The Wine Goddess’ guide on becoming a Goddess

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Meet Kathleen Lilly, the Wine Goddess and proud guardian of Bin 702, a quaint, Midwestern-looking boutique wine and beer bar located in Container Park, a hip area in Downtown Las Vegas. To Kathleen, Goddess is her optimal modus operandi of being a wine ambassador. Having faith in herself, embracing lifelong learning and respecting all those she comes across is Kathleen’s Holy Trinity. This is how a sassy, outspoken New Jersey girl evolves into a Goddess. We need more Goddesses like that, Amen.

我又要做女酒神

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在Las Vegas 下城區,一個走嬉皮風的小區 Container Park裏,有位自命 Wine Goddess的奇女子。她打理的wine bar Bin 702 剛拿了 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence。這位不賣九頭身、不是香港報紙娛樂版的「女神」,把肚皮舞文化的女神論帶到葡萄酒世界,「葡萄酒救了我」貫穿她的故事。對自己的一份自信、緊守終身學習的精神和尊重她生命中遇上的每一個人,三位一體,成就了Kathleen這位Wine Goddess。能有更多這樣的女神,多好啊。

分叉路上的德國頂級葡萄酒 Germany’s Grand Crus: The Road Now Taken?

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The understanding of German quality wines has long been shrouded by the wine country’s longstanding natural sugar-oriented classification. Since 2006, VDP ran a three-tier vineyard classification system where the best vineyards that fit with the association’s viticultural and vinification requirements were generally named Erste Lage, those classified as superior sites were termed Klassierte Lage/ Ortswein/ Terroirwein and vineyards where most VDP member estates produced their house wines were called Gutsweine. In 2012, VDP took things one-step further and modified the 2006 pyramid to one that boasts four site-specific quality tiers, benchmarking against the Burgundian system. The combined impact of all these changes in German wine scene is that now more than ever, a German wine label may virtually bear more German terminologies than any point in history. This article retraces the development of German wine classification and its future.
理解優質德國葡萄酒一直以來並不容易,這跟德國傳統以葡萄收成天然含糖量作分級標準不無關係。2006年始,德國精英酒莊組織開始推行一個三級葡萄田分級制,最高級的葡萄田稱為Erste Lage,次級稱為Klassierte Lage/ Ortswein/ Terroirwein,基本級稱為Gutsweine(也就是大部分組織酒莊成員用來產出招牌酒的葡萄田)。2012年,德國精英酒莊組織把這個三級制擴增為四級制,並以勃艮地的質素水平作主要參考指標。天然甜度與葡萄田質素分級之間難捨難擇,造成了今天一班精英酒莊出產的德國優質葡萄酒命名更見複雜。德國葡萄酒站在分叉路上,傳統和與時並進之間該如何選擇及融和?

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