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Asia Wine Service & Education Centre (“AWSEC”) has been providing wine education to the trade and the public for over 16 years. Our extensive range of services is all delivered by our experienced, knowledgeable and highly qualified team of wine educators. Headquartered in Hong Kong, AWSEC designs and provides top quality wine and spirits education and training in Asia, e.g. mainland China and India, and the courses are available in English as well as some local languages.

Monday, March 7, 2011

News February 2011

News from February 2011 
From Decanter: Giacomo Tachis is one of the fathers of Italian wine and has been named by Decanter the Decanter Man of the Year 2011. He is one of the forefathers of the Super Tuscan Wine and helped in the creation of wines such as  Sassicaia at the Bolgheri Estate of San Guido. He is known for introducing the Bordeaux variety Cabernet Sauvignon to the Super Tuscan wines Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia. Even though he has retired he is very much still involved in wine. You can enjoy his creations and other Super Tuscan Wines in our Tutored tasting on March 18th  please call the AWSEC office for details or click on next event near the top of the page.

It’s reported that the wine maker Markus Bachmann has created & invented a special speaker that he uses to play classical music and other types of music to the fermenting grape juice. He says “the sound waves have a positive influence in the maturing process and produce a better tasting wine”.

Corkage Laws: Wine spectator reported that more restaurants now are allowing corkage because in some states of the USA there is a corkage ban. You have to have a special license to allow Corkage in your restaurant. It sounds very complicated and it’s something we don’t have a problem with in Hong Kong as a consumer, we just ring up the restaurant first to see how much the corkage is before we bring along our special wine from our collection. It’s ironic the Restaurateurs in USA want to allow corkage and in Hong Kong restaurateurs want to ban corkage.

In February we saw a huge Earthquake of 6.3 hit Christchurch, there was a large loss of life and people are again starting to rebuild their life. Wineries were also affected and some had just
Started getting over the damage from the earthquake last September’s. Christchurch is on the east coast about halfway down the South Island and also sits in the middle of the Canterbury Wine Appellation and generally this time the Wineries didn’t get hit as much as that did in September last year.

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