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What is SPIT?

WineSPIT is Hong Kong’s vibrant community of wine professionals, united to advance the city’s wine trade through skills development workshops, welcoming networking events and a robust annual conference, all fostering the exchange of best practices and professional cooperation.



Unique in Hong Kong, WineSPIT fosters the professional development and sharing of best practices in the city’s bustling wine trade. Topics chosen for the conference and workshops address members’ and industry’s feedback. High caliber guest speakers focus on the issues commonly faced by members. It offers an inviting, open-style platform for the exchange of ideas and discussion within the industry.


Membership is restricted to active members of wine-related businesses.  Members will receive access to 6 of the 12 monthly training workshops free of charge, a discounted rate for additional workshops and a member rate for the annual conference. Not a member yet? Click here to join!


Coming Workshops:

Workshop #9: Is Your Pour Up to Standard?, by Yvonne Cheung, Directors of Wine in Swire Hotels

Spin the Bottle

Just like speed dating, the difference between make or break in sales can be flash. So when it comes to wine service and sales, don’t let your lack of lingo or unprofessional pour make a poor first impression.

You may know all the facts and figures behind your wine portfolio to impress prospective buyers, but having a poor pour or getting tongue tied with proper wine language can leave a sour taste in the mouths of your customers. At Wine SPIT’s March workshop “Is Your Pour Up to Standard?” with world-class sommelier Yvonne Cheung, you’ll learn and practise the art of fine service skills and get insider tips on correct language needed to close a sale with a range of different clients. This will give your wine service and sales skills that “spit and polish” they need make a great first impression.

Date: 12 Mar 2015
Reception: 2pm
Workshop: 2:30-4.30pm
Venue: HKMA Wan Chai – Room 402, 4F Pico Tower, 66 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
Non-SPITer: $350
Registration: here

About Yvonne Cheung 
Director or Wine, Swire Hotels

Yvonne cultivated a unique ability to bridge her love of academic studies based in history, language and anthropology, with her passion for the food and beverage industry. This was cemented after earning degrees from both University of California Los Angeles and The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After an additional three years of professional development in California’s
Napa Valley, she chose to dedicate herself to the Hong Kong wine industry as Chef Sommelier for The Upper House in 2010. With the expansion of Swire Hotels’ Restaurant division, she then took on the
position as Director of Wine for the award winning group in 2013.


Workshop #10: How to Taste Like a Master, by Debra Meiburg MW (24 Mar)


Past Workshops:

Workshop #1: Fermentation – Hot Stuff, by Richard Kershaw MW
Workshop #2: Talking up Wine, by MJ Jennings Behaviour Coaching
Workshop #3: Pinot Noir – Is the gap really closing, by Larry McKenna Escarpment Vineyard
Workshop #4: Social Media – What is your story?, by Sheli Bowman
Workshop #5: Languedoc – The next “Classic Wine Area” of France, by Matthew Stubbs MW
Workshop #6: Loire Valley, by Yohann Josselin MS
Workshop #7: Beauty and the Yeast, by Andrew Powley, Enologist
Workshop #8: Negotiation skills – How to keep your friendships, by John Miers Black Isle Group


Founding Members

Altaya Wines ŸŸ–  ASC Fine Wines – Berry Bros. & Rudd – Crown Wine Cellars – Golden Gate Wine – Jebsen Fine Wines – Kedington Wines Kerry Wines –Links Concept – Northeast Wines & Spirits – Ponti Wine Cellars – Summergate – Watson’s WinŸe


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