KL Craft Beer Tasting Event

Have you heard about the craft beer buzz?
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What a great way to start this year! Wine Talk and La Bodega have organized the first craft beer tasting event to start 2016 with fun and discovery.
Wine Talk encourages you to bid goodbye to watered down, soulless beer and begin your journey with craft beers which is really, beer with flair! Craft beer may sound like something new to some of us but it has been around for a long time, decades or even a century in the U.S.
But you might be wondering what makes craft beers so special. Craft beers are independently produced in small amounts using mostly traditional methods. Craft beer makers or craft breweries pay more attention to the details of the production. You can expect more depth in taste and flavor, less calories, higher alcohol levels and a wide variety of beer styles; allowing you to discover your preferred brew. 

Just look at these beautiful colors of different types of craft beer:

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If you want to discover more about craft beers or if you have already started enjoying them, join this upcoming craft beer tasting. You’ll get to try 10 different craft beer labels and discover amazing beer flavours that you’ve never enjoyed before! 
When: 
23rd Jan 2016, Saturday, starts at 3:00pm, ends around 4:30pm

Where:          
La Bodega Lounge, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, KL
Range:           
Pale Lager, Blonde Ale, Pale Ale / Indian Pale Ale, Stout

Price: RM110 – Early Bird, RM120 – Normal / Walk-In 
  • Limited tickets available 
  • Light canapes will be served 
  • Guests also get early access to pre-CNY deals, lucky draws and loads of fun!

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Year-end Wine Sale and Wine Tasting in PJ!

Perfect event to get wines at special prices plus wine tasting and yummy canapes 

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It’s November! And what better way to celebrate this month by enjoying great wines, good food and a SALE event where you can get wines at Year-End sale prices
Join other food and wine lovers as you enjoy a beautiful Saturday evening of great wines from different countries and delicious canapes served by Spitalfield’s Gastrobar. Guests will have access to free flow (serious? free flow?!) of 12 wines from respected winemaking countries: Spain, Italy, Chile, Australia, South Africa and France.

As a guest, you will be part of a fun-filled evening that involves wonderful company of people, lucky draws, activities, specials over glasses of great wines and first-hand access to Year-End sale on selected wines!
EARLY BIRD ENTRANCE FEE: 
STANDARD FEE: 
RM120 (paid on or after 10th November)
WHEN: 
14th November 2015, Saturday
TIME: 4PM to 7PM
WHERE:
Spitalfield’s Gastrobar, Atria Shopping Gallery, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya

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An exciting part of this free flow wine tasting includes NEW ARRIVAL WINES from Australia — the Printhie wines. Printhie is a 5-Star rated winery from the high-altitude, cool-climate Orange region of NSW, Australia. I’m a big fan of Pinot Gris and I’m so excited to be one of the first few people who gets to taste the Printhie‘Mountain Range’ Pinot Gris in Malaysia. According to Wine Talk sommelier, this is a classic Pinot Gris, with moderate aromatic fruit intensity typical of Pinot Gris, with citrus, pear and peach fruit. The palate shows evidence of lees stirring in creamy mid-palate texture, with luscious honeysuckle flavours balanced and a great acidity, making it an addictive white wine, very aromatic and friendly.

And to even make this wine tasting more fun and irresistible (as if the free flow of 12 wines aren’t enough), wines will be served with yummy, mouth-watering canapés by Spitalfield’s Gastrobar. Spitalfield’s has recently opened at the Concourse Level of the newly-renovated Atria Shopping Gallery in Damansara Jaya. It is a British-inspired bar that serves great cuisines which range from pasta to pizza to other delicious dishes with its unique theme.

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Look at this place! Wouldn’t it be lovely to hang out here while sipping wines and munching on yummy food with friends?
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Buy your tickets HEREbefore the Early Bird rate ends! But if you missed it, it’s fine. You can still buy tickets until 12th November at an affordable rate of only RM120 – for free flow of 12 wines served with yummy canapés, I think this is still a STEAL!

Wines to enjoy and get specials from during this event:
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Luis Felipe Edward ‘Alto Los Romeros’ Sauvignon Blanc
White
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Domaine Maby ‘Varations’ Cotes Du Rhone White
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Printhie ‘Ashburnham’ Sauvignon Blanc
White
4
Leeuwenkuil Vineyards Marsanne
White
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Printhie ‘Mountain Range’ Pinot Gris
White
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Luis Felipe Edward ‘Alto Los Romeros’ Carmenère
Red
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Printhie ‘Ashburnham’ Cabernet-Merlot
Red
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Chinon ‘Les Pensees de Pallus’
Red
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Leeuwenkuil Vineyards Cinsault
Red
10
Bodegas Antidoto – Ribera del Duero
Red
11
Printhie ‘Mountain Range’ Shiraz
Red
12
Viu Manent ‘Vibo’ Vinedo Centenario
Red
See you on 14th November!

