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Cathay Pacific wine selection.

Cathay Pacific wine selection.

Roy Moorfield and Lau Chi-sun are in charge of one of Cathay Pacific’s most rigorous selection processes. Last week 140 candidates were brought before them and evaluated by appearance, body, character and even how bitter they are.

“Any flaws or problems here on the ground just get magnified in the air,” said Moorfield in knowing tones.

While it may sound like the way stewardesses were selected some 40 years ago, Moorfield and Lau were actually in Hong Kong to pick out new additions for the airline’s wine selection.

It’s a job that’s kept Moorfield busy for over 24 years as a consultant for the airline. “It’s a dark and lonely life,” he quipped, “but someone has to do it.”
Searching for a ‘first class’ wine Each year around 3,000 glasses of wine are checked by the pair’s educated palates, and through blind tastings with other connoisseurs they decide what vintages will thrive at 35,000 feet and appeal to discerning drinkers in each travel class.

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Hong Kong wine scene.

Hong Kong wine scene.

 

After climbing steadily over the previous three years, 2012 was not a great one for the wine auction market.

 

Sales of fine and rare wine slumped 19 percent last year, according to Wine Spectator, with worldwide revenues falling from $478 million in 2011 to $389 million last year. However, the details reveal a more nuanced picture, with the numbers coming out of Hong Kong far more grim than those from the United States.
According to the report, auction revenues were down 10 percent in the U.S. and a full 32 percent in Hong Kong. Richard Harvey, the senior international director of wine at Bonhams, attributed the drop in revenues to decreasing prices for Bordeaux wines, particularly Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which was wildly popular in China for a short period before demand cooled in late 2011.

There is, of course, an argument to be made that the wine market is… read on

Results from the latest auction suggest Asian collectors could soon be heading south of Burgundy.

 

Cheers to Burgundy, hello to the Rhone.

Cheers to Burgundy, hello to the Rhone.

 

There are signs that the fine wines of the Rhône Valley are beginning to garner interest from Asian buyers, following the buoyant sale results of Paul Jaboulet Aîné’s wines at Sotheby’s over the weekend.

The December 8 auction in Hong Kong suggests fine-wine collectors in Asia are prepared to look beyond Bordeaux and Burgundy. All of the lots, which came direct from the producer’s cellar, were sold, with the 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle fetching 171,500 Hong Kong dollars ($21,987) per bottle – 165 percent higher than the auction house’s estimate.

The sale of the Jaboulet Aîné wines, ranging from 1949 to 2009,… read on