A BIT OF GRAPES & HOPS FOR JANUARY 2018

wine photo secondPaul Thevenin Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2012
Can you really afford to quaff premium red Burgundy in China, and still have time to read this review? If so, perhaps you’re in an airport, having bagged a copy of HERE!DG on your way to the free world. Congratulations. You are at the envy of most of this guide’s readership. Paul Thevenin’s dark, heavy, traditional and exemplary Pinot Noir with rounded cherry-and-berry fruit sings in harmony with the most subtle of tannic structures. We recently paired it with Sausage and Mash at Dongguan’s Mix π restaurant–a resounding success.The volcanic soil of the Burgundy region brings out the best in this, frankly, difficult grape. Drink, and you will know.

Available at Aficionado – 250 RMB/750ml

 

Hoegaarden Wit with Cura?ao Orange Peel and Coriander
Beer photo firstA couple of years ago in Dongguan, something special started happening. You’d pass a restaurant and notice that they were advertising Hoegaarden, the world’s favorite Belgian wheat beer. The distinctively white-clad wünderbier is now available at corner stores everywhere. How does Belgium’s Most Famous fare against the scruffier German wits which seem to have been here forever? Its draught twin, served in the trademark frozen hex glasses would probably do better. It may be the same brew, from the same ingredients (a wheat-heavy grain bill, cura?ao orange peel, ground coriander seeds and probably East Kent Goldings and Saaz hops), but without that grandiose presentation, it doesn’t really stand up to the competition. Yeah, you can pick out the orange peel, and maybe the coriander. But it’s a bland beer. Save yourself a few kuai and buy Franziskaner instead.

Available at low-rent corner shops with tables outside. 13 RMB/500ml