任天堂推出Wine Game

Nintendo launches wine game
September 25, 2007

Maggie Rosen

Nintendo is about to release its first wine game on Nintendo DS.

Beginners Wine DS comes out in Japan in mid-November. Designed to be played on Nintendo's handheld dual-screen console, the educational game features a glossary of wine terms, several quizzes, wine advice and tips on etiquette.

'Nintendo is trying to change the gaming market,' said Klee Kuo, a spokesperson for Tokyo-based Square Enix, the game's developer.

'They want to reach new audiences, such as adults – particularly women – so they are expanding beyond the traditional types of games, into more educational games and quizzes.'

Kuo told decanter.com that Beginners Wine DS is going to be available in Japan only, where it will sell for JPY2940 (£12.75).

Nintendo is also planning a game aimed at aspiring mixologists ?Bartender DS.

Nintendo, which started in the late 19th century as a playing card company, is now the dominant player in the handheld console market, and the oldest video game company. It pioneered such games as Donkey Kong and Mario Brothers, as well as the Game Boy and new Wii consoles.

It has sold nearly 460m hardware units, and over 2bn software units globally.

以上資料摘自decanter.com

Alsace Wine Fair @ Riva – 22/9/07

今午走到銅鑼灣柏寧酒店參加法國食品協會(Sopexa)舉行的一年一度Alsace Wine Fair阿爾蕯斯酒展,遇上許多新知舊雨,也有不少酒商代表問候我的紅眼症及腿傷,很感動!

甫入埸便給Haze拉了出去給賓客說幾句打招呼…

今年酒展共有十四家酒商參與,埸地寬敞,試酒試得很舒適。

酒展完畢前有抽獎活動,由Peter Kwong鄺英志主持,怎料他抽到自己的獎券,十分攪笑:

既是那麽巧合,Haze也就給Peter一瓶「安慰獎」:

家居意外

[本Blog訊]

昨日傍晚,一名中國藉女子在家被酒瓶玻璃所傷,大腿慘遭割破。

事緣該女子有飯局,往赴會前打開酒櫃欲取美酒,怎料其中一格酒架被樓下眾多香檳闊身酒瓶卡住,稍一不留神其中一瓶價值千餘元之98 Dom Perignon「擲地有聲」,金黃色液體連同玻璃碎片四射,身穿牛仔短褲之女事主還未定神,其菲籍外傭帶同地布聞風而至,女傭預備彎腰收拾殘局時,突然發現主人大腿有一片黑紅色,此一片小黑紅塊很快便現出鮮紅色,然後不斷滲血,原來有一小塊皮肉不翼而飛!

正當女事主努力止血,而女傭忙於清理現場其間,其迷你牧羊犬卻不斷舔地上的香檳,令受傷女事主腿痛肉赤之餘,倍感吹漲!!!

在此奉勸各位擁有酒櫃人士小心,務必特別留意香檳酒瓶,其危險性實在不能低估。

[報導完畢]

總之一句…激死啦!!!!!!

07Napa遊之Shafer Visit – Jul/07

07轉瞬便過,三個多月後已是08年,趁今天有空檔快快把早前旅程中覺特別的地方跟大家分享。

今天想寫的是Shafer酒莊。創辦人John Shafer在臨近五十歲時毅然放棄書藉出版事業,於72、73年間從石屎森林芝加哥舉家遷移至加州納柏谷,並在納柏市以北七哩的Stags Leap區山坡買下土地,John愛煞這裡,因這片面向西南的山坡地鋪着一片薄火山砂石,去水度高、日照時間長,完全符合他心目中的理想葡萄園地。

John於1978年推出首個自家種植及釀製的赤霞珠紅酒,亦為後來聞名於世的Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon奠下基礎。在隨後的日子,Shafer Vineyards日漸壯大,所造的紅、白酒也漸漸為市場熟悉及歡迎,酒莊更在02年被酒評家小派克譽為Stags Leap之星。

John現時已退下火線,由兒子Doug為酒莊打點一切。

我和傳媒團隊探訪Shafer Vineyards,有幸遇上John,老當益壯的他仁慈可愛,碰見我們時熱烈歡迎一番之餘,還帶我們到山邊講解種植及釀酒秘訣,直至兒子Doug插咀提醒我們要預留時間採訪下一家酒莊,John才向大家道別;他的愛犬Tucker也是熱情一族,乖巧伶俐的牠隨著我們進出接待處,非常討人歡心。

