A whirlwind trip to Hong Kong
By James Mead – General Manager
It all began with a phone call from the organisers of the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits competition who asked whether we might be attending their awards ceremony at the end of the month. This took us a little by surprise – we had already discovered that our 2014 Classic Cuvée had won a Gold Medal in the Sparkling Wine category but usually with international competitions like this, there isn’t a requirement to show up in person to collect the award. This seemed different and I believe the technical term for a call like this is a ‘nudge’ and the sentiment was quickly understood and flights booked.
Hong Kong was home to me for many years and so it was a real treat to return for such a special occasion. The bags were packed, samples of our wines carefully packaged up for the long journey and appointments made with the great and the good of the Hong Kong wine trade. I left the bitter cold and mizzle of the UK to be greeted by blue skies, warm temperatures and, for once, low humidity – what a delight! Plenty of meetings throughout Hong Kong over the first couple of days and then onto the main event – the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition.
The event was hosted by Debra Meiburg MW, a champion of up- and- coming regions. Low and behold, when it came to the Trophy for ‘Best Sparkling Wine‘, despite wine from prestigious producers from all over the world entering the competition, the esteemed tasting panel of judges had decided that our 2014 Classic Cuvée trumped them all and was crowned as winner. Cue collection of a beautiful glass trophy (presented by Greg De’eb of Crown Wine Cellars along with Paul McComb, Director General of Trade and Investment for the Department of International Trade based in Hong Kong). Not only was this another award to add to our small but burgeoning trophy cabinet, but this also starts to cement our qualitative credentials in a market where we see huge amounts of potential.