Wednesday, August 30, 2006 was a very good year

i was out of town & out of touch yesterday & missed the b-day fun of fan greetings yesterday. got a lot of reading & catching up to do today!! as always, Yong Joon spent another working b-day & that was nice of BOF to post a message for his fans though it would be extra super nicer if it could have been Yong Joon himself who sent the message....oh well, just one of those wishful thinking ^^ .

anyways, just checked in at Brokore and i saw this ad about Yong Joon and a port wine, specifically, Dow's 1972 Colheita Port. this got me curious & even w/o understanding japanese, did my usual mind boggling babelling on Brokore info and my usual googling on the topic. looks like in celebration of yong joon's 34th birthday, brokore together w/ is offering this limited edition of port wine that comes w/ a premiere wine glass from Riedel

why Dow's 1972 Colheita Port? not sure if this is a personal favorite of Yong Joon but being a wine connoisseur, he probably also favors this particular brand. seems like this highly regarded port wine was bottled in the year 1972, same as Yong Joon's birthyear and was produced in limited numbers only.

Dow's is one of the greatest of all port houses & dedicated in producing some of the best port wines in the world. got the following info from my googling ~ the word ''Colheita''(pronounced col-YATE-ah) means Harvest in Portuguese and refers to wines from a single harvest that have been aged in wood for a minimum of 7 years. Colheita Ports have a complex appealing nutty character acquired from the long contact with oak. they are beautifully structured with delicious, delicate fruit, an enticing silky-smooth texture and a long opulent finish. the style of Dow’s Ports is more structured and less sweet than most other leading Port houses. this classic dryness is the hallmark of Dow’s.

Dow’s continues to make wines by traditional foot treading in large granite lagares (square open tanks that are about 12 feet wide and about 3 feet deep). Dow’s wineries receive more A and B quality (the finest classifications) than any other wineries in the Douro and Dow’s is the largest buyer of premium grapes in the Douro area, & this unique position is a key factor in the outstanding quality of Dow’s Ports. wow, i just added a new set of info in my 'culture101' databank :D

here are 2 pictures of Dow's vineyards located in the Douro Valley in the north eastern part of Portugal, along the banks of the river Douro - one of the longest rivers in Europe.

ok, i'm not really into wine culture though i drink red wine occasionally but am not too familiar with port wine. all i know is that red wine goes well with red meat, white wine with fish & fowls and now, i know that port wine is commonly served after meals as a dessert wine, often with cheese and chocolate desserts. oh no!! looks like i've been doing a culture blunder all along, i usually drink red wine together with my fave blue & feta cheese!! there goes my pretending-to-know-how-to-do-it ways @@@ !!! geez, i just realized that i know next to nothing on anything about wine but it sure is a great thing we have Yong Joon to give ME some pointers on certain areas that need some vast 'refinement' *wink*


Anonymous jaime said...

dear frances, I think I am drunk already, just by reading your lesson on wine, and especially drowning in the handsomeness of that man!

Thanks for bringing our attention to this 1972 port wine. Me too, I find port wine too rich! Interesting to know that it is selling in Brokore!

1:25 AM  
Blogger marissa said...

That must be one helluva expensive red wine. I've tasted a lot of wines mostly Australian, Spanish and Italian. If you have blogged about it earlier I might have grabbed a bottle at the Duty Free but thanks for making an extensive research, you are really a valuable source of information.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I love port wine.

It was nice of BOF to acknowledge the Asian fans, but not remotely nice to treat the rest of us like red-headed stepchildren of the family.

Look for a sh**storm next week, if BOF doesn't say anything about it. Hm, I've never seen a hurricane form in CANADA before. This is going to be...interesting.

3:50 AM  
Blogger frances said...

oh jaime, i would probably have the nicest hangover after getting drunk of too much byj @@ :p

6:46 PM  
Blogger frances said...

you're welcome marissa :)
that dow's colheita port must not only be unique in taste but rare and one of a kind as well, just like yong joon ;)

6:54 PM  
Blogger frances said...

hey michelle,
i'm w/ you that bof shd start acknowledging byj's fans beyond asia. i'm sure they'll do this very soon since postings from non asian fans are increasing by the numbers in the kob. keep cool, k?

6:58 PM  
Blogger mrs a said...

I love port wine! In fact I love all wines. How much is it? I would love to taste it. Little ole wine drinker me!!!

6:11 PM  
Blogger bb said...

hee... i like a glass of port after dinner too. hee, me too like dessert wine...

but my fave's still the bubbly :)

and gotta agree with you there, frances, 1972... definitely a good year.

8:20 AM  

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