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Riesling – Barefoot

Riesling – Californian – 2012

Rieslings! aren’t they supposed to be German? I was in the mood for a Riesling and I found this Californian one.

Of a beautiful pale colour, and shy aromas.

I had the impression that Rieslings were less sweet than Moscatos and that they felt more serious. As it turns out, they can be as sweet and playful.  You know, I am Moscato fan , but I had previously tried Riesling – Bree and I was expecting something like this.

I am not saying it is bad, but it is too sweet for what I was expecting.

Fruitiness: 3.4 /5

Sourness: 2.9 /5

Sweetness: 4.2 /5

Body: 3 / 10

Style: Light

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

The Overall SunShower rating is:

2.8 /5

Rating levels:

4.7 – 5.0 The finest of all!
4.0 – 4.6 Oh this is good!
3.1 – 3.9 This ok! Pleasant. But don’t be demanding.
2.3 – 3.0 Ok, this is weird.
1.0 – 2.2 Don’t try this, I already sacrificed myself for you.
0.0 – 0.9 Cannot believe there is something this disgusting.

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July 17th 2017

 

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For the best in town, the Arful Dodger’s deserves a crown 

I am rating this awesome place because it is one of my favourites, but it is not necessary to state how good it is, because everybody already knows that this place is incredible. I just want to let more people know what they are missing if they haven’t tried it. Although it is very easy to find physically and online, since it has already been rated and talked about in many other web pages. But perhaps you just came to Tainan and just don’t know where to go for a great meal. Here, let me introduce to you the Artful Dodgers.

It is promoted like an English bar/restaurant, but the truth is they not only serve fish-and-chips but western style food. You know, a little bit of Latin American food (like quesadillas), a little bit of North American food (burgers), Mediterranean food (like Greek salad, one of my favourites), and of course, European (meat pies, exquisite English breakfast, and one of the best pasta in town).

Parmesan Chicken

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Quesadilla
Besides their spectacular regular menu, they also have specials, varying from roast beef, to curry and other special dishes.  The place is truly awesome. Personally I love to get brunch here, as the atmosphere makes feel more like in Europe than in Taiwan. And the service is also very good, the staff always receive you with a welcoming gesture, either in English or in Chinese

But my favourite time to go is Friday night, it is lady’s night and we girls get discount on drinks, plus an absolutely delicious truffle.

Their drinks menu is also a good reason to go, great variety of beer, cocktails and wine.  If you have wandered in the wine section of this blog, you will be able to find their red Cabernet Sauvignon and the newly added Pinot Grigio. 

No matter the time of the day, I just simply love to go there with my friends and share together a wonderful time.

Now, let me tell you a little anecdote… When I first discovered this place, I noticed that my male friends took unexpected long time in the bathroom, but, of course, it would not have been polite to ask. One day, one of my friends came out staring at a picture in his phone and then enthusiastically showed us. We felt a little awkward, but then it all became clear.  There is a Titanic poster with details about the ship, take a look:

If you are in Tainan and feel like a wonderful none-Asian meal, here is your place to go.

Variety: 5/5

Taste:5/5

Drinks: 4/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Service: 4/5

The SunShower rating is 

4.8/5

And if you are wondering how to get there, here is the location:

It’s open every day except on Tuesdays.

 

They have recently made some udgrades, I am eager to go check it out!!! 

 


 

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White Bordeaux – Moelleux 

And there I was thinking that Bordeaux was only a reference to Red Wine.

This post is special, because it two of my most wonderful French friends made the honorable selection. They did warned me that it would be really sweet, but I was confident as I have tried many moscatos. I though they were going to be similar. I was wrong!

They are totally different. The white Bordeaux was an incredible surprise, as it was so sweet that that there was basically no sourness to taste and yet different layers of fruits could be tasted.

I personally do not like wines that are too sweet, but this was an comfortable encounter.

Fruitiness: 3.8/5

Sourness: 2.0/5

Sweetness : 4.2/5

Style : Light

Body: 4/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is

3.6/5

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Pinot Grigio – Santa Margherita

I previously posted about the red wine served at amazing Artful Dodgers. And now they have a new delightful Pinot Grigio.

The moment they showed me the bottle, I knew it was going to be good, as I have previously tested the magnificent Cuveé Pinot also Santa Margherita. I wasn’t wrong.

Soft in colour and smell, but matching perfectly that delicious Parmesan Chicken they have.  It is a highly layered wine, grapes, guavas and a touch of peaches at the end. Fruity at the beginning, sour in the middle and the end left a little bitterness. So, as I said,  it is very well layered.

Fruitiness : 3.8/5

Sourness : 3.8/5

Sweetness : 2.8/5

Style: light- medium

Body : 3/10

Found in: Artful Dodgers

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

3.9/5

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If you are interested in knowing what is Arful dodgers red wine, here it is

 

Moscato – Dilé

As promised when writing about Queen Adelaide, which is an excellent Moscato, I am now writing about a very different one.

