The buzz: Feeding Hong Kong’s unshakable obsession with fine wines and champagne, Altaya Group has opened Champagne Etc on Lyndhurst Terrace, a shop that offers an ample selection of the drink for which it’s named. Novice and well-versed bubbly-lovers alike will find a haven here amidst Central’s many clubs and pubs.
The goods: Instead of being a one-stop shop for all liquor or an oenophile’s department store, Champagne etc focuses on doing one thing well—champagne, naturally. Here, you’ll find only the best from the eponymous Champagne region in France, as well as sparkling wines produced in the traditional champagnoise method. There are educated staff on hand to guide you through your selections, and events and tastings will be held year-round.
The décor: Besides having quality tipple to choose from, everything’s housed in a swanky, modern venue with little heed paid to fuss and frippery—instead, the focus is squarely on making your wine-shopping experience easier. Following in the footsteps of high-tech vino venues like California Vintage and Amo Eno, Champagne etc and its sister Bordeaux etc (in Causeway Bay’s Leighton Centre) have comprehensive menus readily available on tablet devices so that you can make well-informed choices when buying your next bottle.
By Leanne Mirandilla