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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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kim Crawford Wine Maker Tutored Tasting at AWSEC



Kim Crawford Tutored Tasting by Head Wine Maker Anthony Walkenhorst

Kim Crawford Wines is renowned for consistent, exceptional quality wines, vintage after vintage. Paramount to the success of these esteemed wines is, of course, the winemakers. Anthony Walkenhorst may be recently appointed as the Kim Crawford Chief Winemaker, but he is definitely not the “new kid on the block!” Based at the Riverlands Winery in Blenheim, Anthony joined the Kim Crawford Wines team in 2005. Working alongside former winemakers, Kim Crawford and Matt Large, they collaborated in creating the philosophy and style of the wines which continues to thrive today.

Anthony’s career as a winemaker was motivated by a genuine passion for wine which grew from hands-on work experience in a winery within Australia’s Yarra Valley. As Anthony proclaims, “Being a winemaker allows me to combine creativity and science which I love. I was hooked from the beginning!”

Following his work in Australia, Anthony went on to gain a First Class Honours Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) from one of the leading institutions for oenology and viticulture, The University of Adelaide, South Australia (formerly known as Roseworthy). On his quest to learn all aspects of wine, Anthony took his studies further, following the vintage trail to experience harvests in Australia, the U.S. and Canada, including the Napa Valley, Ontario and the Barossa Valley.

When a job opportunity opened up in New Zealand at Kim Crawford Wines, Anthony jumped at the chance to work with the acclaimed wine brand and the infamous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grape. His first harvest proved to be very exciting with Kim Crawford winning the Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards! Anthony fell in love with Kim Crawford and New Zealand and has been part of the award-winning team ever since.

Anthony gave students and attendees a tutored tasting in the full range of the Kim Crawford wines including:

Kim Crawford Marlborough Dry Riesling 2007

Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Gris 2010

Kim Crawford Marlborough Unwooded Chardonnay 2007

Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Kim Crawford Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Kim Crawford Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Panco Campo's Video Tells All About WineFuture Hong Kong 2011


Check out this video. It's only 12 minutes long. In it Pancho Campo MW talks in depth about the benefits of attending WineFuture Hong Kong 2011, how attending will benefit you and your company and how this event will be the showpiece of the wine world since the last WineFuture in Rioja in 2009.

Tickets for this prestigious event are selling fast as everyone wants to get involved in the wine trade and involved in the future of the wine trade.

In the video, Pancho willl highlight the Grand Tastings held by Robert Parker, Jancis Robinson MW and Pancho Campo MW himself. Plus Pancho talks about the Trade Show area where you can rub shoulders with the world prominent wine makers and wine superstars.

Take a little time to watch this movie, you wont be dissapointed. There is much to learn from Pancho and even more to learn from WineFuture Hong Kong 2011.

For more information log on www.winefuture.hk or go to www.awsec.com for more information.

To contact us please e-mail us at winefuture@awsec.com or call 2964-0188.

We hope to see YOU at WineFuture Hong Kong 2011.....

Monday, September 26, 2011


Asia Wine Service and Education Centre, Asia’s premier wine education centre welcomes you to a new month of wine packed courses and special events. This October we have four fantastic classes for wine lovers and wine experts alike.

Another month is yet upon us so that means more unique and exciting classes, workshops and tutored tastings for you to enjoy.

October sees the continuation of the ASWEC Beginners Courses with both English (September 30th and October 7th) and Cantonese (October 10th and 17th) classes. For those without any knowledge of wine and would like to garner enough information to make good wine choices in future, this is an ideal course for you. We will teach you; understanding wine labels and wine lists, wine etiquette, major grape varieties around the world, basic wine tasting techniques, major wine producing countries of the world and the basics in matching food and wine.

 Ever wanted to try Australia’s most expensive wine? No, we are not talking about Penfolds Grange – but you can try that too! On Saturday October 8th we will host a Vertical Tasting of Penfolds Grange and Torbreck The Laird Wines. Come and taste with us these iconic Australian wines where we have both the 2005 and 2006 Torbreck The Laird and 1995-1998 & 2001 Penfolds Grange. This is a chance not to be missed and maybe one of the only opportunities to taste these matured and ready to drink vintages. Torbreck The Laird 2005 is the most expensive Australian wine currently on the market so we suggest you come and join us putting it up against the Grange.

Wine names are often daunting and at times can create difficulty in ordering that favoured wine in a restaurant for fear of embarrassment. But fear no more! On Thursday 13th October we will be hosting our Wine Pronunciation Workshop. Come and join us to learn and practice the pronunciation of the main grape varieties, wine regions and wine names you are most likely to encounter. All students will receive a certificate and a pocket sized pronunciation handbook – not to mention we will be serving some lovely wine throughout the class.

Finally in October we have two Expert Tastings. On Monday 24th October we will host a Champagne and Sparkling Wine class where wines will be tasted with expert guidance on how to identify the key elements of each wine. On Saturday 29th October we will do the same with Fortified Wines. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from the Diploma Tutor. As these tastings fill up fast it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.