White wines should be get better when chilled, as I had previously stated in my post “Why do white wines are better when chilled?”  Curiously this one got better when not too cold.  At the first sip, I would have not given it more than 2.6/5 but as we kept on drinking, it became more like 3.3/5. If you have read the wine ranks, you would know that this is a lot, since it changed from “don’t drink this” to “Ok, not so bad” status.

The problem with this Moscato is that it is too sweet! However, I am not saying it is absolutely bad, it was layered and it was possible to feel some Peaches and Guavas. Its color was absolutely beautiful, and just look at the bottle, it is really unique, and that was the reason we got it. If you are looking to make some wine pictures, it is a good choice.

Fruitiness: 3.9/5

Sourness: 2.1/5

Sweetness: 4.9/5

Style: Light

Body: 3/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

3.3/5

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If you like moscatos and want to try something nice, check out the Frontera or the Yellow tail!

Moscato – Queen Adelaide

As a fan of Moscatos, I am writing about his one with great pride. It felt like a royalty drink. I have to be honest, it is not very expensive, and because of the price I thought it was going to be very bad. It wasn’t!

Beautiful color, delicious smell, perfectly balanced. Not too sweet and bothers my tongue and not too sour. It was absolutely perfect. Highly recommended! Queen Adelaide for all amazing people out there.

Fruitiness: 3.8/5

Sourness: 3.2/5

Sweetness: 3.9/5

Style: Light

Body: 4/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

4.4/5

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Special thanks to the Salty Avocado, who chose this wine and it was great to enjoy our last Taiwan movie night! Looking forward for the next one!

Riesling – Bree

Rieslings, I don’t know them very well. I began my journey of white wines with Moscatos and I haven’t moved too far form them. Although I did had this incredible Chardonnay- Andean and also the utter disappointment of the Pinot Gris 

Strolling around Carrefour, I made a quick stop in the wine section. The-always-exciting sushi was already nominated as dinner, and what is best to drink with fish, with raw fish? White wine, everybody knows that, right?

Now, look at this bottle? isn’t it Intriguing? From behind it looks more like a vodka, but tell me? wouldn’t you you like to have a try of this? Well, I could not resist it! And you know what? I wasn’t disappointed.

It was a White Wine done correctly. Definitely more serious and sophisticated than Moscatos. Somewhat more mysterious and layered than Chardonnays. It was worth trying as I now feel like I rose my level in wine tasting.

Fruitiness: 3.6/5

Sourness:3.8/5

Sweetness: 3.2/5

Body: 5/10

Style: Light

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

The Overall SunShower rating is:

4.3/5

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Moscato – Yellow Tail

Moscatos are always a true beauty. They are suitable for almost any occasion and are good for any taste. The only problem is that sometimes they can be too sweet. Now, wouldn’t it be perfect if you could find one that is in perfect balance. Just the right amount of sourness and sweetness, keeping its elegance and finesse, but at the same be conceited, narcissist and above all charismatic.

This Yellow Tail is just like this. I am really surprised at this series of wine. Being Australian I did not thought they were too good. But I was wrong! I was wrong to the point of regret.

In a previous post I talked about the Shiraz, Yellow tail made me change how I feel about this types of wine, now I feel like I can actually like them. And with this Moscato I feel like Moscatos do not have to necessary be shy and playful, but that can actually be mature and sensual.

 

Fruitiness: 4.0

Sourness: 3.6

Sweetness: 3.8

Style: Light-Medium

Body: 6/10

Found in: Carrefour, Simple Mart, 7-11

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

4.3/5

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This series of wine is delicious. 

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Chenin Blanc – Obikwa

My dear friend Jessie, is an exclusive white wine lover, and she got this one for the Eurovision 2017 night. She had previously introduced us to the Obikwa Moscato, which is a very good one, but with a bottle as beautiful as this, the Chenin Blanc is impossible to ignore.

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Chenin Blanc – 56 hundred Nederberg

If you read PART I, then you already know that about three weeks ago I was in charge to get the wine that night and that I was lured by the Nederberg Collection. I got a Pinotage and the second one was a Chenin Blanc


I should have written about them right after drinking them for I have forgotten some of their features, however I have very clear the rating I want to give them.

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Moscato – Italian Botter

Alright, since i have been rating the Moscatos all so high, I think we can all agree that I really enjoy Moscatos. My favorite being Frontera, but this one, gave quite a surprise.

Judging by the bottle, you may think that it is giggly, naive and perhaps inconsistent. We had serious doubts when selecting it, but since it is a Moscato, we decided to give it a chace. And I am really glad we did so, cause it was certainly a surprise.

