina. It was a perfect way to start off the night - a mellow and crisp wine that goes very well with seafood, fish, pastas, poultry and goat cheese.

The wine was paired with Pulpo a la Gallega (RM75) - Spanish octopus served with potatoes, 2 type of paprika and extra virgin olive oil. I was kind of worry the octopus would be chewy, but they weren't. I was able to cut them into half with a fork easily. The paprika definitely awaken our taste bud for our next wine!

Monte de Peceguina 'Branco' - Alentejo, Portugal

 
This was my favourite wine of the night - Monte de Peceguina 'Branco' (RM90)! It is a classic blend of local varieties and has a very aromatic expression of the grapes.  It is the ultimate 'geeky' wine. I love the design on the bottle too - it's so cute! The wine would be paired perfectly roasted prawns, rich rishes or grilled white meats.


Gambas al Ajillo (RM 75)
Lucky us, we had a amazing tiger prawns deliciously sautéed in olive oil, garlic and chilli - Gambas al Ajillo (RM75). The prawns were cooked to perfection and was piping hot when served.

Château Fontarèche Corbieres 'Tradition' Rosé - Languedoc, France

 
The Château Fontarèche Corbieres 'Tradition' Rosé (RM70) is a classic Southern France Rosé, made mostly from a very old local varietal, the Picquepol Noir. Light grenadine pink in colour, expressive, vibrantly fresh nose with notes of wild strawberries and fruit drops. It has a fine balance between the fruitiness, fatness and acidity. Serve it nice and cold, either by itself or with a selection of tapas or BBQ dishes.

Albóndigas 'Saint Climent'
The beautiful Rosé was paired with delectable lamb meatballs in rich brandy sauce - Albóndigas 'Saint Climent' (Small - RM20)/(Large - RM30). The meatballs were succulent! If you love your lamb gamey, then you should order this dish. Once again, it's really hard to say "No" to succulent, gamey meatballs!


Lion's Lair Shiraz - Swartland, South Africa

 
Frankly, I never really enjoy red wine, but I got slightly converted once I tried the Lion's Lair Shiraz (RM55). This cuvee is aged in stainless steel to keep the authenticity of the opulent, bright fruit. A beautifully elegant palate with round tannins, layered with clove spice, ripe cherries and violets. The red wine works excellently with feast-worthy food like roasted duck, grilled meats or spicy tomato pasta.

On a side note, what's 'tannins'? For those of you who are asking this question:

"Tannin is a backbone of red wine (while acidity is a backbone to white wine). You sense tannin - as bitterness or as firmness or richness of texture - mainly in the rear of your mouth and, if the amount of tannin in a wine is high, on the inside of your cheeks and on your gums.

Do know whether perceiving mainly tannin or acid, pay attention to how your mouth feels after you've swallowed the wine. Acid makes you salivate; tannin leaves your mouth dry."


Arroz Negro con Calamares y Allioli
To be honest, I was "kind of" tipsy when we were at our 4th bottle of wine; but my appetite came back the moment they served the paella along with the Shiraz - Arroz Negro con Calamares y Allioli (RM35 - 1 pax)/RM(68 - 2 pax). Spanish rice cooked in a paella with squid ink and squids, topped with garlic mayonnaise and tiger prawns - it was packed with flavours, and the rice has a nice crunch to it.
 
Pago De Cirsus 'Vendimia Seleccionada' - Navarra, Spain

 
The last wine of the night - Pago De Cirsus 'Vendimia Seleccionada'(RM81). It's a big, bold but smooth red. The wine showcases an abundance of red fruits like plum aromas and ripe black berries, typical of Tempranillo, blended with scents of cocoa. The wine is fruity and long, with rich but smooth tannins. It is great with beef casseroles or roasted lamb.
 
Cheese Platter
Instead of beef casseroles or roasted lamb, we were served with Cheese Platter (RM25 - 1 pax). Personally, I think the cheese platter would be a much better choice then the casseroles or lamb - to avoid ending the night on a heavy note. I reached out to the blue cheese the moment they served the platter. The bold flavours of blue cheese goes really well the rich red wine.

Overall, I enjoyed myself a lot that night and get to know some nice people too!
 
Apart from enjoying the nice food and wine, we were given some tips too:
 
 
  1. Hold the wine glass by the stem, not by its bowl.
  2. Swirl the wine in your glass. *Be careful not to spill.
  3. Sniff the wine.
  4. Look at the colour of the wine.
  5. Sip the wine. **Sip NOT gulp!
  6. Take note of the aftertaste.
  7. Swirl, sniff then sip again.
  8. Be familiar with basic wine terms.
It really is not that difficult to enjoy a glass of nice wine.


Our gift bag of the night! Can't wait to check it out.


It seems like there are a lot of stuff in the bag, AND a bottle of wine! Hurray!!!!



I got the Sauvignon Blanc that we had during the event! I'm waiting for a perfect occasion to open the wine. =)


Voucher - so going to use this when meeting up with my ladies!

Interested in Wine Talk? You can now join The Wine Club. It is an exclusive service with no membership fee wherein members will receive wine cases on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, delivered straight to their home.

 

Members will receive great value wines with a different selection every time, handpicked by David. The selection will feature popular labels and also fun discoveries, which a lot of people may not have thought to try. A booklet will be provided with details of the history of the winery, grape varietals, tasting notes, food pairing and more. So you can now enjoy beautiful wine while learning too. ^_^
 
 
With such  personalized service, you must think the prices would be sky high? Well... You are wrong! You can enjoy a wonderful wine experience at reasonably cheap prices -  6 bottles of wine at RM428 or 12 bottles at RM788 with FREE delivery included; and the best part is, the wine are personalized selections from David Stephan! If you average it out, you can enjoy a bottle of nice wine under RM80! That's really a catch. This is really a great way to enjoy wines:
  • You don't need to worry about what wines to buy, as they will choose them for you based on your preference.
  • You can save the hassle of going out, looking for parking space and cracking your head which wine to buy.
  • You have the opportunity to try out wines that you might not even thought of!
  • GUARANTEED SATISFACTION. If you are not happy with the wine you received, they will change it for you! You'll get a new bottle if you didn't like the wine you received within 30 days of purchase.
  • GUARANTEED PRICE. You'll get refunded with the price difference if you find the wine cheaper in major super and hypermarkets in Peninsular Malaysia up to 14 days of purchase.
Wine Talk has recently launched the Premium Wine Club selection for those who want a different level of wines to be handpicked by David. Apart from this, you can even have the option to arrange for personal wine tasting where a Wine Club ambassador explains more about it while serving wine and canapés.
 
Looking for some good wine advices? Why not check with Wine Talk? As their customers, you can also enjoy wine advices for weddings, events, gifts and other requirements. You can contact David and his sommelier team via online, via call and via personal appointments.
 
Good news for my readers!!!!!!!
 
Love wine? Need to send wine as a gift or need wines for an event, gathering or party? Use my special voucher code when you shop at Wine Talk to enjoy RM50 OFF on your order of RM300 worth of normal-priced wines! Just key in GALBLOG50 upon checkout!
 
 
For more information:
 
Room Service Winetalk Sdn Bhd
Office Suite 210, Level 2 - Block B, Phileo Damansara II,
No 15, Jalan 16/11,
46350 Petaling Jaya,
Malaysia
 
Contact Number: 1300 88 9788 (Toll Free)
 


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