2015 Our Year in Review
From all of us at Ginsberg+Chan, thank you for another great year!
In 2015, we supported our community through involvement with a few diverse organizations. The International Social Services is an NGO without political, racial, religious or nationality bias that supports children and families across boundaries for migrants, divided families, asylum seekers and refugees. We also supported the Pink Dot festival “Love is Love” that celebrates the LGBT Community. Going along the pink theme, but a very different pink, we supported the well known Pink Ball for breast cancer. And finally we supported Music for the Growing Mind a small charity based on El Sistema’s approach to providing music education as a powerful instrument in the development of children in challenging social and economic conditions. We love you Hong Kong!
Looking back we realize that 2015 was full of highlights and full of events. We did over 70 events last year and we coined our events #WineWednesdays and #SaturdaySips. Here are a two pics of some of our most loyal fans. Thank you for making it so great. Watch out for more here: http://blog.ginsbergchan.com/events/
Our family is growing. Our Fine Wine Specialist, Terry just had his first baby. And on Saturdays, you can often find our youngest part-timer on premise – Joe’s son – counting bottles (and pantry snacks). If you’re very lucky, you may even get a cellar tour with our dog – Jeroboam Ginsberg.
When things happen annually, for over 3 years, we can start calling them traditions no? We’d like to thank Diane & Duncan from Hearst Magazines for allowing us to organise their annual Christmas gifting and to Gabriela Kennedy for allowing us to host her fantastic annual champagne circle. We look forward to it every year.
Lunch with Aubert de Villiane
This year also granted us a lunch we will never forget. At a Masterclass in Burgundy, we were seated next to none other than Aubert de Villiane, the owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Conversing for many hours, we found a man who was modest, humble, kind and great. We could share many stories of this iconic Burgundian and tell you why his wines remain the most coveted in the world.
In 2015, we were able to do something we have always wanted to do and that is bring together evenings that examined the intersection between wine & culture. One of our favourite events was Life Beyond Strife we heard about the trials that people are going through to make wine in the Middle East and then how else life is affected in the region. We served Chateau Marsyas and Domaine Bargylus to match matter with mind.
Neal Martin: Burgers & Bordeaux
A while ago, we talked in the office about how we’d love to pair a glass of delicious Bordeaux with a juicy freshly grilled burger. This year, that all came together with Neal Martin of eRobertParker.com who fed us wisdoms about Bordeaux whilst we drank the delicious wines paired with a freshly BBQ’ed burger. It was awesome. Let’s do it again.
It wasn’t just #WineWednesdays and #SaturdaySips that kept us busy. We also hosted a variety of private parties where we either guided a private party through a wine theme or gave them the space and wine to host their own function. Contact us at email@example.com to learn more about having your own private wine event.
We love our wine tools and when Coravin came to the market, we were hoping to be able to bring them to you. We didn’t think we would be the first to sell them in Asia! What is Coravin? Coravin is a tool that allows you to taste your bottle without having to drink the whole thing. Poke the cork with your Coravin, pour and enjoy. Then put the bottle back for tomorrow, or next year to see how it evolves. Brilliant.
Best Places to BYOB
We revisited our popular BYOB list this year and together with your comments have edited it down to the best 25 places to Bring Your Own Bottle in Hong Kong.
2015 is being touted as the year of the Woman. Hashtag movements like #BlackLivesMatter, #AskHerMore #SayHerName #DistractinglySexy and #GirlSquad are rousing up the world. In our small way, we have seen more & more women at our tastings, owning their knowledge and feeling confident about wine. #WineWomen
Thank you for being with us again. We wish you the best for 2016!
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