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.
TASTING 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.
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.
Having 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.
Andrew’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!
Chengdu street tofu, soy chilli, peanuts, preserved vegetables. Definitely the most exiting tofu dish I ever tasted
Left: Yunnan mushroom, pork & truffle dumplings Right: Crab, seafood & beancurd canneloni w pickled cockles
25 second aerated “Ma Lai” sponge cake.. this was the most extraordinary dish – very soft, spongy and cinnamony. Hard to describe, you have to try it yourself
Clear shrimp dumpling, sweet chilli sauce & citrus foam
Quail egg croquette puff – there is a whole soft cooked quail egg inside, the texture of this dish was awesome
Deep fried prawn ball with abalone and chilli vinaigrette
Won ton with garlic, chilli oil & crispy bean curd
Dry braised salt and pepper tiger prawn
Chinese chive pot sticker dumpling
Kunming “crossing the bridge” noodles
Razor clam with braised sea cucumber, pickled cucumber, wind dried sausage
Stuffed chicken wings with prawn mousse and black bean sauce
Shanxi province honeycomb oat noodles with coriander and chilli dip
Sesame buttered smoked chicken
Guangdong “salad of prosperity”: tuna belly, smoked haddock, plum vinaigrette, peanuts, pickled vegetables
Steamed Scottish langoustine with crispy Jinghua ham
Crispy chilli, caramelised beef, pickled carrots
Glazed monk fish cheeks with uyghur pomegranate salad
Snow ball merengue, lychee granite, mango puree and lime sorbet
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London SW1V 1DE
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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! 😉