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As we roll into the holiday season, the number of dinner parties that require us to bring a bottle of wine increases, and if you’re like us, we’re always on the lookout for a few great bottles that won’t break the bank.
The convenient option is always just to drop down to the local Wellcome or Park & Shop to grab something off the shelf which we select based on a cool, fun label, or simply by the price of the bottle.
We recently met with the folks at Berry Bros. & Rudd during an event that brought Master of Wine, Simon Field, to Hong Kong for a few events. Berry Bros. and Rudd started more than 315 years ago just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace in London. With its rich history of serving the British monarchy and their lavish feasts, they’ve brought their excellent selection of old world wines to Hong Kong and we are happy to have them here.
For those of you who are looking for a bit of help, and picking up a few tried bottles that won’t kill your wallet, here are a few recommendations from wine importer Berry Bros. & Rudd that we recommend.
**order details (and a discount) at the bottom of the page
NV BERRYS’ UNITED KINGDOM CUVÉE, GRAND CRU, CHAMPAGNE MAILLY
Who doesn’t love a great bottle of bubbly? For just $268, this Grand Cru champagne was downright delicious. Light, dry, and with floral notes on the nose, this is a bottle that you won’t be embarrassed to pop open.
2013 BERRY BROS. & RUDD MOSEL RIESLING KABINETT, SELBACH-OSTER
For just $98, we didn’t think there was a better value bottle that we tasted all night. Rieslings often get a bad rap for being too sweet, but there are a number of German dry rieslings that really hit the spot. This bottle will pair well with Chinese food, as there’s a nice bit of acidity that hits your palette before a clean, crisp finish.
2012 BERRY BROS. & RUDD PESSAC-LÉOGNAN, CH. HAUT BAILLY
This bottle of Bordeaux from the Pessac-Léognan region of Bordeaux was a great find at $190. We know there’s a lot of Bordeaux's available in Hong Kong, and as such, sometimes selecting one is difficult. This one was quite delicate, and had flavours of plums, and dark berries. Great for those meals with a delicious roast.
2008 BERRY’S TOKAJI ASZÚ (5 PUTTONYOS), TOKAJI OREMUS
Looking for a dessert wine? Hungarian-produced Tokaji has been called the wine of the kings. It’s not often that we get to try great bottles of Tokaji, and this was a nice way to finish our evening. With a clean honey-like taste, this varietal is not syrupy sweet, and finishes clean on your palette. We’re told it pairs well with foie gras or your favourite dessert selections.
Discounts for Foodies
Finally, we chatted with our friends at Berry Bros. and Rudd, and they have extended all our Foodie readers a special gift when they order.
When spending more than $1800 you will receive a free 37.5 cl bottle of the delicious champagne that we highlighted above. Another things that's good to note, free shipping to your home if you spend over $1500!
To order, just follow this link and enter the promo code: FOODIEUKC