|Company||Cheese & Wine HK|
Ivy Ng is an independent wine and cheese educator and writer. In 2018, she set up the initiative Cheese & Wine HK to promote cheese and wine education and appreciation in Hong Kong by collaborating with local and international suppliers of artisanal products.
Ivy completed study programmes in cheesemaking, with hands-on experience and sensory training, at Vermont Technical College, US as well as the School of Artisan Food, UK in 2015. She has also completed formal training in cheese retail, cheese ripening (affinage) and sensory analysis at Academie MonS, the educational arm of Mons Fromager-Affineur in France. She is an Associate of the UK’s Academy of Cheese. To complement her studies in cheese, she has worked internships in Annecy, France and Hong Kong. Currently when she is not busy with her own projects, she works part-time at a French artisanal cheese specialist shop in Hong Kong.
Between 2014 and 2018, Ivy was the Publisher of the drinks business Hong Kong, a subsidiary of UK-based the drinks business, a trade publication dedicated to the wine and spirits industry. Her responsibilities comprised general management as well as hosting, planning and management of events including wine competitions, industry awards and masterclasses. She was previously a Private Client Sales Manager at Armit Wines Hong Kong (2010 - 2013) where she was instrumental in helping a couple of European wineries launch their sales and brand development efforts in the Hong Kong market.
Ivy is holder of WSET Level 4 Diploma and she is a Certified Educator for WSET, ISG, Sake Sommelier Association and a Bourgogne Wines Official Ambassador for the Bourgogne Wine Board. She graduated from the Winemaking Certificate Program of UC Davis Extension in 2017. Born in Hong Kong, Ivy is a native Cantonese and fluent English speaker, with proficiency in French and Putonghua. She keeps a blog: vinumetvita.blogspot.com to share her experiences in wine and cheese.
- “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
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- “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
- “Having won three trophies in the last four years in different food & wine matching categories at HKIWSC has showcased Pegeric Pinot Noir and its suitability with Asian cuisines leading to its listing with one of Australia’s top restaurant – Melbourne’s iconic Flower Drum.”Chris CormackCEO, Pegeric Wines
- “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
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- “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