Wine picks for Chinese New Year

The Year of the Ram (or possibly sheep or then again maybe goat) is upon us once more, celebrations begin on Thursday 19 February and last for a week.

Chinese new year decorationsGuy Ruston, managing director of Bordeaux Index Hong Kong, explains what lies in store: “Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is one of the best occasions for unabashed feasting anywhere in the world. The sheer variety and volume of dishes served in any home or restaurant is guaranteed.

“From Poon Choi (a big casserole pot full of seafood, meat, vegetables) to Yu Sheng (raw fish salad) or dried oyster with pig’s tongue, to staples such as roasted chicken and  suckling  pig, pairing the right wine with such a diverse array of ingredients is difficult.”

About to experience the full force of Chinese New Year in situthe drinks business decided to canvas Hong Kong’s merchants and auctioneers for their top fine wine choices and the span was surprising.

As well as the obligatory Bordeaux (and one vintage and label in particular), responses covered Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhône and tawny Port, a diverse and pleasing array of wines .

So click through, see what you think, let us know what you’ll be drinking and to everyone – Gong Hay Fat Choy!

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