CITYSCENE

Hong Kong
> Amo Eno

Hong Kong has many “mosts” when it comes to wine: the most robust auction scene, the most highly developed wine storage facilities; the most wine stores per capita. And now it has the most technologically savvy wine bar in the world. Andrew Bradbury, who developed the first touchscreen e-list when he was at Aureole Las Vegas in 2001, launched Amo Emo this winter with his wife, design maven Brook Bradbury. The sleek, glassy space in the IFC Mall has echoes of Clo, the diminuitive, freestanding wine bar he installed in New York City’s Time Warner Center. That was, in fact, a prototype designed for crowded Asian cities. This one also features walls lined with wine (and gorgeous wine accoutrements, a reason in themselves for a visit), and a wine list beamed right onto the table. In addition to being able to scroll through the wine list with a flick of the finger, tapping particular wines for tasting notes and backstories, diners can also record their own notes and post them to Facebook or Twitter. But you don’t have to get lost in the technology: Order some food off the wine-obsessed menu (smoked duck breast sandwiches with PX-infused relish; penne with sangiovese Bolognese) and let the servers drive: With choices ranging from Haut-Médoc to Uruguayan tannat, the whole point is to find something new.
—Tara Q. Thomas

Amo Eno, 3rd floor, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View St., Central, Hong Kong; 852.2954.9922; , amoeno.com (reviewed W&S, 04/12)


> California Vintage

Tucked in among the nightclubs on Wyndham Street in Hong Kong’s bustling Central district, there’s an unusual sight: a wine bar, with communal tables basking in the glow of wines lined up along the walls in a preservation and dispensing system. Even stranger, all the bottles hail from California, matched to dishes like Baja fish tacos and flatbread pizzas topped with Laura Chenel goat cheese and Fra’Mani sausage. Opened last year, California Vintage was the idea of Michael Sadak, who took chains like Gold’s Gym and Black Angus Restaurant into Asia with his company, BrandAmerica; he’s executed CV with the help of a raft of advisors plus 22 wineries that have invested in the concept. All are family-owned, ranging from well-known names like Peachy Canyon and Trefethen to others whose wines rarely leave the state, such as Acorn, Cass, Chentella, Kachina and Stoney Ridge. IPads are handy for the shy or tech-obsessed; more fun is talking to GM Shin Chan, who’s studying for his MS. Although CV is designed to become an Asia-wide chain, it’s far too quirky to feel like one. Rather, it’s warm and comfortable, with a terrific view out on a busy HK street. —Tara Q. Thomas

California Vintage, 77 Wyndham St., Central, Hong Kong; 2525.9808, cvwinebar.com (reviewed W&S, 02/12)