Wine lovers will be interested in two big events coming up - one in Hong Kong and the second in France. The biennial Vinexpo in Bordeaux is the biggest wines and spirits event in the world, covering 40,000 square metres. The exhibition takes place from June 17 to 21. There are 2,400 exhibitors from 39 countries participating, with France, naturally enough, having the biggest space, followed by Italy, Spain and the United States. In addition to the usual wine tastings, there are a number of workshops, organised by the Slow Food Movement (an international association attempting to preserve the diversity of regional foods around the world). The subjects of the workshops include foie gras and fine sweet wines, chocolates, cigars and rum, French, Irish, Italian and Portuguese goat's cheeses with sauvignons, and mountain Tomme cheeses with grenache wines. Information for Vinexpo on www.vinexpo.fr . The annual WinPac (Wines of the Pacific Rim) takes place from May 2 to 5 at the Furama Hotel. A number of the events are open to the public. At the Wine Game on May 3, the public can taste the wines and test their knowledge as a team of local wine experts from the Hong Kong Wine Society is pitted against a visiting side, which includes two Masters of Wines, John Avery and Michael Brajkovich. Tickets to the Wine Game are $120. The following evening is the WinPac 2001 Gala Dinner, where winners of the wine show (a private judging which takes place May 2 to 4) will be announced. Guests will have the opportunity to taste the winning wines during dinner, and there will also be a charity auction of a number of donated wines, with proceeds going to Youth Out-reach and the Children's Cancer Fund. The dinner costs $700. At the wine fair on May 5, guests can taste - if they have the stamina - more than 400 wines from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, South Africa, New Zealand and the United States. There's also an optional lunch. The vineyard lunch and tasting takes place from 11am to 6pm, and tickets are $480. If you choose not to attend the lunch, the tasting is $220 and goes from 2.45pm to 6pm. Also on May 5 is a series of masterclasses. The first is taught by Warren Winiarski, winemaker and owner of Stag's Leap Vineyards. He will be speaking about Cabernet - California Style. The second masterclass, with the subject Pinot Noir - An Evolution in Style, will be taught by Anthony Hamilton Russell, proprietor of Hamilton Russell Vineyards. The final class - on Barrel Fermented Chardonnay - will be taught by the winemaker of Kumeu River Vineyards, Michael Brajkovich. The masterclasses cost $120 each and are limited to 60 participants. For information and tickets on all events, call the Furama Hotel on 2848 7311.