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If what’s in your glass is as important as what’s on your plate, then you need to know where to find Hong Kong’s best wine lists.  Tom Stopford Sackville, managing director of one of the UK’s most respected vintners, Goedhuis & Co., gives us his opinion on the best lists in town, both in quality and value. 


Wine glass.pngMy wife and I moved to Hong Kong in March 2008, two days after the governments bold move to zero tax on wine here, and invest in making this great town the wine hub for Asia.  One of the great challenges prior to the tax reduction (which was 80% as recently as 2007) was finding a good bottle on a night out at  a great restaurant.  Now there is plenty on offer and the Jacobs Creek is no longer the main attraction.

I think that what sommelier Pierre Legrandois has achieved at the Mandarin's two main restaurants, The Grill and Pierre (up on the 25th floor with fab views) is remarkable and the lists in both are excellent. The food is fussier in Pierre but there are plenty of great wines on offer, the Morey St Denis 1er Cru Clos des Ormes 2003 from Georges Lignier or the Gevrey Chambertin Domaine Serafin 2002 (also available by the glass) merit attention.  The white Burgundies are well chosen, look out for an excellent range of Chablis and some lovely Chassagne’s from Jean Noel Gagnard.

The trio of Hong Kong's other finest hotel attached restaurants are Caprice (Four Seasons), Petrus (Shangri-La) and Amber (Landmark Mandarin) have excellent lists and the cooking in each is exemplary.  My favourite non hotel attached wine list is at the great Cépage Restaurant in Wan Chai. A Hong Kong outlet of the impeccably run Les Amis Group in Singapore has the best list of affordable Burgundy in town.  The list turns over so much that my nap selections change too regularly to mention but its one of my favourite wine drinking venues in HK.  Fabulous list of halves if a bottle is too much. Great private rooms to boot.

The Pawn - Press Room duo provide more affordable, but nevertheless high quality, cooking in a more relaxed bistro environment and the wine lists in both are excellent, well chosen by one of Hong Kong's most connected importers.  Look out for the excellent Ch Marjosse  2006 Blanc made by Cheval Blanc’s wine maker at his own estate, Pierre Lurton, which is available by the glass.

Gough Street is one of my favourite areas for dinner in HK and there are two really well priced excellent restaurants here.  On Lot 10, run by David ex number 2 at Zuma, provides an really excellent European menu and the wine list is growing (Ch Rouget, Pomerol 2003 one of the picks) while Sup1 also provides high quality dining (and a great private room) and an eclectic mix of wines from Vincent's wine shelf which is constantly changing.

Tom Stopford Sackville – tss@goedhuis.com

tom-stopford.jpgGoedhuis & Co are a privately-owned wine merchant, founded by chairman Johnny Goedhuis in 1981.  With a head office in Central London and satellite offices in Northamptonshire and Hong Kong, this award-winning company has grown to become one of England’s most respected vintners, attracting plaudits from both the wine trade and the press.

'I have bought wine from Goedhuis & Co. for nearly twenty years.  It is a joy to work with these people. Their attention to detail, flow of priceless information, immense knowledge and support makes Goedhuis the  ideal company to look after and advise you at all times on this most wondrous of life's luxuries.' Matthew Jukes DAILY MAIL March 2008

Goedhuis & Co are as committed to discovering and promoting unheralded producers from all around the world as they are to working with the most famous established estates’ First Growth Clarets and Grand Cru Burgundies. 

Now with a permanent base in Hong Kong they provide an excellent list of wines available that are ready for immediate delivery from their warehouse here in Tuen Mun, NT.  The main focus of the list is Bordeaux and Burgundy (both red and white) with the Loire, the Rhône Valley and Italy also well represented.  Goedhuis now has five or six containers arriving annually carrying wines in temperature controlled conditions from Europe.  Now part of the rich tapestry of the fine wine scene in Hong Kong, Goedhuis & Co. also host regular wine tastings and dinners, and Tom is also available for private wine tutoring on the wine regions and grapes varieties of France (priced on request depending on numbers).


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11/F, 1 Homestead Road, The Peak
Hong Kong
T: +852 2869 0347 

Check out the HONG KONG section in the Goedhuis & Co. website, or you can email Tom Stopford Sackville tss@goedhuis.com for his latest list.

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