Home-Grown: Chi­nese Wines Make their Mark

HK Magazine - - SPOTLIGHT -

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.

hongkong.shatin.hy­att.com www.grace-vine­yard.com

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