At Vinexpo 2012 in Hong Kong, I spoke briefly with Catherine Douglas, Manager of Export Sales for Adelsheim Vineyard, located Willamette Valley, Oregon.
The winery was established in 1971 by David Adelsheim and his wife, Ginny Adelsheim, after the couple’s summer trip to Europe, where they were inspired by the artisanal foods and wines they tried. Since then, Adelsheim has continued to be a family-owned and operated winery, which relies on sustainable farming, combining traditional and modern techniques to craft elegant, complex wine with a great richness in flavor and texture.
Chairman of VINEXPO Madame Dominique Heriard Dubreuil, Chief Executive of VINEXPO Mr. Robert Beynat and Mr. Gregory So, Kam-Leung, JP meet David Adelsheim at Vinexpo 2012
At Vinexpo 2012, I attended a seated tasting on the topic of “German Wines and Asian Flavours,” conducted by Jeannie Cho Lee, Master of Wine for the German Wine Institute in which she explored the creative aspects and intricacies of pairing German wines with Asian flavors. The tasting featured a second launch of Jeannie and the Institute’s creative collaboration entitled Perfect Pairings: German Wines and Asian Flavours.
Walking past the Wines of Argentina stand at Vinexpo 2012, I was stopped in my tracks by the eye-catching, magenta sign which read “Restless Argentina” and I became curious about how Argentine wines were doing at the expo. To find out, I spoke to Roberto Luka, founder and president of Finca Sophenia winery.
Pairing Chinese dishes with wines can appear to some a daunting task. For one, the huge variety in cooking techniques and personalities of the 8 most influential styles, from the bold garlicky-peppery flavors characterizing Chuan (Sichuan) to the soupy, clear Min (Fujian) to the fresh softness of Zhe (Zhejiang), is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to summarize into a single “pairable” flavor profile. Furthermore, the diversity of ingredients and the resulting complexity in flavor of each dish in itself (with any combination of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami) make it challenging at times to match it to a single wine.
…Challenging but not impossible, which is exactly what Debra Meiburg, Master of Wine sets out to prove during her Certificate Program entitled “8 Treasures, Pairing wines with Chinese flavours” at Vinexpo 2012 Asia Pacific in Hong Kong. A celebrated wine journalist, Master of Wine, and longtime Hong Kong resident with a very refined palate for Asian cuisine, pairing Asian flavors to wines is truly Debra’s area of expertise. I caught her after the seminar to exchange a few words about how it went and about the feedback she’s gotten. Here is what she had to say:
Vinexpo 2012 Asia Pacific in Hong Kong was a resolutely international exhibition. 1050 exhibitors from 28 countries and all continents as well as 14,000 visitors from 33 countries participated in making it the leading international exhibition in its sector. The exhibition hall was, for 3 days, abuzz with languages from all parts of the world, most of them foreign to Chinese ears.
You may be wondering, “But what of the Chinese? What kind of representation did Chinese wines have at the exhibition held in their country?” To find out, I spoke to Rex Yeung, Deputy General Manager of Dynasty Fine Wines and Judy Leissner, President of Grace Vineyard about their experience at Vinexpo as well as about the consumption of Chinese wines. Here is what they had to say.
Passing the vibrant pink Wines of Argentina sign and the monstrous Concha y Toro booth in the South American wines section of Vinexpo 2012, I ran into the Wines of Uruguay stand and was surprised to see how large it was. I spoke about this to Daniel Pisano, co-owner of Pisano Family Vineyards, the #1 top distributed Uruguayan winery in the Brazilian market, according to our Market Report.
He explained that there were 12 Uruguayan wineries at Vinexpo this year and that he he believes they are a good representation of the region. He also lets us in on what characteristics of Uruguayan wines (especially Tannat) makes them popular in the Asian market and walks us through the wines that he brought to showcase at the expo. Check it out here!
Recently a few of us from Entaste visited the IFC Supermarket here in Hong Kong and thought it might be interesting to learn a bit about the types of wines that are sold in the supermarkets of this city as well as about the price ranges they are sold at. Based on the information we have on the average restaurant prices for wines in this city compared to those of other markets, we suspected that wines would be sold at a much greater average in supermarkets. We were shocked to see, however, the quality and the price of the bottles that were being given away in what seemed like an infinite line of free samples! Check out what Sommelier Nicolás Reines has to say about this phenomenon: