Limited Edition A Bold Revelation


For the release of the exceptional millennium Rosé Vintage, Dom Pérignon has created the limited edition “Stunning Label”. It is a tribute to the Dom Pérignon Rosé style at its best and the creation of a sensorial experience through color, light and reflection.

Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2000 disrupts the classicism of the millennium and reveals all its daring. This pivotal vintage is an interpretation of the millennium in rosé. Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2000 draws its energy as much from the roots of an aesthetic vision born in the seventeenth century as from a passion for the future. For Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave Dom Pérignon, “its rareness and bold character make it a stunning wine”.

A “Stunning” Label

This rarity and stunning character of the wine is reflected in the special creation of the Dom Pérignon bottle label, which has long become an icon in its own right. It has been sublimed for this limited edition by immersing it in rose gold metal. Crafted and applied by hand, it is an expression of Dom Pérignon’s eternal quest for excellence and perfection. It also represents the richness and opulence of the wine, described by Richard Geoffroy as “a bold spirit that demands to accept the dare, to take the next step.”

For this limited edition, Dom Pérignon has accepted the challenge to create a harmonious ensemble of the color and design of the box and the wine. The box’s purple color reflects the Pinot Noir grapes that give Dom Pérignon its unmistakable color. The rose gold reflections of the metallic label appear like the rosé color in the wine, revealing the essence of Dom Pérignon in a new light.

The richness of the metallic rose gold label has been staged by the talented photographer Alain Costa who was able to capture the sensuality and opulence inherent in Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2000.

The Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2000 Limited Edition “Stunning Label” will be available at Watson’s Wine Cellar from April 1, 2011. Retail price: HKD 2,088.

 

VINEXPO 2011 Global Study Finds Hong Kong


 “Most Mature Wine Market in Asia”
 
Hong Kong has emerged as the “most mature wine market in Asia” in the latest study of global markets by VINEXPO, the world’s leading wine and spirits showcase, being staged from June 19-23 in Bordeaux, France.
 
As the 2011 expo returns to Bordeaux, from alternate years staged in Asia, its annual survey of the international wine and spirits market shows Hong Kong’s wine consumption doubled to nearly 35 million bottles a year from 2005 to 2009.
 
Per capita wine consumption is up to 4.5 litres a year, the highest in Asia ahead of Japan with 2.4 litres and Singapore with 2.1 litres.
 
Abolition of import duty on wine in 2008 along with tourism growth and increased wine consumption at home accounts for the growth, the study concluded.
 
The study forecasts a further increase of 57% in wine consumption between 2010 and 2014, with average per capita annual consumption rising to 6.5 litres.
 
Red wine is a firm favourite, accounting for 85% of all wines consumed in Hong Kong, with growth of 147% between 2005 and 2009.
 
Consumption of white wines, rosés and sparkling wines has also increased, but at a slower rate – by 6.7%, 38.5% and 53.3%, respectively.
 
Over the study period, the average price of a bottle of wine remained stable.
 
Over the next five years, the VINEXPO study predicts that wines priced between US$5-10 will be the market segment with the highest growth (+68%).
 
Hong Kong marginally prefers to buy French wine (28%) ahead of Australian (24%) and American (13.7%), although a 464% growth in Argentinean wine sales was especially noteworthy.
 
Confirming Hong Kong’s emergence as the wine hub of Asia – a key strategy of the government’s 2008 Budget abolishing duty – are 2009 customs statistics indicating that 27% of wine imports was re-exported, with 70% going to Mainland China.
 
Spirits consumption in Hong Kong meanwhile dropped by 3.1% in the five years to 2009, with Chinese rice-based beverages primarily impacted. Vodka and tequila consumption defied the trend, rising by 45% and 51% respectively.
 
Hong Kong spirits consumption averages just over two litres per person a year.
 
Following last year’s VINEXPO Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, the 2011 showcase in Bordeaux hopes to build on the 46,621 visitors from 135 countries attracted previously.
 