Wine Talk and Moet & Chandon Champagne Tasting

An exclusive experience for Champagne lovers!
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Oh, how we love the beautiful sparkles and bubbles of Champagne. Not to be confused with just any other bubbly, Champagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown specifically in the Champagne region of France. Champagne is typically more expensive than other sparkling wines here mainly because it is considered a luxury item.

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And who wouldn’t know of one of the world’s largest Champagne producers in the world, Moët & Chandon? This iconic bottle has been gracing celebrations, happy moments, weddings, parties and car races all over the world!

Moet & Chandon, together with Wine Talk Malaysia, will be hosting a Champagne tasting session on 21st October 2015, 3:00pm at Neo Tamarind Kuala Lumpur. Early Bird tickets are available for purchase now, limited seats available. You’ll enjoy tasting of 4 variants of Moet & Chandon Champagne with Maison Moet & Chandon Brand Ambassador, Pierre-Louis Araud. If you are a true lover of Champagne, you wouldn’t want to miss this exclusive experience!

Moet & Chandon Champagne Tasting

Purchase your tickets HERE or call 1300 88 9788. Tickets are in limited availability.

Early Bird Tickets – RM199
Normal Price – RM250

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Wine Tasting and Spanish Food for a Beautiful Evening

Love delicious food with enjoyable wines? You shouldn’t miss this exciting wine tasting in KL! Few days to go!
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Well-known and well-loved Spanish restaurant, La Bodega, teams up with Wine Talk, Malaysia’s online wine delivery service, to bring you yet again another beautiful evening of wine tasting, paired with delicious tapas and more.
La Bodega Tapas Y Vinos is popular for its numerous and unforgettable Spanish dishes, including the classic Paella, which is the best version I’ve tasted in my life. With branches in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Shopping Center (BSC), Pavilion KL, Empire Subang and the Shore in Malacca, La Bodega continues to delight us with their appetizing menu and other fun-filled activities.

I enjoy hanging out at La Bodega because of its delicious menu choices, specially these ones that will bring you to an unforgettable gastronomic (if not orgasmic) level! I’m in love with their Gambas Al Ajillo and Deep Fried Goat Cheese. 

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La Bodega’s Gambas Al Ajillo (one of my favourites!)
*Photo by La Bodega
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La Bodega’s Deep Fried Goat Cheese (I can’t resist this one…it’s addictive!)
*Photo by La Bodega
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La Bodega’s Arroz Negro con Calamares
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And if you haven’t heard, La Bodega makes us women even happier to be…women! Every Thursday, enjoy an evening of lovely music and, of course, drinks at La Bodega Jalan Telawi KL and La Bodega The Shore in Malacca.

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Wine Talk is known for its wide selection of wines online, ready to be ordered and delivered to your address within West Malaysia. Wine Talk wines are selected by its French sommelier, David Stephan, and are made available online where you can order anytime, anywhere…from a couch while using your phone to a coffee shop while using your laptop.

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Wine Talk also makes you discover wines that you haven’t seen or tried before. With David Stephan always looking for new great wines to introduce to Malaysia, Wine Talk continues to make wine discovery an exciting and pleasurable journey.

And this time around (again), La Bodega and Wine Talk join wines and wine glasses to bring us its wine tasting and sale event for July. Come on, ladies and gentlemen, you don’t want to miss all these!

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There will be 11 wines from respected winemaking countries: France, Italy, South Africa and Chile. For only RM100 per guest, you will enjoy free flow drinks of these beautiful wines, which are available in Malaysia exclusively via Wine Talk.
Wine is best enjoyed with friends and even better with delicious Spanish food by La Bodega. Take a look at this mouth-watering Paella Valenciana Mixta that was served during the previous wine tasting evening in May! We gotta have a plate or 2 of this!

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La Bodega’s Paella Valenciana
How to be part of this event? You can RSVP via the Facebook pages of La BodegaTapas Y Vinos or Wine Talk Malaysia or you can click the image below and fill-up your details. Payment is not required yet on RSVP. RM100 will be collected at the entrance during the event on 25th July 2015, Saturday, 4pm-7pm, La Bodega Bangsar Shopping Center.
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See you soon!
If you have any questions, you may directly send a message via the Facebook pages above or email to info@winetalk.com.my or call 1300 88 9788

Wine Talk Hosts First Winemaker Tasting Session featuring Bertrand Sourdais

How often do you meet a winemaker in Malaysia? Wine Talk does it again…an enjoyable evening of wines plus an exclusive preview of new ones from France and Spain for its customers and Wine Club members.

