(From left) Members of the winning team John Au, Melinda Jing and Faye Chan and their coach Mr Fourson Kwok celebrate their success at the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup with two bottles of red wine, the award from winning the second runner-up prize


(左起) 代表隊三位得獎同學歐文滔、宋靚琦和陳亭妃喜獲「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」世界大學生品酒賽總決賽季軍,與教練Fourson Kwok先生 (右) 展示手上獲贈的兩支名貴紅酒

Date: 14 Jul 2016 (Thursday)

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HKBU Wine Association comes third at Left Bank Bordeaux Cup world finals

浸大品酒學會勇奪「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」全球賽季軍

A team comprising three members of the Wine Association of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), namely 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), travelled to France to represent Asia in the final contest of the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup 2016 held at Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux on 17 June. The HKBU team competed with the other top seven qualifiers from North America, Europe, France and Asia at the finals and successfully beat strong opponents like Yale Law School and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to win joint second runner-up prize with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

The HKBU Wine Association was first formed in 2013 and took part in the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup the same year. In the Hong Kong preliminary round of the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup held earlier this year, they performed brilliantly and triumphed over six delegations from local tertiary institutions. The HKBU team has successfully won the championship title twice in three years, making it the second consecutive year it has claimed the top title in the Hong Kong round. The team joined hands with Huaiyin Normal University, China to represent Asia in the world finals held in France.

Organised by the Commanderie du Bontemps since 2002, 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. At the finals, contestants representing different regions were required to put their wine knowledge to the test through identifying different bottles of wine, such as vintage and vinery. Apart from taking part in the competition, they were able to visit various wineries in Bordeaux to learn more about the techniques and culture of wine-making, and to participate in mutual exchange with oenological tasting clubs of universities and schools around the world. This year, the EMLYON Business School, France and the University of Oxford, UK took the first and second place in the world finals respectively.

With their abundant knowledge in oenology and professional wine tasting techniques, the HKBU team successfully took the third spot at the finals and was awarded a bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild 2005 and Château Duhart-Milonossaid 2005. The team was delighted with their outstanding accomplishment and said: “We are grateful for the tremendous support provided by the Commanderie du Bontemps (Hong Kong Chapter) and our patron Mr Jonathan Chong to the Association as well as the continued encouragement given by HKBU and the HKBU Alumni Association. We would also like to express our gratitude to our coach Mr Fourson Kwok for his guidance and the Wine Association members of the previous year for their support and legacy. We hope this award can serve as a token of appreciation and add to the University’s 60th anniversary celebration.”

香港浸會大學品酒學會代表隊三位成員宋靚琦同學(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),早前代表亞洲賽區參加於6月17日在法國拉菲酒莊舉行的2016年「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」世界大學生品酒賽總決賽,與來自代表北美、歐洲、法國和亞洲賽區的七支大學參賽隊伍一較高下,比拼對葡萄酒的認識和鑑賞技巧,最終成功擊敗耶魯大學法學院、賓夕法尼亞大學沃頓商學院等勁旅,與瑞士洛桑聯邦理工學院雙雙勇奪全球總決賽季軍殊榮。

浸大品酒學會於2013年成立,同年首度參加「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」這項年度國際品酒盛事。今年,代表隊先後擊敗本地六間大專院校的參賽隊伍,於三年內兩奪「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」香港站冠軍寶座,亦是首支蟬聯冠軍的團隊,與內地淮陰師範大學代表亞洲賽區參加於法國舉行的全球總決賽。

「波爾多左岸品酒挑戰盃」由波爾多左岸騎士會於2002年舉辦,是全球最大的業餘葡萄酒品鑑大賽之一。總決賽分知識問答和蒙瓶品試兩部分,代表各個賽區晉身決賽的隊伍須於蒙瓶品試環節中辨別葡萄酒的年份、鑑定出葡萄酒的產區來源、應對紅酒相關知識等。除了比賽,參賽隊伍並有機會參觀波爾多多家名莊,了解葡萄酒的釀造工藝和文化,與來自不同賽區的全球大學生代表隊伍相互切磋交流。今年總決賽的冠軍和亞軍分別由法國里昂高等商學院與英國牛津大學的代表隊奪得。
   
浸大品酒學會代表隊對葡萄酒的豐富認識和專業鑑賞技巧,成功為校取得季軍殊榮,分別獲頒發2005年 Château Lafite Rothschild和 2005年 Château Duhart-Milonos作為獎品。代表隊三位成員對獲獎感到喜上眉梢,他們說:「感謝波爾多左岸騎士會香港分會和學會贊助人莊創業先生對我們的大力支持,以及浸會大學、浸大校友會一直給予的鼓勵,亦感激教練Fourson Kwok先生的訓練,與上一屆品酒學會成員對我們的支持和傳承!這次浸大代表隊代表亞洲贏得比賽季軍,希望可以作為學會祝賀大學60周年校慶的一份心意。」