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Top Rhone 'most sought after' in Hong Kong auction

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zin1953 Dec 13, 2012 08:02 AM

http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-new...

  1. collioure1 Dec 13, 2012 09:14 AM

    I don't understand.

    What foods are Asians consuming these wines with?

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      JonDough Dec 13, 2012 09:46 AM

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

      1. re: collioure1
        ChefJune Dec 13, 2012 11:03 AM

        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.

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          JonDough Dec 13, 2012 11:43 AM

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

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            collioure1 Dec 13, 2012 12:26 PM

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

          2. re: ChefJune
            Charles Yu Dec 13, 2012 12:31 PM

            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
              Fowler Dec 14, 2012 10:52 AM

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

              Stereotype much, ChefJune?

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            sedimental Dec 14, 2012 05:09 PM

            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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              mugen Dec 14, 2012 05:17 PM

              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.

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                Fowler Dec 14, 2012 10:17 PM

                >>>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
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                zin1953 Dec 14, 2012 07:25 PM

                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...

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