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Tersina Shieh   January 2014
One year on...

Today is the first anniversary of setting up my own business. I have to say that 2013 has been productive and successful, thanks to all your support. 

One thing I was glad to see in 2013 was the increase in consumer oriented events/activities, such as Wine HK and The Rhone Wines Capture Your Emotion photo contest. I believe the only way to expand and sustain a healthy wine market is to engage with the average consumer, explaining wine in a no-nonsense way and inspiring them to appreciate and enjoy it. I would like to see more of these activities, and in fact would like to have the opportunity to organise one myself in 2014.

This is not a regular newsletter but rather a tool to announce upcoming events that I will organise. You are welcome to forward this to your wine-loving colleagues and friends so they won't miss out.

Wishing you all a prosperous Year of the Horse 2014.

Thoughts on the Hong Kong wine market

On two occasions in 2013 I have had cause to give some thought to the state of the Hong Kong wine market. Both led me to so some digging through data and statistics, and each time I discovered some thought-provoking facts that led me to write two articles.

The first was when I was invited to be a judge at the 10th Annual Wines of Chile Awards in Santiago back in January. The focus was Asia, and each judge was asked to give a presentation about the opportunities and challenges the Chilean wine industry faces in his or her territory. "Towards a Hong Kong Wine Culture" is my article about the near absence of a wine culture in Hong Kong and whether and how we might develop one. Read more.

The second occasion was in August when I was discussing the Hong Kong wine scene with a representative of a wine marketing board.  "Anything But Bordeaux?" is another article about the heavily skewed dominance of Bordeaux wine and the need to get away from the herd mentality on what is a ‘good’ wine. Read more.

2013 going to 2014
New Zealand Winegrowers Guangzhou

In 2013 New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) hosted a series of wine fairs in Asian cities including Hong Kong, Guanzghou, Shanghai and Beijing with very positive feedback. This year in March, there wil also be a 'by invitation only' education programme in China. If you are a wine educator based in Guangzhou or Southern China, and are interested in the programme, please contact me for details.

WOSA in action

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has been very active in Hong Kong in 2013, starting with two activities in April: one with the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the other with South China Morning Post. These were followed by the WOSA Sommelier Cup Competition that saw over 100 entries from Asia, and the year ended with The Magnificent Chefs of Macau charity dinner and a presentation by Martin Moran MW. 

April 2014 is the 20th anniversary of South Africa's first democratic election. Look out for various activities in the city. Celebrate the birth of the Rainbow Nation with a toast of South Afrian wine!

German Riesling Weeks

Following the success of Riesling Weeks 2013, the German Wine Institute is delighted to announce the second running of Riesling Weeks in June 2014. This is a market-wide campaign that links restaurants and retailers to showcase the quality and versatility of German Riesling to consumers. Please contact me if you would like to take part.

The Vintage Port Academy's 5th birthday

The Vintage Port Academy has been conducting workshops in Hong Kong since 2010, and these were extended to China in 2012 (Shanghai and Beijing). There are now over 380 graduates from the Academy and 2014 is its 5th annivesary. Alumni, please watch this space for details of a celebration gathering. 

Interested sommeliers and retailers can reserve space in the October 2014 workshops. 


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