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Entries open for 2010 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong IWSC

The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition, the first and largest pan-Asian wine competition, has officially opened entries for 2010.

Launched last year, the first instalment of the competition received over 1,300 entries. It is the only international wine competition to feature all Asia-born, Asia-based judges, and the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong IWSC is fast building a reputation among producers and consumers alike as the strongest, most accurate reflection of Asian taste in wine.

The 2010 competition will extend judging to spirits categories as well as introducing a food and wine pairing trophy for “Best Wine With Sashimi”.

This joins the existing pairing trophies for Dim Sum, Kung Pao chicken, braised abalone and Peking duck, each designed to highlight wine’s ability to complement local cuisine.  

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong IWSC director Simon Tam explained: “The best wine pairing for sashimi needs a fine balance of flavour focus and delicacy. Acidity in sparkling, white wine as well as red is useful but must be in harmony within the wine.

“There is a large range of grape varieties that will pair well with this dish, but producers should bear in mind that a slight sweetness in a wine can be useful to balance the savoury taste of the ocean.”

Two spirits award categories have also been added for Best Scotch Whisky and Best Cognac. Cathay Pacific Hong Kong IWSC director Allen Gibbons said: “Spirits have traditionally been a strong seller across Asia, drunk frequently with meals and socially. Distillers worldwide now have a terrific opportunity to standout in Asia and capture a larger slice of an already very valuable market.”

Entries are open online via, with all entries and samples to be received no later than 8 October, 2010. Judging will take place in Hong Kong from 30 October to 2 November, 2010. Results will be announced on 3 November, 2010.

Gabriel Savage, 16.06.2010

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