1. Homemade Umeshu @ Kinme
Chef Voon (ex Iketeru) ages his own umeshu using japanese plums (ume) and sochu. It's sold in jars too for around RM2XX (I can't remember), and as you can see there are loads of plums in there, likely sufficient for every drink. Need to get back there to get me a jar.
2. Stoked Charcoal Oven Restaurant & Bar
Taking over the ex Ribs By Vintry is new kid on the block - Stoked. This casual fine dining restaurant's been barely opened for a month but they must be doing everything right because it's already packed during peak hours. Since it's still part of the Vintry Wine Group - expect a humongous variety of great wines to go with the food which are mostly curated with their 300kg cast-iron oven named Bertha and locally produced products.
We tried what seemed like close to 20 beautifully plated food that night which were delicious but these stood out for me - the USDA prime rib eye, roasted portobello mushrooms, baby octopus and the sticky date pudding desert. Of course, various recommended wines were paired beautifully with the dishes too. That Chianti man, mmm mmmmum (Oh btw, I have a penchant for soft, feminine, light, fruity, flowery wines)!
I've been told to expect something interesting to come our way with their wines & flight tasting sessions - I can't wait for it to finally happen so that I can properly share it with you. :D
3. Villa Danieli Wine Dating
Sheraton Imperial KL's hosting a wine tasting session every last Thursday of the month. It's not your usual stuffy, sit down wine & food pairing dinner - it really is more of a journey where guests get to "hook up" with different wines at every "pitstop", paired with food that's specially created for the night. Plus the beautiful setting of the Italian restaurant, Villa Danieli, just sets you in the mood. More about this soon, but in the meantime keep an eye out for it at: facebook.com/sheraton.imperial.kuala.lumpur
4. Kampachi Sake Session
Kampachi aspires to run 2 sake tasting events a month at the Plaza 33 outlet. It's a 1.5-2 hours session packed with sake tasting of various Junmai (pure rice) sakes (officially we had 4, unofficially, the friendly bar manager brought out more to try :p) at different temperatures - warm and cold, paired with Japanese bar bites & impeccable hospitality that Kampachi is known for. This will probably run for months and months times infinity because Kampachi (likely) has the most Junmai labels in the local market. Follow them closely on facebook.com/KampachiOfficial if you want to keep an eye out for the next session, as it's strictly on RSVP basis only.
Until next week, drink safe!