We hope you can join us for one or all of our featured events in September and look forward to seeing in the not-too-distant future. Details and prices of all events are below:

AWSEC Beginners Course:

English: 30th September and 7th October – 7:30 – 9:30pm

Chinese: 10th October and 17th October – 7:30 – 9:30pm

Cost: $1,280 per person

Vertical Tasting of Penfolds Grange and Torbreck The Laird

Saturday 8th October – 6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: $4,800 per person

Wine Pronunciation Workshop

Thursday 13th October – 7:30 – 9:00pm

Cost: $280 per person ($380 special price for two)

Expert Tasting

Monday 24th October – 7:30-9:30pm – Champagne and Sparkling Wines

Saturday 29th October – 7:30-9:30pm – Fortified Wines

Cost: $480 per person for each session

Friday, September 23, 2011

Vertical Tasting of Penfolds Grange and Torbreck The Laird

Many people believe that Penfolds Grange is the most expecnsive Australian wine. This is no longer the case with Torbreck 'The Laird' having taken over that mantle from its first vintage in 2005.
Now you have a uniques opportunity to compare the two vintages with have been released from Torbreck as well as five vintages of Penfolds Grange.

Wines to be tasted are:

Torbreck The Laird 2005
Torbreck The Laird 2006

Penfolds Grange 1995
Penfolds Grange 1996
Penfolds Grange 1997
Penfolds Grange 1998
Penfolds Grange 2001

Salitage 1996 (to be tasted first)

- Warm up with a glass of Salitage which is fully matured and ready to drink. The rest of the wines will be double decanted before the tasting.

- We will serve the youngest vintages first to allow the wines to fully develop in the glass.

- This is a very special opportunity to taste what should be fantastic wines and a very special comparison.

- Although expensive, this tasting gives you a unique chance to taste some very special (and very expensive wines)...WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!!!

Date: 8th October 2011 (Saturday)

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: ASWEC office

Cost: $4,800 per person

Bookings:
Please call, fax or e-mail us on:

Tel: 2964-0188
Fax: 2550-7681
E-Mail: bookings@awsec.com

Check out more events at www.awsec.com

Monday, September 19, 2011

"The Diversity and Passion of Spanish Wines"

Regional Spanish Wine Tasting with Pancho Campo MW at WineFuture Hong Kong 2011

WineFuture Hong Kong 2011 is delighted to announce that the Spanish wines for the Grand Tasting held by Pancho Campo MW, Spain’s first Master of Wine, are ready to be unleashed on the public.

 A masterclass and a tasting of 16 of the most important and legendary wines of Spain will be conducted by Pancho Campo MW on the opening day of WineFuture Hong Kong 2011.

The masterclass features one of the most exciting and impressive audiovisual displays ever used in the wine industry and tasters will be enthralled by Pancho’s travels across Spain to bring delegates some of the country’s best wines.

This tasting will include wines from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Jumilla, Priorat, Toro, Aragón, Cava and Sherry – overall 14 regions will be represented at this superb tasting event.

The wines to be tasted are:

1. DO Rías Baixas - Pazo de Señorans 2010

2. DO Cava - Celler Batlle 2001

3. DO Penedés - Mas La Plana 2007

4. DOQ Priorat - Ferrer-Bobet 2008

5. DO Amporda - Finca Garbet 2005

6. DO Navarra - Pago de Cirsus Selección de Familia 2005

7. DOP Dominio de Valdepusa - Emeritus 2005

8. DOP Terrerazo - Quincha Corral 2007

9. DOCa Rioja - Barón de Chirel 2008

10. DOCa Rioja - Trasnocho 2004

11. DOCa Rioja - Finca El Bosque 2007

12. DO Ribera del Duero - Aalto PS 2005

13. DO Toro - Termanthia 2006

14. DO Campo de Borja - Aquilon 2007

15. DO Jumilla - El Nido 2008

For more information go to www.winefuture.hk or contact AWSEC on 2964-0188 or at winefuture@awsec.com

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What's happening at AWSEC....

It's all go here as the post mid-autumn rush kicks in at AWSEC....

Winefuture Hong Kong is gearing up to be Hong Kong's biggest and baddest wine event in history with Robert Parker releasing his Grand Tasting Wines - "The Magical 20".

Jancis Robinson has released her "Beyond Bordeaux" wines for her tasting including wines from China, Turkey and Brazil.

Pancho Campo has released his wines for his Spanish Grand tasting featuring wines from 13 different regions in Spain.

Monday 19th September sees AWSEC's Swiss wines and Smoked Salmon tasting event - there are still some seats available so get in touch with us to book your place.

Also next week, on the 21st September (Wednesday) we are hosting a Wine Pronounciation Workshop to de-mystify the language of wine and make it all the more easy for you to order that Gewurztraminer in your local restaurant.

Coming up towards the end of the month we have a tutored Kim Crawford tasting and a Fine Bordeaux tasting of Petrus and Lafite from the 1970's and Chateau Talbot and Chateau La Lagune from the iconic 1961 vintage.

Get on to our website for more information - www.awsec.com - or give us a Tweet or just do it old school and give us a call for more inforamtion (+852) 2964-0188