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10 years after wine tax abolished, Hong Kong is Asia’s wine hub and local scene is prospering

Hong Kong wine imports have boomed since 2007 and the city has become Asia’s wine hub, leaving Tokyo and Singapore far behind. But insiders say the government can still do more.

8 Nov 2018 - 8:02PM

Hong Kong wine imports have boomed since 2007 and the city has become Asia’s wine hub, leaving Tokyo and Singapore far behind. But insiders say the government can still do more.

10 years after wine tax abolished, Hong Kong is Asia’s wine hub and local scene is prospering
In Pacific Northwest, wines for adventurous drinkers that offer something different

Biodynamic in Oregon, Bordeaux blends in Washington – northwestern states prove America’s wine talent stretches beyond Napa Valley’s famous labels. A shame most wineries are too small to export to Hong Kong - so why not go there?

20 Jul 2017 - 5:33PM

Biodynamic in Oregon, Bordeaux blends in Washington – northwestern states prove America’s wine talent stretches beyond Napa Valley’s famous labels. A shame most wineries are too small to export to Hong Kong - so why not go there?

In Pacific Northwest, wines for adventurous drinkers that offer something different
Grape & Grain | How zinfandel left behind its ’80s blush party image and found a discerning, red-wine-loving crowd

Originally from Croatia, zinfandel was hugely popular with wine-by-the glass drinkers. A new generation of growers are creating harmonious single-vineyard reds with elegant profiles in a bid to improve the grape’s reputation

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Originally from Croatia, zinfandel was hugely popular with wine-by-the glass drinkers. A new generation of growers are creating harmonious single-vineyard reds with elegant profiles in a bid to improve the grape’s reputation

How zinfandel left behind its ’80s blush party image and found a discerning, red-wine-loving crowd
Grape & Grain | Demand for local wine courses reflects growing Chinese interest

Wine educator WSET opens office in Hong Kong, its first outside the UK, to cater to growing interest in courses and programmes in the region

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Wine educator WSET opens office in Hong Kong, its first outside the UK, to cater to growing interest in courses and programmes in the region

Demand for local wine courses reflects growing Chinese interest
Grape & Grain | What Sting, the Trumps and Hong Kong stars Carina Lau and Bernice Liu all have in common

A passion for wine also links singers Lady Gaga and Pink, NBA all-star Yao Ming and Hong Kong actress Bernice Liu, all celebrities who own a vineyard or label

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

A passion for wine also links singers Lady Gaga and Pink, NBA all-star Yao Ming and Hong Kong actress Bernice Liu, all celebrities who own a vineyard or label

What Sting, the Trumps and Hong Kong stars Carina Lau and Bernice Liu all have in common
Grape & Grain | How Hong Kong drinkers are turning to premium wines, halfway between simple and super-expensive bottles

The evolution of the city’s wine scene continues, with the advent of a new kind of aficionado happy to spend a little more and willing to try things from less common producers

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The evolution of the city’s wine scene continues, with the advent of a new kind of aficionado happy to spend a little more and willing to try things from less common producers

How Hong Kong drinkers are turning to premium wines, halfway between simple and super-expensive bottles
How to combine a wine-country tour with an adventure holiday

Kite surfing in Austria, canyoning and skiing in Slovenia, a Georgian mountain tour on horseback – there are plenty of ways to combine thrills with some chilled glasses of the local tipple

1 Mar 2017 - 5:20PM

Kite surfing in Austria, canyoning and skiing in Slovenia, a Georgian mountain tour on horseback – there are plenty of ways to combine thrills with some chilled glasses of the local tipple

How to combine a wine-country tour with an adventure holiday
Grape & Grain | How to combine a wine tasting tour with an adventure holiday

Whether travelling in a 4x4 around an active volcano in Sicily, canyoning in Slovenia or mountain biking in South Africa, venturing to vineyards can also satisfy a taste for thrills

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

Whether travelling in a 4x4 around an active volcano in Sicily, canyoning in Slovenia or mountain biking in South Africa, venturing to vineyards can also satisfy a taste for thrills

How to combine a wine tasting tour with an adventure holiday
Grape & Grain | Hong Kong food pairings for sake: pasta, hotpot, barbecued meat – yes, Japanese spirit is bursting out of its confines at last

While wine is drunk with most foods in Hong Kong, sake was confined to Japanese restaurants until innovators such as Balinese restaurant Potato Head began matching it with other cuisines

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

While wine is drunk with most foods in Hong Kong, sake was confined to Japanese restaurants until innovators such as Balinese restaurant Potato Head began matching it with other cuisines

Hong Kong food pairings for sake: pasta, hotpot, barbecued meat – yes, Japanese spirit is bursting out of its confines at last
Grape & Grain | The world’s best hangover cures, from century-egg congee to tom yum soup ... and the hair of the dog

Every culture has its own hangover cure – Hongkongers eat congee, Thais turn to spice, and Australians just shrug and drink more alcohol. Whatever it is, find the one that works for you, preferably before the holiday parties begin

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

Every culture has its own hangover cure – Hongkongers eat congee, Thais turn to spice, and Australians just shrug and drink more alcohol. Whatever it is, find the one that works for you, preferably before the holiday parties begin

