By Jim Boyce
When I visited Hong Kong in November, I went to the fortieth birthday party of Patricio de la Fuente-Saez, head of wine importer and distributor Links Concept. I was supposed to spend the night preparing for a speech the next day but I couldn’t resist the combination of him and a disco theme and wine maker Dave Powell from Torbreck — in town from Australia — since it meant the possibility of enough wild stories to fill this blog for a year.
Unfortunately, de la Fuente-Saez and his fellow party-goers were rather well-behaved, although they took the disco theme to heart in the most big-haired bell bottom-panted way possible, all while shaking their groove things to a band (see photos below). Also of note: the buffet had enough chicken nuggets — with three dipping sauces — to feed the entire city. The only thing missing was John Travolta arriving as Tony Manero.
Anyway, it’s good to see the wine crowd let its hair down — or maybe, in this case, out — and hope we see some of the same here in Beijing this year.
- de la Fuente Saez on 1831 Yâ€™Quem, 1917 shipwreck Champagne, and more
- de la Fuente Saez on expanding wine distribution in China
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