Fun in life

In New Zealand, there is a poet writer called Tracey Slaughter. As per her surname, she wrote the poem with a style of Anatomy.

One poem from her started as below.

“You do not say, the flowers
Are like a bullet wound. They cost you
A packet and now they’re mulch on her chest.
A corsage of Blood.”

The poem is named “Anatomy of dancing with my future wife”


Alsace Pinot Gris

One day I was doing wine tasting at a wine shop, one lady customer walked in and quickly saw the brand bottle she wanted. A green bottle of Alsace Pinot Gris. She was saying, “that is my favorite wine. Now I will get two bottles.” For her, it was an excitement to get her wine. I was prepared for her to taste the New Zealand Pinot Gris. She was in a rush and she is not interested to taste the New Zealand version. My working partner said afterwards, “I do not like people who do not taste different wines.” A refuse to taste something different! I think there must be some reasons behind that.
1. I know the wine variety and style I like, I do not bother to try others.
2. New Zealand Pinot Gris, Ido not expect them to be better than the one I like.
3. New Zealand wines are so expensive, a New Zealand Pinot Gris could be more expensive than an Alsatian one.
4. I do not feel alike to change my taste.
5. Maybe another time, but not now.
Brand impression comes not just a wine we familiar, but also from a place where it is from.
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough has been a star in the world. The milestone of its developments was showing in a few wines. And we also have Marlborough Pinot Gris. When we talk about Pinot Gris, we would think about the Pinot Grigio from Italy and also Pinot Gris of the Alsace version. The wine from the chill area such as the North-Easter part of Italy has a great depth. It could be creamy with oak aging. Alsace version has a warmer notes, while the Marlborough version has more acidity. Considering the wine growing cost, I am thinking why we do not have Nelson Pinot Gris? Where it is warmer at the daytime and the coastal area could provide the coldness in the evening. If we want a dry style, we can give it more oily texture by second fermentation and aging. As the cost of wine making in New Zealand is high, we may consider the high end version of Pinot Gris from Marlborough and Central Otago, and a cheaper version from Nelson and northland of Auckland.
Personally I do like Pinot Gris, it is a middle man between Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Psychology of Wine #1


Let’s taste some wine! Psychology of wine #1

How did you make people to like this wine?

Good morning, everyone!

Today’s topic is psychology of wine. How did you make people to like this wine?

Yesterday when I passed on the queen street, I saw two persons stopping before an electronic guitar player, just before my route. I stopped. The old man was casually playing and ask me where am I from. I said I am from China. He said oh, “this man is from China and this man is also from China”. he is pointing to the two guys, one Asian face, another western face. The western man swings the body back with a witty smile. Then the old man said I went to Guangzhou before. Oh, yes. The couple was talking about music persons with the old man now. And the man started music, singing”I am from China…” I have to stop now, and wait to appreciate the music. I started to donate money. The music is not bad. he was playing casually with bass and companying with good low voice. Then I asked for a card. He is handing me a disc which costs 12 bucks. Then he is writing his contact on a notebook. I have to wait now. Suddenly I asked him where do you live? Would you like to make music for my wine salon? He replied, “I do not drink wine!” what an answer, but he said he would like to come…

How do you make people to like a wine?
When we have wine tastings, I would ask people do you like this wine and that? Oh, he would say they are too sweet for me. But for my two accompanying couple, the girl just like this sweet style Riesling, and the boy just like this sweet port. They do not drink wine and have not got wine tasting experience much before. But the girl is already excited about the wine.

Then people asked me, how do you make people like this wine as there are so many international wines there?

My easy answer is they must like me first.

But seriously thinking, there must be good reasons.
# 1 Is there a good cause for this wine?
# 2 Is this wine different from others?
#3 Does the wine look cool with a special label design?
#4 Does this wine taste great?
#5 Is it an owesome brand? Prestige concerned?
#6 Do I feel like bringing it back home? Imagination aroused?
#7 Is the wine interesting?
#8 Good bargain! I have to try.

All those minds come when we make a decision.

Today I would like to introduce a wine I like.

I was introducing this wine to my salon friends. It has a good price. Normally it is $29, now it is $19. A few days later, I found this wine in an Indian shop which is priced $9.99. And they have cases, cases of that wine. A good deal! I was not in a purchasing mood for wine that day. Actually I was looking for spirit for my limoncello. But I still grabbed two bottle. If I can, I would buy 2-3 cases first.
What is happening here? In Auckland, more and more liquor store, and they started to occupy the location first. Sometime, you will see two same franchised store locate just between 1-2 minutes driving distance. They are from the same owner. More Indians and Asians liquor stores are buying in bunk together, and they get good bargains.

I know the taste. The bottle opened for weeks, but the wine still taste great, and even better.
It is a sweet wine.

I went to the Tongariro National Park with this wine. I was expecting snow that time for the trip. And a good bottle of sweet wine is delicious for the snow flying evening and silent, pure white morning.
It is a wine for Christmas in winter.

Someone made a note of this wine.
On the palate it’s full and sweet, with rich plum cherry fruit supported by tannins that have some sandalwood accents, and as the richness of the fruit fades some warmth that continues at great length, while the fruit works from underneath to provide a sweet counterpart.

I will make it clear here.

Yes, it has warmth, but it is not Jammy. It is juicy plum.
It has smoothy tannin grip on the teeth. Remember the taste of plum again!
The woody notes is great.
You may fall in love with the woodyness, that is the texture. I created a word here.
It is not hard plum, not soft. Hard skin, juicy, luscious!
Like a person, he is not powerful, he is a man with femineity.
It smells alike a forest with sweet scent, which is located near the ocean.

Thank you, I see you next time.

Let’s taste some wine!


Currently I am recording my third video about wine tasting and people, which is on

This program would take the wine lovers to the next step of the spiritual meaning of the wine.  Like a person, a wine has its own character and personality, also stories, artworks, poetry and music.

I am talking about these things inside the wine to explore our human beings’ history and thinking.  All versions of stories are yours too, please do not hesitate to mention it.

I guess through this, we can reach some common interest in life.