Wines of the Month in Hanoi-Caliterra

caliterraFrom the Caliterra vineyard this Reserva Sauvignon Blanc is a high quality wine that reflects the nature of its terroir and fruit. It has a beautiful pale greenish yellow hue and a very bright Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is intensely aromatic, highlighting its great freshness and aromas of tropical fruits, mango and passion fruit. Also it stands for its citrus and mineral notes, and some hints of green pepper and tomato leaves. In the mouth it shows a pleasant acidity and a citrus feeling that make it an easy white wine to harmonize dishes. A modern and elegant wine which reflects the particular characteristics of the terroir. This is a distinctive and flavorful wine to be enjoyed on any occasion.

Vintage 2015: Gold Medal International Wine Challenge

Province: Casablanca Valley Chile

Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Food Pairing: Refreshingly herbal and grassy with some bright lime notes, it’s terrific for an aperitif or companion to European cuisine: fish, salads, seafood and shellfish. It pairs well with Spicy Vietnamese dishes & sauces too, like nuoc mam, it goes well with the spiciness of nuoc cham, with the sweetness of  shrimp and Banh Mi fillings and most dishes harmonise well with this wine which balances the palate perfectly.

14063739_1075130605868034_7723722721499363696_nThis is Wine of the month here in Hanoi at Jafa, an International restaurant in Tay Ho. They have a range of exquisite Vietnamese dishes such as: MUC BAO MIA, Minced pork and calamari formed around sugarcane skewers, grilled and served with sweet chilli sauce. Ideal as an appetizer. GOI BUOI TOM, A light, fragrant, hot, sweet and sour salad, with prawns, pomelo, chilli, mint, coriander, peanuts and MY VAN THAN, Home made pork & shrimp wontons, tender BBQ pork slices, prawns, quail egg, chives, herbs & egg noodles in a flavoursome broth. Beautifully cooked European cuisine: Fish dishes such as fresh Salmon in a creamy Mustard sauce with green beans and Garlic potatoes, or Salmon with Lemon Tarragon, Butter sauce, served with broccoli and potatoes & parsnip cakes. Braised Beef cheek, Claypot Cottage Pie and South East Asian dishes like Chicken and Prawn Laksa from Malaysia… and much more, Check out their facebook page

You can also find this wine at DaLoc Wine shops for more info visit their Facebook page DaLoc Wines.wom-jafa-8-2016-op-1

Business Thursday – Wine & Buffet at Sunset Bar Intercontinental

Come and join us at Business Thursdays this month, taking place at Sunset Bar, Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake. This is a great opportunity to network, meet foreign and local business executives, exchange business information and news, and introduce your company’s products and services. We are looking forward to a fun networking evening in a great location at Intercontinental Westlake over a glass of wine by Daloc Wines.

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Business Thursdays Hanoi is jointly organised by the British Business Group in Vietnam (BBGV), the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam (CCIFV) and the German Business Association in Vietnam (GBA). We looking forward to seeing you all again and welcoming new faces.

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The cover charge of VND 150,000 includes wine & buffet. For more information visit BBGV web site bbvg.org   or Facebook Business Thursdays page.

Sponsored by  DaLoc Wines and Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake

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Wines of the month in Hanoi

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Ruffino Chianti: Chianti DOCG occupies a special place in the heart and history of Ruffino. When Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino founded the winery in 1877, the first wine they produced was a Chianti. In keeping with tradition, Chianti DOCG features a distinct Florentine bottle reminiscent of the fiasco, the straw-dressed flask in which Chianti was originally bottled. Known as a Tuscan red: 70% Sangiovese, blended with varietals Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Tasting Notes: This medium-bodied, well-balanced wine is approachable and aromatic, with classic Chianti aromas of violet and wonderful cherry fruit flavors. It finishes with spicy hints of wild cherry and hazelnut. It retains these fresh and fruity flavors since it receives no wood ageing.

ACCLAIM
Best Buy – 2011 Vintage
World Value Wine Challenge

Gold Medal – 2011 Vintage
Sommelier Challenge

Food Pairing: Pair this Chianti DOCG with a variety of traditional Italian dishes like ravioli and tomato-based pasta sauces, such as the Tuscan slow-simmered Ragù. Pizza is another favorite pairing especially the Margherita and a personal favourite meat pairing is Bistecca alla Fiorentina and beef carpaccio. Cheeses such as Mozzarella, Parmesan Reggiano, Pecorino and Ricotta will be simply perfect. Its brightness and acidity also makes it a great companion for some Vietnamese cuisine such as the strong salty meat dishes and spicy pork dishes that are heavy on the garlic.

This wine is Imported by DaLoc wines and you can find this wine in Hanoi’s finest restaurants and as Wine of the month at Il mediterraneo restaurant in Hanoi. A great wine that you can really enjoy with great Italian food.

