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Week in pictures: HK special

Hong Kong’s financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah cuts through a ribbon festooned with plastic grapes to open the fifth HKTDC Wine & Spirits fair.

The exhibition centre was transformed into “A Mid-Autumn Night’s Dream With Truffles” for the HKTDC Wine & Spirits fair gala dinner, where the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong IWSC awards were announced, and which featured wines paired with courses prepared by some of the city’s top chefs.

Building on db‘s compilation of rude wine labels was this offering on display from Napa Valley.

db sales director for spirits, Bert Grant, made sure he visited the Dictador Rum stand for a chat with its glamorously dressed team.

Among the many product launches targeting the Asian market was this tie-in with FC Barcelona from Rioja producer Bodegas Altanza.

Hong Kong may now be governed by the Chinese, but the legacy of British rule remains.


  db took a ride up the world’s longest escalator and was rewarded with this impressive view of Hong Kong.

A handful of exhibitors received congratulations cards and bunches of flowers just for showing up – or so it seemed.

The annual wine and spirits fair ran alongside another for a different sort of glassware. 

Romanian producer Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea has come up with a novel attempt to develop a new image for Eastern Europe.

And here’s the full range blown up alongside their stand. Not sure you’d want them on your dinner table though.

Louis Vuitton’s founding family launched XLV at the fair – described as a range of wines specifically tailored to the Chinese palate.


Visitors clamoured to get on the stand, which featured wines from the Rhône, Bordeaux and Champagne.

And this is what the new wine looks like.

Adrien Bernard, brand ambassador for Pessac-Léognan producer Domaine de Chevalier, shows off the Bernard family’s latest addition to its Bordeaux estate portfolio: Clos des Lunes. Having bought the Sauternes property from Castel in 2011, its wines have since been renamed in honour of the Chinese Moon Festival.

Ron Jeremy even showed up with his rum. Although voted the world’s most famous porn star, male visitors to the stand were loathed to admit to recognising him. 

db unwound with Rioja, white Bordeaux and Peking duck at the American restaurant after the show. An uncommon but successful wine and food combination.

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