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Tersina Shieh   January 2019
An exciting year ahead!

Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig!

Can’t believe I’ve been back from my gap year for half a year already. I miss my time wandering in vineyards but am also glad to be back in action.

2019 is exciting on all fronts. South Africa is celebrating 360 years of winemaking history and 25 years of democracy. South African chef Dartnall Chantel, voted the Best Lady Chef in the World 2017, will be marking this special occasion with us at Discover South Africa April month. The once-every-three-years WOSA Sommelier Cup will also be held later this year. This will be an action-packed year for South Africa. Stay tuned.

This year’s Riesling Weeks will launch a ‘German Asparagus x Wine’ sub-theme to coincide with the month-long promotion of German wine. Watch this space to find out where you can sample this German delicacy with perfect matching wine at restaurants near you. 

2019 is also the 10th anniversary of Vintage Port Academy. Nearly 1,000 alumni have attended the workshops in Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and successfully passed the tests. They are ambassadors of premium port who share their appreciation of this fine wine with customers and friends. Follow VPA’s Facebook page for upcoming celebrations and workshops.

I’m also pleased that my own project, Wine Music Jam, will be returning in March and this time at PMQ in collaboration with March INN, an Indie music festival. There will be lots more wine, music and fun. Performers please sign up here. Tickets to the festival are available here. More information here.

Another project that I have the idea for a few years is beginning to take shape. Together with a few like-minded friends, we are planning a trial run in near future. Don’t be surprised if you see 🏃🏻‍♂️🛵🍷!

With all these projects and ideas, I don’t think I will take another gap year soon, but this memory is always in my mind.

Vintage 2017-2018

Save the dates
Taste of Hong Kong: WOSA is back at this gastronomical delights festival. Come sample some of the finest South African wines at Booth D2 between 21st and 24th March. Buy tickets here.
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Discover South Africa April is an annual, market-wide campaign to 

celebrate South Africa’s Freedom Day on 27th April. This year South Africa is also celebrating its 360 years of winemaking history and 25 years of democracy. F&B outlets and retailers promoting South African wine in April will be supported by market-wide promotion. Let me know if you want to be part of the campaign.

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We are excited to have invited Chantel Dartnall, voted Best Lady Chef in the World 2017, to celebrate this special year with us. She will be the guest 

chef at The Park Lane between 11th and 14th April, followed by Wynn in Macau. Make sure to enjoy this unique dining experience that engages all your senses – taste, smell, texture, touch and mouth-feel. Enquiries here.

Video ThumbnailDiscover South Africa annual tasting, raved by guests as a tasting full of vibes and enthusiasm, will be held on 12th April (Friday) at The Park Lane in Causeway Bay. There are classic and creative wines, delicious South African tapas, photo booths and much more! Bring your friends and enjoy our South African hospitality! Stay tuned for ticketing and more information. Enquiries here.

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Sommelier Cup 2019: Held once every three years, this is open to all sommeliers and service staff in Asia. The fist round online examination will be followed by a semi-final in Hong Kong. The winner will represent Asia to compete against international sommeliers in South

Africa in September. Registration details will be announced soon. Please contact me if you are interested. 

Follow WOSA Hong Kong on Facebook

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Riesling Weeks Hong Kong will be returning in June for the seventh edition. This year we will incorporate the first ‘German Wine and Asparagus’ theme.

Like previous years, the German Wine Queen or Princess will be in town for the kick-off tasting on 31st May (Friday) where over 100 German wines will be featured. The lady will also conduct various wine events during her stay. Interested F&B and retail outlets who would like to participate can contact me now.

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The entire month of June will see hotels, restaurants and retailers devising various German wine promotions to cool down the summer heat. The best performing outlets will have a chance to win a Sommelier trip to Germany, amongst other prizes. Past winners included Watson’s Wine Cellar, KO Dining, Cuisine Cuisine ifc, Hoi King Heen and MGM Macau

Follow Riesling Weeks Hong Kong on Facebook

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of  Vintage Port Academy, a unique prize will be awarded to the 1,000th candidate attending the VPA workshops in Greater China to be held in November. The workshops are open to F&B trade and front line service staff. Please get in touch if you would like to attend. 

There is also a photo competition for all VPA alumni. Details will be announced soon. Enquiries here.

Follow Vintage Port Academy on Facebook. VPA alumni can join the Facebook or WeChat group.

Keep in touch
I’m contributing to these publications and websites, hope you will find the readings interesting. 
Tersina Wine Journal (including thoughts on my last year’s winemaking experience)
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CULTURE Magazine, Hong Kong, China
Cru Magazine, Hong Kong
Foodie, Hong Kong
OpenRice, Hong Kong
Global Gourmet, China
WINE, China
And Facebook is always the platform to stay in contact.

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