The Berlin Tasting Anniversary Celebrations in Asia had a Grand Finale in Hong Kong

A high point of the evening was the presentation of the Berlin Tasting Anniversary Book.

May 22nd, 2014

(7th March, 2014).-The first phase of the world-tour launched this year to celebrate ten years of The Berlin Tasting had a grand finale this evening, with a Black-Tie Gala Dinner in Hong Kong, co-hosted by Mr. Eduardo Chadwick, President of Viña Errázuriz and Viña Seña, accompanied by English wine-legend, Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor to Decanter Magazine and Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards, and Jeannie Cho Lee, first Asian Master of Wine.

A high point of the evening carried out at the Island Shangri-La Hotel, was the presentation of the commemorative Berlin Tasting Anniversary Book, a specially edited volume that tells the story of this blind tasting initiative that toured over 15 nations during the last decade and established Chile’s place amongst the world’s greatest appellations, with pictures and testimonials, in a beautiful luxury format. This gift-book was handed to every attendee as a memento of this milestone, which all three hosts were happy to autograph and dedicate when finalizing the event.   

Around 80 key Asian opinion leaders, wine writers, sommeliers and fine wine buyers enjoyed this special 4-course dinner, paired with different vintages of the wines that participated in legendary Berlin Tastings around the world, including La Cumbre 2001, KAI 2006, Seña 1995 and 2011, Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 1989 and 2011, and Viñedo Chadwick 2000, the wine that was elected in the first place of the panelists’ preferences at the original Berlin Tasting of 2004 and thus established that event as a milestone in the history of Chilean wine.

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  • I don’t think he was expecting at all to do as well as he did, but I think having done it, it was an educational experience further than he had planned, because instead of just educating the 40 or 50 people in the room, he educated the entire world.

    Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor to Decanter & Chairman of Decanter World Wine Awards, United Kingdom, October 2013
  • When Eduardo and I first discussed the concept of this blind tasting format, I told him to brace himself for disappointment, especially given the popularity of Bordeaux reds in this part of the world. I was completely wrong in my warning and I am truly surprised by the results…

    Jeannie Cho Lee MW, First Asian Master of Wine, Contributing Editor Decanter Asia, Co-Chair of DAWA, Author, Wine Consultant & Educator, November 2011
  • Until that point only Eduardo knew what he had in his hands. Today the whole world knows… By reaching indisputable recognition in the world wine scene, Eduardo Chadwick’s wines have clearly demonstrated Chile’s tremendous vitivinicultural potential and have helped Chilean wines earn greater space and credibility in the international market.

    Jorge Lucki, Brazilian Wine Journalist and Columnist for Valor Econômico de Sao Paulo, October 2013
  • These tastings definitely have had an impact on how many influential members of the American wine trade view Chile today. So I see them as invaluable to promoting Chile’s well- deserved image as a source for world-class wine that can sit alongside the best that the rest of the world has to offer.

    Josh Raynolds, Wine Critic to Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, USA, December 2013
  • One enterprising Chilean wine producer, Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errázuriz, has managed to organise a similar evolutionary milestone for the Chilean wine industry—or at least of his own wines… at what will doubtless come to be known in the history of Chilean wine as the “Berlin Tasting”

    Jancis Robinson MW, “Chilean Wine Grows Up” Financial Times UK, ft Weekend Magazine, February 14, 2004