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Top Rhone 'most sought after' in Hong Kong auction

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  1. I don't understand.

    What foods are Asians consuming these wines with?

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    1. re: collioure1

      People could be buying it for "status" or to drink by itself - they don't have to drink it with food.

      1. re: collioure1

        I don't think food enters into their equation with wine, does it? Last I heard, many Asians were drinking Haut Brion with Ice and coke. and no, that's not a joke - even though it sounds more than weird.

        1. re: ChefJune

          I have heard the same. When I lived in Spain we drank wine and coke but we didn't use Haut Brion.

          1. re: JonDough

            When in Spain you ought to drink Ribero del Duero. It's one of the better appellations in the world.

          2. re: ChefJune

            Sorry!! For the Latour, Lafite and Haut Brion they add 'Sprite or 7 Up'!! Its the 'White' like Montrachet that they add Coke!!!
            BTW, a few years back, whilst dining amongst Chinese, I notice almost everyone was drinking Lynch-Bages, now 3 out of 4 have Ausone on their table!!
            Sign of the times?!!

            1. re: ChefJune

              >>>I don't think food enters into their equation with wine, does it? <<<

              Stereotype much, ChefJune?

          3. I find some of these comments a bit "dated"? Asian folks (especially the Chinese) are really falling in love with wine and wine culture....as has happened all over the world in places where wine was not always part of the cultural landscape.

            These buyers are very savvy, they are not drinking "wine and coke". They love learning all about great wine, wine history, wine and food, wine rituals, and learning how to taste....and they enjoy a steak and Bordeaux as much as anyone else.

            Most of the folk buying wine at this level are very well traveled....you might just find one sitting at a fine dining table near you...and they won't be using chop sticks and mixing soda in their wine glass ;)

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            1. re: sedimental

              I don't think that it's dated.

              In all that I read (from the likes of Jancis Robinson, MWs, somelliers, etc) or hear (from winemakers who have some experience in the market), there is evident, consistent and persistent distaste for the Chinese.

              For the distaste to be so common and explicit says much in itself.

              1. re: mugen

                >>>In all that I read (from the likes of Jancis Robinson, MWs, somelliers, etc) or hear (from winemakers who have some experience in the market), there is evident, consistent and persistent distaste for the Chinese.

                For the distaste to be so common and explicit says much in itself.<<<

                It may also say something about their bias and racism.

              2. re: sedimental

                In general, I agree -- though it's difficult for me to forget that Chinese New Year's Feast with multiple bottles of Hennessy XO on every table . . .

                But while it's true -- generalization here -- that "Asian folks (especially the Chinese) are really falling in love with wine and wine culture," it's also true that high-end wine follows the money, though in the specific case of East Asia generally, it seems to me they are far more "label-conscious" than other regions of the world.

                For example, according to Decanter magazine, Hong Kong alone is now equal in size to the UK market for Krug Champagne. See http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-new...