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Answering Controversial Comments, American Wineries Battle it Out on 23 May
Golden Gate Wine, Hong Kong’s premier importer of fine American wines, will enter the fray among America’s wineries when it hosts the West Coast Wine War on Wed, 23 May at 7pm.
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire sparked a furore last month when she dismissed California wine as “jug wine”, adding that Washington State is the home of “fine wine. No one holds a candle to the quality of Washington State.”
California wineries and sommeliers responded by pointing out that Wine Spectator’s 2011 ranking of the Top 100 wines included three California wines in the top 10, but only one Washington winery.
“Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has sparked a war of words with California’s wine producers,” explains Golden Gate Wine co-founder, Toby Marion. “The controversial comments have created quite a stir in wine circles. We decided to put the wines to the test in a blind tasting and let the people of Hong Kong decide.”
Held at Bourbon, 21 Elgin Street Soho, West Coast Wine War will pit four California wines against four wines from America’s Pacific Northwest in a blind tasting. Perfectly paired with a delicious four-course menu, guests will start the evening with a sparkling aromatic wine before moving on to Pinot Gris, a Pinot Noir and finally a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Diners will then nominate their preferences. Once votes are tallied, Golden Gate Wine will declare a winner in the divisive West Coast Wine War.
Priced at HK$880 per person, guests enjoy an exquisite four-course meal and an exceptional selection of American wines.
Get ready to take aim and battle it out in Bourbon’s trenches at the West Coast Wine War on Wed, 23 May at 7pm.
Assorted Canapes Smoked Salmon Roll, Blue Crab Cake, Seared Scallop Wrapped with Bacon Pacific Rim White Flowers Sparkling Dry Riesling, Washington NV Francis Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Monterey County, California, 2009
Portabella Mushrooms with Goat Cheese and Rosemary Crumble Henry Estate Pinot Gris, Umpqua Valley, Oregon 2008 Blackstone Pinot Grigio, Monterey County, California 2009
Second Course Chicken Ravioli with French Beans and Brown Butter Sauce Delinea 300 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2008 Hahn Winery Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California 2010
Braised Beef Short Ribs with Mashed Potato and Fennel Pepperonata NxNW Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon/Washington 2006 Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California 2009