Food and Wine Pairing Results Released with Gold’s Doubling Since 2012
Food and Wine Pairing Results Released, with Gold’s Doubling Since 2012
Judging is now over for Asia’s premier wine and spirit competition – the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition (HKIWSC). Judges from across Asia blind tasted wines and spirits from 31 countries. This year’s star-studded judging panel saw the addition of VIP judges, Australian winemaker Ms. Vanya Cullen, and Burn Stewart’s Master Blender and Head of Distilleries, Mr. Ian MacMillan.
Ahead of the full results and trophy release at the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair on 7th November, 2013, the results of the Trophies for Wine Paired with Asian Dishes have been announced. Since the enjoyment of food plays such an important role in the Asian way of life, the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC is designed to help consumers enhance their everyday dining experience with perfectly matched wines. The competition selected ten regional dishes, making the competition truly ‘Asia’s Choice, Asia’s Voice’.
The quality was deemed outstanding this year by judges in the food and wine matching categories, with a noticeable increase in medals year-on-year. Gold medals doubled, with 15 compared to last year’s 7. Five gold medals were awarded to wines paired with Peking Duck, 2 Gold’s each for Dim Sum and Braised Abalone, while Yakitori Grilled Chicken and Beef Teppanyaki Gold medals were awarded to 3 wines respectively. The number of Silver medals tripled from 35 to 118.
This year’s trophy winners represent the best pairing with Asian dishes. Australia’s Jacob’s Creek were the stars of the show, with the blind tasting resulting in three of their wines achieving trophies. Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Riesling 2012 was crowned the best pairing with Sashimi, while their Sparkling Moscato Rosé NV paired with Kung Pao Chicken, and the Winemakers Selection Shiraz Cabernet 2011 won the Paired with Chicken Tikka Trophy.
Commenting on the wine, Debra Meiburg MW, director and founder of the Competition said: “How exciting to see these trophy wins. The results prove that under blind-tasting conditions, wines at a diverse range of price points will pair well with these popular dishes, making wine an affordable addition to the Asian dining table.”
More glory for Australia came with Barokes Wines Pty Ltd being awarded the Beef Teppanyaki trophy for their Barokes Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot Bin 121 NV, and family run Leconfield Wines Pty Ltd scooping the Yakatori Chicken with the Leconfield Syn Rouge NV (Coonawarra and McLaren).
Austria proved their strength in this year’s competition, with Hafner Family Estates Hafner Blaufrankisch 2012 judged the best pairing with Peking Duck. Judges commented that it was “an elegant wine with good acidity and structure”, and “full of fruit acidity which stands up well to the sweet dark meaty flavors of the duck”.
“It’s wonderful to see this less well-known grape variety gain the attention it deserves and from a country where its red wines are often overlooked in the clamour for its white wines. What an interesting and fresh take on Peking Duck. Asian experts are stepping out of the box on this lively selection!” Meiburg commented.
Interestingly, it was a Thai wine that the judges decided was the best match with Pad Thai. Siam Winery Tradings’ Monsoon Valley White Shiraz 2012 received the Paired with Pad Thai Trophy, it was noted that “the freshness of the wine lifts the Pad Thai, whilst the fruit flavours subtly intertwine with the warmth of the dish adding bursts of fruit alongside.” The Tempura Shrimp Trophy went to Italian Guido Marsella Fiano di Avellino 2010.
“A long-held adage in the wine world is that local wines pair best with local cuisine and this win certainly endorses this view,” Meiburg continued.
New Zealand also did well, picking up two of the ten food and wine trophies. The Ned Pinot Gris 2013 was noted by judges as having a “round palate supported by white fruits, peaches and apricots” and that it was “extremely well balanced with all different types of dim sum”, leading it to win the Dim Sum trophy. The King’s Bastard Chardonnay 2012 was awarded the trophy for Paired with Braised Abalone. Judges noted it was “A surprising match. The Chardonnay is replete with forward ripe fruit flavours complementing the richness of the abalone and the savoury sauce. The crisp acidity refreshes the palate and helps cut through the richness of the dish.”
The HKIWSC had a diverse range of entries from Thailand to Turkey. Australia had outstanding success following on from their stellar 2012 performance. Not only did entries increase by nearly 19%, from 544 to 647, but the country also clinched half of the food and wine matching trophies.
Austria found success in this year’s competition, with a 100% medal success rate. From the Old World, France shone through, performing well in both wine and spirits. India also impressed the judges, with all products entries receiving a medal, the Asian country performed particularly well in the food and wine pairing. Also excelling in food and wine pairing was Thailand, with all entries receiving a medal in this category. USA received astounding scores from the judges.
“Austrian wines have long been an insiders’ secret in the wine world. With these wins, the secret is now out in Asia!” Meiburg concluded.
The full results will be announced at the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair on 7th November, 2013.
- “Winning a silver medal in the HKIWSC has truly helped my product to achieve international credibility regarding its taste. This has positively affected
decisionmaking of several new merchants who now carry my product.”Kaustav BagchiOwner, Lamai Thai Spirits
- “Louis Royer Cognac has been entering the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition for many years. This competition is regarded as the most respected in Asian countries. Winning an award is a high honour for our brand and a further seal of quality for our multi-award winning Cognac.”Carol FrugierMarketing and Communications Manager, Louis Royer Cognac
- “Adding to our success over the past few years at the HKIWSC, winning a trophy means so much to us as we have just recently entered the Chinese market with our brandies. The Chinese market is unique, which makes it even more exciting to know that Oude Molen VOV Brandy is well accepted.”Kobus GelderblomBrandy Master, Oude Molen Distillery
- “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and we are very thankful about the reputation from wine enthusiasts in China. This award is a testament to the fact that our white wines not only match the traditional Austrian food but also matches perfectly with the Asian cuisine.”Katja PflogschWinemaker, Domäne Wachau
- “To get recognition from such a prestigious panel is
veyrewarding indeed, and proves that our wines are made in a style that is truly food friendly. The HKIWSC has become one of the year’s most well-respected wine competitions globally. For us, the food match component is a fantastic chance to demonstrate how well our wines compliment so many different flavours. Moreover, it is a competition known and valued by our customers so a trophy can be hugely influential.””Susanna MayerWinemaker, Yealings
- “Awards and medals at the HKIWSC have been like a stamp of approval to the quality of our wines. Because it is an Asian-focused competition, I know that my wines are being judged and measured by the same yardstick as all the other wines, given our viticultural conditions are quite unique compared with the rest of the world. These medals give me and, more importantly, my consumers the confidence that my wines stand apart from the competition.”Kalash GurnaniWinemaker, York Winery
- “We are very proud of our results. One of our key focuses is the Asian market, so we really want to make our wines special and desirable for this market. That’s why we want to enter this competition and be evaluated by the expert judging panel.”Sofia Cajewski Winemaker, Cremaschi Furlotti
- “We at Yealands Estate Wines are proud to be
recognizedby the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. The organizationis held in the highest regard and our success in the competitions has become a strong voice for our quality around the globe.”Avram DeitchGlobal Marketing Manager, Yealands Wine Group
- “Winning awards in reputable international wine shows such as the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC is one of the many ways of educating our consumers and giving them confidence in purchasing the Saint Clair brand. This enhances brand perception
increases sales across our entire portfolio of wines.”Maria EastonWinemaker, Saint Clair Family Estate anin turn