7 Nov 2019 (Thu) 11:30am ‑ 1pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
8 Nov 2019 (Fri) 2:30 ‑ 4pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
9 Nov 2019 (Sat) 11am ‑ 12:30pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
9 Nov 2019 (Sat) 2 ‑ 3:30pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
$350 /Course | $690 / 2 Courses
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As wine drinking and tasting becomes more popular as a hobby and social activity, courses about popular grapes and wines have become a popular way of demystifying wine, creating more knowledgeable consumers, and making wine drinking more enjoyable.

To cater for the growing interest in wine and wine-tasting, the Asia Wine Academy (AWA) will return to the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair 2019 for the third year. The Academy is offering two intensive wine-quality courses this year, one taught by Master Sommelier Yang Lu, and one by Jeannie Cho Lee, Master of Wine.

The courses are co-organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. They are based on the SHTM’s MSc in International Wine Management programme. The courses are pitched at wine enthusiasts and traders at intermediate and advanced levels. They provide in-depth knowledge of Cabernet Sauvignon and its cousins from around the world, and offer an opportunity to taste and compare similar wines from different parts of the world.

Participants who complete both courses will be awarded a Certificate issued by the SHTM and HKTDC.

* Only professional traders with valid badges would be entertained for the course of 7/11 & 8/11

Course A. Why Cabernet Sauvignon is the King of Red Wines
Taught by Professor of Practice, Jeannie Cho Lee, Master of Wine, this 90-minute practical wine course focuses on understanding Cabernet Sauvignon and charting its success and various expressions found around the world. The tasting focuses on understanding wine quality and the Cabernet Sauvignon grape in particular. The learning outcome consists of two parts: understanding what makes Cabernet Sauvignon and its cousins (Cabernet Franc and Carménère) so successful and why it is considered the king of red wines. The second part focuses on how to become a better taster, and understanding the parameters for wine quality for Cabernet Sauvignon and how it differs by styles and regions.

Course B. Discovering Cabernet Sauvignon & its Cousins from around the World
Taught by Yang Lu, Master Sommelier, this 90-minute practical wine course focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon's successful cousins, which have spawned interest from both producers and consumers around the world. The course starts in Bordeaux with a comparison of a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant red versus a Cabernet Franc-dominant red. The course then focuses on the diverse expressions of both Cabernet Franc and Carménère (known as Cabernet Gernischt in mainland China). The learning outcomes include a rigorous approach to judging wine quality, according to style and regional context, and understanding Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Gernischt.

*TDC reserves the right to make changes in the specifications and other information contained in this document and programme without prior notification.

Jeannie Cho Lee

Lu Yang

1. For participants attending courses of Asia Wine Academy, a complimentary public day admission ticket of “Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair 2019” which is worth HK$200 can be redeemed at Ticket Redemption Counter at Hall 3E Concourse; Lucaris Crystal Glass are redeemable on 9 Nov on a first-come-first-serve basis while stock last.
2. Certificates of Attendance will be presented to attendees of successfully completing both courses A & B. Please redeem the certificate at reception counter of the Grand Tasting Room after completing both courses.
3. Only professional traders with valid badges would be entertained for any courses on 7 & 8 November, 2019.
4. Acceptance to registration will be subject to seat availability on a first-come-first-served basis.
5. Course content is subject to change without prior notice.
6. All tickets sold are non-refundable.
7. Persons under 18 will not be admitted.
8. In case of any dispute, the Organiser reserves the final right of decision on all matters.

Term & Conditions
  • Valid on 7-9 Nov 2019
  • Valid for patrons aged 18 or above
  • Each ticket for one time entry only
  • Visitors are allowed to redeem ticket 30 mins before the course
  • Guests are not allowed to drink any wine or liquor purchased at the fair on-the-spot
  • Present printed voucher A4 upon arrival
  • Expired voucher cannot be extended; vouchers are non-refundable and non-exchangeable
  • Information and photos for reference only

How to Redeem
Present A4-printed voucher at the ticketing counters at Exhibition Hall 3E Concourse of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to redeem the admission ticket in 30 mins before the course
*Under the law of Hong Kong, intoxicating liquor must not be sold or supplied to a minor in the course of business.
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