National pavilions are already reserved for France, Italy and Spain, which together account for nearly half the world’s production exporting more than six billion bottles of wine – along with Germany, Chile, the United States, Austria, Portugal, Hungary, Greece and Brazil.
 
In total, the lakeside expo will cover an area of 90,000 sq. m (more than 22 acres) with three exhibition halls, Convention Centre, restaurants and gardens as well as the Club du Lac near the entrance to the floating footbridge which is designed to respond as closely as possible to the specific requirements of the largest wine and spirits groups.
 
Over a hundred high profile tastings, professional presentations, receptions and seminars are scheduled, complementing numerous events and meetings organised at exhibitor stands.
 
The annual VINEXPO study of world wine and spirits markets analyses latest production in 28 countries and consumption in 114 countries.
 
First launched in 1981 by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry, VINEXPO is the pre-eminent exhibition in the world for wine and spirits industry professionals.
 
Details and news about VINEXPO 2011 are at the website www.VINEXPO.com and also introduced this year on Twitter and Facebook.
 
For more information or to register, please visit www.VINEXPO.com

Raffles Hotel Singapore raises benchmark in wine appreciation

Hotel features Singapore’s first Wine Director, an All-Asian sommelier team including the country’s first Sommelier from China

A new benchmark in wine appreciation is being set at legendary Raffles Hotel Singapore. The ‘Grand Dame’ of luxury Asian hotels is raising the bar with Singapore’s first Wine Director and only mainland Chinese sommelier.
 
Raffles is also expanding one of Singapore’s finest wine cellars with Chinese wines beginning to attract international acclaim.
 
Leading the initiative to develop a comprehensive wine programme tailored to different cuisines at the hotel’s 15 distinctive restaurants and bars, banquet and catering facilities is French Wine Director Stéphane Soret.
 
Formerly Head Sommelier at The Imperial in New Delhi, he is a respected figure in the international wine scene – on the Bordeaux and Burgundy panel of judges for Decanter magazine’s World Wine Awards in London annually.
 
He has personally chosen a new team of three female and four male sommeliers, including Singapore’s first sommelier from mainland China, Eric Li.
 
From Hunan Province, Mr Li was formerly a sommelier at the Grand Hyatt Beijing.  He is pursuing a profession in fine wine in response to the large emerging market for wine in China. Since joining Raffles, he has also gained first-hand insight into Bordeaux vintages on tutored visits to Premier Grand Cru Classé such as Château Margaux.
 
“Eric is invaluable in offering more insightful advice to our Chinese guests, as he better understands their palette preferences,” said Mr. Soret.
 
“With additional expertise in mainland wines, he can also help to profile our expanding selection of China’s most renowned wines to our international guests.”
 
Mr Soret adds depth and character to the range of wine options available for guests, with vintages sourced from distinguished vintners as well as boutique wine makers from all the best wine production areas worldwide, whose exclusive and limited bottles are rarely available commercially.  Signature wines also vary at each restaurant in the hotel, reflecting their different cuisines and ambience.
 
He played a key role in the 16th annual Raffles Hotel Wine, Food and Arts Experience that took place from January 26-30, 2011.  Among the highlights was the World Premiere opening of a 1999 vintage Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger and guests including Didier Depond (President of Champagne Salon Delamotte), Paul Pontallier (President of Château Margaux Bordeaux First Growth) and Sandrine Garbay (Chief Winemaker and Cellar Master, Château d'Yquem).  Adamant that the wine programme is affable as well as indulgent, he is also encouraging tasting and sharing of wines by carafes in the Bar & Billiard Room.
 
Mr Soret has recently introduced a unique collection of rare vintage Bas-Armagnac at Raffles Grill, the hotel’s elegant French fine dining restaurant.  Produced from a single vintage, this collection was bottled for Raffles Hotel in November 2010, directly from the cask without filtration.  The collection features five vintages including 1965 (Singapore celebration), 1949 (China celebration), 1947 (India celebration) and 1988 (named the “ba” celebration).  The China and India celebrations have limited quantity available.
 
“With the establishment of a comprehensive wine centric culture, Raffles aims for greater levels of excellence and guest appreciation of wine,” added Mr. Soret.
 
