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– Interview with Ken Man, Fine Wine Specialist at Ginsberg+Chan

What’s a good wine for when having friends over?

  • Red
    • Type of wine: Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone Valley
    • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2015
      A classic, elegant, Chateauneuf from one of the Rhone Valley’s most respected producers. This wine is fail-safe for any occasion, packed full of bright red fruits, raspberries, blackberries, and sweet spices, balanced with lightly-structured tannins. Pair this with a nice juicy aged steak, or perhaps a meaty pizza! Retail: $750 hkd.
  • White
    • Type of wine: Meursault, Burgundy
    • Pierre Boisson Meursault 2013
      A rising star in Burgundy, Pierre Boisson makes steely and mineral-driven Chardonnays from the village of Meursault in Burgundy. Citrus fruits, granny smith apples, lemon zest, with a dash of toasty butter makes this an incredibly refreshing wine to drink on its own, paired with cold cuts or even seafood dishes such as grilled fish. Retail: $750 hkd
  • Others
    • Champagne: Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs 2006
      Bruno Paillard is one of the best boutique champagne growers, known for richly styled powerful wines. A 100% Chardonnay, this is a lighter more mineral style coming from this house, with notes of fresh apples, citrus fruits and some biscuity aromas. A refreshing welcoming drink, easy to drink and very fruit-driven.

What’s a fail-safe wine to impress a (possibly foodie) dinner date?

  • Red
    • Type of wine: Chambolle Musigny, BurgundyRed
    • Henri Jouan Chambolle Musigny 2013
      One of the more “feminine” styles of wines in Burgundy, this elegant Chambolle Musigny is soft, very fragrant and aromatic. It has a lovely bouquet of rose petals, strawberry compote and red cherries. A pretty and versatile wine that can be drunk on its own or with poultry or game dishes. Retail Price: $550
  • White
    • Type of wine: German Riesling AusleseWhite
    • Markus Molitor Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (Goldkapsel) *** 2015
      A 99-point medium-dry German Riesling from critically-acclaimed winemaker Markus Molitor. Sweet tropical fruits, honey, ripe lemons, perfect for light desserts, cheese, or just someone with a sweet tooth! Retail Price: $880
  • Others
    • Champagne: Champagne Piper Heidsieck Rare 2002
      The flagship cuvee of the renowned Piper Heidsieck, quite literally rare, for it is only released in the most exceptional vintages. Thus, in the last forty years, only 8 vintages have been released. Winner of Decanter magazine’s International Trophy Sparkling, this is a powerful champagne, exploding on the palate with notes of pineapples, passion fruit, and mangoes. Exotic and fruit-driven, with a rich nutty aroma. Best of all, the label can be peeled off as a tiara! Retail Price: $1350

What’s a good wine to have on-hand for last-minute dinners out – at Hong Kong restaurants with no corkage?

  • Red
    • Type of wine: Morey St Denis, Burgundy
    • Mark Haisma Morey St Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots 2016
      One of our personal favourites by Aussie winemaker Mark Haisma. Following a decade at the renowned Yarra Yering Estate in Victoria, Melbourne, this vigneron is now a rising star in Burgundy. His Morey St Denis is light and fragrant with ample red fruits, cherries, and black currants. A nice smoky mineral finish provides the wine with a nice structured finish that pairs well with most cuisine. Retail Price: $700
  • White
    • Type of wine: Chablis Grand Cru
    • Patrick Piuze Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2011
      Chablis is always a safe wine to bring to any dinner. Known for its brilliant minerality, light oak, and distinct gunflint aromas. Les Clos is qualitatively the best vineyard in Chablis. Pairs well with most seafood, but for a more classic match, go for oysters! Retail Price: $880
  • Others
    • Champagne: Chartogne Taillet Chemin de Reims Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 2012

    • From the disciple of leading champagne grower Jacques Selosse comes Chartogne Taillet, an organically farmed (free of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides etc) champagne, that is very expressive of its origins. This 100% Chardonnay has lots of power, displaying notes of lemon zest, red apples, and classic brioche. Balanced with a rich mineral mouth-feel, and a creamy mousse, this makes for a great dinner conversation! Appetizer, seafood, or on its own, this is perfect for all. Retail Price: $750

What’s a reliable wine for last-minute housewarming parties (or house parties in general, for that matter)?

  • Red
    • Type of wine: Rioja Reserva Magnum (1.5 Litre bottleRed
    • Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Tinto Reserva 2004 Magnum
      What better way to spice up a party than with a big bottle, especially when it comes from such a great winery. Lopez de Heredia are renowned for ageing their wines in their cellars until they deem ready for drinking. A classic Rioja, displaying vibrant red fruits, raspberry compote, vanilla spice, with an earthy, smoky finish. Soft, supple, and incredibly easy to drink, pair this with most meat dishes and you will not be disappointed! Retail Price: $780
  • Red
    • Type of wine: Saint Aubin, BurgundyWhite
    • Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin Les Frionnes 1er Cru 2013 Magnum
    • Again, large formats are always fun at any party, and makes a great statement. This Saint Aubin is light, crisp and refreshing, with subtle oak ageing to give the wine structure and creamy finish. Stone fruits, green apples, ripe lemons and a touch of butter makes this an easy to drink but altogether very serious quality Burgundy that calls for some nice seafood. Retail Price: $980
  • Other?
    • Champagne: De Venoge Louis XV Rose Extra Brut 2006
    • Champagne is definitely the life of all parties, but when it comes in a funky bottle like this, you will definitely be the center of attention. But this bottle not only looks pretty, it has attracted high scores with critics (97 points) who compliment it for its elegance and balance. Intense red fruits driven by strawberry, raspberry and cherry aromas which are balanced with mineral overtones. Retail Price: $1350

What’s a good wine to have at home for solo Friday nights in, binge-watching Netflix and chilling (and goes well with movie-friendly snacks like popcorn, chips and dip, etc.)?

  • Red
    • Type of wine: Bourgogne Rouge, BurgundyRed
    • Leroy (Maison) Bourgogne Rouge 2014
      The “entry level” wine by the legendary Maison Leroy. Burgundy lovers will recognize owner, Lalou Bize-Leroy, as one of the most brilliant winemakers the world has ever been blessed with. Known for her fervent beliefs in biodynamic farming, and the signature elegance in her wines, this is among the very best Bourgogne Rouge in the region. Easy to drink, with soft tannins, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, incredibly fruit-driven and complex. Great value! Retail Price: $530
  • White
    • Type of wine: Dry German RieslingWhite
    • Tesch Karthauser Riesling 2016
    • An excellent dry Riesling from Weingut Tesch in Nahe, Germany. A dry but powerful Riesling grown on iron-rich soils, which contributes to the intense mineral characters in the wine. Stone fruits, gun-flint, and ripe citrus aromas dominate the wine with rich zingy acidity to balance. At this price, it’s a steal! Retail Price: $220

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