The Straits Times
Published on Feb 05, 2013

Former Hong Kong politician Tang to auction rare wine collection


HONG KONG (AFP) - A former Hong Kong politician said on Tuesday he will sell part of his multi-million dollar wine collection, after the discovery of an illegal cellar was partly blamed for his loss in last year's leadership race.

The southern Chinese city's former number two Henry Tang was set for the chief executive spot in 2012 until a series of gaffes, including the discovery of the unauthorised basement containing a wine cellar at his luxury home, made him deeply unpopular.

Tang, well-known as a wine connoisseur, abolished duties on wine imports to Hong Kong in 2008, helping to turn the city into a regional wine centre.

Now the 60-year-old has decided to sell thousands of bottles of his Burgundy.