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American Wine

Mainland logs into world wine web

Yihaodian, the mainland e-commerce service controlled by the American retail giant Wal-Mart, plans to uncork the growing domestic demand for imported wine by bringing brands from the world's top wine producers to its online shopping platform.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am

Toast HK's wine industry

Wine is big business in the Asia-Pacific region as Hong Kong has become the principal trading centre for fine wines in the world.

The fourth Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair has grown this year to include more than 930 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong takes to the bottle

Gordon Yuen Tien-yau sold top-notch cameras for years before discovering another high-end product could be even more profitable - wine.

The 52-year-old retired HSBC banker-turned-retailer is among a new breed of wine sellers in Hong Kong, capturing a business now worth over HK$5.5 billion a year in the city.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Man on a mission to share his passion for American wine

Increased competition and rising living costs are making it tougher to run a wine business, says Toby Marion, director and co-founder of distributer Golden Gate Wine.

But that has only made Marion - who started the company with his wife Eileen in 2004 - push harder to promote the quality and diversity of under-represented American wines to Hongkongers.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Eastern states aim to raise their profile

Although a wide range of wines from California has long been available in Hong Kong, those from the eastern United States have been less visible.

That is something the producers are aiming to change at this year's fair, according to Joel Stopha, international marketing specialist at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Munitions depot tender process raises questions

A lawmaker has questioned the fairness of a re-tendering process for a munitions depot in Shouson Hill, which was leased to a wine storage company seven years ago without an open process.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Vintage wine yes, vintage people no!

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


In anticipation of the 80th Academy Awards, scheduled for tomorrow morning (Hong Kong time), why not host a 'wine at the Oscars' night?

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am


The wine industry will soon be caught up in WinPac, Hong Kong's premier wine show. WinPac, of course, should not be mistaken for the CIA's Centre for Winpac (Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control), although there are some striking similarities. During the course of

14 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

A ripening market

winekey players

SU HUA NEWTON holds a partially filled glass of red wine in her right hand, twirls it slightly, and with her left hand waves the fruity aromas under her nose before taking a sip and swallowing.

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Soured grape industry eyes mainland drinkers

The Australian wine industry is hoping the mainland's growing middle class will develop a taste for its wine and help drain the country's enormous wine surplus.

A series of bumper harvests and a decade of over-planting encouraged by tax breaks means Australia has a glut of 900 million litres of wine, enough to pour a glass for every person on Earth.

16 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Wine On


Gallo Sonoma County 1998, $219

7 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Wine On


Trinity Oaks 2000, $149

4 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Wine levy rise uncorks backlash

A voice for the wine industry yesterday described as 'diabolical' the rise in tax on the drink from 60 to 80 per cent, saying it would destroy moves to make Hong Kong an important global wine centre.

International Wine Centre director Simon Tam said Hong Kong was one of the most expensive places in the world to buy wine before yesterday's tax increase.

7 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

The art of zin and spicy maintenance

For a century or more, wine has been packaged with a tight cork in the bottle wrapped around with a heavy seal. Until recently, if you wanted a drink, you cut off the foil, screwed down into the cork, heaved and grunted, extracted the cork and poured the wine. Everyone knew how to do it except waiters in some Hong Kong restaurants.

3 Jan 1998 - 12:00am