& JAMES­SUCK­LING.COM GREAT WINES OF ITALY DIN­NER

Primo Vino Hong Kong Tatler

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More than 240 of the city’s wine lovers gath­ered at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel for the ex­clu­sive and much-an­tic­i­pated an­nual Great Wines of Italy din­ner, pre­sented by Hong Kong Tatler and James­suck­ling.com. Ital­ian chef Mas­simo Men­tasti from Miche­lin-starred Ristorante La Gal­lina at the Villa Spa­rina was flown in for the event. “It is so nice to see the en­thu­si­asm here in Hong Kong for Ital­ian food and wine,” he said. He cre­ated an im­pres­sive four-course Ital­ian feast, which in­cluded a mouth-wa­ter­ing tuna starter, a deca­dently creamy cheese risotto and a juicy dish of beef cheek. Dur­ing the main course, two rib­bon dancers drew at­ten­tion to the cen­tre of the ball­room as they per­formed a syn­chro­nised rou­tine while dan­gling from the ceil­ing above the wine bar. Win­ery own­ers and vint­ners poured their es­tates’ wines while a live band played on stage. As soon as the main cour­ses were cleared, the wine bar opened, al­low­ing guests to taste some 180 wines from more than 90 Ital­ian winer­ies. Guests also took breaks from the wine tast­ing to savour the chocolate flan dessert at the end of the meal. Par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing Sher­man and Ming Tang, Moses and An­gela Tsang, Derek and Es­ther Chan, Adrian Cheong, Olivia Lee-davies and Jamie Lee chat­ted and tasted nu­mer­ous great Ital­ian reds and whites, all rated 90 points or more by James Suck­ling. An­tonello De Riu

Peter Lam

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