In Europe, there are places where wine is even cheaper than water, why did Britain ever want to leave that?! In Hong Kong, not so much; although water isn't exactly cheap either. But going back to the wine, Cellar Door in Sai Wan aims to bring the goodness of grapes to people's palates for a pittance. How's that for a mouthful‽
Cool, simple decor and cosy lighting greeted us as we entered an evening of wine and tapas amongst new friends. James from Cellar Door began by telling us the plan: to have Champagne and Cava first, before moving on to white wine, then over to red wine with tapas. All on a school night. James's aim for this workshop was for us to voice which wines we liked and identify which ones we weren't as fond of.
James began the evening by listing the Champagnes in order from most expensive to least and then having us taste each and express our favourites. He then revealed he had actually reversed them, tricking us (and our taste buds in some cases!) It was an interesting study in perception over actual enjoyment.
James then tricked us again after pairing three different reds with three different tapas and revealing that in actual fact they were all the same wine! They had just tasted drastically different with the different flavours they were paired with. We liked how he played with our heads and showed us just how important wine pairing can be in relation to the enjoyment of the flavours.
Buffalo Cauliflower ($60)
Chorizo & Lima Beans ($70)
Seared salmon on rye bread with toasted tomato
Roasted peppers, eggplant & zuchini salad with feta cheese ($50)
Serrano chicken ($60)
It was a very intimate social event filled with interesting conversations, new friends, wine education and delicious tapas!
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