Burghound Symposium

Burghound Symposium 2018

We are thrilled to be able to now launch for sale our 2018 Allen Meadows Burghound Symposium. This intense, but varied collection of masterclasses and dinner events, combines fun with the chance to gain or to deepen your understanding of Burgundy. We will fly leading Burgundy critic and writer Allen Meadows (and “Mrs. Burghound" too!) to Shanghai and Hong Kong to lead all of the events in this programme.

Allen Meadow’s 2018 China programme is exclusive to The Fine Wine Experience.

There is much to learn about this complex yet rewarding fine wine region of Burgundy. Allen’s expertise, his complete fluency in the subject, and his ability to teach, to lead, and to moderate discussion offer much to both the novice and the experienced aficionado.

We have also spent many months meticulously sourcing just the right bottles – the right vineyards, vintages, and domaines with the right provenance – to show top level Burgundy in its diversity and depth.

Hedonism and learning combined! 

The programme takes in a range of subjects with a nicely varied selection of cuisines at leading Shanghai and Hong Kong dining venues. Yet all this is scheduled within a short enough space of time, that both locals and international guests alike can schedule any selection of events, or indeed the entire programme into their diaries.
This year we are joined by leading Burgundians — Marit Lindal and Christophe Perrot-Minot (Domaine Perrot-Minot), and Prune and Antoine Amiot-Servelle (Domaine Amiot-Servelle) who will join Allen in leading their domaine-specific events.
The headline summary of events is listed below. Download the full programme with wine list and details or read it online here.

Many of these events are very small in scale, so we recommend you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

For Hong Kong we also offer special hotel rate Deluxe Peak View Room at Island Shangri-la Hotel for HKD 2,550+10% service charge per night. This offer is subject to availability and only valid for bookings made through The Fine Wine Experience for the participants of Burghound Symposium 2018 events, please contact us via events@finewineexperience.com or +852 2803 0753 for booking.

Meanwhile, feel free to read about Linden's reviews on our pervious Burghound Symposium events:

Domaine Denis Mortet Chambertin Grand Cru Dinner (2017)
Domaine Claude Duagt Chames-Chambertin & Griotte-Chambertin Dinner (2017)
1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Assortment Case Dinner (2016)
Chambolle Musigny &  Masterclasses with Allen Meadows (2015)
The Ultimate Richebourg Dinner with Allen Meadows (2015)
White Burgundy: Best of the Best Lunch with Allen Meadows (2015)

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2018 THE FINE WINE EXPERIENCE BURGHOUND SYMPOSIUM HONG KONG CHARITY GALA DINNER with Prune and Antoine Amiot-Servelle, Marit Lindal and Christophe Perrot-Minot and Erica and Allen Meadows (DAY 3)
Date Saturday 21 April 2018
Time 19:00 - 23:00
Venue Grand Ballroom, Island Shangri-La Hotel
(5/F, Island Shangri-La Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong)
Ticket Donate HKD 5,000+ worth of Burgundy wine per seat (please refer to our full programme for more details)

2018 THE FINE WINE EXPERIENCE BURGHOUND SYMPOSIUM HONG KONG CHARITY GALA DINNER with Prune and Antoine Amiot-Servelle, Marit Lindal and Christophe Perrot-Minot and Erica and Allen Meadows (DAY 3)

The centrepiece event for The Fine Wine Experience Burghound Symposium is the Gala Dinner. This dinner is where we really let our hair down, celebrating in the traditional Burgundy “paulée” style, all of us attending sharing bottles, magnums, jeroboams (!), from our cellars for old friends at our table, and new friends around the room. The core of Hong Kong’s Burgundy-loving community attend, along with visitors from the mainland, Europe, USA, and across Asia. 
This year The Fine Wine Experience is buying your dinner – there is no ticket to purchase! In lieu of paying for a ticket, we ask each participant to donate wine which we will auction  - ten lots live on the night, and the rest online (see the Q&A for more details on how that will work). Then, 100% of the proceeds will go to this year’s charity, New Life, a mental health specialist. Our target is to raise HK$1.5 million in support of “Mindful Parents, Happy Kids”, a programme to train 40 local Mindful Parenting facilitators to provide 20 workshops and 60 courses to an estimated 800 parents over two years. It’s a bold target that will deliver a real impact in our Hong Kong community.

This year’s special guests will include Erica and Allen Meadows, Prune and Antoine Amiot-Servelle (Domaine Amiot-Servelle), Marit Lindal and Christophe Perrot-Minot (Domaine Perrot-Minot). It’s a truly lovely aspect of Burgundy that this type of dinner exemplifies -  the generosity, friendship, and natural sense to share the passion for these wines with others.

This dinner is a BYO Burgundy event - the chance to pull from the cellar your special bottles, mature rarities, and - especially - those large format bottles that were just made for nights like this. (Of course, if you need help, we have plenty of Burgundy available for you to purchase – just let us know and we’ll be sure to have you well equipped for the night).



How do you get your seats for this year’s gala dinner (contribution in bottles)?
In previous years The Fine Wine Experience has charged a fee to attend the Gala Dinner. This year rather than have a ticket price for a seat, we are asking instead for bottles of wine. These are not your bottles for drinking on the night but bottles to donate ahead of time for charity. We are asking each guest to donate Burgundy wines with a minimum combined market value of HKD 5,000 (and minimum market per bottle value of HKD 2,000). Of course, there is no limit on the value of the bottles you donate! 

Why are we doing it this way this year?
The Gala Dinner is a charity event and one in the generous spirit of Burgundy. The Fine Wine Experience will take no revenue for the dinner. You are our guest. Your donated bottles will be combined into lots to be sold by auction, and the proceeds will go to this year’s charity, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (新生精神康復會). Feel free to be as generous as you like!

What kinds of bottles are acceptable?
In the spirit of the event, we are asking for Burgundy wine, and with an emphasis on quality over quantity – wines that will be desirable to Burgundy lovers like you. We set the minimum per guest at HKD 5,000 and minimum per bottle of HKD 2,000 as a guide. However, the choices are up to you. Please get in touch with us with your selections.

How will these bottles be sold?
On the night of the auction, there will be a live auction featuring ten lots. 
There will also be an online auction for which we will create lots from your generously donated bottles (i.e. some donated wines may be combined into lots). That auction will open around 1 week prior to the Gala Dinner, and bidding will close at 9pm on Sunday 29th April. We will announce full details of this auction closer to the time.

How do I get my bottles to you?
First please get in contact to reserve your seats, and let us know the bottles you wish to donate. Then send them to our shop – The Fine Wine Experience, 85 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Please drop them off or have them delivered to us no later than Friday, 16th March.

How do I bid?
For the online auction, we will circulate registration details closer to the time. You will then be able to see the lots online. For the live auction, if you cannot attend in person but still wish to bid, please get in touch.

Is there a buyer’s premium?
No. Absolutely 100% of the proceeds will go to charity, and there is no premium on top. What the lot hammers for is what you will pay.  

Where do I pay for and collect my winning lots?
 Lots may be paid for by wire, cheque or cash immediately after the close of each auction and collected from our shop by arrangement the week after the auction.

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