Home-Grown: Chinese Wines Make their Mark
Situated on the Taigu Plateau, 40 kilometers south of Taiyuan in Shanxi province, is Grace Vineyard, China’s one and only premium vineyard. It may not be Bordeaux or southern Italy, but since its inception in 1997, Grace has earned its place as a globally known brand producing low-yield wines from classic Bordeaux grapes and aged in French oak barrels.
Sha Tin 18, the Hyatt Regency’s award-winning Chinese restaurant, hosted a wine tasting event recently to showcase Grace Vineyard’s finest wines, carefully and lovingly paired with a selection of fine Chinese dishes.
One of Sha Tin 18’s most popular dishes, traditionally roasted Peking duck, was paired with Grace Vineyard’s Chairman Reserve from 2008 and 2011, a fine alternative to the popular Pinot Noir and duck combination; the well-balanced tannins are just what’s needed to smoothly compliment the duck fat.
The Chairman’s Reserve 2011 was also boldly selected to compliment a dish of steamed crab, egg, minced pork and preserved black beans.
Let’s not forget char siu, one of Hong Kong’s definitive dishes, along with a couple of appetizers of chilled spinach with spicy sesame sauce and marinated cucumber, peanuts and spiced soya sauce. To highlight the rich and spicy flavors of these dishes, the Tasya’s Reserve Chardonnay, a floral combination with ripened tropical fruits, was the drink of choice—its light and bright acidity was just the ticket to match the sweetness of the char siu.
While some may be sceptical of a red wine and fish pairing, Grace Vineyard’s Tasya’s Reserve Aglianico’s dark cherry fruits bring life to the dashes of pepper and black truffle in a dish of baked garoupa with black truffles and spring onions.
If you’re a wine connoisseur but tired of the usual French, Chilean or Italian grapes, be adventurous and indulge in some new flavors grown a little closer to home—from only $199 a bottle.