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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

THE CONTEMPLATION OF FISH WINE FROM CHINA OVER MORNING TEA & OATMEAL...



Well, I've been up for a couple of hours and am now fully prepared for my 11AM phone interview. So, as I sat here sipping my second cup of tea from my "lucky" Mickey Rourke cup and try to eat my oatmeal (I go through phases when breakfast is just not appealing -- am in one now) ---- I read a comment on my Blog from the wonderous Miss. Marisol enquiring about fish wine from China. I figured I would share "the warmth" of what I know.

I saw a news report on CNN.com that showed the place, the inventor and the process for making fish wine. It looked disgusting. I believe they use 7 different types of fish -- including eel and squid. The "innards" of the fish are what constitues the wine. After extensive boiling, the creamy-looking stuff is fermented for 3 months or so with a rice formula to eleminate the odor and add a "soft" flavor to the blend.

It is a white wine. I think I mentioned that I attended a wine tasting at a close friend's home recently. Milford is well educated in the ways of wine and it was quite interesting -- even tho I can't drink wine anymore. Anyway, I learned a bit about how to judge a wine from the look, the scent and the way it clings to a glass when swished about. Well, the fish wine appeared to do quite well with the swishing and it is full of vitamins which make it rather healthy. ...or so the owner says. I am quite curious and would love to try a bit of fish wine.

I pulled the following from the Reuters web site. Let's hope it is OK for me to cut/paste their brief coverage here. For some reason I could not make the link work.

"Beijing -

The French used grapes, Russians fermented potatoes, Koreans put ginseng in their drink and Mexicans distilled cactus plants to make fiery tequila. Now China is introducing fish wine.

Sun Keman, an entrepreneur in the north-east port city of Dalian, has formed the Dalian Fisherman's Song Maritime Biological Brewery, with a plan to use his background in the fishing industry to make fish into wine. "Different from China's thousands of years of brewing, the brewery will clean, boil, and ferment fish for making wine," the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The company already had orders from Japan, Russia and other parts of China, it said. Tipplers might also take heart in knowing the brew is purported to be good for them."

However, judging from the way the wine slipped down the glass after being swished --- it appears to be a bit low on alcohol content. So, one might have to consume quite a bit of fish wine to get a buzz or chilled-out feeling. Still, wouldn't it be kind of cool to try? The packaging is quite pretty as well! I couldn't find a picture of it, tho. So, I've presented you with a shot of my breakfast which was sitting on my night stand. I ate half the oatmeal.

Oh, so I spoke with the folks "minding" my 401K "monies" -- and my former firm requires one additional business day before I can "cash out" --- so this probably means that I will not get that money wired to me till next week. Oi! ...so it goes! LOL!

So, now I just wait for my interview --- "I'm ready for my close-up"

6 Comments:

Blogger Karyn said...

Matt.

Are. You. SERIOUS.

Fish wine?

Ok, well, call my palate provincial or underdeveloped or uncultured but there is no way, NO WAY, I am drinking that stuff! Ew!

Why can't you drink wine anymore?
xo

11:07 AM  
Blogger g8s said...

New job? Fish wine? Mickey Rourke coffee mug?!?! You have pole-vaulted to the top of the coolness list.

2:23 PM  
Blogger snarl71 said...

EWW.

But I do recall how wine reacts with your body. One minute you're sipping, the next...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

As for the picture: YOU are eating oatmeal? This coming from the guy that go so sick of my morning oatmeal that he wouldn't eat it anymore!?!?! Wow - you really are on a health food kick.

5:23 PM  
Blogger digitic said...

Hummmm .... fish wine?

Having some genetic roots from the ancient land that is China I guess I have some assumed authority to say ... Yuk!

My people will eat or drink anything that'll fit in a bowl!

I think the Bass-O-Matic is surely the way to go folks ... none of this fermentation stuff.

Just grind them fishies up, spike it with some tequila, a dollop of hosin sauce, a fish eyeball impaled on a little umbrella and you're good to go.

Enjoy!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Miss Marisol said...

i'll try this spirit from china. but, i am a wino, i'll drink gasoline if you tell me it's wine.

i love your wall color, by the way. it's very comfortable looking.

6:42 PM  
Blogger matty said...

You know, I really want to try this wine!

Karyn -- my fun medication prevents me from enjoying wine. It just knocks me out and the doctor told me I could slip into a coma. Me thinks he exagerates, but then again --- not really wanting to risk it.

g8s - LOL! Well, really, what could be cooler than Mr. Rourke on a coffee mug!?!?!?

Milford -- Bass-O-Matic! LOL! I remember that! I think you need to invest in a bottle just for the hell of it and have your pals all over to "test" it --- I would even have a sip!!! LOL!

Karl -- well, it is kind of healthy and cheap. however, sometimes I have to hold my nose as I swallow it. Breakfast. Ewwwwww... Now, fish wine -- that is a whole other story.

Miss Marisol -- You will have to secure a bottle and try it out! One never knows! I like the color of the walls, too. However, it was this way when I moved in. This was a child's room. So, the color of the walls are nice, but you should see the multi-colored fan above my bed! LOL!

8:25 PM  

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