California-Themed Wine Bars To Open Across Asia

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I've mentioned the growing hunger for French wine in Asia but California wine hasn't caught on quite as strongly yet. That could change with the launch of California Vintage, a new chain of California-themed wine bars that will open in Asia starting in the Central neighborhood in Hong Kong in January.

Decanter reports that the backers of the project are 22 California 'partner' wineries and a Hong Kong-based importer. The bar will offer 80 wines by the glass and all wines will come from the partner wineries including Fritz, Hope, Peachy Canyon and Tierra Roja. The wineries are all small, family-owned boutique wineries.

California Vintage plans to open 20 outlets across Asia in the next five years in Hong Kong as well as China, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

By Deidre Woollard | Source ::