A concentration of experienced fine wine merchants and the removal of all wine duties since 2008 have helped make Hong Kong into a hub for the wine trade in Asia.
The larger supermarkets in Hong Kong have dedicated in-store wine sections stocked with fine wines and spirits from all over the world. Try 3hreeSixty in ELEMENTS shopping mall, or any branch of City’super.
Pairing Wines with Asian Food
Learning how to match Asian food with wine is a hot topic here, particularly since Asian cuisines generally have quite complex flavors and contain a variety of different ingredients, making wine pairing not such a straightforward task. It is a good idea to open bottles of both red and white (or rosé) wine, and to make pairing decisions based on the sauce that flavors each dish.
A full-bodied red, which typically matches a steak, may overpower a dish of stir-fried beef with broccoli and garlic sauce. Steamed clams with a touch of ginger and coriander would call for a subtle white wine, but take those same clams and prepare them in a black bean sauce with a touch of chili, and you would be drinking a medium-bodied red. Lighter foods, like simply-marinated chicken, seafood and fish dishes go well with whites in general. But once a spicy, heavy or tomato-based sauce is added, the wine choice changes again.
Once upon a time, craft beers in Hong Kong meant one thing: imports. No longer.
The establishment of Young Master brewery in 2013 inspired a wave of innovative beermakers whose creations reflect local tastes and influences. Here are some bars, breweries and bottle shops where you can sample excellent locally crafted beers:
Where to Drink
Hong Kong’s drinking legislation permits the consumption of alcohol pretty much anywhere, including in public spaces like beaches, parks and on the streets. A selection of alcoholic drinks is also available at most convenience stores around the city.