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It is a rare event for a wine lover in this part of the world to meet the winemakers themselves. If you were in Germany, Australia, France, Spain or maybe Italy, you’d have good chances of meeting the talented men and women behind the art of winemaking process. But here in Malaysia, it would be a memorable occasion to enjoy a wine tasting session with the winemaker himself.
On 18th April 2015, Wine Talk, headed by its CEO and sommelier David Stephan, hosted an indulgent session of wine tasting and Spanish tapas at La Bodega Lounge in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. The tasting session featured 4 different wines from reputable winemaker, Bertrand Sourdais, who flew in to Malaysia that day for Wine Talk’s first winemaker tasting session this year.

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Bertrand Sourdais talking about Chinon wines

Freshly landing an hour before the event started at 4pm, Sourdais was a breath of excitement and enthusiasm as he entered the cozy lounge of La Bodega. And the moment he started talking, one can immediately feel his passion for wines and the meticulous work involved in his winemaking process.

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Sourdais with guests and David Stephan (in green apron)

Sourdais guided guests through 4 wines, which were all products of his lifelong passion for wines: Chinon ‘Les Messanges De Pallus’, Chinon ‘Les Pensees De Pallus’, Chinon ‘Le Grand Vin de Pallus’ and Bodegas Antidoto. The first 2 are already available in Malaysia, exclusively at Wine Talk, while the latter 2 wines are expected to arrive in June/ July. Sourdais’s Chinon wines are from France while the last one, the Antidoto, is from Spain.
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4 wines tasted during the wine tasting session with Bertrand Sourdais

Bertrand became the 5th generation of the Sourdais Family to manage the estate when he took over in 2004. They are based in the village of Cravant-Les-Côteaux, one of the 2 villages encompassing the Chinon AOC, which produces mostly red wine, Cabernet Franc being the King Grape of the region. Since he took over, he has been slowly converting the estate towards a fully organic approach, and working parcel per parcel (some planted in sand, others in limestone) to make a more drastic selection for the 3 different cuvees. He does this to produce extremely refined and complex wines, which are friendly to drink now but can also withstand some ageing.

Passionate about offering the purest expression of the grapes only, Bertrand works with a very respectful and minimalist approach, growing grapes with an organic method, combined with slow and careful oak ageing.
As a grand traveler and lover of Spanish wines, Bertrand has also been making wines in Spain since the late 90’s, first managing the now highly-renowned Dominio de Atauta, and during this event introduced Bodegas Antidoto. Wine Talk customers and Wine Club members were the first ones to enjoy a glass of this much-awaited wine, together with Chinon ‘Le Grand Vin de Pallus’, which are both arriving in 2-3 months in Malaysia.

4 Wines by Bertrand Sourdais:
Aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel for over 6 months, the grapes come mostly from vines planted in sandy soils – Dark berry and fruity notes combined with capsicum, mild spice and herbal qualities, make this a great value wine – dry and addictive! Perfect with a wide selection of meat dishes, better served slightly chilled. Les Messanges is a pure expression of the Cabernet Franc: dry, fruitful & very friendly.
‘Les Pensées’ (name of a flower which is very present around the vineyards) is the Domaine Trademark-cuvée. It is the one that put them on the World Wine Map a few years ago, getting top-scores everywhere. Sourced from parcels surrounding the estate, planted dominantly on sand-limestone hillsides and pebbly sand parcels, the wine is oak-aged for over 12 months and a further 6 months in tanks.
This is a beautiful bold dry red with great depth, richness to the layers of capsicum, plum, black cherry and redcurrant fruit, accented by notes of bouncy pepper, savory and olive. Perfect with a nice grilled steak!
Coming soon, exclusively available in Malaysia via Wine Talk at www.winetalk.com.my
Sourdais set aside the fruit of his oldest vines to produce just 100 cases of this very special grand vin. Named Grand Vin de Pallus, this wine is a pure expression not only of a blessed terroir and a historic vintage, but also of  Sourdais’ talent and his persistent passion to create a Chinon for the ages. This wine bursts with the essence of violets, combining rich black currant fruit with a bracing fraîcheur (this is a French word meaning freshness or coolness). As one of the guests described, this Chinon has an amazing flavor that “dances around inside your mouth”.  Sounds appetizing.
This Spanish wine is organically made from old Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vines. Extractions are kept under control and second- and third year 225-litre barriques are used in order to limit oak influence. It combines 70% of old vines with younger vines, bringing a lively touch to the wine, resulting to fruit flavours of red berries, floral reminiscences, a racy acidity and considerable minerality while remaining juicy and dense on the palate. 
Bodegas Antídoto is a project designed by Bertrand Sourdais with David Hernando, an agricultural engineer and a former technical director of the winery Atalayas de Golbán, where he worked from 2004 to 2010.  Their objective is to produce fine, unique wines in the Eastern part of the Ribera del Duero region. Antídoto is a youthful project that started in 2009. Though it was not until 2011, the year in which the first Antídoto was made using grapes from the vineyards that they run in Soria, that the project truly gained momentum.

