Where to ... sample wines by the glass

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 July, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 July, 2003, 12:00am

Simon Tam was born here but grew up in Adelaide in a family of restaurateurs. He learned about wine at the Rose Worthy Agricultural College in South Australia and moved back to Hong Kong 10 years ago, where he is now director of the International Wine Centre. He is a wine educator, wine maker, cheese maker and trained chef. He tells us about his favourite places to enjoy wines by the glass.

Staunton's Wine Bar & Cafe (pictured), 10 Staunton Street, Mid-Levels, tel: 2973 6611. 'They have between 10 and 15 wines by the glass, and there's always a very good reisling on the list. The wines are affordably priced.'

Peak Cafe Bar, 9 Shelley Street, Mid-Levels, tel: 2140 6877. 'They have more than 20 wines by the glass and the selection is quite eclectic. They have a good balance of new- and old-world wines, with no bias either way.'

One Bar + Grill, Level 4, One Exchange Square, Central, tel: 2522 2246. 'This is the old Joyce Cafe and it's a smart environment. They have a good wine list, and again, it's quite eclectic. It's stronger on the Australian and Italian wines, and they're not outrageously priced.'

The Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Road, The Peak, tel: 2849 1000. 'It's the only decent place in Hong Kong with a good sparkling-wine selection, including champagne. It's nice to sit outdoors in the sunlight - it's a good hangover cure.'

Habibi, 112 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2544 9298. 'They have Moroccan and Egyptian wines, which are far from the joke most people think they might be - they're pretty decent wines. The other wines are a little more new world from Australia and New Zealand, and they work well with the aromatic food.'