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Corkers. Quote of the month: “Once…in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew. We were forced to live on nothing but food and water for days.” – W. C. Fields

This Month: “In the Mix” @ HKD 977 All the classic varieties to satisfy plus a couple of unusual wines for the adventurous among you.

Terravin Sauvignon Blanc 2010. The Skinny: Classy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. All the textbook flavours of grass, gooseberries, lemon, green apple and passion fruit, with pepper and spice from aging in French oak. Delightfully lively- drink on its own or with hot or cold smoked salmon and peppered chicken dishes.

Swanson Pinot Grigio 2008.

The Skinny: A very quaffable Pinot Grigio, more flavour than your usual cheap Italian floor cleaner. Bit of lemon, pear, and lychee. Drink with seared Ahi, or sushi and sashimi.

Scorpo Chardonnay 2008.

The Skinny: Great restrained American Chardonnay; lemon, peach, nectarine, and some vanilla spice from the oak. Roast chicken and creamy pastas are your nibbles of choice

Hentley Farm “The Stray Mongrel” 2010.

The Skinny: an unusual blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Zinfandel. Strawberry and raspberry jam, raisins and a nice peppery plum spice. Duck dishes and roast goose go well.

Grilli di Testamatta 2009.

The Skinny: Named after an Italian expression (“crickets in the head”) roughly translating as ‘a bit crazy but in a good way’. Ripe summer cherries, wild berries, leather and tobacco, sexy. Hearty Italian food, lasagna, Bolognese, pizza.

All That Jazz Pinot Noir 2010.

The Skinny: Bargainous classic pinot. Fresh strawberries and raspberries, bit of black pepper. We like this on its own or with rosemary lamb chops.

Corkers - March 2013