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Guests had a great time with Bertrand Sourdais, David Stephan and the rest of the Wine Talk team. Aside from the beautiful wines and Spanish tapas, they also enjoyed special prices to buy or pre-book any of the wines they liked that day.
To the surprise of guests, David Stephan had a lucky draw at the end of the session and gave away a beautiful magic decanter. Sounds interesting? The magic decanter speeds up the process of traditional decanting, which normally takes half an hour or more, by decanting the wine immediately as the wine is poured through. And a lucky guest bagged the prize.

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David Stephan and Bertrand Sourdais with the lucky guest

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Gastrodome General Manager Sach Seelan (left) with Bertrand Sourdais and David Stephan

Wine Talk is an online wine delivery service in Malaysia, providing fast, efficient and easy way for people across West Malaysia to shop online for wines, wine accessories such as wine glasses and decanters, and now including selected spirits that French sommelier David Stephan has carefully handpicked for customers.
During this event, Wine Talk’s Wine Club members enjoyed the privilege of free entrance to enjoy exclusive wines from featured winemaker Bertrand Sourdais. The Wine Club, the first of its kind in Malaysia, is a unique service where members subscribe to a monthly or bi-monthly delivery of wines. Wine Club wine cases contain wines that David Stephan himself personally picks to send to its members. It is definitely a great way to discover more wines from around the world, not just labels that one can easily find in wine shops. After all, discoveries make wine appreciation even more pleasurable.
Wine Talk online site offers red wineswhite winessparkling winesrosé winesChampagnecrystal wine glassesdecantersaromaster and spirits, sent right to your doorstep with FREE delivery for any order worth RM120.  
For those who are interested to discover more about the Wine Club and its privileges, you may visit https://www.winetalk.com.my/wine-club.html, call 1300889788 or send an email to info@winetalk.com.my

Want to attend a wine tasting and SALE event? Wine Talk is conducting its second tasting afternoon together with famous Spanish restaurant, La Bodega. It will be held on 23rd May 2015, Saturday, 4pm-7pm, at La Bodega BSC Kuala Lumpur. RSVP via Wine Talk Facebook page or click HERE

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You can even choose to travel in style with UBER. Enjoy 2 FREE rides up to RM30 when you sign up with a new account, use code UBERWINETALK15. This makes traveling a lot easier and safer after enjoying a few glasses of wine.

See you at the event!


Best Champagne Gift for Chinese New Year (and Valentine’s Day)

Probably the most luxurious bottle of champagne anyone can give or receive this Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day or for whatever occasion…

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I first shot this Champagne for Christmas season and now that we’re approaching Chinese New Year, a lot of friends ask what would be a nice bottle of wine to give to clients or business partners. Without a doubt, even if some people might say that there might be other better ones, I’d recommend the Ace of Spades. 

When I saw the bottle’s photo a few months ago, I was amazed. How can a bottle of wine be so beautiful? And when I saw the actual bottle for the first time, I was mesmerised, captivated, enamoured. Is this for real? 

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One look at the box gives you an immediate feeling of class and elegance. Have you ever seen any ordinary wine or champagne bottle packaged in such style? Ace of Spades Champagne, or Champagne Armand de Brignac, comes elegantly packaged in a black lacquered box. Take note – lacquered. The cover is adorned with the brand’s logo in pewter, the stylized letter A inside a spade.  This is definitely the most beautiful letter I’ve seen. 

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The inside of this box is lined with solid rich black velvet. Under the top cover is a gold plate embossed and imprinted with “Armand de Brignac, Reims, France – Edition Limitee”. The bottle lies perfectly inside, with grooves specially made and designed to fit its size. 
And here’s another magnificent thing; the box comes with a sexy booklet, also in black and stamped with the logo and name in gold. 

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The bottle itself is in opaque gold and all labels are made of genuine pewter —- all handmade. Unique, elegant, classy. Who wouldn’t be delighted to receive this as a gift? The presentation of this Champagne is just amazing. If you’re someone really generous and if you even have a special someone who loves Champagne, trust me, sending this as a Valentine gift with your sweet love note would be such an unforgettable moment.
The Taste of Ace of Spades
Marvelously complex and full-bodied, its bouquet is both fresh and lively, with light floral notes. On the palate, Brut Gold has a sumptuous, racy fruit character perfectly integrated with the wine’s subtle brioche accents. The Champagne’s texture is deliciously creamy, with great depth paired with a long, silky finish. Armand de Brignac Brut Gold is pressed from a perfectly balanced blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier wine. – Armand de Brignac