For more information, please visit www.raffles.com/singapore
 

Veuve Clicquot Celebrates Endless Passion and Enduring Love


Veuve Clicquot Celebrates Endless Passion and Enduring Love with New Birds of Veuve Clicquot Collection

Everywhere around the world, Valentine’s Day signifies love and togetherness between two people sharing a special bond. In 2011, Veuve Clicquot celebrates the enduring passion with the songs and chirps of the Birds of Veuve Clicquot.

Realized by Pierre Marie, the Birds of Veuve Clicquot Collection revamps the classic Ice Jacket and Paint Box with a romantic twist. As dusky violet settles in with the daily sunset, the pink is coupled with fiery yellow, the House color where poetic chords complement the sparkling rhythm of birdsong.

The Ice Jacket Rosé

A best-seller of the Maison Veuve Clicquot, the Ice Jacket has dressed the House’s bottles for many years. Thanks to its new design, the Ice Jacket Rosé has become even more innovative. Its neoprene sheath, which hugs the rounded form of the bottle up to its neck, maintains the champagne at the ideal temperature of 12?C (53.6?F) for up to two hours in order to ensure optimal enjoyment. (Retail price: HK$505)

The Paint Box Rosé

A new addition to the Veuve Clicquot House, this canister contains a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé and two outdoor plexi flutes. Doubling as an ice bucket, this package is a must have for any romantic picnic to spark passion.

(Retail price: HK$450)

Mo


Moët & Chandon innovating the Art of Celebration with the Golden Glass Duo Box

As the world’s leading champagne, Moët & Chandon has been an influential figure in creating new celebratory gestures that have become widely accepted and practiced all over the world.

To mark the end-of-year festivities, the House proposes an innovative approach to share magic and celebration around the world with two generous glasses included in a new premium gift box.

The Gloden Glass Duo Box offers a surprising simulation of hot stamped gold leafs and contains two Moët Golden Glasses and a bottle of Moët Imperial. The generous glasses will add the right touch of shimmering splendour to elevate any occasion into a spectacular celebration.

Moët & Chandon believes celebration is an essential part of life and will continue to create new offers that share the magic of Champagne with the world.

Moët & Chandon Gloden Glass Duo Box is now available at: Watson’s Wine Cellar on-line and Moët Bar Macao at HKD 780.

Watson’s Wine Cellar Online:
Website: www.watsonswine.com
Email: info@watsonswine.com
Enquiry hotline: 26068828

Moët Bar
Address: Level 1, The Shoppes at Four Seasons, Cotai Strip®, Macao
Enquiry hotline: 853-8118 9333

Busy Suzie


Fairly new Robatayki concept launched at 1881 Heritage Building by the creators of Hong Kong’s coolest club “dragon-I”, where Hip and Heritage merge – Busy Suzie! This restaurant takes the traditional Robata concept and modernizes with a chic and stylish interiors designed by husband and wife duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier (previously lead designers under Phillipe Starck).

The unique culinary experience at busy suzie boasts the freshest Japanese delights and an enviably extensive sake menu within an ultra-stylish contemporary Asian-fusion environment. Robatayaki, originated with the fishermen in Northeastern Japan hundreds of years ago. The fishermen would slice, spice and grill their catch over an open flame at a kind of makeshift beach restaurant using no utensils other than wooden oars.

Interestingly, Robata chefs today still uses a wooden paddle to pass food to customers, thus the name Busy Suzie, a play on words of the Chinese table-top severy tool – Lazy Susan. This is how the name Busy Suzie came from. Here you are being served with wooden oars! The open plan layout doesn’t offer much privacy so if you want to see and be seen, this place is just perfect for you!

