South China Morning Post regularly hosts top notch wine events. As a regular reader of Wine Circle, you can be sure to be the first to hear about our upcoming events, and receive special offers to attend.
At the first wine tasting in our Taste the World series, more than 200 people attended a soiree featuring over 100 top South African wines from 35 vineyards at a South African wine tasting event hosted by the South African Consul General on April 22 and held at the JW Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place.
Well-known sommelier David Wong gave expert advice on the different kinds of South African wines, including Ayama Leopard Shiraz-Pinotage-Mourvedre 2010, Blaauwklippen Before & After, Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz, and Fairview The Beacon Shiraz 2008.
There was also a lucky draw for a two-night trip to Wineland near Cape Town and a copy of South Africa’s bestselling wine annual “Platter’s Guide”.
In December 2012 we held a rare wine tasting of Bordeaux’s first-growth wines of the 1996 vintage at the Miele Lounge in Causeway Bay.
The event also celebrated the launch of a new book, “Bordeaux Legends: The 1855 First Growth Wines of Haut-Brion, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Margaux and Mouton Rothschild” by Jane Anson, the wine expert and South China Morning Post columnist.
Anson, who had flown in that evening from her home in Bordeaux, shared anecdotes from the histories of the storied chateaux and, over the course of the evening, explained why Bordeaux more than any other wine region creates such passion and obsession with wine lovers. "
See below the South China Morning Post article reporting on the event.
Jane Anson and Bernice Liu at the tasting. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
By: Charley Lanyon
Hong Kong is a city of wine lovers, and each year’s social calendar is inevitably crowded with tastings and other events, of which only a few stand out as really special. The tasting last Wednesday was one such event.
The first thing that made this tasting, an evening of Bordeaux, at the Miele Lounge in Causeway Bay, so exceptional was the wine: a survey of Bordeaux’s first-growth wines of the 1996 vintage.
The second was the company. This was no-run-of-the-mill wine event, but a celebration commemorating the release of a new book, Bordeaux Legends: The 1855 First Growth Wines of Haut-Brion, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Margaux and Mouton Rothschild by Jane Anson, the wine expert and South China Morning Post columnist.
Anson had flown in that evening from her home in Bordeaux to share anecdotes from the histories of the storied chateaus, to the delight of the wine fanatics gathered, who listened, entranced, while eagerly sniffing, sipping and swishing.
That Anson is a lover of Bordeaux wines goes without saying. She says her “desert island bottle” would be a Chateau Margaux 1983, and over the course of the evening she tried to explain why Bordeaux more than any other wine region created such passion and obsession in wine lovers.
“There’s something about Bordeaux that sets something off in people. It’s partly the 2,000 years of history, but I think it’s somehow the way that Bordeaux is set up encourages people to become obsessive. There are so many good entry points to Bordeaux; there are so many things about Bordeaux that encourage obsessive wine behaviour, in a good way.”
Whatever the cause of this, Anson clearly is infected, and loving every minute of it.
Almost 600 wine lovers turned up for a feast of Bordeaux at the Rendezvous with Fine Wine, jointly hosted by SCMP, Kerry Wines and Island Shangri-La, at Island Shangri-La on 28 May 2012.
With a focus on the much heralded 2009 vintage, lauded to be the best Bordeaux growing year in history, guests had the opportunity to taste 114 fine wines from 68 renowned Châteaux and Domaines, including four 100-point scorers Châteaux Pavie, Pape Clément blanc, Smith Haut Lafitte and Vieux Châteaux Certan, plus Rauzan Ségla, Pichon Lalande, Lynch Bages, as well as some famous labels from other regions such as Pegau, Alm aviva and Solaia.
Famous wine critic and author Robert Parker was in Hong Kong in November 2011 for a two-part fine wine experience. More than 200 people came to Robert Parker’s exclusive master class and guided blind tasting wine at the Aberdeen Marina Club on 9 November.
The blind tasting consisted of five brackets of two wines, with old and young vintages for each, from key regions featured in “The Wine Advocate”. The wines featured include Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Haut Brion, Harlan Estate, Moss Wood, Sauternes.
Later that day for 20 lucky people there was the “Up Close and Personal Dinner with Robert Parker at the famed Restaurant Petrus at the Island Shangri-La.
Robert Parker sat at a single table with the 20 guests, discussing the current state of the wine market and current trends in investment worthy wines.
Champagne Krug served on arrival, then nine of the world’s most incredible wines are to be matched with tailor-made eight-course menu from the Michelin-starred Petrus.
The wines featured were top vintages from Château Latour, Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Lafite Rothschild, Château La Mission Haut‐Brion, Château d’Yquem, Dominus, Petrus, Château de BeaucastHommage à Jacques Perrin.
The 2011 edition of ”Les Fruits de La Vigne” dinner, hosted by Neal Martin and Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate, at the Aberdeen Marina Club on November 10. More than 50 people attended the dinner. The dinner is Herritage Wine’s annual signature wine dinner that features a combination of top wine critics, top fine wines and top chefs. The wines offered included Château de Beaucastel and Château Haut Brion.