Shanghai’s Courtyard by Marriott scoops VPA award

16th March, 2016 by Lucy Jenkins

The annual Vintage Port Academy (VPA) decanting competition saw eight teams from Shanghai’s hotels and bars battle it out to decant a 1985 Taylor’s in the quickest time with minimum wastage.

VPA shanghai

The Fladgate Partnership’s Nicolas Heath, Jessi Peng, Jacky Ma and Symington’s Euan McKay

Tersina Shieh who helped organize the event said, “Vintage Port, bottled only after spending around two years in wood and without fining or filtering, develops significant sediments in the bottle especially when it has been aged for 10 years or so. With an average of only three declared vintages in 10 years, Vintage Port is one of the most long lasting wines meant to age for decades. Therefore, it is essential to decant an aged Vintage Port before consuming.”

VPA was formed by two competitors, Symington Family Estate and The Fladgate Partnership, who between them own six premium Port houses—Croft’s, Dow’s, Fonseca, Graham’s, Taylor’s and Warre’s – with the aim of promoting the appreciation and knowledge of Vintage Port in Asia.

Nicolas Heath, marketing director of The Fladgate Partnership, said that the goals of the competition were to “demystify decanting, and to encourage on-premises not to view decanting as a chore, but rather as an opportunity to create a theatre at the table.”

Euan Mackay, sales director of Symington, added: “The competition was judged on two elements: clarity as all customers would expect a clean glass of wine, and wastage, which has to be kept to a minimum.”

The winning team was Courtyard by Marriott, represented by lobby lounge manager, Jessi Peng and café supervisor, Jacky Ma. They scored 17.5 out of 20 on clarity and wastage, even though they spent the most time (over four minutes) decanting.

All candidates received a certificate and a VPA cork puller (an essential tool to open old wine). The winning team also each received a duo vintage case, consisted of a bottle each of Graham’s and Taylor’s 2003 vintage.

The rest of the teams were Felix Zhang and Robin Wang from Hakkasan; Christie Xu and Shaun Shao from Hyatt on the Bund; Irene Han and Walter Liu from the Mandarin Oriental; Adrian Zhang and Harris Ding from the Park Hyatt Shanghai; Darren Wang and Delphin Duan from the Ritz Carlton Shanghai Pudong; Henri Bakker and Theo Kaung from The Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai and Joyce Zhou and Tracy Cui from Yacht Club On the Bund.

The Vintage Port decanting competition is now in its third year in China but was launched for the first time in Hong Kong and Macau last year. Previously, Johnny Symington has also spoken of the potential for Port’s success in Taiwan.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Experienced On Trade Sales Person

Borough Wine Imports
London, GB

3 x Business Development Executive

The Lakes Distillery Company Limited
Newcastle head office and nationwide, UK

Editor

Master of Malt Ltd
Tunbridge Wells(Kent)

Brand Manager

Hallgarten Druitt
Luton, UK

Experienced On-Trade Salespeople Required

Portal Wines and Spirits
London, UK

Purchasing and Sales (Wine Trader)

JF Tobias
London, UK

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Cambridge / Peterborough / Bedfordshire, UK

Brand Marketing Manager

ATOM Supplies Ltd
Tunbridge Wells, UK

Senior On-Trade Sales Manager, London

Nyetimber
Central London, UK

Trade Marketing Manager - On Trade & Events

Lanson International UK
London, UK

Maverick Drinks Portfolio Ambassador to the North

Maverick Drinks
North West England, UK

Key Account Manager – Wine – On Trade – Dubai

Vantage Hospitality - Dubai
Dubai, UAE

Brand Ambassador European Markets

Bodegas Torres
Spain

Customer Service Executive

Speciality Brands Ltd
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 31st March 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th April 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more