酒莊接待處:

John Shafer:

Tucker真身:

Tucker銅像:

Doug Shafer在Tasting Room帶領大家試飲各Signature wines,Doug真人比其實際年齡年輕得多(其父John亦然),雖已年屆五十餘歲,但皮膚、身形卻仍像個四十多的壯年男士,教當日傳媒代表團內一眾女士不斷詢問其保養之道!Doug育有五名子女,分別為兩任妻子所出,他在會上不斷強調很enjoy出差的日子,因為那是他唯一不用身處嘈吵不堪的家裡云云。

首輪試飲一白四紅:

分別是:

2005 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay,以氣候較涼快的Carneros區內Red Shoulder Ranch田莎當妮釀造,木桶釀,夠酸度,mid-palate有檸檬味,奶油及果仁味重,餘韻長。

2005 Napa Valley Merlot, 85% 梅洛(Merlot),5% 品霞珠 (Cabernet Franc),10% 赤霞珠(Cabernet Sauvignon),非常年青,紅果及紅加侖子作骨幹,擺放一會後散發濃厚布冧味,酒精高至14.9%,但入口不覺。丹寧尚稚嫩,橡木明顯。Doug說此系列Merlot極受飯店餐廳歡迎。

2004 Napa Valley Stags Leap District ONE POINT FIVE Cabernet Sauvignon,80%赤霞珠,20% 小維鐸(Petit Verdot),酒色深紫,雪松木香氣濃,入口乾,初段湧現大量黑加侖子,中段滲出藍莓味,多年青而有嚼口丹寧,餘韻長。問及此酒命名典故,Doug答道由於他跟父親一起為Shafer酒莊打江山,有別於其他一般酒業第二代,因此他們特別把這個既是父子、亦是拍檔的合作夥伴關係稱為第「1.5代」,故把此酒命名為One Point Five。但Doug卻笑說把酒推出市面時,有行家誤以為是1.5L的Magnum瓶裝,引起誤會。

2004 Napa Valley RELENTLESS (80% Syrah + 20% Petit Syrah),明顯橡木氣味,亦有些少胡椒辛辣。入口豐厚圓潤且柔順,黑加侖子、黑莓味為主,丹寧量及酒精度高,但果味足,令餘韻悠長。

2003 Napa Valley Stags Leap District Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon,每年只釀造二千箱,是Shafer的省招牌之作。這2003年才剛在今月推出。葡萄酒花了30-32個月長的時間在全新的法國木桶陳放,故此這酒複雜怡人,氣味濃郁,辛辣、紫蘿蘭、黑加侖子、黑紅布冧、黑莓、橡木不斷湧出,入口乾,但同樣複雜有層次,同樣有黑果及花香,酒體豐厚醇和,多年輕丹寧,餘韻長,酒精高不嗆喉。

首輪試酒完畢後,酒莊方面預備了食物給我們:

覓食期間,Doug拿出了一瓶1993的Hillside Select給各位品嚐,讓各人一併比較已成熟的十年前佳釀:仍呈年輕狀態的紅寶石色,有大量沉澱物,有梅、花香及香水氣味,落杯十數分鐘更滲出絲絲優雅茶葉香。入口乾身,中酸度,乾梅、黑莓及藍莓,口感成熟但不老,丹寧順和,感覺舒服,酒精度適中,餘韻極長,教人享受。

沉澱物…

經台灣酒評家林殿理Denis要求,大夥兒便有機會試喝用上百分之百Cabernet Sauvignon釀製的2003 Shafer Stags Leap District PORT,比一般葡萄牙砵酒略欠風味,像喝果醬似的高酒精黑加侖子汁:

八卦的我連人家車牌也不錯過:

Rolf Binder Veritas Winery Wine Dinner @ Lobster Bar & Grill – 19/9/07

Rolf Binder Veritas Winery Wine Dinner at Lobster Bar and Grill

On Wednesday, 19 September 2007 at 7:30pm, Lobster Bar and Grill and Rolf Binder will host a four-course wine dinner, prepared by chef de cuisine, Leung Wing Yeung and that is complemented by wines from the highly-rated Rolf Binder Veritas Winery, which are the only Australian wines being rated 95 points out of 100 by Robert Parker.  The wine dinner, with Rolf Binder sharing his family collection and wine reviews between tables, is priced at HK$1,888 plus 10 per cent service charge per person.  Dinner patrons are entitled to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting valued at HK$430 starting at 6pm the same evening.

