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
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.