「玩野」

下個星期便起程到紐西蘭到訪酒莊十天,會走遍Auckland、Hawke's Bay、Marlborough、Canterbury和Central Otago五酒區。今次考察團只有我一位成員,行程緊密,看來會是不斷參觀、不斷品酒。三月份,紐西蘭剛踏入秋季,葡萄園現在正值開始為收割做最後準備,園內園外都肯定風光如畫。

每天探訪最多三個酒莊是我的理想數目,務求在每個莊園都可以逗留長些,邊品酒邊跟釀酒師詳談;到時希望可以多帶些有用資訊回來給大家。
在逗留於Queenstown的其中一天清早,大會特地安排了空檔,讓我參加一些旅遊節目,就是給我一個稍作休息的機會。紐西蘭玩意多多,以下是主辦單位給我的十大清單,每項都有趣,到底「玩野」玩甚麼好呢?諸位有意見嗎?有玩過的朋友們分享分享好嗎?
Shotover River Rafting (Grade 4/5)
Experience the rugged beauty and unspoilt grandeur of the breathtaking scenery as you conquer this wild and untamed river. Tackle ten rapids then raft through the darkness of the 170 metre oxenbridge Tunnel and shoot the cascade rapid to complete the challenge.
All trips include courtesy transfers, specialty river clothing, sauna, hot showers and refreshments.

Awesome Foursome
Start the day with a 134m bungy followed by the thrill ride of your life on the Shotover river, and finally be choppered in through Skippers to the beach where you'll jump on board a raft and raft back to base



Shotover Canyon Combo
Jump or be released from the world's largest swing (109m) followed by the thrill ride of your life on the Shotover river, and finally be choppered in through Skippers to the beach where you'll jump on board a raft and raft back to base.


Skydive – 12000 ft
Take an incredible scenic flight to your chosen altitude and capture New Zealand’s highest snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes, then freefall at 200kph. Finish with a breathtaking parachute flight that will gently bring you back down to solid ground.

Dart River Safaris – Ex Queenstown
The most scenic Jetboat ride in New Zealand. Dart River Safaris is a 1.5 hour jetboat ride deep into the pristine wilderness up a stunning aquamarine 'braided' glacial river, beneath magnificent snow-capped peaks.


Shotover Jet
You can’t beat the thrill of the Shotover Jet experience. It's an adrenaline rush you'll never forget! From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof as you power through the Shotover River and deep into the Shotover River canyons.
Deer Park Heights – Tour
Overlooking Queenstown, you are free to stroll and feed the tame animals or picnic with friends and family. Walk to the top of Deer Park Heights to get a 360-degree panoramic view of Queenstown.
Deer Park was also used as a major location for the three Lord of the Rings movies. See the location for the attack by Warg’s and Orks on Rohan refugees, and the cliff that Aragorn was dragged over by the Warg.
The Grand Circle Heli Flight
A loop of Queenstown surroundings – The Wakatipu Basin, view the Shotover River, Skippers Canyon, land on The Remarkable Mountains, and view Lord of the Rings locations from the air.


Milford Sound Fly Cruise Fly
A location not to be missed on any visit to Queenstown is a day trip to Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the "eighth wonder of the world". See the magnificent sights of this easily accessible but remote fiord by combining tours on land by air and by sea.


Shotover Canyon Swing
The Shotover Canyon Swing giant rope swing across one of the famous Shotover River Canyons and is the world's largest swing at 109 metres above the ground.

整合期

「好久好久沒有詳盡更新網誌了!」

似乎寫上面這句話的頻率越來越高,寫時心裡的慚愧也越來越多 --因為著實,近月寫的網誌文章確是少之又少,有朋友更以為逃到那裡去!難得仍然有很多朋友過來探訪,實在不好意思。
身住香港這一片福地,又怎能沒工作?我,當然一直都有工作,主要都是寫作。
前年,我加入了IWC,希望從教育方面更了解香港和大中華的喝酒文化,也跟很多愛酒人交流,讓我得益不少。不過,礙於私務纏身,加上除了教書之外,自己更想要多外遊學習葡萄酒,早在去年11月已離開IWC,重回自由身。
關於自己的這個blog,近幾個月都在思想應怎麼寫才好,因為翻看blog文後,老覺得下一次寫文章都應有些分享:例如思想、知識,甚至是情感等。固然,放上外出酒局飯局的網誌,當是快樂印記確也不錯,但總覺得有點欠缺。
我一直覺得,品酒不單單是要了解酒味,還更是學習整個文化,所以,自己寫酒方面不想永遠只是談論酒的表現味道層面上;雖說味道好不好可能是大家最後追求的,但造酒工序繁複,真正鍾愛葡萄酒的應當嘗試了解其文法淵源,不應單只每一次只集中記住有甚麼甚麼香氣,酒味何時打開何時下坡。想學習享受葡萄酒,除了記住酒味之外,應否也用不同角度去了解葡萄酒?這就是我近幾個月自己都在思考寫酒態度的主因,也所以一直下不了筆。
其實,藉著學習品酒而認識世界,拓闊人生視野,會是件很有趣的事情。我認為,喝酒除了滿足自己的官能之外,試試站在其他的角度看世界大小事,懂得的有何止瓶裡的風光?!
同時,要了解葡萄酒製造,最佳方法就一定是親身到葡萄園和酒廠看,跟製造者交流。十天後,我會跑到紐西蘭,看看當地的葡萄園,回來再跟大家分享。
在往後的日子裡,我除了會談好酒壞酒外,也會盡量跟大家分享我在葡萄酒看到、學到、領會到的一切 --這才是Wine is Beautiful醉美麗的深層意義。希望大家也多給意見,批評也沒關係,和諧交流就是品酒高境界。
好文章分享:
最近Jancis Robinson在英國金融時報的文章,提及葡萄酒的玻璃瓶問題,對世界的二氧化碳排放量影響。很多劉伶對重身瓶子有偏好,可是重身玻璃瓶子會加重運費,也同時增加運輸時船所排除的CO2…..而由於英國的無色玻璃瓶回收機會高,所以最近某牌子的葡萄酒便放棄用傳統的綠色瓶子,起用無色瓶子,希望對世界環境盡一份綿力。
有啓發嗎?
p.s. 有很多朋友留言問學習WSET何處好,我會容後特地寫一篇網誌回答。