Busy Suzie’s interiors is separated by an alfresco area with white leather seats overlooking the historical Heritage complex and the skyscrapers of TST, as well as some private rooms decorated with bamboo walls & a mass of hanging paper lanterns. The dining area has a spectacular circular layout, but the main attraction is the long dining counter that wraps around the inner periphery. Behind the wooden counter, Robata chefs sit perched on stools, as if on the stage, preparing your meal. As soon as the food is ready, they use a wooden paddle to pass food to you. The atmosphere in the highly theatrical environment of Busy Suzie is far from lazy but jovial and boisterous as chefs and waiters shout orders between one another. At certain times, there is a clapping sequence where all the diners are encouraged to clap along with the chefs and staff. It’s theatrical and the audience participation is just for pure fun!

There is a range of interesting cocktails on offered plus there’s an “extensive” menu of bottled sake for your selection.

As for food, Busy Suzie’s signatures are the tasty Miyazaki A5 Beef Sirloin Skewers, Australian Wagyu Beef Skewers, Chicken Skewer from Yamaguchi as well as some fresh seafood i.e. Kinki Fish. A wide range of options including a selection of signature appetizers, sushi & sashimi, tempuras, Japanese vegetables and enticing hot dishes also grace the menu. To finish with a fine dessert, try the deliciously milky Hokkaido Milk Pudding!

Busy Suzie simply provides you with the ultimate Robatayaki experience in Hong Kong. It’s definitely worth a visit and it does give you a good reason to explore something new and chic!

Review by LingGi
       
busy suzie? Shop 209, 1881 Heritage,?2A Canton Road, TST?Kowloon
(entrance on Salisbury Road)
Tel: +852 2369 0077      

China


30th Anniversary with Gala Dinner in Hong Kong
 
Milestone celebrated with special Merlot series and European-style wine chateau — Chateau Dynasty

Dynasty Fine Wines Group celebrated its 30th anniversary as China’s premier winemaker with an exquisite gala dinner themed ‘A Taste of Life and Luxury’ at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.
 
Hosts for the celebration were the brand’s Chairman and Executive Director Mr. Bai Zhisheng and board members and dignitaries including Vice-Chairman and Non-Executive Director Mr. Francois Heriard-Dubreuil. Among VIPs attending were senior officials from Tianjin Development Holdings Limited, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR, Tianjin Port Development Holdings Limited and its distributor Jebsen Fine Wines.
 
The event showcased Dynasty’s prestigious premium wines and the launch of its latest Merlot series designated to celebrate the 30th anniversary.  The anniversary is also being celebrated with the opening of a grand classical European-style wine chateau, ‘Chateau Dynasty’ in Tianjin during October this year.
 
Chateau Dynasty will incorporate an elegant wine museum explaining the history of world wine culture, exhibition halls showcasing the world’s top wines, and a world-class research and development centre.
 
A wine tasting and dining hall seating up to 400 guests, 23 luxurious guest rooms and a spa retreat featuring a number of exotic wine spa treatments can also be found at Chateau Dynasty.  “Chateau Dynasty is expected to become one of Tianjin’s most prestigious landmarks,” said Mr Bai. “It marks a significant milestone in our development, which also includes a huge expansion of production capacity. The wine industry has been growing steadily in China over the years and we are very proud to be part of it.”
 
Mr. Heriard-Dubreuil said: “2010 is very special to Dynasty. It is truly a significant achievement when a company has come such a long way since its establishment 30 years ago. Like a fine bottle of wine, Dynasty is getting better with age.”
 
At the Gala Dinner, distinguished guests were the first to sample Dynasty’s latest Merlot series.  Distinguished by a sustained ruby colour and dry character, the Dynasty Merlot Series includes the Gold Label 2007, Red Label 2009 and Dynasty Merlot Dry Wine Reserve.
 
Dynasty’s Gold Label 2007 hints of red fruits such as raspberry and cranberry complemented by cassis with a touch of oak, acetone, eucalyptus and mint; while the Red Label 2009 is characterised more by sweet black fruits such as blackcurrant, and red fruits like cherries, with aromas of eucalyptus and fresh herbs, and light notes of cedar, bacon and leather.
 
The Merlot Dry Wine Reserve, produced from grapes harvested in Ningxia, China’s premier wine region, has strong yet subtle notes of dark plum, dark cherries and blackcurrant, with silky tannins and a full body.
 
