Red Obsession


The new Chinese obsession with red wine from Bordeaux is the subject of Red Obsession, a new film scheduled to air in July 2013. Produced by Warwick Ross, the film highlights the new Asian wealth as well as the French fight to hang on to their well-loved wine plantations. This scenario being played out on a global screen affects wine connoisseurs around the world.

Bordeaux Wine Market Flows to China

It is true that wines grown and produced in the most famous Bordeaux estates are hands down the most coveted on the planet. The grapes are grown on the best pieces of land in the world and the wines are lovingly produced to resemble perfection. The process of taking grapes from the Bordeaux soil and creating wine can be called a miracle in action. Although this region in France has shown stability and resilience through revolutions and wars, it may be facing its greatest challenge yet.

Growing Wine Fever in Asia Outweighs Supply

There is a new wine fever in China, where there are now more billionaires than in the United States who can well afford anything they want to buy. With the surging demand for the best wine in the world, prices of Bordeaux vintage are skyrocketing and have grown out of reach for the US pocket. The Chinese have been through revolution and are coming back with a new strength, passion and desire for the best that only money can buy. It seems to be the goal in China to own the Bordeaux wine market, which they use for political power. With the global power shift, they are able to buy up old estates and reputable vineyards across France, making the rich even richer and more powerful. The fear of the Frenchman is that the land will now be owned by foreign investors who will take control of those valuable and historic pieces of perfect property.

Satisfying the Red Obsession

There is no end in sight to the Asian demand for top quality wines. They have the desire and the money to buy anything they want. Right now, they want Bordeaux wines and will pay exorbitant prices to take control. However, even if they were to buy up all the best wines in the world, it would not satisfy the growing demand in China. Red Obsession takes a close look at this growing world wine dilemma.

Chocolate and Wine – Can they be Paired?

FreeDigitalPhotos.netHaving just passed Valentine’s Day, I now understand the perfection that can be achieved by paring excellent chocolate with wine. Wow. Heavenly! Finding the right wine to sip with particular type of chocolate takes some experimentation but the results are well worth the effort.

Elegant Chocolate

Lighter bodied wines are an excellent choice to go with lighter chocolates with more elegant flavors. For instance, a mellow and buttery chocolate such as white chocolate pairs perfectly with a good sherry. To go a bit bolder, try something sweet and bubbly or even a Muscat, such as Moscato d’Asti. While each of these selections will complement the chocolate, a wine with more contrast, such as a heavier zinfandel, can even out the flavors into a sort of melding affect.

Going with the Dark

Bittersweet chocolate with a minimum of 88% cocoa content calls for a wine that offers a slightly robust and roasted flavor, which may even be linked with a note of chocolate. Any favorite cab or even a zinfandel, such as Rancho Zaabaco, should do the trick. But if you decide to drop the cocoa content to 55%, then try a Pinot Noir or a Merlot. Choose a full bodied vintage that will mirror the palate of the dark chocolate’s textures and you have yourself a winner!

Milk chocolate and Wine

In my opinion, this one is a bit trickier. Champagne or any dry sparkling white wine is a no-brainer for a delicacy such as chocolate dipped strawberries, or a rich mousse, but with a chocolate bar, the only thing that comes to mind is a light bodied Merlot or even a Riesling. For anyone with a really sweet tooth, a Muscat could be served with milk chocolate, but I cannot actually recommend this choice.