A typical Chinese New Year dinner is composed of all sorts of red meat, poultry and seafood. (pic: iStock)
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Your dummy-proof wine guide to Chinese New Year

Hosting Chinese New Year dinner parties at home always seems daunting. We fret over social distancing rules in the era of pandemic, food selections and guest allergies, so picking wines should be a snap.

Sparkling wines:

Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV

From the same owner of Champagne Salon. A lively Blanc de Blancs made entirely from Champagne’s grand cru Chardonnay vineyard sites. A great value for the money.

Altaya Wines, HKD 460

Louis Roederer Collection 242 (gift box)

The Collection 242 is the latest wine launch from the largest biodynamic Champagne house Louis Roederer, with more addition of reserve wine compared with brut premier. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Watson’s Wine, HKD 438

Henriot 2012 Rosé

An intense and voluptuous wine from the much acclaimed 2012 vintage by Champagne house Henriot. Vivid coral colour backed with strikingly fresh strawberry, cherry notes. Steely and racy.

Kerry Wines, HKD 795

Kumeu River Crement NV

This is a dry and sharp sparkling wine from New Zealand’s Kumeu River in Kumeu. Made from predominantly Chardonnay (60%) with addition of Pinot Noir, this is an inspiring bubble that gives Champagne a good run for the money.

Wine n Things, HKD 300

Ca del Bosco Cuvee Prestige NV

From Italy’s premium sparkling wine producing region Franciacorta. This is from the hands of Franciacorta’s pioneering winery Ca del Bosco. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco, the bubble is aged two years on lees for extended richness and texture. A higher quality Italian sparkling wine compared with run-of-the-mill Prosecco.

CitySuper, HKD 338

Red wines:

Cordero di Montezemolo Enrico VI Barolo 2013

From Italy’s historic estate Cordero di Montezemolo in Alba. The wine is made from organically grown nebbiolo grapes from its renowned single vineyard Enrico VI. This is a wine that would benefit from decanting. The aromas of roses, dried herbs, raspberry, strawberries will instantly fill up the glass and evolve as your dinner party goes on to show chocolate, leather and sour cherry cake aromas. A mesmerizing wine that is truly a triumph.

Vivino, HKD 780

Avignonesi 50/50 2015

This is a full-bodied red blended from 50% Sangiovese from Capannelle winery and 50% Merlot from Avignonesi winery in Tuscany, Italy. From one of the best vintages in Italy in the past decade, this delicious red wine will prove to be a crowd pleaser among guests.

Wine Salon Asia, HKD 798

Silver Heights Jiayuan Pinot Noir 2017

This is the first Pinot Noir from China’s family-owned Silver Heights winery after it converted to biodynamic viticulture. Located in Ningxia, China’s premier wine region, this 100% Pinot Noir is unfiltered and made with minimal human intervention.

Watson’s Wine, HKD 350

Alta Vista Alto 2015

This is from Argentina’s Alta Vista winery, owned by Patrick d’Aulan, who came from a linage of distinguished French winemaking family. The d’Aulans owned Champagne house Piper Heidsieck for over a century until it was sold in 1998. This full bodied red wine is made from Argentina’s signature Malbec grape with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is only made in best vintages.

Chelsa International, HKD 600

Chateau Musar 1998  

This is an iconic red wine from Lebanon’s legendary winery Chateau Musar. A profound red wine that defined Lebanese wine. Essentially a natural wine made without filter or chemicals. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. Chinese New Year will be the perfect joyous occasion to open this marvellous 24-year-old wine.

King’s Wine Cellar, HKD 460

White wines:

Edouard Delaunay Bourgogne Aligote 2018

The “other” white grape in Burgundy, Aligote has gotten a new lease of life with more producers in Burgundy making quality Aligote. This version from Maison Edouard Delaunay shows lemon, yellow apple, and pleasant white floral notes. A great value for money too!

Altaya Wines, HKD 190

Domaine Jaeger Defaix Premier Cru Rully Les Cloux 2017

From husband-and-wife Didier and Hélène Defaix in Rully, Burgundy. All of the Jaeger-Defaix vineyards are Premier Cru and are managed organically. A succulent and refined white wine that shows so much white flowers, apple, pear, with a bit salinity.

The Wine House, HKD 300

Chateau de Lugey Blanc de Cabanas Graves 2020

If you are looking for conversation piece for your dinner parties, look no further than the sea-aged Chateau de Lugey white wine from Bordeaux. This is a typical Bordeaux white wine made from Semilion and Sauvignon Blanc in Graves but aged under the sea of Bassin d’Arcachon. The winery believes the stable temperature, absence of light and the lack of oxygen can play a very positive role on wine aging compared with ageing in vats or barrels on dry land. A nice refreshment to kick start any dinner parties, with noticeable salinity. A savoury white wine.

CitySuper, HKD 320

Marco de Bartoli Vecchio Samperi

A Sicilian marsala wine made with 100% Grillo using solera system. No alcohol was added for fortification but each year it’s added with a bit of newer wines during ageing. It has so much dried flower, apricot, nutty notes, orange peel, honey and hints of jasmine.

Cheese Meets Wine, HKD 910

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