Three Shangri-La hotels host rare wine event

10 Aug 2009

Wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet members of the “First Families of Wine” in a unique event hosted by three Shangri-La properties in Asia in mid-November.

Primum Familiae Vini (Leading Wine Families), also known as PFV, is an international association of some of the world’s finest wine producing clans from France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany. Created in 1992, membership is by invitation only and subject to strict selection criteria. Currently, there are 11 member houses.

Gala dinners will be held at the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong Ballroom on November 16, Shangri-La Tokyo on November 18 and Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai on November 20. On those evenings, members of each family will present the family estate and one of its best wines difficult to purchase in the marketplace, paired with a special menu.

Expected to attend are Alessia Antinori (Marchesi Antinori), Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (Chateau Mouton Rothschild), Laurent Drouhin (Maison Joseph Drouhin), Egon Mueller (Egon Mueller Scharzhof), Etinne Hugel (Hutel et Fils), Hubert de Billy (Champagne Pol Roger), Marc Perrin (Perrin et Fils), Paul Symington (Graham’s, Warre’s and Dow’s Port), Juan-Maria Torres (Torres), Sebastiano Rosa (Tenuta San Guido) and Pablo Alvarez (Vega Sicilia).

Another of the evening’s highlights will be the auction of a Primum Familiae Vini collection case, containing a bottle of each member’s flagship wine. Proceeds will benefit a local charity.

The Shangri-La host hotels will begin accepting reservations from September 1, and those who wish to stay overnight will be offered special rates. Island Shangri-la Hong Kong will be charging HK$2,688 (US$346.89) per diner; Shangri-La Tokyo’s will be charging JPY55,000 (US$564) per person or JPY400,000 (US$4,101) for a table of eight; and Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai will be charging CNY1,988 (US$292) per person.

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Margie T Logarta

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