SIX DOMESTIC WINES SERVED IN S. KOREAN PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION DINNER
By Susan Lewis
Source: Doranwon Winery
Six domestic wines have been chosen to be served in the inauguration dinner for the newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol held today, despite that popularity of imported wines is growing fast in South Korea.
According to the presidential inauguration preparation team, the chosen local wines are all award-winning and are selected to introduce the tastes of South Korea to foreign guests. These wines are made from grapes as well as other fruits and ingredients.
One of the chosen six is "Chateau Miso Sweet Rose", this wine is produced by local winery Doranwon in Yeongdong County, which grows Campbell grapes.
The wine has a rose pink colour and aromas of strawberry, rose, cherry and peach and has received several prizes from the Korean Sool (K-Sool) Awards, an annual competition jointly organised by the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture and the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation.
Also on the wine list is "Red Pearl" from Muju in South Korea's mountainous north, this wine is made from an indigenous wild black variety offering a deep-coloured and fragrant red wine.
The inauguration dinner was attended by domestic and foreign guests including high-ranking government officials, foreign delegations and CEOs from major corporations.
Among the foreign guests are Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, Japanese foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, and Doug Emhoff, the husband of US Vice President Kamala Harris, have attended.
The other four wines picked are rather unconventional, using locally grown ingredients other than wine grapes, they are selected to show the different varieties of South Korean made alcoholic beverages to the guests.
They include a sparkling wine made from apples, a nectar wine fermented from honey, a rice wine brewed from rice and tangerine and a fruit wine brewed from kiwis.
All the six chosen wines are officially recognised traditional liquors slated to be promoted by government-backed marketing efforts.
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