Taste the terroir
Bordeaux real estate, a new Dom and a gathering of palates make James Suckling’s monthly news round-up
reat wines of the World was a spectacular success, drawing 1,000 of Asia’s most sophisticated oenophiles and more than 50 of the world’s best vintners to the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong for a celebration of great wines in one of the world’s greatest wine markets. More than 800 people attended the Grand Tasting on November 5, sipping 150 top vintages presented by renowned wineries, including Bordeaux first growths Lafite and Mouton, as well as Italy’s prestigious Sassicaia and Bruno Giacosa. Guests also enjoyed fine Champagnes from Billecartsalmon. Members of the wine trade came from all over Asia for the event, organised by Hong Kong Tatler and Jamessuckling.com. Some treasured old vintages were included in the 800 bottles poured. More than 20,000 people visited the Great Wines of the World booth at the Wine & Dine Festival held in conjunction with the event, making it the biggest consumer wine fixture in the world.
The 2015 Wine of the Year Awards Dinner was held at the Asia Society the evening after the Grand Tasting, attracting more than 200 diners. Suckling, who tasted about 9,000 wines in the preceding 12 months, crowned Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo 2010 as Wine of the Year for its outstanding quality, value and availability.
raise a glass More than 50 of the world’s most celebrated wineries joined Great Wines of the World