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Domaine Cordier Pouilly Fuisse 2010

Domaine Cordier Pouilly Fuisse 2010

For those that don’t know the region, Pouilly Fuisse is a Chardonnay from Burgundy, but it’s just south of the golden strip (Cote d’Or), and in the cheaper, warmer region of Mâconnais. It is however the shining star of the region, and many would say that you’d be better off buying […]

August 19, 2012 ×

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Cantina di Custoza Pinot Grigio 2011

Cantina di Custoza Pinot Grigio 2011

A little more forward than many other Pinot Grigios on the market. Ripe nose, full of fruit (pears mainly), but also a little chemical/oily smell, which fortunately does not dominate. A little spice on the palate, again, rare for modern Italian Pinot Grigio, and welcome, as far as I am […]

August 5, 2012 ×

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GPG Garganega Pinot Grigio 2011

GPG Garganega Pinot Grigio 2011

I picked this one up for three reasons – one, it was cheap, two, it has Garganega in it, and I’m a big fan of Soave (Garganega is the main grape variety of this great value dry, fragrant and yet neutral white wine), and it’s a joint operation between a […]

July 5, 2012 ×

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Henri Fabre Pure Dédicace Bandol Rosé 2010

Henri Fabre Pure Dédicace Bandol Rosé 2010

This is probably breaking the rosé budget for many. At about 100AED plus tax in Dubai, it’s not going to qualify as a quaffer. However, it’s also a very good example of what you get when a winemaker takes rosé seriously. It’s richer, fruitier, creamier than any rose I’ve had […]

June 21, 2012 ×

Eating up Dubai, Wine O'Clock

A little whine…

A little whine…

Where the wine world makes sense….Wine is an integral part of a good restaurant’s offering. The drinks list is a great source of profit, and so, it is allowed to flourish to the whims of the sommelier as the menu is to the chef. The house wine – the cheapest […]

June 7, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Wine O'Clock

Drinking up Jordan

Drinking up Jordan

One evening a few weeks ago, I found myself sitting before a Palestinian and a Circassian in a Lebanese restaurant in the Jordanian capital with my Australian husband, who like me, is a resident of the United Arab Emirates, drinking Syrian Arak. It’s a funny thing, this drinking in Muslim […]

May 9, 2012 ×

Eating up Dubai, Wine O'Clock

Cavalli – Roberto and Tommaso, and Style over Substance

Cavalli – Roberto and Tommaso, and Style over Substance

The other night, I went to the Cavalli Club for a Wine Dinner. Some might say this is a little incongruous. It’s a nightclub. I mean, we all know the restaurant is there, serving food every night, but if only the beautiful people go, does anybody really eat it? In […]

January 29, 2012 ×

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Duval-Leroy Brut NV

Duval-Leroy Brut NV

This Champagne is far too cheap. It’s only 2/3 the price of Moet and yet its better – well, it is for those who like a richer style of fizz anyway. It’s a very complex champagne, and delivers all round. Nose is almonds, apples and honey. Front palate bursts with […]

January 27, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides, Wine O'Clock

Food and wine for a lifetime: Red Hill

Food and wine for a lifetime: Red Hill

I’ve talked about home before. If you’re a new reader to the hedonista, I’ll fill you in. I’m from Melbourne, Australia, but have been living in Dubai for the past three and a half years. So now, you might say I have two homes – the one I call home, […]

October 23, 2011 ×