Ankie Beilke says her love of fine wines improves with age

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 1:35pm

Ankie Beilke grew up in Germany in a house with a wine cellar in the basement, so the model-actress developed her taste for wine at a young age. Now based in Hong Kong, her love of wine has not diminished.

"I have it with almost every meal. I really love [Italian red] amarone and [French white] Chablis," said Beilke, who is half German, half Chinese.

"When I started drinking wine, I used to like riesling because it's German. It's a light wine and easier to get into it because it's sweeter. But now I like wines that are heavier in taste, more rounded, full-bodied and oaky. I guess my palate has changed as my knowledge of wine has improved."

Beilke was guest of honour at the China Wine Awards & China Spirits Awards at The Mira hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui on Tuesday.

"When I have time, I want to do a sommelier [course] to learn more about wine. I was planning to do it this summer but unfortunately - well fortunately - I had to shoot an Italian-Hong Kong movie [ Naked Soldier], so maybe next year," she said.

More than 100 judges blind-tasted wines and spirits from 37 countries - some with price tags of up to HK$10,000.

At the event, Chateau Baccarat showed guests how a wine appears and tastes differently in different glasses. Chocolatier Cornelia Francesca Maeder shared tips on what wines paired well with her Swiss chocolates, and mixologists for Royal Dragon vodka concocted cocktails for guests to sample.