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First to beat the French – Chateau Montelena

If you haven’t had a chance to taste wines of Chateau Montelena of Napa, California, you might still have heard about it. Montelena was featured in the movie called “Bottle shock”, where it was THE new world producer to beat French wines in a blind tasting referred to as “The judgement of Paris” in 1976, held by the British wine expert Steven Spurrier. The movie is based on real events although there has been some criticism in regards to the accuracy of the script. This film is certainly not a masterpiece but still quite entertaining and a must-see for all wine lovers.

But back to the wine! I discovered the 2010 Montelena Cabernet on the wine list at the CUT – a fantastic steak restaurant on London’s Park Lane – and looked no longer, I knew I had to try it! I apologize for the very brief wine description as it was rather difficult to focus on producing a full tasting note being in a big group of friends in a very lively environment.

montelenaTASTING NOTE: smooth tannins, pronounced cassis notes; smoke/tar and floral aromas somewhat reminded me a bit of Barolo, although it was more violets rather that roses. Very good quality easy drinking wine that will develop further. Decanting recommended.

The wine is a blend is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and retails for an average of £30 per bottle; considering its quality, fame and ageing potential I find this a good value. It matched perfectly with a medium cooked USDA beef fillet mignon and was an excellent and more elegant alternative to my usual choice of Malbec to go with steaks.

If you are interested in purchasing the wine drop me a line and I will be happy to help you source it.

A. Wong – the extraordinary Chinese

Andrew Wong’s restaurant, tucked away in the streets of London’s Pimlico, has been a hidden gem of the capital’s restaurant scene for a while and stands out for its unique and most extraordinary Chinese food experience. Unless you are a foodie following gastroworld-news regularly, you might not have heard of it before. But once discovered, this is a place you will keep returning to.

awHaving long been my favourite Chinese restaurant A. Wong has now turned into my all-time London favourite. It is always a pleasure to see Andrew, an extremely talented and successful yet very down-to-earth chef at work in his immaculate open-plan kitchen; while the manager, his lovely wife Natalie, makes sure your culinary experience is complemented by friendly and professional service.

photoAndrew’s creative process never stops, so make sure you follow this blog as I will be adding more of his new culinary delights to the album over time. Click on text to the right to read my review of A. Wong after my first ever visit to this wonderful restaurant back in June 2013. Browse the gallery below to get an idea of what I am raving about and make sure you get to try this fantastic food yourself.

A. Wong: http://www.awong.co.uk/

Tip: check out the video section for another surprise from Andrew’s kitchen!

70 Wilton road, Victoria
London SW1V 1DE
E: info@awong.co.uk
T: 0207 828 8931

Opening hours:
Lunch, Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 2.30pm
Dinner, Monday - Saturday: 5.30pm - 10.30pm

A.Wong Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Guilty pleasures and other foods for the soul

Some of you will have followed my blog on Facebook (or Twitter, or IG 😉 ) for a while. Now that I have decided that the world needs SweervyWine.com as an own website, I decided it is best that I focus on posting new food stories rather than uploading the entire archives from my Facebook page to this website.

However, if you haven’t been following SweervyWine on social media before, do not despair! Here is the link to my album – full of “Guilty pleasures & other foods for the soul” – for you to catch-up on the culinary highlights I enjoyed in restaurants in the UK and abroad, from big & hearty to fine & tiny.

DON’T LOOK IF HUNGRY! 😉