And guess what? It is bubbly, almost like a sparkling wine.  Perfect for sharing with friends and spending and easy going afternoon.

It hasn’t many layers but it isn’t flat and the finish is simply charming. Leaving your lips satisfied and with a smile but naughty enough to leave you wanting for more.

Of light color and sweet pineapple-ish smell. I may even dare to say that there was a taste of peach right before the finish.

Sweetness: 4.6/5

Fruitiness: 4.6/5

Body: 4.0/5

Found in: Simple Mart

The overall SunShower rating is

3.8/5

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Fun Fact: Did you know that Moscatos are one of the hardest wines to make? because of it’s sweetness and lack of sourness bacterias are more likely to want to like in this medium, so winemakers have to add extra sulfides to it, but being careful not to saturate it.


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But before you leave, check out this other two South African Moscatos, Cape Elephant and my close friend’s favorite, Obkiwa.

 

Chardonnay – Andean

The Andean Malbec was a thrilling experience and when I found its counterpart, a Chardonnay, I knew I had to try too.

This was the first time I had a Chardonnay, so I cannot compare with others, but I have heard how good this type of wine is, so I had double high expectations.

I wasn’t disappointed, none of my friends were. Just by smelling the cork you can tell that this wine is promising.

It smelled as something serious and sophisticated. I imagine myself in an elegant place with a gourmet menu.  This is the type of wine you want to have for a intense conversation, or even over business.

It’s coloration is darker than other white wines I have tasted, but just add to its elegance.

The taste was well balanced, and just like the smell, it is was sophisticated.

Sweetness: 3.9/5

Fruitiness: 4.0/5

Body: 4.5/5

Found in: Carrefour

The overall SunShower rating is:

4.5

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Why do White Wines are Better when Chilled?

More Chill for Whites, Please!


So, I take my precious Frontera and offer a sip to a friend and he goes:

“Yeah! It’s ok.” – Okey? Just okey? It is great for me and why is he not enjoying it more???-

“But I would prefer it cold!” – He finishes saying.


Red ones are fine at room temperature, but why would white wines be just better if they are cold? Why?

Time for the chu chu twirling train of science. Let’s discover some wine chemistry.

Wine Making

Ok! So, wines are made from the fermentation of grapes and sometimes, of some other fruits and plants.  In short words, if it is a RED one, the grapes are crushed with the skin, which provides the color and the tannin. And if it is a WHITE one, the juice is extracted from the fruits. For ROSE ones, the juice is allowed to stay with the crushed skins and it is removed afterwards.

Either the case, some bacteria are added at this point and after 1 or 2 weeks, the carbohydrates and some of the sugars are transformed into alcohol and acids.

Wonderful! Now we have our wine. It is delicious and a real piece of art. A few weeks later we want to share it with friends. But instead of a pleasant wine night, it turns into a disaster; the wine had changed color and it smells like rotten nuts and tastes like vinegar.

The wine did not fully become vinegar, as it did not contain the right type of bacteria for that. But what happened?

OXIDATION!!!!

If you are wondering what is Oxidation , it is what happens when you leave an apple half bitten on your table. It turns brown

oxidation-social.jpg

  1. This is mostly the reason of the change of color into a darker brownish one, and it is also partially responsible for the smell.
  2. Because there is enough oxygen, the bacteria in the wine proliferated and continued the fermentation process, releasing not only alcohol but molecular sulfur. Which is the main responsible for putrid odor.

 

How to controlling this problem?

SULFITES!!!!

YES! More sulfur! Not in the molecular style, but in its SO3 form

In case you want to know, here is the reaction:

Figure-2-Equilibrium-between-molecular-bisulfite-and-sulfite-forms-of-sulfur-dioxide-in

No, it isn’t not harmful!

They are preservatives, used in many types of food. As the matter of fact, most the goods the consume contain more sulfides than wine.

The Bottom Line on Sulfites in Wine, Wine Follie, January 15, 2014, http://winefolly.com/tutorial/sulfites-in-wine/

Basically, sulfites join all the molecules that could oxidize, thus preventing oxidation. But there is one more thing, sulfites can cross the bacteria’s cell wall and damage it from inside.

This is how you prevent the wine going bad.

A little of history!

The romans discovered that they could burn sulfur candle in the wine barrels and thus and thus the fermentation odor cause by the bacteria was reduced. Sulfites have been used in wine ever since then.

How Sulfides do their job

Let’s not get into nerdy stuff, but it is important to mention that Sulfides will join all the available molecules that can oxidize. ALL OF THEM! Therefore, the sweeter the wine, the more sulfites it needs. I am looking at you Moscato!!! You sweet, delicious, heavenly thing!

1.Frontera                       2. Obikwa                3. Italian Botter

Red wines are normally less sweet and because they have tanning, their own natural antioxidizing they have less sulfites than white ones.