Being China’s premier winemaker, Dynasty Fine Wines Group was established in 1980 as a joint venture with Remy Cointreau, one of the world’s leading wine and spirits companies.  Its award-winning history is a remarkable reflection of the proud traditions and state-of-the-art expertise of Remy Cointreau, one of the world’s leading wine and spirits operators and Dynasty’s second largest shareholder.
 
Listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since 2005, Dynasty (stock code: 828) has proven not only its expertise in producing top quality wines, but also in producing excellent financial returns for its shareholders.
 
Dynasty has taken the lead in China’s wine industry by introducing world-class advanced wine-making equipment, new processes and technologies. The leading Chinese winery produces a diverse range of wine and spirits, from high-end traditional vintage wines to reasonably-priced wines targeted at young wine lovers.
 
To meet growing demand, Dynasty’s production capacity is expected to reach around 70,000 tones, equivalent to approximately 93.3 million bottles in 2010.  Having won dozens of international prizes, Dynasty is now targeting the international market, stepping up globaI marketing and promotion efforts. The best of Dynasty Fine Wines were recently showcased to the international market at VINEXPO Asia-Pacific 2010, the world’s leading wine and spirits exhibition, in Hong Kong earlier this year.
 

 

Dom Perignon Vintage 2002


THE POWER AND VIBRATION OF THE RADAR NUMBER
 
“A highly concentrated vintage, Dom Pérignon 2002 expresses all the power of grapes picked at the peak of their maturity, while going far beyond the character of the year, enhancing its natural richness and – by making it vibrate in undulating waves – lending it extra precision and depth. Dom Pérignon 2002 is a magnetic, still-elusive wine that fully reveals the dual nature of Dom Pérignon,”
Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon’s Chef de Cave
 
TASTING NOTES, BY RICHARD GEOFFROY, CHEF DE CAVE
 
THE YEAR 2002
 
The spring was warm and dry, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. The summer was marked by long sunny periods, interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The unexpectedly perfect weather just before the harvest compensated for the heavy rains of late August and early September. The vines were in good health, and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. The harvest began between September 12 and 28.


THE NOSE

The first hints of fresh almond and harvest aromas immediately open up into preserved lemon and dried fruits, the whole rounded off by darker smoky and toasted qualities.
 
THE PALATE

The presence of the wine on the palate is immediately captivating. Paradoxically concentrated yet creamy, it is energetic and warm in the mouth, focusing on the fruit, then gradually taking on more profound bass notes. The whole holds its note perfectly, intensively, with just a subtle, elegant hint of underlying bitterness.
 
Dom Pérignon 2002 will be available in Hong Kong starting from September 2010. Retail price: HK$1,038/ bottle.

Experience Mexico’s Impressive Wine and Tequila


One&Only Palmilla

Award-Winning Resort Boasts New Educational Programme and Largest Mexican Wine and Tequila Collection in Mexico
 
Delight in the impressive new wine and tequila offerings at One&Only Palmilla, featuring the largest Mexican wine collection in the country with over 200 labels from emerging territories and regions. In addition to wine, the resort offers more than 53 exclusive labels of tequila by the glass with private or group tasting sessions and food pairings offered by Wine Director Manuel Arteaga at the resort’s signature open-air restaurant Agua.
 
“We are very excited and proud to introduce our guests to the many wines and tequilas of Mexico,” says Arteaga, Wine Director. “By educating our guests on the older vintages and newer wineries in emerging regions such as Baja, we have succeeded in both raising the profile of Mexican wine while at the same time providing an authentic and unforgettable culinary experience.”
 
The Wine List
The One&Only Palmilla wine experience serves as an exceptional introduction to the region’s vineyards and cuisine. When creating the wine list, Arteaga focused on regional styles and varietals that complement the culinary offering of the resort versus brand names. Through the 220 label collection visitors can learn about new, up-and-coming Mexican boutique wines as well as savour prestigious older vintages. In addition to Mexican wines of every possible variety and style, the list also boasts 1,500 international trendsetters and all time classics from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Chile, Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. There are wines in every price segment, for every budget.  Local Mexican vineyards in the property’s selection include: Sinergi, Villa Montefiori and Paralelo.
 
