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Greater Kaohsiung to host Concours Mondial de Bruxelles next year
世界烈酒大賽 高雄明年主辦

A waiter pours wine during a tasting at a vineyard near Santiago, Chile on March 20.
一位服務員三月二十日在智利聖地牙哥附近的葡萄園的評酒活動倒一杯葡萄酒。
(Warning: Excessive consumption of alcohol can damage your health. 飲酒過量有害健康)

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During the wee hours of the morning on May 6 Taiwan time, the director of Concours Mondial de Bruxelles — one of the world’s largest wine and spirit tasting competitions – announced that Greater Kaohsiung will host the competition in 2013, the first time it is to be held outside of Europe.

Tsai Fu-chin, director of Greater Kaohsiung’s Agriculture Bureau, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology’s (NPUST) College of Agriculture President Wu Ming-chang and professor Lai Yi-ling, and National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism’s (NKUHT) professor Chen Chien-hao all traveled together to the District of Porto in Portugal to contend with more than 20 nations to win the right to host the Concours Mondial next year. Their success makes this the first time the competition is to be held in Asia.

Tsai says the Concours Mondial is the most important wine tasting competition in the world and that it attracts nearly 10,000 product entries every year. The Agriculture Bureau says the reason Kaohsiung stands out among the others is because much of the city’s agricultural produce, such as “jade purse” lychees, “golden jewel” pineapples, honey, and green plums, has gradually gained international notoriety.

Chen, who will serve as the head juror at next year’s Concours Mondial, says the competition that began in Brussels 19 years ago had as many as 8,300 product entries this year, making for an extraordinarily grand occasion.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

台灣時間六日深夜,布魯塞爾世界酒類競賽大會主席宣布︰台灣高雄市為二○一三年世界烈酒大賽主辦城市。布魯塞爾世界酒類競賽是全世界最大的評酒大賽之一,且明年為第一次在歐洲外舉辦。

為爭取烈酒大賽主辦權,高市府由農業局長蔡復進領軍,協同屏東科技大學農學院院長吳明昌、教授賴宜鈴、高雄餐旅大學教授陳千浩等人前往葡萄牙奧波多,與廿多個國家角逐明年主辦權,順利爭取到首次在亞洲舉辦的世界烈酒大賽主辦權。

蔡復進表示,布魯塞爾世界酒類競賽是國際最具權威的評酒大賽,每年吸引近萬款各國的酒品參賽。農業局表示,高雄市脫穎而出,主要是高雄玉荷包荔枝、金鑽鳳梨、蜂蜜、青梅等農產已逐步具國際知名度。

高雄餐旅大學教授、也是烈酒大賽的評審裁判長陳千浩表示,世界酒類競賽起源於比利時布魯塞爾,已經有十九年的歷史,今年有來自世界各地的酒品高達八千三百款參賽,盛況空前。

(自由時報記者蔡清華)

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