Cold weather and wine go hand in hand. There’s no denying that the right vintage, whether red or white, will help to take the load off after a long day of work — it’s also the best drink to complement your meal.
To help you cure your winter blues, we’ve rounded up five of the best Hong Kong wine bars for your drinking pleasure.
Riedel Room at Q88
As the world’s first and only room dedicated to exquisite wine glassmaker Riedel, JW Marriott’s Riedel Room at Q88 has an exclusive collection of over 100 different types of Riedel glass stemware. Top wines and bubbles include labels from Chateau Petrus and Krug’s finest cuvées.
What to order: “I’d recommend the Didier Dagueneau Puilly-Fume Pur Sang for something light and fruity,” says JW Marriott wine sommelier Kevin Yung. “The acidity in the wine would go really well some chilled pig’s knuckle with jelly fish if you’re feeling a bit peckish.”
Lobby level, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel +852 2841 3846 www.marriott.com
The stylish yet discreet Caprice Bar at the Four Seasons Hong Kong focuses on a variety of unusual wines and popular favourites from France. The bar follows a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive early to snag a spot. Complete your evening of libations with their delicious selection of artisanal cheeses and cold cuts.
What to order: “A bottle of Les Vins De Vienne Saint Joseph Dom. 2006,” recommends sommelier Sebastien Allano. “It’s a nice rustic Syrah (Shiraz) with leathery and forest flavours that isn’t too dry or overpowering. The wine goes very well with Caprice Bar’s braised wild boar shoulder seasonal vegetables and truffle panini Spanish ham.”
Caprice Bar, 6/F, Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2196 8888, www.fourseasons.com/hongkong
Tasting’s Wine Bar
If you’re looking to compare wines, Tastings wine bar is the perfect place to do so. With over 160 different wines from all over the world, Tastings offers a rotation of 40 of these fine grapes through a neat Enomatic wine dispenser. The wine is available by the glass (150 ml), half a glass (75 ml) or at just a tipple (25ml) — perfect for tasting.
What to order: “The Henschke Cryil Cabernet Sauvignon 2002,” recommends Tastings’ sommelier Ocean Hui. “The palate is complex and powerful with intense black fruit, spice and dried herb flavours and has a beautiful long finish.”
Tasting’s Wine Bar, B/F, Yuen Yick Building, 27-29 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2523 6282, www.tastings.hk
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The Central Wine Club
Opened by the founder of One Red Dot (the high-end wine distributor and supplier to The Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons to name a few), The Central Wine Club is a 3,000 square feet spot for wine connoisseurs who actually know their stuff. The club’s wine collection offers some of the finest wines including labels from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Chartron et Trebuchet as well as an impressive selection of cognac, whisky and spirits.
The club welcomes non-members as well as their own platinum members who, as an extra perk, can get their preferred wine delivered to any restaurant in Central.
What to order: Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Douro Unico 1975 (HK$5,600) — a fabulously complex full-bodied dark-ruby offering with notes of graphite, kirsch liqueur, spices and vanilla.
The Central Wine Club, 3/F, Sea Bird House, 22 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2147 3448, www.thecentralwineclub.com
California Vintage specialises in fine boutique wines from 22 family-owned wineries in California. You can either sample wines by using California Vintage’s Enomatic dispensers or a buy a bottle or two to share with friends. The bar also serves up a seasonal food pairing menu designed by Napa Valley chef Richard Haake.
What to order: Napa favourite Venge Vineyards
California Vintage, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9808, www.cvwinebar.com