The world’s best hangover cures, from century-egg congee to tom yum soup ... and the hair of the dog
Grape & Grain | When pairing wine with Asian food, go straight to the sauce

From chilli crab to char siu, from Thai fishcakes to teppanyaki, when it comes to matching Asian food with wine, the usual rules don’t always apply, as seen at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

From chilli crab to char siu, from Thai fishcakes to teppanyaki, when it comes to matching Asian food with wine, the usual rules don’t always apply, as seen at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition

When pairing wine with Asian food, go straight to the sauce
Grape & Grain | The trendy wines of 2016: natural, orange, new wave Aussie, English sparkling, and more

Drinkers are branching out to try Greek, eastern European and Turkish vintages, while premium rosé continues its ascent and North Americans experiment with red blends

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Drinkers are branching out to try Greek, eastern European and Turkish vintages, while premium rosé continues its ascent and North Americans experiment with red blends

The trendy wines of 2016: natural, orange, new wave Aussie, English sparkling, and more
Grape & Grain | Hong Kong’s best places to drink summer wines (and where to buy them)

Whether you head up The Peak or sail off to sample the seafood at Po Toi, Hong Kong’s many wine shops can provide your bubbly, biodynamic or Bordeaux

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Whether you head up The Peak or sail off to sample the seafood at Po Toi, Hong Kong’s many wine shops can provide your bubbly, biodynamic or Bordeaux

Hong Kong’s best places to drink summer wines (and where to buy them)
Grape & Grain | Meet the women who are breaking the wine glass ceiling, as critics, makers and more

Women have been involved in wine for generations, but mostly in sales and marketing. Now increasing numbers are working as sommeliers, winemakers, critics and educators

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Women have been involved in wine for generations, but mostly in sales and marketing. Now increasing numbers are working as sommeliers, winemakers, critics and educators

Meet the women who are breaking the wine glass ceiling, as critics, makers and more
Grape & Grain | A Californian gets to wax lyrical about state’s finest wines at Hong Kong’s Vinexpo

Debra Meiburg picks her highlights from three days of tasting and networking, including Moet’s new Yunnan red, a new super Bordeaux, and wines from Portugal, Italy and the Golden State

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Debra Meiburg picks her highlights from three days of tasting and networking, including Moet’s new Yunnan red, a new super Bordeaux, and wines from Portugal, Italy and the Golden State

A Californian gets to wax lyrical about state’s finest wines at Hong Kong’s Vinexpo
Cool-climate fine wines the best accompaniment to a Hong Kong summer
Grapes of graft: healthy demand for rare drops makes wealthy wine collectors easy targets

Fake wine scams are perpetrated at the high end as well as in the middle and retail markets, but a lack of legislation and significant costs make it difficult to prove and prosecute offenders

19 Feb 2016 - 8:00AM

Fake wine scams are perpetrated at the high end as well as in the middle and retail markets, but a lack of legislation and significant costs make it difficult to prove and prosecute offenders

Grapes of graft: healthy demand for rare drops makes wealthy wine collectors easy targets
Hong Kong drinkers visiting Macau now spoilt for choice of world wines

A thriving hybrid wine scene in which every major producer is represented is the latest addition to Macau’s list of impressive attractions

21 Jan 2016 - 11:12AM

A thriving hybrid wine scene in which every major producer is represented is the latest addition to Macau’s list of impressive attractions

Hong Kong drinkers visiting Macau now spoilt for choice of world wines
Chinese wine culture goes mainstream
Grape & Grain | How Asia's wine culture is thriving in different ways

Hong Kong may share a lot in common with Singapore, India and Malaysia, but the market here is more mature 

31 Oct 2015 - 12:44PM

Hong Kong may share a lot in common with Singapore, India and Malaysia, but the market here is more mature 

How Asia's wine culture is thriving in different ways
Wine Opinion | Tasting and judging wine is more difficult than it might appear

Judging takes dedication and practice. Palates are refined by years of repeated and focused wine tasting. And yes, tasting and judging dozens of wines per day is surprisingly hard work.

24 Sep 2015 - 8:20PM

Judging takes dedication and practice. Palates are refined by years of repeated and focused wine tasting. And yes, tasting and judging dozens of wines per day is surprisingly hard work.

Tasting and judging wine is more difficult than it might appear
Wine opinion: Asian cuisines find their perfect match
Wine Opinion: How to spot a counterfeit
Great combinations

Chef Que Vinh Dang talks about the TBLS concept, plus perfect wine pairings for its diversified menus, writes Debra Meiburg.

18 Jun 2013 - 10:07PM

Chef Que Vinh Dang talks about the TBLS concept, plus perfect wine pairings for its diversified menus, writes Debra Meiburg.

Great combinations
The lowdown on Australia's Margaret River wine region
Wine opinion: ten questions for the year ahead
More wine shops, but choice is still limited in Hong Kong
Wine Opinion: terroir fervour

Keen observers of the global food and wine scene will have noticed that over the past 10 years it has become, if anything, less global. Gone are the days when a restaurant would be praised for its shipments of foreign seafood - "local" is in.

25 Oct 2012 - 3:24PM

Keen observers of the global food and wine scene will have noticed that over the past 10 years it has become, if anything, less global. Gone are the days when a restaurant would be praised for its shipments of foreign seafood - "local" is in.

Wine Opinion: terroir fervour