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Wine in Vietnam - Part 1

This is my first article of what I plan to be a series related to wine and wine tasting in Vietnam.

I am mad about wine and I would love to share with you what I like, what I don’t and some information about how to taste wine, for those of you who are starting to appreciate the nectar of the gods.

Briefly about myself and wine: I have been organising and hosting wine tastings for 16 years; I used to source wines for Naked Wines in England (which became one of the country’s biggest wine retailers); I have published two books about wine (available from Amazon), and I love wine!

Today, I would like to share the presentation of Allan Scott’s wines, which took place in early February at the Caravelle hotel, in collaboration with the Wine Warehouse.

The wine reception was held poolside on the 7th floor of the Caravelle Hotel, an amazing place to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing glass of wine. As usual the hotel staff took care of every detail to make sure that the over 100 guests would have a good time, and we did!

The afternoon turned into the evening very rapidly, as is typical when you are enjoying good wine and company. As the sun set, several personalities, including the New Zealand Consul and Mr. Allan Scott, graced us with their presence.

There were two wines to try during the night, followed by a warm speech from Mr Allan Scott.

See the reviews below; if you like them or if you want to see more reviews of wines available in Vietnam, please visit my Vietnam wine blog: http://wineinvietnam.blogspot.com

Wine: Allan Scott

Producer: Allan Scott Wine

Region: Marlborough

Country: New Zealand

Colour: White

Year: 2011

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Supplier: The Wine Warehouse

Price (VND): 381,000

Points: 73/100

Pairs well with: Salads, on its own, chicken

Notes: Pale gold colour brings you an amazing nose of tropical fruits, including mangoes, limes, passion fruit and a hint of peach. The palate is fresh and crisp, with medium acidity. Length could be improved, but is a delight to be drunk on its own or with salad or seafood and fish dishes.

The finish is very refreshing, and is a lovely wine to have on a terrace with hot weather, while watching time pass.

Wine: Allan Scott

Producer: Allan Scott

Region: Marlborough

Country: New Zealand

Colour:Red

Year: 2010

Grape: Pinot Noir

Supplier: The Wine Warehouse

Price (VND): 487,500

Points: 70/100

Pairs well with: Roasted lamb, kidneys with sherry

Notes: Red dark copperish in colour. The nose is beautiful, with lots of fresh red fruits, dark cherries and violets, very nice nose.

The palate is nice and delicate, very smooth with lots of berries, a touch of vanilla giving a velvet finish.

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