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Taiwan wine wins gold medal at Paris competition

2019/03/07 22:58:29

Chen Chien-hao (陳千浩, right) / Photo courtesy of Chen Chien-hao (陳千浩)

Paris, March 7 (CNA) A Taiwan-produced wine won a gold medal Wednesday at an international wine tasting competition in Paris that featured over 3,000 wines from more than 40 countries.

The Vino Formosa Rosso, produced by Taichung's Shu-Sheng Leisure Domaine (SSLD), received the medal at the Vinalies Internationales Competition, held March 1-5 with the scores announced Wednesday.

A total of 3,340 wines from 45 countries competed in the event.

The award was accepted by Chen Chien-hao (陳千浩), a professor at National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism's Department of Food & Beverage Management, on behalf of SSLD.

Chen has collaborated with SSLD owner Hung Chi-pei (洪吉倍) on refining wine making techniques for 14 years.

It is because of the hard work by Hung and his family that the Vino Formosa Rosso won a gold medal, Chen said, adding that it also proves that Taiwan can produce world-class wines using grapes grown in the country.

The Vino Formosa Rosso is produced with dark, black and deep colored Black Queen grapes which are famous in Japan. The grape is resistant to high heat and humidity, making it suitable for planting in Taiwan's climate.

During the five-day competition, approximately 130 experts from around the world tasted samples of each wine and gave them a score, with gold and silver medals awarded to those that received between 82 and the maximum of 100.

(By Tzeng Yi-shiuan and William Yen)