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Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Fair Opens Tomorrow
Fair to Feature Wine Tastings, Master Classes, Expert Seminars

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The Italian pavilion features more than 180 exhibitors. Vinitaly International (Hall 3G) introduces QR code technology at the fair. Visitors can make use of the technology to review their wine-tasting records online

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Exhibitors from Russia are first-time participants at the fair. Russian company Abrau-Durso (booth: 3G-C37) is featuring the sparkling rosé Cuvée Alexander II, which pairs well with Chinese cuisine, appetizers, desserts and cheese. The exhibitor expects to find a suitable distributor in Hong Kong during the three-day fair

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Japanese exhibitor Fujitakasago Shuzou Co, Ltd (booth 3F-A07) is promoting its umeshu (plum liqueur) at the fair. The product is brewed from quality plums and underground water from Mount Fuji

   
7 November 2012 – Some 950 exhibitors from 36 countries and regions are taking part in the fifth HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, which opens tomorrow and continues through 10 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). 

Exhibitors from Azerbaijan, Denmark and Russia are first-time participants. Italy and France will feature the largest pavilions. The first two days are for trade only, with the final day, 10 November, open to trade and the public (admission HK$200). 

Nearly Sixty Events
Over the fair’s three days, nearly 60 events, from wine tastings and master classes to expert seminars, will be presented.

Fair highlights will include the Wine Industry Conference, 8 November, under the theme “The Future of the Global Wine Industry – Trends and Opportunities.” 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 will both be held on the evening of 8 November. Three Michelin-star chefs have been invited to prepare dishes at the dinner to pair with a variety of international wine offerings. The Asia Top Sommelier Summit, 9 November, will take place under the theme of “Education versus Competition for Professional Sommeliers.”

A Wine Education zone has been created to cultivate wine appreciation and provide training for industry professionals. Other wine-education offerings range from wine-tasting sessions to master classes and seminars. Cocktail demonstrations will be held daily in the Ice Bar.

Wine-Tasting Sessions
Public Day, 10 November, will include a talk on wine’s health benefits, seminars on such topics as Canadian ice wine, Japanese sake culture, China’s wine culture and development, and wine tips for beginners. Public day will also feature a master class on exploring Chinese wine from Shandong and Ningxia, and Fine-Wine Tasting sessions, spotlighting wine from Australia, France, Italy, the United States and Spain. Admission fee for the Fine-Wine Tasting is HK$500 per session, which includes free entry to the fair on the same day. “The Most Beloved Wine” voting game award presentation will also take place 10 November.

Fair Website
www.hktdc.com/hkwinefair

Fair Schedule
Date: 8-10 November (Thursday to Saturday)               
Venue: Hall 3C-G, HKCEC
Hours: 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 

Fair Website: www.hktdc.com/hkwinefair 

Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition – Trophy Winners
http://www.hkiwsc.com/TrophyList2012

Video: Uncorking Business Opportunities
http://www.hktdc.com/info/webcast/v/en/en/1X04BIXL/Uncorking-Business-Opportunities.htm

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:

Joe Kainz
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

About the HKTDC
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 

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