June 2011

Dope wine: Irvine Albarino – do I drink it or smoke it?

June 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce I recently tried the Australian wine Irvine Albarino and agreed with a fellow taster that it smelled like marijuana. It didn’t only smell like marijuana. The first smell was petrol and made me think of a Riesling. The second smell was a cupboard of herbs and that included a sticky hint of marijuana. (It also led to inevitable remarks like “I don’t know if I should drink it or smoke it” and “This bottle should come with rolling papers”.) The wine eventually mellowed to lighter herb, grass and fruit aromas atop a fairly balanced body that had […]

Flamme special: Beaujolais Nouveau and Coke at RMB13 per glass

June 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

– By Jim Boyce (note: this first appeared here on May 11), People like to snicker at Chinese who mix wine and Coke even though: 1) such mixology can make some of the crappier vino more palatable and 2) such a combo is imbibed about the world. If you haven’t tried it, and would like to, Flamme in Sanlitun Village, has a superb deal on tonight, with 2010 Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau on at RMB25 per glass, and only RMB13 during happy hour (until 7:30 PM), with Coke at no extra charge. If it doesn’t end up being your thing, […]