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An Evening Not to Miss! Some of World’s Best Wines at Island Shangri-La Hong Kong in November

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On 16 and 17 November 2009, the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, one of the finest hotels in the region, will present flagship wines from the 11 members of Primum Familiae Vini, an elite association of wine producing families.

 The hotel will host a series of events including a gala dinner at the Island Ballroom, a luncheon at Lobster Bar and Grill and a trade tasting at the Atrium.

A representative from each member of Primum Familiae Vini, known also as PFV, will attend the events. The representatives are Hubert de Billy (Champagne Pol Roger, France), Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (Chateau Mouton Rothschild, France), Egon Müller (Egon Müller Scharzhof, Germany), Etienne Hugel (Hugel et fils, France), Laurent Drouhin (Maison Joseph Drouhin, France), Alessia Antinori (Marchesi Antinori, Italy), Juan Maria Torres (Miguel Torres, Spain), Marc and Pierre Perrin (Perrin et fils, France), Sebastiano Rosa (Tenuta San Guido – Sassicaia, Italy), Paul Symington (The Symington Family Estates, Portugal) and Pablo Alvarez (Vega-Sicilia, Spain).

The gala dinner will be held on 16 November 2009 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Island Ballroom on level five of the hotel.

 Beginning with a champagne reception, each course will be paired with two or three top wines from the PFV members’ estates, namely Champagne Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1998, Joseph Drouhin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005, Hugel & Fils Riesling Jubilee 2004, Perrin & Fils Chateau de Beaucastel, Hommage à Jacques Perrin 1995 magnum, Egon Müller 2006 Scharzhofberger Auslese Goldkapsel, Antinori Tignanello 2004, Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2003, Torres Grans Muralles 2001, Vega-Sicilia Unico 1994, Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1989 and W. & J. Graham’s 1994 Vintage Port.

 The dinner, featuring a five-course menu by Chef Frederic Chabbert of the Michelin-starred Restaurant Petrus, is priced at HK$2,688 per person and sold by a minimum of eight guests per table.

A highlight of the dinner is the charitable auction for a PFV Collection Case containing one bottle of each member’s finest current vintage.

Elegantly displayed in a mahogany box, the collections have been presented in the past to kings, such as King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 1995 and King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden in 1999, as well as to selected world leaders. Internationally acclaimed Master of Wine Serena Sutcliffe, who heads Sotheby’s worldwide wine auctions, will conduct the auction of the rare wine collection.

The funds raised by the auction will be donated to Heep Hong Society to help children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and specific learning difficulties. Established in 1963, Heep Hong Society is one of Hong Kong’s largest service providers of early intervention and education for disabled children, operating more than 30 service units throughout Hong Kong and serving over 6,000 families each year.

“It has always been our goal to serve the local community. The gala dinner offers our hotel a remarkable opportunity to benefit underprivileged children while delighting our guests with an exceptional platform to personally meet 11 world renowned wine producers,” said Darren Gearing, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong’s area manager and general manager.

Tables for the gala dinner are sold through Restaurant Petrus on level 56 of the hotel. Advanced reservations are quite understandably an absolute must.

Those who are unable to attend the gala dinner will have another chance to meet the wine makers and taste selected fine wines at a luncheon on 17 November 2009, from noon to 2:30 p.m., at the Lobster Bar and Grill on level six of the hotel.

The four course luncheon by Chef Leung Wing Yeung is priced at HK$488 per person. Tables are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations contact the Lobster Bar and Grill.

A trade tasting for approximately 200 trade members from the wine industry will be held on 16 November 2009 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Atrium on level 39 of the hotel. Attendance at the trade tasting is by invitation only.

Prices quoted above are subject to a 10% service charge, and the vintages listed are subject to change by the wine producers.

 The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo will host similar events on 17 and 18 November 2009, and Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai will host the events from 19 to 21 November 2009.

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