Now, let’s go back to our original question.

Why white wines are better when cold?


 

As I mentioned sulfites will join all the available molecules that may oxidize. Let’s imagine sulfite as an annoying child that requires attention. sulfite.jpg

 

Wines have esters, phenols and aldehydes. These three guys give the wine its taste, the body, the consistency. These three are the main musicians of the orchestra.

Esters, Phenols and Aldehydes

And they will not perform well with a crying baby next to them.

Luckily, a child is not allowed to out when the weather is cold. The colder it gets, the less children are allowed to go out. So, when the wine is chilled, sulfites stay at home and the musicians are left alone to perform their best.

director

The alcohol is, of course, the director. If the musicians aren’t performing well, he will come out too strong and be all over the place. As a result you will end up with a disappointment and a possible headache.

The answer to our question

Because there are more sulfites in white wine, it will require a lower temperature (around 5-8°C) to control the bonding with other compounds. While reds are best at around 14-18°C. Not really at room temperature (usually 20° C), but a little colder.

Don’t worry! Lower temperatures will also stop bacteria proliferation and with the appropriate sealing, a cork or a screw cap, just a little oxygen will be in contact with the wine.


I think I will talk about wine sealing, next time.


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Moscato – Obikwa

Unexpected Wine Sharing – Part 2/2

Obikwa Moscato, from South Africa, is the second participant of the night. The first one was Santa Margherita Cuvée Pinot from Italy.

This wine, just as Frontera, is another perfect Moscato. As soon as you read the name, and you have to read to twice to make sure you are pronouncing it right, it feels as if you are entering and exotic adventure. .

I have read that white wines are supposed to have a touch of pineapple, but this was the first time I sense it. The pineapple spark is slight and quick, but it is there.

The smell: colorful.

This wine felt playful and you just got to smile when you take it. Perfect for my friend’s birthday party. At the same time, it was relaxing and soothing, I would also have it while reading or just writing in this blog

Sweetness: 4.0/5

Fruitiness: 4.3/5

Body: 4.2/5

Found in: Carrefour

The overall SunShower rating is

4.0/5

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Cuvée Pinot – Santa Margherita

Unexpected Wine Sharing – Part 1/2

Last Thursday was the birthday of this amazing French guy. It was not specifically a wine party, but my friends and I all thought it would be a good idea to start the night with something smoother.

We ended up with three different white wines. Obikwa Moscato, from South Africa, Frontera Moscato, from Chile, and something very peculiar which I had not heard or tasted before, Santa Margherita Cuvée Pinot from Italy.

Up until that day, I thought that I could only like Moscatos, since I had tried Sauvignon Blanc and Rieslings but I don’t think I have found one to fancy.

Perhaps it was the mixture of the two different types of grapes, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco, or maybe its elegance, but this wine climb up to one of my favorites. It had a soft light color and it was definitely less sweet that the moscatos, butit felt as it was a more serious wine. Still rather versatile, as I am sure It can match many different food.

The smell: timid but elegant. Intriguing, it makes you feel curious.

Sweetness: 3.6/5

Sourness: 3.4/5

Fruitiness: 4.1/5

Style: Light – Medium

Found in: Carrefour

The overall SunShower rating is

4.4/5

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I need to have this again. I will update this post when I do.

Origin Denomination Cape Elephant

It was girls night, and we were looking for a rightful companion. Would it be white or would it be red wine? Between the rage of wines that we had, there was one that caught our attention. It was a South African white wine with no denomination, however judging by its golden colour it seamed tasty, and it was definitely luring.

After my friend, Jessi, managed to open it with a not-very-good corkscrew, we pour it.

The smell: Soft, smooth and somehow sparky for my nose.

Perhaps it lacked a little bit of body in its smell, so we looked at each other and we knew that we did not have very high expectations,  but one sip and, oh surprise!!!! It was actually rather tasty. Definitely not Sauvignon Blanc, as it was sweet and not sauer as Sauvignon Blancs usually are, but it could have been a Moscato.

Sweetness: 4.2/5

Sourness: 2.5/5

Fruitiness: 3.6/5

Style: Light

Found in: Simple Mart

It was a great night and we were happy with our choice, in fact we wanted it again.

The second time we had it, was for wine-tasting night 01. After some discussion, we concluded that it might be a Moscato, but it might contain a higher percentage of water to be called that.

The over all SunShower rating is

3.6 /5 

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Moscato – Frontera

The Ballerina Wine


Many of my friends mentioned how much they like white wine and how they preferred it over red ones. However, every time I tried one, it wasn’t as satisfying as I was looking for.  Until one day that was in Carrefour and as I was trying to decide which new wine to try, I got a call from a close friend and he said:

– Go for a Moscato. – He sounded so sure about his recommendation that there was no room for doubts.

– Would a Chilean Moscato work? – I asked.

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