How to enjoy it:
Recommended serving temperature – 6 – 8 degrees Celsius
(place the bottle in the refrigerator the night before or chill in an ice bucket for 30 minutes)
Use a flute or champagne glass, not a broad-rimmed glass
For many different occasions, I think that the Ace of Spades is an ultimate gift.  Whether it’s for a loved one, a close friend, a business partner or a client, giving this bottle as a gift will make a solid statement of value and appreciation. Expressing it with a gold – pewter bottle of Champagne perfectly packed in a black lacquer box is just pure class. 
It was no surprise when I heard the news in November 2014 that Jay-Z bought this label. The Ace of Spades champagne was featured in his video, Show Me What You Got. Well, he’s also seen serving this US$300-worth-a-pop champagne in a lot of events and has long been associated with the brand.  

I haven’t tasted this Champagne yet, not that I can afford one. Well, one can dream. And I think that it’s one of the best wines to feature in preparation for Chinese New Year’s gifting season. 

Where to buy in Malaysia: www.winetalk.com.my
Normal price: RM1,480 / Limited promotion price: RM1,280
Origin: Champagne, France
Type: Non-Vintage Champagne/ Sparkling Wine


About Armand de Brignac via www.wine-searcher.com 
Armand de Brignac is the brainchild of the Cattier house, located in the Champagne village of Chigny-les-Roses, and the New York drinks distribution company Sovereign Brands.

The Cattier family have been growing grapes in the Montagne de Reims area since 1763, and have made Champagne since 1918. The house is still family owned and run by Jean-Jacques Cattier and his son Alexandre, both respected winemakers. Champagne specialist and writer Michael Edwards speaks highly of the Cattier Champagnes and is particularly fond of the family’s single-vineyard cuvée Clos du Moulin.

According to Jean-Jacques Cattier, Armand de Brignac aims “to present something authentically luxurious and which does justice to the once-in-a-lifetime events at which Champagne is so often present.” He believes that Champagne produces “bubbles in the eyes.”

De Brignac was the name of a hero in a book that Jean-Jacques Cattier’s mother once read. She liked it so much it became stuck in her memory, though no-one nowadays can remember which book the character was in. Later, Jean-Jacques’ sister added “Armand” to round out the name. The family registered it as a brand in the 1950’s with Champagne’s wine authority, the Comite Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne (CIVC). It then lay dormant until 2006, when they dusted it off for their prestige cuvée and the forgotten hero once again enjoyed the limelight.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Let’s all welcome the Year of the Goat with fireworks and Champagne bursts!

6 Wonderful Wine Gift Ideas for Christmas and New Year


Yay, we’re quickly approaching Christmas season! 
Time to plan for gifts, do more shopping and give joy to loved ones! The ‘BER’ months always get me excited and happy and nostalgic all at the same time. If you’ve read my gift posts from last year, you’d know that in Philippines, we start our Christmas shopping early. Malls will be in holiday mood and decoration with Christmas trees, tinsels and other shiny things. I just love Christmas season! 


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It’s the time of the year when I start sharing about gift ideas. These include gifts that I’d consider shopping for my loved ones and other ideas that I think would be great for you, too. Isn’t it exciting yet sometimes challenging to look for gifts? So here I am to share some thoughts with you. 

First on my list are yummy wine gifts. This kind of gift is more for the unconventional and for those who want to give the gift of experience or fine taste. If your loved one or friend is someone who enjoys really good food, someone who enjoys fine dining and other luxuries in life, wine would be a great choice as this gives them an experience from a bottle (or two). Imagine giving them a bottle of a wonderful French Sauvignon Blanc. It would be like giving them the experience of the beautiful country of France with every sip of that white wine from their glass. Wines are also a great accompaniment to the merriment of dining, making food talk even more enjoyable with the sparkle of wines. 

Wines also make a professional and premium gift for clients, for customers and for bosses. Of course, you need to gauge if your recipients do enjoy wine (but hey, who would throw a bottle of wine?). Some would have specific preference, maybe red wine versus white wine versus sparkling. And those who have been enjoying wines longer would probably have very specific likes, maybe Malbec or Shiraz or Chardonnay or Cava. Some would even want wines only from France or Australia. But whatever their preferences are, giving them wines as gifts will definitely give you a touch of class and elegance. They’ll be impressed with your gift choice.  

