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Giddap chief sommelier Martin


Giddap chief sommelier Martin

2015/10/19 01:56
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Zheng Xing (MARTIN) is one of the founders of the Hong Kong Tasting Association. He is also the first vice chairman of the Hong Kong Chinese Food Association.

  Zheng Xing (MARTIN)


  Hong Kong's first "Modern Liu Wei Competition" in 1990, one of the founders of the Hong Kong Tasting Association, and the first vice chairman. In 1988-1989, he was a wine course lecturer for the French Food Association (SOPEXA) in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Chinese started the first lecture for the French Food Association. As a professional sommelier and trainer, he trained a group of wine industry practitioners and wine lovers. Plan and carry out targeted national-oriented wine tasting courses. It has held courses for the branches of ICBC's national branches, and is aimed at a series of courses for wine enthusiasts in Beijing/Qingdao/Shanghai. He was invited to participate in the CCTV2 food program of CCTV, and was hosted by Guangzhou Feiyang 88 Radio to introduce wine culture knowledge. In 2010, he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award in Bordeaux, France for his efforts in the wine industry. He has worked for such famous star-rated hotels as Regent Hotel, Hong Kong Island Shangri-La Hotel and China Grand Hotel. He is currently the product director and sommelier of Junde Wines. 

What is a good wine? Red wine is dry red? Drinking wine represents taste?
With whom to eat, what wine should I drink?
Good wine is based on balance, with wine skirt, breath, taste and returning to help. The process and experience of returning to Gan (aftertaste) is especially important. Good wine can also reflect the local “terroir” (climate, soil, planting, etc.), just as we drink a bottle of Chilean wine, it must reflect the terroir of South America, drinking Bordeaux wine reflects its ocean, river and thousands of years The traditional winemaking process.
Everyone tastes different wines and has their own feelings and insights. To judge whether the wine itself is good or not, it is necessary to judge the "based on balance, wine skirt, breath, taste and returning to help" as just mentioned. Different people like different tastes. Many people judge the quality of wine according to their likes and dislikes, but this is not appropriate.

  As people become more aware of wine, the evaluation criteria will change. For consumers who don’t know much about wine, even if they taste the 90-year-old Lafite Manor (first-class manor), they may only be able to taste bitterness and not understand their personality. When you deepen your understanding, you will appreciate the joy of bitterness.

The name red wine is very popular in China, and it is not appropriate to cover all wines. In addition to red wine, there are white wines, rosé wines, sparkling wines or sparkling wines. And any wine can be divided into dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet, which is based on the sugar content of each wine, such as dry wine (red, white, peach) per liter The amount of sugar is 4 grams (equal to or less than 4 grams).
Not all red wines are “dry red”. According to the above, red wine is not necessarily “dry”, but also “semi-dry”, “semi-sweet” or even “sweet red”. "Red wine is like flowing blood" I don't quite agree with it.

In fact, the production process of wine is like a chef making vegetables, a painter painting, a musician composing, etc. It is a work that combines experience, technology, experience and patience. Different kinds of wines come from different grape varieties, different countries, different production areas, just like humans, with differences in skin color, race, personality and so on. In fact, skin color is like the color of wine, people are like grape varieties, character is like the characteristics of wine, age is like the age of wine, taste is like the characteristics of wine. When tasting different kinds of wines, it is not for people to judge wine, but for wine to judge people. Just like Picasso's famous painting, I can't comment it, but Picasso's famous paintings show that I am a person who doesn't understand art. Those who really like wine must consciously learn more wine knowledge in order to truly enjoy the taste and enjoyment brought by wine.
The taste of wine is like the taste of famous painting, music, food, everyone's understanding is different. With so many varieties of wine, not only red wine is a symbol of taste, but also champagne, sparkling wine, white wine and peach wine. At present, most people think that going to the bar and drinking wine in the restaurant is a wine taste. I don't agree with it. Taste is the nature of the wine itself, and people who have a certain understanding of it can appreciate the taste.
How to choose wine with dinner with different people? If you are with a lover, you have to know if the other person likes to drink, such as drinking wine and what style, country, and wine. In fact, eating with a lover, it is best to order champagne, foaming represents joy, happy mood, just like eating with a lover is the happiest thing. It is much easier to eat with your parents. You can choose a red wine with a soft tannin, a low acidity and a slight oak taste, but the main thing is based on the parents' likes and dislikes. Choosing wine with friends is purely dependent on which friend to eat.
How do wines have to be served? In fact, every country in every country has different eating habits. Western food is easier to drink, because it is a dish after eating a dish, or every dish. This is different from the Chinese people's eating habits. We all like to put all the dishes or put them in the middle of the table at the same time.

  Eat Western food, if four people go to eat, each person's order is not the same, then isn't the point of four different bottles of wine?

When eating Chinese food, it is generally placed in the center of the table. There are eight or nine dishes in a meal. Wouldn't it be necessary to pick eight or nine different bottles of wine?
In fact, very few people will match different wines according to the dishes they order. Nowadays, many of the so-called new Chinese dishes are served in a Western way, and each one serves. If it is a fixed meal, the combination of wine and meal is easy. If it is a la carte, it will complicate the meal. The variety of wines is also relatively increased, so is it not full of wine? There are basic guidelines for wine catering, but only guidelines rather than absolute. Desserts should be paired with wines of equal or higher sweetness. Otherwise, the sweetness of the food will take away the fruity or sweet taste of the wine, making the wine dry than the original.
Spicy foods also take away the fruity taste of the wine, so it can be paired with low-denier, semi-sweet, fruity or refreshing red wines. Smoked foods are best served with fruity and rich red wine. The rich food is best matched with fruity, high-concentration, high-acid red wine. The salty food can be mixed with fragrant red wine, with low tannins and rich fruit. The sour food takes away some of the fruity flavor of the wine, so it can be paired with semi-sweet, fruity, high-concentration wines. Sometimes, sour foods are also a good match with fresh wines. Fish are suitable for wines with rich fruity, high-concentration, high-acidity or semi-sweet.



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