It seems there is time for a last spurt of travel before Christmas and the festive season kick off. SI Publisher Reva Singh is in Christchurch for the Wine Discovery New Zealand 2010: Great Wine Capitals Global Network International Conference where unbeknown to the Kiwis, their country’s wines are performing superbly at the 2nd Annual Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition, reports Harshal Shah.
It is fantastic being on a panel with Asia’s best palates and having guidance and experise from UK wine writer Tim Atkin MW and co-chair and organiser Debra Meiburg MW. With judges drawn from Hong Kong, India, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, China, South Korea and Thailand, the results are set to present an accurate reflection of pan-Asian taste.
With over 1,000 entries this year, the HKIWSC must surely be Asia’s largest wine competition; and the inclusion of a day’s judging with popular Asian dishes of Peking Duck; Sashimi; Abalone; Dim Sum and Kung Pao chicken, gave the competition a valuable additional.
The judging is now over and we’re waiting to find out the results, which will be announced at a 1,500-person gala dinner on Thursday evening, 4th Otober. A truly wonderful surprise has been the performance of Japanese wines – the white Koshu grape in particular, from the Katsunama region scored very well and was a strong contender for a trophy as best wine with sashimi.
It is unprecendented to see such high quality wine coming out of Japan; even Chinese and Indian wines have scored well. This surely is a sign for the future of the wine world. Some of the more quirky wines have been fortified Gamay from Korea. I hazard this style is still very much an acquired taste with intense aromas of ginseng and tobacco, along with jammy red berries.
Following the wine competition, the 3rd edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair will run from 4-6 November, with a record number of close to 700 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions including the event’s partner country, Australia – the third-largest supplier of wine to Hong Kong expected to participate. Meanwhile, there are a gamut of tastings and wine seminars to attend at the fair including a short talk by me on the Indian Wine Industry.