Here are some wine gift ideas, all available at online wine delivery service in Malaysia, www.winetalk.com.my 

A. For White Wine Lovers

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Spanish white wine set at RM128
2 bottles of Val de Vid Rueda blend + Free gift box
Grapes: Verdhelo
Country: Spain
Region: Rueda
Type: White wine
Vintage: 2011
Flavor: Dry
Body: Medium


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Australian Sauvignon Blanc set at RM144
2 bottles of Wine Men of Gotham Sauvignon Blanc + Free gift box
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Type: White wine
Vintage: 2012
Flavor: Fruity
Body: Light


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Australian Pinot Grigio set at RM144
2 bottles of Wine Men of Gotham Pinot Grigio + Free gift box
Grapes: Pinot Grigio
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Type: White wine
Vintage: 2011
Flavor: Fruity
Body: Light

B. For Red Wine Lovers

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French Red Wine set at RM150
2 bottles of Chinon ‘Les Messanges de Pallus’ + Free gift box
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Country: France
Region: Loire Valley
Type: Red wine
Vintage: 2012
Flavor: Dry
Body: Medium


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Spanish Red Wine set at RM184
2 bottles of Bodegas Baigorri ‘Crianza’ + Free gift box
Grapes: Tempranillo
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Type: Red wine
Flavor: Dry
Body: Medium


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Australian Red Wine set at RM350
2 bottles of BK Wines ‘Cult’ Single Vineyard Shiraz + Free gift box
Grapes: Shiraz
Country: Australia
Region: Adelaide Hills
Type: Red wine
Vintae: 2012
Flavor: Fruity
Body: Full


You can also pick your own choice of wine combination. Just choose 2 or more of the wines you want to give as gifts and buy the gift box at only RM11.90.
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And here’s even better news! Only for my readers, you can use this voucher code – BLOG50CC – to get RM50 OFF when you purchase RM300 of normal-priced wines!

Woohooo! Christmas, Christmas…keep the gifts coming!

Wine Talk Exclusive Blogger Event at La Bodega Bangsar

Wine appreciation still seems to be a mystery for a lot of people. But with Wine Talk and with its French Sommelier, David Stephan, wine discovery becomes easier and more fun. 

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Have you ever experienced going to an event where wines are served and you’re not really sure how to look like you’re confident with holding the wine glass? And even if you finally become confident with how you hold the wine glass, you are then faced with the challenge of drinking like a pro? Why do people swirl the glass and sniff the wine? What difference does it make? Is that a requirement or something?
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Comfortable seats at La Bodega Lounge in Bangsar – did you know they have Ladies Night every Thursday where ladies enjoy free drinks between 8-10pm?

Wine Talk held a wine tasting evening exclusively for bloggers in June at La Bodega in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar. Wine Talk’s French sommelier, David Stephan, started the evening by serving the first white wine then followed by 2 more white wines and 3 red wines. There was a total of 6 different wines from different regions and countries. All the wines we tried that night are exclusive to Wine Talk; you wouldn’t find these in supermarkets or other wine shops.

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David Stephan with guests for that evening

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More lovely guests that evening

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More gorgeous guests having fun that night

Guests were served with delicious dishes from La Bodega that evening, like this really yummy platter of different cheeses!
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Delicious Cheese Platter by La Bodega


DAVID’s TOP 8 TIPS to appreciate and taste wine like a PRO:
  1. Hold the wine glass by the stem, not by its bowl. In my years of serving wines, I’ve probably seen hundreds of people holding a wine glass by the bowl. It’s not that bad but doing this exposes the wine to your fingers’ temperature. Best is to hold a wine glass by its stem. It reduces exposure of wine to heat and it also makes you look like a pro. Classy and elegant.
  2. Swirl the wine in your glass, be careful not to spill. Swirling allows the wine to release aromas. Just give your glass a gentle swirl. After you’ve done this a few times, you’ll get the hang of wine glass swirling.
  3. Sniff the wine. It’s totally fine to put your nose inside the glass. Learning to appreciate wine aromas is learning how to appreciate the character of the wine. Don’t panic if your friend smells something else than what you smell. Wine aromas can be completely subjective. Your friend might smell flowers while you smell fruits. It’s fine. The important thing is whether you like the aromas or not.
  4. Look at the color of the wine. You can hold your glass higher to get some light. The color of the wine can tell you a lot of things about what you’re drinking or tasting. Some white wines might be lighter than others; it will roughly give you an idea about the taste. Some red wines are very dark while types like pinot noir might have lighter red color than merlot and shiraz.  
  5. Sip the wine. Take note: SIP not gulp. Sipping gives you more chance to appreciate the taste. If you are willing to expand your tasting skills, you can explore inhaling air through your mouth while the wine is inside. This can be tricky but perfecting this skill can give you significant difference in appreciating wines.
  6. Take note of the aftertaste. This is where you’ll notice if a wine has strong or light tannins. Tannins are most commonly present in red wine. It is the textural element that makes wine taste dry. Observe your tongue when you taste red wines, it’s that ‘dry’ feeling or taste when you swallow wine. Some grapes have higher tannins while some have lower.
  7. Swirl, sniff then sip again. This will allow you to rediscover the aromas and the taste for another time.
  8. Be familiar with basic wine terms. Looking and sounding like a pro need a bit of research. Some people might talk to you about nose, legs, fermentation, vintage, corked wine, acidity and other terms. Take a few minutes to read about some wine terms before you attend a gathering where wine will be served. If you’re armed with some wine knowledge, you’ll relate to what people are talking about and maybe even add some comments that make you look and sound like a pro!
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If you really want to learn more about wines, it is best to keep trying more. Wine Talk has a special service where wine lovers or enthusiasts can discover more wines that will be personally handpicked by David. A person just needs to join the Wine Club, which is FREE from sign-up or membership fee, and receive 6 or 12 bottles of wines every month or 2. It’s a convenient way to enjoy wines. You don’t need to worry about what wines to buy because David, the sommelier, will choose them for you based on your preference. Isn’t this amazing? And another great thing from Wine Talk is their GUARANTEED PRICE and GUARANTEED SATISFACTION. If you’re not happy with the wine you received, they will change it for you. Cool!
Wine Club and Wine Talk’s wine delivery service are currently available across Peninsular Malaysia. For further information, log on to http://www.winetalk.com.my or call 1300 88 97 88.
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! Simply key-in BLOG50CC upon checkout!

