Try the best in wine festival's new zone

Local | Riley Chan 27 Oct 2017

Have a tipsy weekend. The Wine & Dine Festival returns with 440 food and wine booths on the Central waterfront for the weekend - four days from yesterday, to be exact.

For serious wine tasting jump right into the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Pavilion, a new zone this year that showcases premium wines selected by the influential wine critic.

With only one token, you can taste the sommelier's favorite sherry, Palo Cortado Peninsula, which was rated 96 points on his 50-100-point quality scale.

Red wine lovers should not miss Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2009. Also rated 96 points, supply is limited in Hong Kong. The wine delivers plum, tobacco, licorice and candied orange flavors, with firm tannins and balsamic acidity supplying structure.

A highlight this year is the Bubbly Gala, which is also a new wine zone. It features all manner of bubblies from Champagnes to trendy sparkling cocktails. One example is Von Natur, a white cocktail that mixes green apple and cantaloupe sweet wine with German sparkling wine Prasidenten Gold Riesling Trocken by Y Cocktail & Mocktail. The drink will come adorned with a giant red leaf on the glass.

Visitors can buy wine passes online in advance. The classic wine pass, costing HK$200, will include eight wine tokens and one Stolzle wine glass. You can also opt for the grand wine pass, which will include 20 wine tokens.

A walk-in visitor pays an admission fee of HK$30 at the door. Tickets can be bought at the entrances in Admiralty or in Central.

The "classic wine pass lite," available only on site, costs HK$100 and will include five wine tokens.

The festival is open from noon to 11.30pm today and tomorrow and until 10pm on Sunday.

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