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The fifth edition of one of Asia's largest wine fairs opened today and continues through 10 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Some 950 exhibitors from 36 countries and regions are taking part in the fair, open to trade buyers only for the first two days. On the final day, 10 November, the show opens to trade and the public.
Exhibitors from Azerbaijan, Denmark and Russia are first-time participants. Italy and France feature the largest pavilions.
Over the fair's three days, nearly 60 events will take place, from wine tastings and master classes to expert seminars. Fair highlights include this morning's Wine Industry Conference, under the theme "The Future of the Global Wine Industry - Trends and
Opportunities." Gregory So, the Hong Kong SAR Government's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and Neal Martin, writer for The Wine Advocate, are the keynote speakers.
The fourth Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition Award Presentation Ceremony and "A Mid-Autumn Night's Dream of Truffles" gala wine dinner take place this evening. And the theme of tomorrow afternoon's Asia Top Sommelier Summit is "Education versus Competition for Professional Sommeliers." Three master sommeliers will speak at the summit. A Wine Education zone has been created to cultivate wine appreciation and provide training for industry professionals. The Ice Bar offers daily cocktail demonstrations, as well as vodka and rum tastings and a sake seminar.
Beyond Ice Wine
Public Day, 10 November, will include a number of seminars. Speakers at "Beyond Ice Wine - Hidden Wine Treasures from Canada" are Dr Clinton Lee, President and CEO of the Vinoscenti Group, and Miles Prodan, Executive Director of the British Columbia Wine Institute, who represents 130 member wineries. At the "Quick Fix for Wine Beginners" seminar, Stephen Mack, CEO of the Asia Wine Service and Education Centre, will offer tips on wine appreciation.
Public day will feature "The Most Beloved Wine" voting game award presentation, a master class exploring Chinese wine from Shandong and Ningxia, and two fine-wine tasting sessions: "World Wine Tour by the Wine Gallery," focusing on Italy's Bolgheri and Friuli wine regions, France's Cote Du Rhone, Australia's Margaret River and California's Napa Valley; and "Finest Wines from Spain - Grand Tasting," presenting 15 Spanish wine producers from such renowned regions as DOCa Rioja, DOCa Priorat, Jerez-Xeres-Sherry and Ribera del Duero. In addition, "Celebrating the Diversity of New Zealand Wine," hosted by New Zealand's Family of Twelve winemakers, will take place on the afternoon of 9 November. Admission fee for the three fine-wine tasting sessions is HK$500 per session, and participating in either session on public day also includes free entry to the fair on the same day.
Fair Website: www.hktdc.com/hkwinefair
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Date: 8-10 November (Thursday to Saturday)
Venue: Hall 3C-G, HKCEC
8-9 November 10:30am-7:30pm (trade visitors only)
10 November 10:30am-5pm
public visitors (18 and over; admission fee HK$200)
Press registration counter: Expo Drive Entrance/Hall 1E Concourse, HKCEC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com . Follow us on Twitter @HKTDC.
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