(From left) The HKBU Wine Association team, John Au, Melinda Jing and Faye Chan, successfully wins the championship in the Hong Kong preliminary round of the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup


(左起) 浸大品酒學會三位同學歐文滔、宋靚琦和陳亭妃組成隊伍出戰「2016年度波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃大賽」,勇奪香港站冠軍

Date: 22 Mar 2016 (Tuesday)

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HKBU Wine Association team crowned Left Bank Bordeaux Cup (HK round) champion for two straight years

浸大品酒學會代表隊揚威國際大學生葡萄酒品鑑大賽 蟬聯「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」香港站冠軍

A team comprising three members of the Wine Association of HKBU recently took part in the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup 2016, the prestigious competition for oenological tasting clubs of universities and schools around the world. The team successfully won the championship in the Hong Kong preliminary round, making it the second consecutive year the team has claimed the top title. The HKBU team performed brilliantly in the competition and triumphed over six delegations from local tertiary institutions with their abundant knowledge in oenology and professional wine tasting techniques.

The HKBU Wine Association was formed in 2013 and took part in the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup the same year. In these three years, the Association has successfully taken home the championship title twice. This year’s HKBU delegates Melinda Jing (Master in Producing for Film, Television and New Media), Faye Chan (Master in Chinese Medicine) and John Au (Government and International Studies, Year 4) were awarded a cash prize of HK$50,000 from the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux. They also got the chance to represent Asia in the final to be held at Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux on 17 June. The HKBU team will be competing with the other top seven qualifiers from France, Europe, North America and Asia for the world championship title.

Organised by the Commanderie du Bontemps, the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup is one of the world’s largest amateur oenological tasting contests which includes two parts – multiple choice questions and blind tasting. Contestants put their wine knowledge to the test, from appellations, properties, château and labels, to the history of the Commanderie and wine classification. They would then compete for the title in three challenging rounds of blind tasting to identify different bottles of wine, such as vintage and vinery.

Mr Emmanuel Cruse, Chief Commander of the Commanderie du Bontemps, praised the HKBU team for their exceptional performance in blind tasting. He said the overall standard of the contestants was very high and of approximately equal strength and ability, however, the panel of judges placed a greater emphasis on the performance in the blind tasting.

The HKBU team said: “The victory we achieved once again this year would not have been possible without the support and legacy of the Wine Association members of the previous year. We are also grateful for the support provided by our patron Mr Jonathan Chong Chong-yip to the Association as well as the continued encouragement given by HKBU and the HKBU Alumni Association. We would like to express our gratitude to our coach Mr Fourson Kwok for his guidance which enabled us to win the competition, bringing additional splendor to the University’s 60th anniversary celebration. We are delighted that wine has brought us together and we sincerely hope that we could gain even more in Bordeaux.”

Each year, different presets are carried out in different international cities, where two teams from each area are selected to enter the final contest to compete for the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup. The preset of the North America region was held earlier in New York at which the Yale Law School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania took the first and second place respectively. The Huaiyin Normal University won the preliminary round in Shanghai and will join HKBU to represent Asia in the final. The presets for Europe and France will be held later in April and May.

浸大品酒學會代表隊最近參加「2016年度波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃大賽」,憑著三位隊員對葡萄酒的豐富認識和專業鑑賞技巧,成功擊敗本地六間大專院校的參賽隊伍,連續兩年勇奪冠軍寶座,並成為首支蟬聯「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」香港站冠軍的團隊。

浸大品酒學會於2013年成立,同年首度參與「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」這項年度國際品酒盛事,更於三年內兩奪香港站冠軍殊榮。今年浸大代表隊成員包括宋靚琦同學(影視與新媒體製片管理碩士)、陳亭妃同學(中醫學碩士)與歐文滔同學(政治及國際關係四年級),他們三人除了獲得波爾多名莊協會頒發港幣5萬元獎金,並將代表亞洲賽區參加於6月17日在法國拉菲酒莊舉行的全球總決賽,與來自法國、歐洲、北美洲和亞洲其他7所進入總決賽的高校代表隊競逐世界冠軍。

「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」由波爾多左岸名莊協會舉辦,是全球最大的業餘葡萄酒品鑑大賽之一,比賽包括選擇題和蒙瓶品試兩部份。參賽隊伍須展現他們對各種葡萄酒、其所屬品牌與特性的深厚認識,亦須在酒莊、標籤、波爾多歷史和品種分類等範疇上有豐富了解。參賽隊伍其後會通過三輪極具挑戰性的蒙瓶品試,包括辨別葡萄酒年份、鑑定葡萄酒的產區來源等。

波爾多左岸名莊協會會長Emmanuel Cruse先生讚揚浸大代表隊於蒙瓶品試環節表現非常優秀,他表示今年的參賽隊伍整體水平很高,各具實力,旗鼓相當,但比賽更看重蒙瓶品試環節。
  
浸大代表隊成員異口同聲說:「這次代表隊可以蟬聯冠軍,離不開上一屆學會對我們的支持和傳承,同時非常感謝學會贊助人莊創業先生的支持,以及浸會大學、浸大校友會一直的鼓勵,亦感激教練Fourson Kwok先生的訓練,讓我們今次能勝出比賽,為大學60周年校慶錦上添花。我們大家都很開心因酒結緣,亦希望代表隊可以在波爾多得到更多收穫。」

每年「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」世界大學生品酒賽會於數個地區進行選拔賽,每個賽區將選出兩支隊伍進入決賽。北美賽區選拔賽早前已率先在紐約舉行,耶魯大學法學院和賓夕法尼亞大學沃頓商學院的代表隊分別以第一和第二名的成績獲得決賽資格。淮陰師範大學則於上海站勝出,是另一支與浸會大學晉身決賽的亞洲賽區代表隊伍。歐洲賽區和法國賽區的選拔賽將於四月和五月舉行。