Choi Kai Yau College Wine Appreciation & Tasting Lecture
Sept 20, 2018

Sponsored by Banny Wine Cellar, organized by Choi Kai Yau College, Mr. Bandy Choi is invited to hold the CKYC Wine Appreciation and Tasting Lecture on Sept 20, 2018. With the award by the Association St. Emillion of France in 2011, Mr. Bandy Choi is a successful entrepreneur and lecturer of the wine industry.

During the lecture, Mr. Bandy Choi introduces the basic classification of wine which includes red wine, white wine and rose wine, as well as the different making process, origins and level. As everybody knows, wine is made of grape and different grapes. White grapes including Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvigon Blance and Semillion have its unique aroma respectively because of the different growing environments while the black grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pion Noir and Syrah are also introduced.

Mr. Bandy Choi also teaches our students the basic techniques of how we taste wine. To learn the different wine styles, wine glasses and manner might be the first step. When it comes to tasting, we use our EYES to see the appearance of wine that is the color of wine and which always delivers the message of density, viscosity, flocculation; NOSE to smell is the step to obtain the message of wine’s condition, the aromas and flavor. Mr. Choi mentioned that following the smelling steps, we could gradually figure out the aromas from primary to secondary level, then the tertiary level; TASTE to know the sweetness, the alcohol, the body, the tannin, the finish, the balance and the acidity in wine.

There are New World Wine and Old World Wine, emphasized by Mr. Choi. The New World Wines are in particular from the United States, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina. New World Wines tend to be more alcoholic and full-bodied in light of the hotter climates which correspondingly affect the grapes. Wines from the traditional origins says France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Germany are concluded as Old World Wine.

After the lecture, Mr. Choi and his assistant Ms. Candy Lei lead the wine tasting session to our students through observation, interpretation and a guided tasting. All attendees enjoy the evening a lot.