OK, so despite having declared myself to be staying away from all the "tapas bar fad" that's taken Hong Kong by storm, this is now my third entry to a Spanish establishment this month… But tonight's venue was not my choice… It was chosen as the venue for this wine dinner by the importer. And it just so happens that for one reason or another, somehow I have never managed to pay a visit to FoFo by el Willy. Tonight I finally got my chance.
The first time I met George Levkoff was at a similar dinner around this time of the year 2 years ago, organized by my friend who imports his wines. George is a really cool dude, and his story is one that many would be envious of, including myself. Here's a guy who left a career in finance - and I know lots of my friends have been pondering this move - and went on to do something that he's passionate about. He knew nothing about winemaking, and dropped everything to start that career in his forties. He didn't care if people laughed in his face, but persisted until he got a job at a winery. That takes real cojones.
It was good to see him again, and I'm glad to see that his business has expanded to about 10 times of its original size. It does amaze me, though, that it's still a one-man show… Other than the grape-picking on harvest days, he literally does everything himself. At least he's man enough to admit to being a control freak…
The evening started with some bubbly on the rooftop. The Anna Spinato Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry was elegant and subtle, with nose of green apple, flint and minerals.