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November 9, 2012 | 9:00 AM

The fifth edition of one of Asia’s largest wine fairs opened yesterday and continues through 10 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Some 950 exhibitors from 36 countries and regions are taking part in the fair, open to trade buyers only for the first two days. On the final day, 10 November, the show opens to trade and the public.

 

Exhibitors from Azerbaijan, Denmark and Russia are first-time participants. Italy and France feature the largest pavilions.

 

Wine Conference

Over the fair’s three days, nearly 60 events will take place, from wine tastings and master classes to expert seminars. Fair highlights include this morning’s Wine Industry Conference, under the theme “The Future of the Global Wine Industry – Trends and Opportunities.” Gregory So, the Hong Kong SAR Government’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and Neal Martin, writer for The Wine Advocate, are the keynote speakers.

Beyond Ice Wine

Public Day, 10 November, will include a number of seminars. Speakers at “Beyond Ice Wine – Hidden Wine Treasures from Canada” are Dr Clinton Lee, President and CEO of the Vinoscenti Group, and Miles Prodan, Executive Director of the British Columbia Wine Institute, who represents 130 member wineries. At the “Quick Fix for Wine Beginners” seminar, Stephen Mack, CEO of the Asia Wine Service and Education Centre, will offer tips on wine appreciation.

 

Wine-Tasting Sessions

Public day will feature “The Most Beloved Wine” voting game award presentation, a master class exploring Chinese wine from Shandong and Ningxia, and two fine-wine tasting sessions: “World Wine Tour by the Wine Gallery,” focusing on Italy’s Bolgheri and Friuli wine regions, France’s Côte Du Rhône, Australia’s Margaret River and California’s Napa Valley; and “Finest Wines from Spain – Grand Tasting,” presenting 15 Spanish wine producers from such renowned regions as DOCa Rioja, DOCa Priorat, Jerez-Xeres-Sherry and Ribera del Duero. In addition, “Celebrating the Diversity of New Zealand Wine,” hosted by New Zealand’s Family of Twelve winemakers, will take place on the afternoon of 9 November. Admission fee for the three fine-wine tasting sessions is HK$500 per session, and participating in either session on public day also includes free entry to the fair on the same day.

 

Review the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition Trophy Winners at the Fair Website

 

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