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Toast in Keeping with Holiday Spirit

Wines put everyone in revelry mood during the Yuletide season.

Wines put everyone in revelry mood during the Yuletide season.

Christmas parties call for wine, champagne, and other alcoholic beverages. Toasting during the holiday season is getting popular in Taiwan.
However, wines produced by Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mounton and other famous wineries may cost a lot. There are some alternatives when celebrating this Christmas in Taiwan.
Champagne, a sparkling wine, is perfect when enjoying appetizers in the spirit of the season. Benjamin Huang, group product manager of Suntory Taiwan Limited, suggests Asti Cinzano from Italy.
The sparkling wine from the heart of the Piedmont region was labeled Vino a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), something reserved for the highest class of wine in Italy, in 1993.
Asti Cinzano is produced from the white Muscat grape. Its sweet and fruity aroma provides a perfect match with salad, desserts and appetizers.
Claire Chiang, manager of A La Sante restaurant, recommends Veuve Ambal Chardonnay Brut.
Veuve Ambal, a family operated winery and located at Cote de Beaune, has built a reputation in the Loire region for the processing sparkling wine. Wines are stored and left to age for a minimum of nine months.
The Veuve Ambal Chardonnay Brut with clean, fresh, fruit flavors and good balance goes well with seafood and appetizers.
Asti Cinzano can be bought from 7-11 convenient stores for less than NT$500. Have a set meal at the A La Sante restaurant with the wine and pay about NT$1000.
"Cholesterol or fat from roasted turkey and other red meats calls for red wine, which offers cholesterol-lowering benefit certified by scientists," says Chiang.
She points to two wines, 2000 Ch. Lamoliere and 2000 Ch. Trois Croix from the cellar of the A La Sante restaurant.
The 2000 vintage is exceptional and indispensable for wine cellars, according to the Wine Spectator.
The winter and spring in 2000 were mild, the precipitation in June and July was sufficient but the vintage resulted from a great period from August to September. The result: sublime Merlot wines as well as sensational Cabernet Sauvignon.
2000 Ch. Lamoliere and 2000 Ch. Trois Croix were produced by Patrick Leon, the owner of Lamoliere and Trois wineries. He worked as a chief brewer for 18 years at Chateau Mouton Winery, one of the top wineries in France. Leon did not take long to create his own wines after taking over these two wineries.
2000 Ch. Lamoliere and 2000 Ch. Trois Croix should go well with roasts, stewed pork or duck and cheeses according to Chiang. She adds that surprisingly these wines are perfect with meat or fowl stewed with soy sauce and then strained. These are very popular side dishes in Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-04-23 22:47 GMT+08:00