Tasmanian salmon carpaccio

and snapper tartar with avocado and cress salad

2005 Rolf Binder Helios Semillon

Seared crispy goose liver and pear stew with red wine reduction

2001 Veritas Winery Rolf

Binder Heysen Shiraz

Grilled Australian grain-fed beef
fillet on crushed potato

baby artichoke with mushroom and shallot gravy

2001 Veritas Winery Rolf

Binder Hanisch Shiraz

Fine cheese selection by Chef de Cuisine

2001 Veritas Winery Rolf

Binder Bulls Blood Shiraz Mataro Pressings

Petit fours

Freshly brewed coffee or tea

As seats are limited; please contact us for reservations or enquiries at 2820 8560 or e-mail: lbandgrill.isl@shangri-la.com.

My team and I look forward to welcoming you.

Jansen Chan

Service Manager – Lobster Bar and Grill

No more Red Red Eye, Only Red Red Wine

昨天染上紅眼症,感謝各方朋友的問候,現正康復中,大家有心!

為回饋各界好友,在此點首好歌給你們聽,表演者是今季America's Got Talent(全美一叮)的亞軍Cas Haley聯同UB40合唱,歌名是大家都愛喝的"Red Red Wine", enjoy!

Red, red wine
Go to my head
Make me forget that i
Still need her so

Red, red wine
It`s up to you
All I can do, i`ve done
But mem`ries won`t go
No, mem`ries won`t go

I`d have thought
That with time
Thoughts of her
Would leave my head
I was wrong
And I find
Just one thing makes me forget

Red, red wine
Stay close to me
Don`t let me be alone
It`s tearin` apart
My blue, blue heart

—red red wine rap section—

Red red wine you make me feel so fine
You keep me rocking all of the time

Red red wine you make me feel so grand
I feel a million dollars when your just in my hand

Red red wine you make me feel so sad
Any time I see you go it makes me feel bad

Red red wine you make me feel so fine
Monkey pack him rizla pon the sweet dep line

Red red wine you give me whole heap of zing
Whole heap of zing mek me do me own thing

Redred wine you really know how fi love
Your kind of loving like a blessing from above

Red red wine I love you right from the start
Right from the start with all of my heart

Red red wine in a 80`s style
Red red wine in a modern beat style, yeah

(chorus)

Give me little time, help me clear up me mind
Give me little time, help me clear up me mind

Give me red wine because it make me feel fine
Mek me feel fine all of the time

Red red wine you make me feel so fine
Monkey pack him rizla on the sweet dep line

The line broke, the monkey get choke
Burn bad rizla pon him little rowing boat

Red red wine i`m gonna hold to you
Hold on to you cause I know you love true

Red red wine i`m gonna love you till I die
Love you till I die and that`s no lie

Red red wine can`t get you out my mind
Where ever you maybe i`ll surely find
I`ll surely find make no fuss jus` stick with us.

(chorus)

Red red wine you really know how fi love
Your kind of loving like a blessing from above

Red red wine I love you right from the start
Right from the start with all of my heart

Red red wine you really know how fi love
Your kind of loving like a blessing from above

Red red wine you give me whole heap of zing
Whole heap of zing mek me do me own thing

Red red wine in a 80`s style

Red red wine in a modern beat style, yeah.

忙碌中到醫院 – 9/9/07

近幾個星期忙得很,每天都有大量電話、電郵要處理,又要交稿和四出辦事,睡眠嚴重不足!

今天星期日以為可盡量做,怎料一大清早起床便發現右邊眼晴感覺怪怪的,到浴室梳洗照鏡才見眼腫如疍,紅卜卜、眼膠黏黏的…天呀,明天起至下週末要天天出動工作,真不想出亂子,無可選擇下只好立刻驅車到醫院求醫。

唉…不知是那裡來的病毒,最後證實是紅眼症[或稱傳染性急性結膜炎],拿了眼藥水又迅速回家做功課了。

各位,近期紅眼症猖獗,此病傳染性高,要注意個人衛生好好預防啊!