November 2017   


Ready for the Asia Wine Academy?

I am delighted to be working with both Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) and the HKTDC to launch the Asia Wine Academy (AWA)! The debut of the Asia Wine Academy is one of the highlighted features of the HKTDC’s 3-day Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair held from 9th to the 11th of November, 2017.

AWA will be offering an intensive course leading to a Certificate issued by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management. The course is based on the classes taught for the Master of Science program in International Wine Management, offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University SHTM. To be eligible, attendees will need to take two different sessions, one led by me and the other led by Professor Steve Charters, a fellow Master of Wine and professor at the Burgundy School of Business. Two intensive courses include: Contemporary Trends in Wine Consumption (Course A) & Mastering Tasting and Rising Wine Trends (Course B), based on the Master of Science program in International Wine Management offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University SHTM. To sign up or for more information, please click here.

We had a great turnout at M on the Bund on 30th October in Shanghai for the press conference announcing the top rated wines sold online in China. Congratulations to the 60+ wines that were rated the best among their peers out of over 250 most popular wines sold online tasted blind. Click here to see the full list of the Top Online Wines in China.

I hope to see many of you in Guangzhou later this month at the Languedoc wine masterclass at the 19th Interwine China fair held at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 13th of November. During the Interwine fair, I will be signing and distributing my comprehensive tasting booklet on the results of China’s Top Wines Sold Online. To attend either session in Guangzhou, email us at [email protected].

Make sure you check out Wine Lister, where I recently joined Jancis Robinson, Michel Bettane and Antonio Galloni as their partner critic. Why give wines a 100 points when they can receive 1000 points?

If you are unable to attend one of the events in Hong Kong or China, follow my daily updates on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, WeChat or Weibo. For more in-depth wine stories, look for my column in Forbes, Robb Report China or search My Views to read my recent thoughts on the world of wine.

My Views

Growing Popularity of Spanish Food & Wine

It is now just as common to find Ibérico ham from Spain or Spanish olive oil in our gourmet supermarkets as it is to find Brie cheese from France or Parma ham from Italy. Over the past five years, Spanish food and wine have permeated the culinary scene in most of the major cities in Asia. Read more

Cultures Don't Have To Clash: How To Enjoy Cantonese Soup With Wine

At a recent Cantonese banquet-style dinner where friends decided to bring older bottles of Bordeaux, a retired Chinese banker seated next to me asked, “How do you drink wine when you are having soup?”. Read more

Asia's Number One Chef On The Importance Of Storytelling

“Let me tell you why restaurants succeed or fail,” says Gaggan Anand whose eponymous restaurant is number one for three years in a row at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. His dark brown eyes are intense and he leans closer to me. “Success comes from completing the circle. Read more

Smart Buys

Top Wines Between ¥200-400 Sold Online in China

I was pleasantly surprised to find over 25 wonderful, delicious wines to enjoy now between ¥200-400 sold online in China! Three online platforms stood out for providing the best wines and values in this price range:, and East Meets WestRead more

Tasting of the Great Arnaud Ente Wines

I was fortunate to be invited to a tasting of Arnaud Ente’s wines direct from the domaine, ranging from the 2006 to the 2013 vintage. Ente is one of my favorite producers from Meursault and this tasting shows how beautifully the wines age and evolve. The wines are pure minerality and precision. Read more


HKTDC Wine & Spirits Fair Launches the Asia Wine Academy

Date: 9-11 November, 2017
Place: The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

Master of Wine Endowment Auction

Date: 16 November 2017 
Place: London, UK
Bids are now live for unique, incredible wine lots and experiences: click here to view and bid.

Languedoc Wine Masterclass in Guangzhou

Date: 13 November 2017
Place: Guangzhou, China

Food & Wine Pairing Dinner with Chef Da Dong

Date: 17 November 2017 
Place: The Chinese Culinary Institute, Hong Kong


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