Recently I had the opportunity to visit Mollydooker Wines Cellar Door in McLaren Vale South Australia and what a great visit it was. Whilst not all of the wines were great the way that our wine tasting was organised and conducted was excellent. The only thing you could ask for to improve the experience was to taste Mollydooker Wines’ Velvet Glove, which I am sure we might have gotten lucky with if we had more time.
Does anyone know where the name Mollydooker comes? The answer is at the end of this post.
December is usually a great month for wine, well it is for me in Singapore, as there are lots of end of year parties where the theme is usually “Bring out your Best” so the standard of wines being shared is always high. These are Oz’s December 2017 Wine Reviews, way too many wines to have taken notes on all of them.
What have you been drinking? Hope you had as much fun as I did in December 2017
Another trip to Bangkok another dinner at Gaggan, it is a hard life! We were in the “Lab” again, the difference this time was we had the best seats in the house making it feel like we were right in the middle of a Circus Big Top and with Gaggan Anand the “Ringmaster” or is he the lead guide of a gastronomic expedition through India, Japan and Thailand.
Gaa Bangkok is a newish restaurant, it is has been around for about 7 or 8 months and is ably helmed by Chef Garima Arora. Chef Garima was formerly a Sous Chef at Gaggan, which is just across the ally way. Gaa Bangkok is open for dinner 7 days a week and they have two choices, four if you include the vegetarian options, a 14 course or a 10 course dégustation menu. I went with the 14 courses.
In addition to having a great team in the kitchen, Gaa Bangkok also has a very capable team on the floor run by Kiki Sontiyart, who is also the Sommelier. They have just the right mix of attentiveness and ……. each dish is introduced to you describing the various ingredients and how it is prepared.
I have a great group of friends who like to share their wines with other like minded souls, including me, the selection is usually of a high quality and with a bit of age. The following are Oz’s November 2017 Wine Reviews of them, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
What have you been drinking?
My favourites from this batch:
All with an Oz’s Rating 4.5 out of 5
1992 Noble One Botrytis Sémillon
2005 Castello Banfi SummuS
1999 Petaluma Coonawarra Red
1986 Château Beychevelle Grand Vin
1 out of 5
Bug spray, good for cleaning or powering vehicles
2 out of 5
Acceptable at a pinch (must be extremely desperate)