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Sucklin Sundays at The Fat Pig

Enjoy a 20 hour slow smoked sucklin’ pig and side dishes with a free pasteur street beer or a chilled glass of Gris d’Ardèche rose on our stunning terrace overlooking the lake.13342997_1081726788555964_1518699404797388158_n

Sit back, cool down and enjoy our favourite day of the week with mouth watering food, cold beer and relaxing beats every Sunday at The Fat Pig.

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At 74 Quang An Tay Ho Hanoi:       A delightful bar & grill, on Sundays offering a special event With Da Loc Wines, not just delicious food but a special offer on Pasteur Street Craft Beer and Gris d’Ardèche – Grenache – Rose Wine… Plus Great Music and Great Atmosphere… images

THE FAT PIG – CON HEO BEO

Ladies and gentlemen we have the freshest pizzas in town... 
Fresh tomatoes, pesto and home made mozzarella.
Ps bring some friends the pizza is big... 18 inches

The Best Pizza in Hanoi you should try

If there’s a western dish loved in Vietnam as much as it is everywhere else, it’s pizza. You can find pizza in all corners of the world: deep-fried or deep-dish, flambéed, stuffed, sweet, and spicy…

This article is on one of my favourite blogs – ‘luxury restaurant and cuisine in vietnam’
FOOD GUIDE FOR GOURMET    Source: The Best Pizza in Hanoi you should try

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Wine with Vietnamese cuisine

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Many people do not associate Vietnamese food with wine but think again. First what makes Vietnamese food special? It’s those fragrant elements which play an important role in just about every dish in the Vietnamese cuisine canon. Each dish could really have its own bottled fragrance. L’eau de Pho would be redolent of mint, cilantro, lemongrass, garlic, star anise, and ginger, with long-simmered beef bones, tear-inducing chilies, and the essential drops of fish sauce. If you are thinking of Vietnamese food for dinner be adventurous and order at least half a dozen different dishes and share with friends over a selection of wine. Now what would be the perfect wine to pair with these fragrant dishes?

Chopstic_wineThe range of flavors from spicy to sweet, to salty then sour variations within each bite can make pairing even more confusing. White wines, in general pair well, but dry Rieslings, dry Gewurztraminer, dry Rosés, many Viogniers, and Champagne (or Sparkling Whites or Rosés not from Champagne) are best because these wines tend to have a crisp, brightness, as well as a touch of sweetness that goes with the varying delicate, strong and often spicy Asian flavors. They combine well with hot, chili flavors. Particularly the slight sweetness of the dry Rieslings and Gewurztraminer handle the spiciness very well. They seem to cleanse ones palate of some of the flames, so that as you eat and sip, your mouth goes “Oooh!” “Ahhh” “Oooh!” “Ahhh!” It becomes a beautiful dance of fire and refreshment.
The heavier, fatty, salty meat dishes have always been complimented by reds
The reds that tend to work best are Syrahs, Pinot Noir, many Rhone reds (go Gigondas and Chateauneuf de Pape!), and the occasional Zinfandel.

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Bo La Lot (Grilled Beef wrapped in Wild Betal Leaves)
One of our favorite dishes calls for one of our favorite wines, the spunky, brash and peppery Zinfandel. Well, maybe not an over-the-top Zin, but a tasty well balanced Zinfandel. The la lot leaves (for those who haven’t tried them yet) have a unique, peppery quality, which combined with the beef and the smokiness from the grilling lead up to this Zin – Bo La Lot pairing. Pinot Noir or most all red Rhone blends would also be great. I really like a nice Gigondas with the Bo La Lot. Dry rosés are good to, especially in summer, and a Sauvignon blanc to compliment the peppery la lot is a nice choice for a white wine.

Mizuna Mustard Green and Shrimp Salad
With the nuoc cham based dressing, a dry Riesling (or Gewurztraminer) is a great choice. Sauvignon blanc, Champagne (particularly a Rosé), or a dry rose wine would also be winners. The Riesling (or Gewurztraminer) is the ideal choice, though, for a couple reasons. The sweetness of the shrimp is easier to pair with any of the aforementioned wines, but the spiciness of the nuoc cham complicate matters a bit. However, the Riesling is up to both challenges and shines with this dish.

Black Pepper Pork Banh Mi
For this one we might lean more towards a fruitier red. Something like a Syrah, or Pinot Noir. Of course, Champagne (particularly a Rosé Champ.) or a dry rosé would also be yummy.
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Helping expats in Vietnam

This is a really great website and users forum for expats living in Vietnam, which is also super handy for travellers and tourists. On the Vietnam forum you can find discussions and advice for a wide range of topics from music clubs, sports, teaching part time, info on the Tet holiday and motorcycle trips. Also listed are housing rentals, jobs and much more from buying a bar or business, travel insurance to international money transfers and visas.

