33-2, NongAn St, 2F; (02) 2596-2262
Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30 pm-2 am
MRT: /MinQuan W Rd
Credit cards accepted.
Parking available nearby.
--- By Claire Tyrell
Translated by Wynnce Weng
Owner Clair says that her idea
here was to provide a comfortable space where
people could try good wines. To coax Taiwanese
habits away from "harder" drinks to
the quality grape, and to encourage savouring,
rather than drinking to excess. In this way, enjoying
wine can become part of a healthy lifestyle.
The decoration is of the same rich red as wine
and, for an atmosphere conducive to the activity
at hand as well as discussions with friends, the
music is mostly jazz or old-style classics and
ballads. In the past Clair has arranged wine tastings
and evenings for various societies, and is keen
to continue doing so.
Whiskeys and beers (NT$120-200)
are available, but wine is really what they favour.
However, rather than offer an overly-big selection,
they prefer to offer a small, well-selected choice.
Between them, the featured bottles have received
much recognition in the wine industry, so you
can be sure you are drinking quality from Chile,
Europe and Australia. Wines start at NT$800 a
bottle (NT$200/glass) and one highly recommended
is the prize-winning Hugo Casanova Founder's Reserve
1999 Don Aldo (NT$2,800). From Chile, this deep-red
Cabernet Sauvignon is a sophisticated wine and
the product of three generations of expertise.
We also tried the extra-special
J. Dupont Grande Champagne Cognac XO (NT$4,500/350).
The enjoyment begins with the nose and continues
to the taste buds where, with a tasting age of
25 years, this mellow cognac lingers on the palette
for around 10 minutes. Perhaps complete the ensemble
with one of the cigars on offer.
Although food is not prepared here, they have
a selection of menus from local restaurants and
can order in, so you certainly need not go hungry.