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Got Rio Fever? Join the “Wine Olympics” As Test your palate returns to Hong Kong

11 August, 2016 (Hong Kong): Like thousands of athletes competing for gold, silver and bronze in Rio, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition (HKIWSC) is the wine world’s Olympic Games equivalent, with thousands of international wines competing for medals and recognition as the best wines for Asia. Sound like fun? Taste 300+ of these HKIWSC medal hopefuls daily at “Test Your Palate”– the three-day international winetasting showcase, from 4 to 6 October.
Taste and compare wines by country, grape variety, style, brand or randomly to suit your interest – it’s totally up to you. You can even taste an entire flight, like Italian Wine, rosé, New World Sauvignon Blanc, global Cabernet Sauvignons or Champagne, to name a few. With entries from over 30 countries – from India to Italy, Greece to Georgia, South Africa to Slovenia and more, along with traditional favourites – you are sure to come across wines you have never tried before.
With Asia’s best wine judges on hand to share tips and offer guidance, it is an ideal opportunity to seriously up your wine IQ and find new favourite drops.
Hosted by Master of Wine Debra Meiburg and the judges of the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC, “Test Your Palate” is a fun, action-packed evening, where you can experience blind tasting, learn how to identify wine faults, taste new or unreleased wine, and win great prizes.  
Master of Wine, Debra Meiburg, founding director of the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC said, “An Olympic-sized tasting event, I like to think of Test Your Palate like ‘speed dating’ with wine. There’s hundreds to meet, like, love (and even reject!) until you find your perfect match.” 
Event Details: 
Date: 4-6 October, 2016
Venue: Chancellor Room, L4, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 
1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Tickets:1-Day Pass: HK$250; 3-Day Pass**: HK$700 (All tickets include a complimentary Lucaris crystal wine glass worth HK$110, while stocks last)
**Buyers of the first 10 three-day passes will receive complimentary entry to the “warm up” event “Prep Your Palate” on 9 September at MWM Space. This exclusive wine tasting workshop led by Debra Meiburg – one of just 300 Masters of Wine worldwide – offers a full guide to tasting wine like an expert, so you can make the most of the “Test Your Palate” experience. 
Meiburg continued, “Get a super fun, insider’s taste of this world-class wine competition, sampling the wines vying for medals and meeting the judges for tasting advice and hot tips on the best wines. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, this event is genuinely the best opportunity to taste the wonderful world of wine all in one place.”
More information on the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC is available at and ‘Test Your Palate’ at
Hong Kong Ticketing Hotline: 852 31 288 288 (from 10am to 8pm daily). Hong Kong Ticketing Website:
Hong Kong Ticketing Box Offices: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus –Bethanie, Fringe Club, AsiaWorld-Expo, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre and K11 Select, as well as Tom Lee Music Stores.
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Media passes for “Prep Your Palate” and “Test Your Palate” are available, upon request. Please apply by 25 August, 2016 to Tessa Chan at
For all press enquiries please contact: 
Alex Webster Aranchikov  
Communications Manager
Meiburg Wine Media
Tel: +852 2515 0178 / Mobile: +853 6280 8562
About the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
Now celebrating its eighth year, HKIWSC remains the original and most well-respected wine and spirit competition in Asia. Founded by the IWSC Group, Debra Meiburg MW and Simon Tam, the competition is regarded as the Asian guide to the world’s finest wine and spirits. With its panel of Asian judges, the HKIWSC ensures that, not only are the best wines selected from all across the globe, but that they are suited to Asian taste preferences too.