A few days ago I met some friends (Laura and Yumiko) at the apartment of Mi Kyeong, a public school teacher originally from Seoul who knows Laura from English camp and Yumiko from graduate school. Mi Kyeong likes wine a lot, but most Koreans do not know or care how to appreciate fine wines. Hell, most red wine here is served chilled (yes, I did nearly shit bricks when I ordered a glass of cab and found it at the same temperature I usually would a chardonnay). Anyhow, she and Yumiko visited Jejudo a few weeks ago. Yumiko told her I would appreciate wine, so the three of us gathered at her apartment for delicious food.
Then we broke out some cheese and a few bottles of wine. It was awesome.
Finally, the pièce de résistance--a 2002 bordeaux blend from Chateau Talbot. Mi Kyeong said she got it in a duty free shop for about $100. My god was it amazing.
That's the best bottle of wine I've had in a good year and a half. And yes, we ate processed cheese with it. Reminded me of that scene in Sideways where he drinks the awesome bottle with greasy diner food from a plastic cup.
Great food. Amazing wine. Wonderful friends.
I remain, as ever, blessed in my life here. Cheers!