Sniffing Out Wine Faults

This week was a bit unlucky with wine. Several (two) of the bottles I have opened have gone right down the drain due to a wine fault. A wine fault is not always easy to sniff out. Many people just aren’t familiar enough with the flaws to confidently diagnose what’s wrong. But I live with someone with a super sensitive nose. He can smell a full trashcan from outside of the door, or if something has gone old in the fridge from the other side of the apartment. The same goes with wine. The smell-memory or -footprint that has been left in M’s mind is so strong, that no contaminated bottle can get away with it. It is a talent to be envied at times, but most of the time I really enjoy living in my bubble of ignorant bliss. For wine though, I would like to be more knowledgeable, so I a bit of studying can perhaps compensate for a weaker senses. Continue reading “Sniffing Out Wine Faults”

Wineweek 12: A Letter from Kuala Lumpur

It’s Sunday again and time for Wineweek, the recap of events accompanied by a lot of pictures. Taking pics is probably one of my favorite activities when it comes to the blog. It of course means that I am all the time snapping food/wine photos and some times people find that a bit weird. No worries, I am comfortable with that.

Last week Saturday we flew from Koh Samui to Kuala Lumpur, my former “home” city (I spent a school semester there). It was a short stop because we thought there would not be much there for us. However, we were partly mistaken. It’s always easier to be wise in arrears, but we should have reserved a few more days for going around. Kuala Lumpur has developed immensly in 10 years and there is a growing coffee culture and great food courts.

The two full days we had were spent on walking around and drinking coffee. If we would not be so tight on luggage space KL is a great place for shopping as well. We also bought a bottle of bubbly from Samui airport to have wine one night (KL is not the best place in the world to start looking for wine bars). To our disappointment the Dominique Portet Brut Rose that  we bought had cork damage. Oh the agony! You are just waiting to have that first cold sip of wine, and you realise already when opening the bottle that it has gone bad. That is what we wine-geeks have to live with. After tweeting about the incident though, the producer actually sent us a message suggesting they could replace the bottle if we live in Australia. Unfortunately we don’t, but I really appreciate the gesture. I love when producers respond to posts or tweets and want to be engaged with their customer base. I am very much looking forward to the next opportunit to try out their wines some day.

So what were the highlights of KL:

1# VCR is a cafe on a small side street close to Jalan Bukit Bintang. They had excellent speciality coffees and some delicious looking cakes. When eying what people were having in tables next to us it seemed that they also did some pretty yummy brunch.

2# Three Little Birds Cafe is located in an office complex on Jalan Sentul. It was not easy to find and we were thrown off by everything else being closed due to a holiday (I have no idea which one, it caught us off guard). They do excellent espresso based coffees as well as filer coffees and it is a calm, almost tranquil environment to sit and do some blogging.

3# Acme Bar & Coffee is a restaurant on Jalan Binjai, close to the KL city centre park. What I really like is that Acme is a restaurant with good coffee, not a cafe with good food (you have plenty of those around). We dine out a lot and however nice the restaurant, the coffee often disappoints. Even at three michelin star restaurants the coffee, the last thing you put in your mouth, is just not good enough. I hope Acme will inspire other restaurants to pay more attention to coffee.

4# Food Court at Paragon. This is a massive food court in the upscale Paragon Mall on Jalan Bukit Bintang. I actually used to live next to here, but 10 years ago, Paragon was not there. I was shocked how my former home street looked like. It was like from a different world. If Paragon and its wonderfull selection of food stalls would have been there 10 years ago, I would have been in heaven.

5# Lokl is a cafe located on Jalan Tun. The coffee was a disappointment, mainly because it had sugar in it. It was our own fault though as we ordered local coffees without asking for them not to add anything. I have noticed thay they like things sweet here in South-East Asia. Lokl had some great food though, like a Chicken with rice and herbs and Pulled beef burger. We also had a Profiterole for dessert.

Kuala Lumpur was probably the dryest wine destination of our journey through Asia. Luckily we are now in Singapore which seems to be the best. As with other South-East Asian countries, wine is expensive here (perhaps I should stop complaining about the Monopoly in Sweden). However, we have been able to find some shops, bars and decent bottles at restaurants. My wine-deprivation is starting to withdraw, and I forsee future posts having much more action around the main topic of our blog. So happy coming (wine) week to everyone! Next week we will be starting our posts on Singapore with some London memories and KL reviews to add to the mix. Soon we will also start looking more to the future. Our return flight to Sweden is in a few weeks and we have a bunch of company stuff on the table. It will be a nice change to start writing more about that.