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選擇葡萄酒作為禮物越來越普遍,葡萄酒的最大優點是價錢彈性大,從百多元以至過萬元一瓶都有,豐儉由人。如能做足功課,選擇對方喜愛的葡萄酒,更能顯出你的心思!
如果作為初學者,走進店舖面對過百支葡萄酒又不免茫無頭緒,HK Wine Blog 由幾個方面替你選購合適的葡萄酒送禮!

 (1) 種類

葡萄酒一般分為紅、白、氣泡及甜酒四大類。
先考慮對方喜歡的種類,例如曾聊過關於葡萄酒的話題,回想之前對方經常在餐廳點的多為紅酒或白酒,先鎖定送禮種類可以把目標收窄,縮減往後三心兩意而浪費掉的時間。

若你並不太了解對方喜歡的葡萄酒,選擇紅酒最為穩當,許多香檳有華麗的包裝也視為送禮佳品。除非你肯定對方喜歡甜酒,否則盡量避免作為考慮條件。

(2) 風格

當決定了你送禮的葡萄酒類型後,就要再考量產酒國家、地區及葡萄等。重覆一次,再回想對方有沒有談及過他/她所喜歡的葡萄酒? 如沒有的話,也大致可分為兩類 – 尋求安全 或 特色。穩陣類型是大多數人認識及接受的葡萄酒,特色類型則為對方製造一份驚喜,花點時間了解這些特色葡萄酒兼讓對方了解你選擇的理由,更可顯出你的心思及品味。

 安全類型
紅酒 – 法國波爾多當然是最安全的選擇,你可選擇波爾多左岸的列級酒莊,最便宜的一般約400多元一瓶(例如Cantemerle 和La Tour Carnet均有著平均而優秀的質素),這些列級酒莊的好處是廣泛為人熟識,相比右岸列級酒莊質素更平均及有保證。2005、2009及2010均是近10年最出色的年份,價錢會更高,2007年雖然不怎麼好,但更適合早年享用,而且價錢比前者大多便宜20-30%。
白酒 – Chardonnay 是世界種植數量第二多的白葡萄(第一為質素平平的Airen),它沒有非常明顯的特性,多靠種植的風土及釀酒方法為它添上風味,也因為Chardonnay的風格範圍廣,很難有人表示他/她不喜歡Chardonnay……致於Chardonnay,可選擇法國Chablis的白酒,100%以Chardonnay 釀造出世界上最出色的白酒。村莊級的100多至300元一瓶,質素再好的可在酒標上找尋Premier Cru/1er Cru 的字眼,比村莊級更高一級,售價一般在300元以上。
氣泡酒 – 那當然是香檳啦! 還要是大品牌的! Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque年份香檳有獨特的酒瓶設計,約850元一瓶,非年份的品牌香檳,據品嚐經驗則認為Veuve Clicquot Brut NV 及 Bollinger Special Cuvée NV的質素最高,價錢約為350至500之間。

特色類型
紅酒 – 除波爾多外,法國東北的布根地(Burgundy)也是世上優秀紅酒的產區,但由於當中有超過380個村莊,對初學者來說有點難以明白,但當中也跟Chablis 一樣分為村莊級(village),一級(1er Cru/ Premier Cru)或特級(Grand Cru),如要挑選質素佳的布根地作禮物可集中為一級及特級 (1er Cru/ Premier Cru/Grand Cru)。另一方面,意大利Barolo 也逐漸讓人熟悉及喜愛的紅酒,Barolo具陳年潛力,可讓對方繼續收藏,2004、2006及2007年份均出色,但必需避免2002年的Barolo……
白酒 – 有許多德國的白酒均有著設計華麗而且古典的酒標,作送禮也挺搶眼,選擇以Riesling釀造而且具Spatlese 級別的更好,具有一定的陳年力量
氣泡酒 –香檳還是特色的首選!畢竟送禮嘛! 不如找些特別的香檳? 例如Lanson 香檳不會進行Malolatic 的發酵方法所以風格更具像青蘋果的酸性,或者Pol Roger 堅持以人手而非機器作轉瓶,又或Cedric Bouchard全天然、單一葡萄及葡萄園而成的香檳?