You can join, ask questions, post free listings and add your member profile and photos..addisoninhochiminhcity1-600x410

Best of all it’s a great way to meet new friends and hook up with others in your area where you can share the same hobbies like basketball, photography or yoga…. definitely worth a visit!!!

header-logo http://www.expat.com/forum/viewforum.php?id=219

 

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Linguini Fini Hanoi

Hanoi’s first premium casual Italian restaurant rooted in New York culture. This means it’s not short of raw American passion with a distinct sense of style and attitude. But this is just on the surface. When you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover the essence of authentic Italian food. It’s fresh produce. It’s locally-sourced. And 100% home-made. Bringing to you homemade only pasta, signature 18″ New York style pizza and delicious Italian main dishes. Located in the trendy Tay Ho district on Xuan Dieu, the restaurant is spread over 3 floors with a brutalist concept architecture of glass and steel and yet furnished with Italian-Brooklyn style creating an ambience which is vibrant and exciting.

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Tomatoes, onions, garlic and cook it for hours. Simmer it some more and finish it with fistfuls of basil. This is the Red Sauce at Linguini Fini Hanoi

Vinny Lauria (left). Partner and Chef checking out Vietnam's finest organic produce.

At Linguini Fini we always support local organic farmers and provide a seasonal menu that is fresher and tastes better. We also believe in farmers, the guardians of our environment. foster a great appreciation for the flavors and soul of Northern Vietnamese cuisine. I am excited to embrace those flavors and ingredients and convey them through the menu …Vinny Lauria (left). Partner and Chef checking out Vietnam’s finest organic produce.

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Vinny remembers his Nonna’s ravioli. “These ravioli nourished me growing up when Id see my grandma and now I’m bringing them to Ha Noi”

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The linguini fini being made. The namesake dish of the restaurant means ‘fine little tongue’ because of its shape and delicate nature.

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The lone bartender AKA ” The Butcher ” is known to do his dance ritual at the end of every night. If you’re lucky you might just catch him doing it…

 

Linguini Fini Hanoi's fabulous Earl Grey Vodka

Linguini Fini Hanoi’s fabulous Earl Grey Vodka.

 

Ragù, a Meat Sauce Done Right at Linguini Fini Hanoi

Ragù, a Meat Sauce – Done Right at Linguini Fini Hanoi

Some say, that behind that baby smile.... is hidden the most advanced computerized brain that runs exclusively on beer. All we know is he’s called BIG EDDY, and he's the GM of Linguini Fini Hanoi.

Some say, that behind that baby smile….
is hidden the most advanced computerized brain that runs exclusively on beer.
All we know is he’s called BIG EDDY, and he’s the GM of Linguini Fini Hanoi.

 

Ladies and gentlemen we have the freshest pizzas in town... Fresh tomatoes, pesto and home made mozzarella. Ps bring some friends the pizza is big... 18 inches

Ladies and gentlemen the freshest pizzas in town…
Fresh tomatoes, pesto and home made mozzarella.
Ps bring some friends the pizza is big… 18 inches

 

Jess Andrenelli, the assistant manager, Lover of Apple Pie & Great wines, Wine training with the team

Jess Andrenelli, Assistant manager & marketing communications, A Lover of Apple Pie & Great Wines, having fun ‘Wine training’ with the team.

 

The best Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice-Cream & Fudge

The best Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice-Cream & Fudge

 

Every Friday Night !!!! Beat the clock happy hour!!!!

Every Friday Night !!!! Beat the clock happy hour!!!!

 

Their own In-House Sambuca, an Italian star anise liqueur.

Their own In-House Sambuca, an Italian anise liqueur.

An applause for the seafood linguini. Top most appreciated dish this Autumn.

An applause for the seafood linguini.
Top most appreciated dish this Autumn. Or the Truffled Mushroom Fettuccine, if you haven’t tried it yet…. Well what are you waiting for!!! Pass by anytime between 12 and 3pm or 5 and 10pm to try it. See you soon…

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Check out the amazing menu of starters and main dishes

Check out the amazing menu of starters and main dishes.

 

How Can You Resist?

How Can You Resist?

Waiting to welcome you. You can see their events, wine tastings, menus and more on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/linguinifinihanoi/?fref=photo

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Hanoi – favourite wine bars- by the glass

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By Darren Gall, Writer & Sommelier

Hanoi has always intrigued me, drawn me, a visually beautiful city with a certain charm and character, it smiles at you through the cracks and exhibits style and elegance even amidst occasional chaos and degradation.

Hanoi is also a city being transformed, being modernized and in certain quarters, taking on the signs of wealth and progress that are universal to cities around the world today, some signs good and some signs bad.

Yet, everywhere there is beauty in Hanoi, in the simplest scenes and in almost all of the unexpected places; all you have to do is pause to look and see for yourself…. read on http://www.urban-flavours.com/hanoi-by-the-glass/

Cooking Italian in Hanoi’s rainy season – Get Inspired

I found a wonderful article written by author Darren Gall, while under the deluge of rain in nearby Cambodia: He creates a setting, a feeling and emotion,; it’s all about drinking the wine while cooking and definitely listening to great Italian opera to set the scene…

http://www.urban-flavours.com/2013/09/when-the-levy-breaks/

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