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HK’s trade launches first Asian Wine Review

A team of Hong Kong’s top wine professionals have launched the first Asian Wine Review as an authoritative guide to Asia’s best wine regions and producers.

AWRThe guide officially launches on 8 April and will include the full list of wines that were blind tasted by the Asian Wine Review (AWR) panel back in November.

The panel is made up of some of Hong Kong’s top professionals: the Flying Winemaker, Eddie McDougall; Yvonne Cheung, director of wine for Swire Hotels; Jeremy Stockman, managing director of Watson’s Wines, and wine and spirits educator and critic, Ronny Lau.

To qualify for submission, the wines must have been produced in Asia from grapes grown in Asia with wines using imported grapes or made from other fruits not eligible for review.

100 wines from 30 wineries spread across India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand have been submitted and the 12 highest rated will appear at the Asian Wine Review dinner on 26 April, hosted by Eddie.

The AWR website reveals Sula Vineyards and Fratelli Wines from India, GranMonte Wines from Thailand and Myanmar’s 1st Vineyard Estate are in the running.

The AWR has already received approval from several global wine influencers, including world-renowned sommelier Gerard Basset MW, MS who said:

“Asian wines are becoming more relevant to the Asian wine drinker. I believe the Asian Wine Review will help winemakers benchmark their wines against each other and at the same time guide consumers making wiser choices in their wine selections.”

Eddie added: “The Asian Wine Review is one of my most exciting trade-related initiatives. To be able to work on the first and most comprehensive guide to wine made in Asia is a challenge I have welcomed and it’s also a sign of my confidence in the things to come in Asia.

“With the fast growth of wineries opening year on year, I cannot begin to state the importance of this review so producers can benchmark themselves for quality and also help drive buyers in showcasing the best of Asia’s wine offerings.”

The AWR dinner tickets have just been released, costing HK$888 per head and the dinner will be held at The Continental. For more information, visit the AWR website.

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