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About Wine Talk Malaysia
Wine Talk is an online wine delivery service where customers can easily order wines via www.winetalk.com.myor via call to 1300 88 9788. Customers can choose from over 400 labels of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, champagne, rosé wine, even non-alcoholic wine, and have them delivered to their home, office, wedding venue or any location within Peninsular Malaysia.

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David Stephan, Wine Talk Sommelier
David Stephan who is Wine Talk’s sommelier, studied hospitality and sommelerie in a professional school from the age of 16 in France, with internships including stints in various hotels & renowned restaurants in Paris.  In the late 90’s, he moved to the exclusive island of St Barts, working in a 5-star resort.  The island is famous for stunning beaches and locations, but also high-end hotels and restaurants, frequented by the rich and famous including ‘L’Esprit Salines’, one of the island top restaurants at that time, where he managed a splendid premium wine list. In 2003 he moved to Shanghai, China, where he worked in relation with the wine industry for 8 years.
Wine Talk is known for successfully launching the Wine Club in 2012. “This is a club, and its members will get to be a part of its development to enjoy a wine journey that is meaningful and rewarding.  We offer members an exclusive access to wines that are imported exclusively for Wine Talk while also enjoying privileges such as exclusive member prices, surprises, access to events and more.” said David Stephan, Wine Talk’s sommelier.
Wine Talk’s Wine Club is the first of its kind in Malaysia. The Wine Club 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. It comes with a personalized booklet that details the history of the winery, grape varietals, tasting notes, food pairing and more. At only RM428 for 6 bottles and RM788 for 12 bottles with FREE delivery included, personalized selections from David Stephan, Wine Club members will enjoy a wonderful wine experience. And due to insistent demand, Wine Talk recently launched the Premium Wine Club selection for those who want a different level of wines to be handpicked by David. 
Anyone who is interested in discovering more about the Wine Club even have the option to arrange for personal wine tasting where a Wine Club ambassador explains more about it while serving wine and canapés to a customer.
Aside from the Wine Club, Wine Talk customers also enjoy wine advices for weddings, events, giftsand other requirements. David and his sommelier team take pleasure in serving the needs of customers via online, via call and via personal appointments.

Wine Tasting Event for Wine Club Members

It is always delightful to meet and greet fellow wine lovers. Last month, Wine Talk gave its Wine Club members an afternoon of wine tasting at Bricks & Barrels Hartamas.

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Wine Talk, online wine delivery service in Malaysia, celebrated its passion for great wines together with its Wine Club members in May, at the famous Bricks and Barrels Beer Garden in Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.

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(photos courtesy of Wine Talk)


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Wine Club guests flanked by Wine Club ambassadors

A wine afternoon like this won’t be complete without Wine Talk’s French sommelier, David Stephan, who served 6 different delicious wines. The guests experienced premium service from David as he personally filled wine glasses with white, rosé and red wines fresh from Wine Talk’s exclusive wine collection. The French wine expert personally handpicks all the wines that are available for ordering online via www.winetalk.com.my

David Stephan greeting Wine Club members

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Gorgeous guests at the Wine Club event, photo bombed by David Stephan

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David Stephan serving delicious wines to guests

The event was closed to Wine Talk’s Wine Club members and friends. During that afternoon, the members did not just enjoy wines but were also treated to delicious canapés and finger food from Bricks and Barrels.

