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Tersina Shieh   June 2014
German Riesling in June

Come June and we have to endure the humid summer weather in Hong Kong for three months. What better way to beat the summer heat than a few bottles of German Riesling with all that refreshing acidity?

Riesling is one of the noble white grape varieties, praised by sommeliers and critics for its versatility, complexity and longevity. Yet consumers sometimes find it baffling because of the sweetness. What we should do is steer consumers away from the sugar level in the wine and instead focus on the balance between sweetness, acidity, alcohol and fruit. A lot of Asian dishes have some sweetness (think sweet and sour pork and Thai green curry) but consumers are not deterred because the sweetness adds dimension to the dishes. And indeed, Riesling, ranging from dry to sweet, makes a great pairing with most Asian cuisines in part because of its sweetness.   

To demonstrate the compatibility of Riesling with food, Wines of Germany is proud to be presenting the second running of Riesling Weeks in Hong Kong and Macau. For the entire month of June you can sample a whole range pairings of Riesling with various cuisines at participating restaurants. Or you can buy Riesling on special offer from participating retailers and explore the many pairing options with your own home cooking (download participating outlets here).

And don’t forget to capture that 'Riesling moment' and enter the Riesling Weeks photo contest where you may win a LEICA camera. Remember too to scan an OpenRice QR code to be in with a chance of winning a Vintec wine fridge.

Hope you are thinking the same way as me: this summer is suddenly looking more enjoyable!

Riesling Weeks photo contest – Be Inspired and Creative 
Riesling 靈感創意攝影比賽 

Riesling is versatile, cool, green and yellow, and about sharing among friends. Simply share one or more of your photos conveying this Riesling message via Instagram, Facebook or email and you'll have a chance to win a LEICA D-LUX 6 camera valued at HK$7,300, as well as wine sets and other prizes.

It’s easy to enter: 

1. Follow Riesling Weeks HK on Facebook and/or Instagram.

2. Facebook: Post/share your photos at Riesling Weeks HK Facebook Page,

3. Instagram: Hashtag each of your photos with #RieslingWeeksHK and #marieclaire_hk, then add @ or tag RieslingWeeksHK to your photo and set it to share with the public.

4. Email: email your photos and we'll post them on Facebook. 

Help us select the best photos! 

The ten photos with the most ‘likes’ will be judged by our panel from Wines of Germany, Leica and Cru Magazine. So help us decide the winners by ‘liking’ the photos you like best! 

For more information and tips on how to take the most creative photo, please check Riesling Weeks HK on Facebook

  OpenRice QR Code – Scan and Win
Every time you order any featured German wine at participating outlets, remember to ask for an OpenRice QR code from members of staff. Just scan the code and you will have a chance to win a Vintec Classic series 18-bottle wine fridge valued at HK$4,980, as well as German wines and dining coupons. 

For more information, please check OpenRice or  Riesling Weeks HK on Facebook

Meet the German Wine Queen
Nadine Poss, the 2014 German Wine Queen from Nahe was in Hong Kong to celebrate Riesling Weeks during the first week of June. Not only does Nadine represent the young generation of wine lovers, she is also very knowledgeable about all German wines. 

She is going back to Germany today after a series of activities here. Check them out on Riesling Weeks HK on Facebook

Riesling Weeks participating outlets
Asian cuisine download
Speical Riesling pairing menus, samplers, wine of the month promotions

Above and Beyond Chinese Restaurant, Hotel ICON

Kazuo Okada Japanese Restaurant, Hunghom

Mango Tree Thai Restaurant, Elements/Causeway Bay

Ming Court, Langham Place

Namo Thai Restaurant, TST East

Tamarind Pan-Asian Restaurant, Wanchai

Yee Tung Heen, The Excelsior

Yu Lei Shanghai Restaurant, Hunghom

Yun Yan, Causeway Bay

Yung Kee Restaurant, Central


Western cuisine and wine bars download
Special Riesling pairing menus, happy hour, wine of the month, wine by the glass

Berliner German Bar & Restaurant, Wanchai, Olympic, Discovery Bay

Café on the 1st, The Excelsior

Cammino Italian Restaurant, The Excelsior

Dickens Bar, The Excelsior

Green, Hotel ICON

La Trattoria di Parma, Kwun Tong

Maze Oyster and Shisha Lounge, Causeway Bay

Messina Il Ristorante, Italian, Hunghom

Pierside Bar & Restaurant, The Royal Pacific Hotel 

Tastings Wine Bar, Central

The Bites & Co, Homantin

The Market, Hotel ICON

Tott’s and Roof Terrace, The Excelsior

V Bar & Lounge, Regal Kowloon Hotel

Retailers and wine clubs download
In store tastings, cooking classes, discounts and more 

Abbelio Wines, online

Amber Wines, online

Bachmair Wines, online

city’super, all outlets

East Meets West, Admiralty

Ginsberg+Chan, Central

King’s Wine Cellar, Quarry Bay

Kylix Wine, Kwun Tong

Margaret River, Wanchai

Max Skyrich, Kwun Tong

Patek Wines Cellar, Kwun Tong

Pudao Wines, Causeway Bay

Royal Oak, online 

Schmidt Vinothek, Happy Valley, Quarry Bay, Sai Kung

Sip n Savour, Central

Watson’s Wine, all outlets

YK Wine Club, online 

MGM Macau download
Wine of the month and wine pairing dinners

Aux Beaux Arts French Restaurant

Grand Imperial Court Chinese Restaurant

Imperial Court Chinese Restaurant

Riesling Weeks media platform

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