(3) 年份

先前提及了波爾多及巴羅洛(Barolo)優秀年份,但送禮畢竟是送禮,年份來得也更有意義! 視乎送禮目的,但可考慮一些年份作為紀念,例如送別同事可考慮同事加入公司的年份,朋友的結婚禮物則可考慮對方相識交往的年份,生日禮物更可找找出生年份! 當對方知道你為他/她找到這些特別年份的葡萄酒,更感受到這份禮物的心意。

(4) 評分

葡萄酒舖一般都會為有高評分的葡萄酒加上標註,酒瓶家的評分或許限制了我們的選擇,但送禮的條件之下,省時間而且想找到符合價格而不失望的葡萄酒,亦可以評分作選擇條件之一。
以下為最普及酒評家或媒體的簡寫,全部均以100分為滿分
RP = Robert Parker, 最具影響力的酒評家,有公信力,也有人質疑他偏好酒體豐富及酒精濃度高的風格,以波爾多、隆河及美國酒為主
WA = Wine Advocate, Robert Parker 創立的品評媒體,除Robert Parker 以外所有酒評家均多以WA統稱
WS = Wine Spectator, 美國葡萄酒雜誌
BH= Burghound, 布根地(Burgundy)的專屬品評媒體,全由Allen Meadow品評,評分較為嚴謹
JS = James Suckling, 除葡萄酒外也品評雪茄,認為葡萄酒的味道比香氣更重要,評分較寬鬆,被90分以上的葡萄酒數量很多

還有什麼需要考量? 送禮不會欠缺”愛”!
想直接用酒表達愛,不妨考慮以下葡萄酒
Chateau Calon Segur
Mollydooker Carnival of Love

如果你找到代表愛的葡萄酒,不妨留言告知!

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為慶祝La Rioja Alta成立125週年,Kerry Wines將於本月尾La Rioja Alta葡萄酒晚宴。
該酒廠不單能生產經典和傳統Rioja風格的佳釀,而且他們旗下的葡萄酒均是熟成後才推出市面,因而聞名於世。
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日期: 25 March 2015 (Wednesday)
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Le Tour De Mons Margaux 2010

相比起其他Margaux 產區,使用了更高比例的Merlot 葡萄,2010年使用了45% 加上50% Cabernet Sauvignon 及5% Petit Verdot 釀造,再在40%新法國橡木桶沉浸12個月。顏色偏向深紫色,有大量的李子、藍莓及車厘子香氣,延續於味蕾之中。整體感覺像右岸Saint-Emilion 區的紅酒,不見得有Margaux 該有的香氣,也沒有潛力經陳年後有良好的變化。折扣後$180……價格合理但沒有驚喜。

購買地點: Le Tour De Mons Margaux 2010 (Voila $180/瓶)

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今個星期六將有美國酒評家James Suckling 舉辦的”Bordeaux Confidential” 品酒會,James Suckling選出了24家同具質素及特色的波爾多酒莊及邀請酒莊代表共同參予,屆時有機會品嚐當中最優秀的波爾多紅、白及貴腐酒,也能跟酒莊代表了解酒莊的釀造理念及歷史。非常好的機會去了解世界最著名的產區 – 波爾多最出色的葡萄酒!

到時將有多達70款葡萄酒品嚐,與其冒著大標籤試,不如找一些更適合享用的紅酒。一支2010或2011的波爾多列級酒莊現在品嚐,斷不能說上美妙動人。

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Château Bouscaut Blanc Pessac- Léognan 2011
Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2005
Château Giscours Margaux 2005
Château La Fleur Morange Saint Emilion 2004
Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan 2000
Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2005
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Château Bouscaut 可能不太熟悉,但其白酒質素非常高,當中的牛油、橡木及煙燻的味道予人深刻印象。Château La Fleur Morange 也是另一家崛起的酒莊,近年的質素也被各酒評家認同。

日期: 7 March 2015 (星期六)
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到最後一個獨特新產區,來到了意大利Etna。相信也沒太多人品嚐過位於意大利Sicily 東北Etna的葡萄酒,但這卻是世上其中一個風土最特別的產區。 Etna 附近有一座活火山 – Vesuvius,火山灰為這地區創造了一片特別的土壤,以許多葡萄園則位於山腰及低地位置。這些火山岩為土壤提供了大量礦物質,提供了像鐵、銅、鎂等各種養分。同時,酒莊也承受著火山隨時爆發的威脅。

Etna屬於意大利其中一個DOC,當中也包含Etna所使用到的本土葡萄,紅葡萄有Nerello,白葡萄則有Carricante、Catarratto和Minella。Nerello 分為Nerello Mascalese 和種植範圍少的Nerello Cappuccio,釀造出香氣濃郁及酒精濃度高的葡萄酒。Carricante 則是酸度高,帶有檸檬、橙及青草感覺的白酒。Minella 同樣是酸度高但提供多點熱帶水果及肉桂味道。Catarratto 則是比較中性及簡單的葡萄品種。

相比起Chianti、Barolo及Prosecco等已熟能詳的名字,現時大部分Etna 的葡萄酒均給予本地內銷享用。但意大利的Sicily及Etna已被媒體及酒評家提出為下一個崛起的產區,或許你可找到你最喜歡獨特口味。

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購買地點: Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2008 (Watsons Wine $398/瓶)