《信報視聽頻道》美酒主義 : 意大利潮飲Spritz

 
Spritz是意大利北部Veneto最潮的雞尾酒,一衆意籍型男美女,夜蒲時在酒吧 ,手上總有這杯橙色特飲。帶少少氣泡,有柑橘、柚子等甘甜味,叫人一試難忘!Spritz的材料主要是60% Prosecco,30% Aperol,再加10%梳打水,另加冰和橙一片便成。Aperol是一種以烈酒混合 香草、大黃、根部植物釀造的低酒精(11度)飲料,橙味濃,味道很怡人。

紐西蘭Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 榮獲《Winestate》雜誌評選為星級佳釀

新聞稿:



著名紐西蘭葡萄酒品牌Montana出品的Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc榮獲澳洲及紐西蘭權威酒評雜誌《Winestate》出版的《年度葡萄酒選購指南2009》評選為五星級美酒的殊榮,適逢其2008年出產的佳釀面世三十周年,實為錦上添花。

《Winestate》雜誌公佈的2009年度最佳葡萄酒名單網羅在2008年內經專業酒評家嚴謹鑑嚐,能於超過一萬款葡萄酒中脫穎而出,款款均為頂尖佳釀之最。
在眾多2008年出產的新酒中,《Winestate》評審委員一致認為Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008層次深睿,且果香濃郁和諧。
Montana首席釀酒師Jeff Clarke表示:「Montana酒莊在紐西蘭馬爾堡(Marlborough)種植了第一棵的Sauvignon Blanc葡萄,為世界帶來前所未有的獨特味道。2009年是Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc面世三十周年的大日子,在此刻能獲《Winestate》雜誌評選為星級佳釀的殊榮,實在值得酒莊的葡萄培植及釀酒團隊熱烈慶賀。」
Jeff Clarke續評道:「Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008年的頂級佳釀遍佈全球且價格合理,其口感鮮明突出、成熟醇厚、味道清新,把Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc的精髓表露無遺,堪稱紐西蘭佳釀瑰寶的代表作。」
《Winestate》雜誌為澳洲發行量最大的酒評雜誌,讀者人數高達十萬人,亦同時在紐西蘭發行。
與此同時,世界著名評酒家Matthew Jukes亦把Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008納入其認為2009年六十最佳葡萄酒之列。

Wine nights in One Bar


The tastings start at
6.30pm and go until 8pm every Wednesday.  They are organized with the
support of various Hong Kong wine suppliers and professionals, often including
winemakers or representatives from the wineries.

After each tasting,
guests are able to purchase the wines on the spot for a discounted price and are welcome to stay in One Bar for dinner and
enjoy their bottle of wine without any corkage fee.

Every tasting night concentrates on a particular topic
around wine – such as the tasting on 4 February, which is offering the opportunity to taste through 7 top South
African wines.  This even includes South African sparkling wine and port
(HK$88/person for tasting – supplier:  Sheffied Ltd).

On 12 February (an
exception of a Thursday night) guests will be led through the tasting
personally by Ms. Alison Fraser, the Managing Director of the winery Caledonia
Australis from Australia.  Their wines are well known to be the finest
Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the region (HK$168/person for tasting and
canapés – supplier: Northeast Wines and Spirits Ltd.).

The 3rd
session of the month on 18 February 2009, will be an exciting tasting with some
of New Zealand’s best Syrah from Bridge Pa, a boutique Winery located in
Hawke’s Bay (HK$88/person for tasting – supplier: @ style international ltd.).

《信報視聽頻道》美酒主義 : 香檳以外的好選擇 – Cava

L'origan Rosé屬西班牙Cava,跟法國的香檳一樣,都是用傳統製法Methode Champenoise釀造。
金黄色香檳之所以稱霸氣泡酒界,在於其美味可口的獨特味道,和那源源不絕的柔滑細泡, 這些全都歸功於其傳統製法,而傳統製法乃氣泡酒製法之中最昂貴的一種。
L'origan Rosé以85%黑皮諾,以傳統香檳法釀製,要在酒瓶中陳年30個月之久。