Red Wine, Recorking and…PENFOLDS!

Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM

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The indefatigable & inspiring Travelling Gourmet learns all about Recorking and Recertifying Penfoldswines in St. Regis Hotel Singapore…where

MR Peter Gago, my good friend and chipper Chief Winemaker of Penfolds waxed lyrical about Penfolds COMPLIMENTARY Red Wine Clinic. Here, Penfolds afficionados can bring their wines of 15 years or older for assessment and recorking plus recertification by experts. On Thursady, 9 May 12013, Penfolds carried out its 2nd Clinic in Singapore.

I believe in what Socrates, the famous Greek Philosopher always expounded: The only true wisdom is when we realise we know…nothing. I learned so much including the double corkscrew technique to remove old and crumbly corks, wine oscillation in the bottle due to temperature fluctuations from incorrect cellaring and much MORE! I found out too that Peter is a “Geordie” born in Newcastle upon the River Tyne. I was at the University there…but that is another story.

Penfolds do not make good wines…Penfolds make GREAT wines! Wines from the New World that can put some Old World wines to shame. If the Penfolds Grange were a woman, it would be Lola Montez. Voluptuous, extremely colourful, sometimes wild, curvaceous and never boring. Loved by many.  Lola Montez, who the Germans would describe as having…”grosse Augen”. Dangerous too, if you knew her too well. Wine if drunk in excess is dangerous too, to your health…A wine to grow hairs on your chest and maybe elsewhere…Ha! Ha!

Something on

Lola, Lola, Oh Madonna…

Born Eliza Rosanna Gilbert (1821-1861) in County Sligo, Ireland, Lola was a wild child sent from school to school until she eloped with a young officer at the age of sixteen. Lola wanted his money as he had come into an inheritance. Alas, it was a disastrous match and Lola soon fled Calcutta and reinvented herself as a Spanish dancer, debuting in London in 1843. Scandal after torrid scandal followed Lola around Europe as she added various great men to her list of conquests, including Franz Liszt and Ludwig I, the king of Bavaria, who made her the Countess of Landsfeld to the anger of his people, and Alexandre “Count of Monte Cristo” Dumas and more…She was, legend has it, the inspiration for Sir Arthur “Sherlock Holmes” Doyle’s character Irene Adler in “A Scandal in Bohemia”. Luscious Lola was armed at all times with a pistol and a riding whip and would whip her lovers until they fled in terror if they did not perform…to her satisfaction. The femme fatale to judge all other femme fatales by…

To be continued…

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As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cusines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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