What made that afternoon even more fun and exciting for the members was the lucky draw where David gave away bottles of wine, crystal decanters, crystal wine glasses and a grand prize of Pascal Jolivet magnum size wine bottle! (FYI, a magnum size wine bottle is equivalent to 2 x standard size 750ml wine bottle)

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The Wine Club members had a great time sampling wines while hanging out with friends, fellow members, Wine Club ambassadors and David. The afternoon was filled with laughter and good cheers, just like how a wine tasting should be.

With special thanks to Uber, Wine Club members who chose not to drive to the venue were transported by Uber’s premier private drivers. They enjoyed hassle-free traveling within KL and a worry-free, pleasurable time at Wine Talk’s wine tasting event.

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So the question is, what is the Wine Club and how do wine lovers join the Wine Club? The Wine Club is an easy and pleasurable way to enjoy wines where David personally handpicks wines for you and sends them to your preferred delivery address on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. With the Wine Club, you discover more and taste more wines from around the world that you might not have tried if you were picking them from a shop.

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There are 4 ways to join:
  1. Sign up online via www.winetalk.com.my/wineclub where you will choose the quantity, frequency and type of wines that you like.
  2. Call 1300889788 to speak to a Wine Club ambassador and state your preferences.
  3. Arrange for a personal wine tasting session where a Wine Club ambassador can share more details with you, click HERE
  4. When you visit La Bodega or The Pressroom, you can grab a Wine Club booklet, fill-up the form and fax/email to Wine Talk

And that’s it! David will start sending you a personalized selection of wines based on your preference. So far, I’ve been enjoying selections of white wines that I’ve never heard of before. If you want to learn more about wines, I agree that the only way is to keep tasting more! And as David says, “Life is too great to drink bad wines!”
Visit http://www.winetalk.com.myor call 1300 88 97 88 for more details and wine selections.
Stay up-to-date with Wine Talk via their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/winetalkmalaysia 

You can also enjoy RM50 OFF by using my special code – BLOG50CC – valid for purchase of RM300 on normal-priced wines at Wine Talk. Simply key-in the code upon checkout to redeem discount.





Duriana Presents a Market in the Skies at La Scala Rooftop

Pop-up photo booth plus champagne pong plus pre-loved goodies in one place? With free rides from UBER? You gotta join me at this event!

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Duriana, Malaysia’s #1 social marketplace app, will be hosting their first fashion-focused Market in the Skies at La Scala Restaurant’s rooftop terrace on Saturday, 14th of June 2014 from 12-6pm.
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La Scala Rooftop with an amazing view of Kuala Lumpur City Centre


Following the success of the 360 Kuala Lumpur Bazaar, which was held in collaboration with Pintu Merah, the app is gearing up for its third event of the year, which will showcase its most-loved fashion vendors and The Other Party, who are expected set the floor alight with their indie disco tunes from midday to late evening.

Upon launching in late 2013, the app acquired over 110k listings after only six weeks in the market. Today, Duriana leads as the biggest social marketplace app in Malaysia with a wide range of products from arts & crafts to pre-loved fashion to wonderful vintage collectibles.
The app recently launched its latest version, which introduced a host of new features enabling better browsing. Users can now receive email notifications, browse up to 18 categories and sign in with a username as opposed to their Facebook names, among many other new features.

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“The whole concept of our market events is about creating communities beyond the online world,” said Camilo Paredes, co-founder of Duriana. “As a social marketplace, it is all about introducing our sellers in intimate events and gatherings, which are an extension of our platform.”
There will be several activities on the side such as a pop up polaroid photobooth and a Champagne pong competition. La Scala restaurant will be serving a champagne brunch and assortment of finger food and tidbits throughout the day.

This looks like a nice spot to hang out at La Scala Rooftop, eh?
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GIVEAWAY ALERT!
The first 30 readers who drop by the media registration booth, flash the Duriana app and the password: BLOGGERS IN THE SKIES will receive a goodie bag from FH Club. What’s inside? I’m not sure so we all just have to find out on 14th June! If you do see me there, say ‘hi!’, don’t be a stranger! 

And don’t forget, if you need a personal driver who will pick you up in a nice car on that day, download the UBER app on your phone and use this coupon code: UBERDURIANA to enjoy free rides. 

Buy and sell stuff online via your phone? Even pre-loved items? This is just cool! Gotta find out more on 14th June! And did I mention that they’re serving champagne? 

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ABOUT DURIANA
Duriana is a new mobile-first, peer-to-peer marketplace app available in Malaysia and Singapore. Duriana positions itself as a social selling app, which merges the functions of Instagram and eBay. Duriana allows you to discover a world of amazing products for sale – from your friends & neighbors, trendy blogshops or cool local shops you have yet to discover. The app is available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android systems at