The Tequila Tasting

With the Tequila Tasting experience, One&Only Palmilla introduces guests to the world of fine tequilas. Each tasting, curated by Arteaga, starts with a brief description of the tequila production process, regions and categories from White and Reposado to Anejo and Extra anejo. The description is then followed by a guided tasting of seven high quality tequilas beginning with non-aged White Tequila to Extra Anejo which is aged a minimum of 3 years. Hosted at Agua, the flights are customised based on the clients’ preferences and tastes.
 
Dinners, Tastings and Events
Hosted by Arteaga and his team of wine waiters, Mexican wine tastings are priced at US$75/person at Market and US$55/person at Agua and are paired with a five course tasting menu. Tastings are hosted at Agua, an open-air, palapa-style restaurant serving a richly flavorful hybrid of Mediterranean fare with native Mexican influences dubbed “Mexiterranean,” by Executive Chef Larbi Dahrouch or at the new Market by Michelin-Starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. For a private tasting, One&Only Palmilla can organise a Dinner Under the Stars experience. Priced at US$695 for two people, guests are treated to a private dinner for two in the Cove, a secluded area of the resort. The meal comes  complete with private butler, wine sommelier and chef to prepare guests a custom menu with signature items that can include: Grilled Peppers Salad, Panela Cheese, Mole Negro; Roasted Parrot Fish, Bouillabaisse Emulsion, Cherry Tomato Niçoise; and Roasted Pork Chop, Chipotle Reduction, Black Beans, Sweet Potato and Banana.
 

SML The Press Room Group’s restaurant


For those of you who didn’t know what SML mean, yes you got it right! – Small, Medium and Large, is a fancy restaurant by the Press Room Group. Located in the restaurant hot spot zone of Times Square, Causeway Bay, This establishment is an experimental dining operation that is governed by size.

The concept of SML is basically to offer what they call a ‘democratic dining experience’. You can simply choose to feast yourselves with a full dinner, sharing many dishes or just a dish just for yourself. I personally quite like the concept as it does break away from the conventional starter-main-dessert format and introduce a brand new dining experience that is both dynamic and choice-driven.

The restaurant gives you a feeling of ambience Mediterranean /Mexican, original as well as refreshing at the same time. There is the 8-feet tall ‘SML Baby’ created by Michael Lau standing right at the entrance. You just can’t miss it! The interior, designed by Alexi Robinson, gives a refreshingly neutral feel to the space in terms of colors and textures and in the use of hand-crafted materials. What surprised me is the huge patio area, a really rare feature for a restaurant in this building!

SML’s menu covers a broad range of Mediterranean style of cuisine with everything from meat, seafood, pastas, risottos, salads, soups and more, and they’re all with a simple concept of size-oriented (Small – tapas size, Medium – for one or to mix & match with friends, Large – for sharing). One of the waiters claimed that the Pasta is one of their ‘signature’ dishes, which I found it to be very delicious. I was amazed that the open kitchen did a pretty good job of churning all the dishes out quite quickly which means your orders are oven hot.. It’s a trademark of theirs and SML strives to fulfill various appetites and needs from this something-for-everyone menu.

Let’s cool off the hot heat with at times the spicy dishes and indulge in your sweet tooth with some lovely desserts. The Tiramisu and The Caramel Profiteroles with Butterscotch Sauce were just simply irresistible for those days when you must get your sugar fix!

Their wine selection is extensive. You can even try out the self service Enomatic Wine Dispenser that offers a range of wines by the taste, half or full glass. Additional to wines there is a range of cocktails and mock-tails for your selections. No doubt it is the food and restaurant concept that stands out in the Times Square dining venue. The pricing is mid-range and considerately great value. SML is by far the most ambitious eatery in the building with something-for-everyone menu.

SML
11/F, Times Square, Food Forum
1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
T: +852 2577 3444

By Ling Gi