All posts tagged: korea

Korea, the country of morning freshness

In antiquity, wise men have been long locking horns about the harmonious balance of the two principal elements of our being : male and female, black and white, mind and soul, to put it shortly, yin and yang. In one state of the world, South Korea, this problem does not simply figure prominently on the official level, it is displayed on the national flag. Sometimes it seems as if the whole population of this country, those people who manifacture household appliances or cars, those who build idyllic Zen Buddhist monasteries on wood-covered mountain slopes, were taking part in solving the issue. The capital of South Korea greets you with glittering skyscrapers of the business quarter, heavy traffic along busy street, the rhythmical hum of moving stairs in shopping malls. One of the principal symbols of Seoul is the huge Gyeongbokgung palace, erected in the 16th century and many times rebuilt since then. Korean architecture is such that all palaces are not simply separate buildings, but cascades of buildings of varying shapes and sizes, situated on different …

700 Italian restaurants in Seoul and Italian wines haven’t boomed yet, why?

Well, Tuscany was my first love, my first tasting and my first great wine. And my next. And my next. Indeed, I’ve visited Tuscany more than any other wine region and the flavor of these wines, more than those of Burgundy, Rioja, Barolo or Bordeaux, meander teasingly through my taste memory wherever I might be, whatever I might be drinking… And now I’m drinking Majuang, Korea’s first major wine product and it isn’t glitzy. In 1977 Majuang wine began production in Korea; until 1987 it was the most commonly available type of wine, accounting for around 90% of sales. After that time, foreign wines began to be imported and Majuang’s share of the market dropped to around 15%. Majuang wines are not 100% Korean; they contain wines imported from Europe and Chile mixed with the local product. There are a number of types being made, both red and white, and the number and types of varieties change with time. Majuang is produced at the Gyeongsan Winery by Lotte Liquor, a global business group as well …