SEVEN WINES TO SAVOUR THIS YEAR

Re­view­ing dozens of wine lists from Hong Kong restau­rants makes one quickly understand how easy it is to drink out­stand­ing wines in restau­rants, says our wine ed­i­tor James Suck­ling

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Granted, the ma­jor­ity are French, un­less in a spe­cialty restau­rant, but each year restau­rant wine lists im­prove in Hong Kong. In 2015, I no­ticed more wines from lesspop­u­lar re­gions in France, such as the Loire Val­ley and the Langue­doc, as well as a surge in listings of grower Cham­pagnes. This sug­gests a ris­ing wine so­phis­ti­ca­tion in Hong Kong restau­rants, cou­pled with cus­tomers’ will­ing­ness to try new and dif­fer­ent bot­tles. A few years ago, it would have been nearly im­pos­si­ble to sell a small, un­known Cham­pagne over one of the grand mar­ques such as Lau­rent-Per­rier or Pol Roger.

My only crit­i­cism is that Hong Kong restau­rants rely too heav­ily on French som­me­liers, who seem less will­ing to add wines from all around the world. Hong Kong con­tin­ues to be one of the best wine cities in the world, and di­ver­sity of se­lec­tion is key to keep­ing the mar­ket dy­namic and in­ter­est­ing—just as it is in New York or Lon­don.

The fol­low­ing are seven wines to look for in Hong Kong restau­rants that rep­re­sent out­stand­ing qual­ity and value. All are priced less than HK$1,000 (at the time of writ­ing) and rated on james­suck­ling.com at 90 points or more.

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