Bernice Cheng

Founder of Cross Border Wines

Bernice heads Asia Pacific for Domain H. William Harlan, she manages all distribution and trade relationships for the wine business comprising Harlan Estate, BOND and The Mascot. Prior to this role, Bernice was the founder of Cross Border Wines which focuses on the education and celebration of wines, spirits and food. Since its inception she had curated food and wine pairings for private gatherings to board dinners; provided wine education to businesses, students and wine lovers. She had also advised investors and businesses in legal and operational matters relating to the wine business. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Bernice is a Stage 2 Masters of Wine student, and a wine judge for various international wine competitions including the IWC and IWSC. She was a WSET Level 4 Diploma holder awarded with a scholarship by Concha y Toro. As captain of her team they took 1st place in the 2016 Hong Kong International Top Tasters Competition. Other wine certifications include Certified Sommelier – Court of Master Sommeliers, French Wine Scholar (Highest Hons.), Italian Wine Ambassador and Barossa Master Educator.


What my previous clients have to say

I always found myself leaning in so I would not miss a word of her measured yet unpredictable responses. It is evident that her global connections and a broad spectrum of experiences uniquely inform her solutions. She has the ability to embrace the big picture and still provide polished details.

Linda Pal Chauncey

Director of Education, MPA, Ste Michelle Wine Estates

I met Bernice through my wine studies and have since worked with her in my family business. She executes any tasks at hand with the most diligence and meticulous professionalism.
Elias López Montero

Technical Director, Bodegas Verum, Altosa Named one of the top ten winemakers in Spain, Decanter

I have known Bernice for more than 10 years both professionally and personally. On the business side, she is not only approachable and patient with her clients, but also commercial savvy.
Annie Wu

Senior Corporate Partner, JT & N, one of “China’s Top 15 M&A lawyers” from Asian Legal Business in 2019

The acumen, experience, and ethos of a sharp corporate lawyer and the astuteness of an independent wine expert come together in Bernice. I am personally grateful to her for her stellar legal work related to a capital raise by our company in Hong Kong.
Mihalis Boutaris

Vice-President, Kir-Yianni

Bernice is an intelligent, professional and personable Head of Legal at Starbucks Asia Pacific. She was extremely proactive and responsive taking the timer I fully understand the business goals, strategy and positioning. READ MORE

Caroline Wong

Director, Strategic Communications, Lane Crawford Group
Ex- Head of Communications, Starbucks Asia Pacific

I was delighted and lucky enough to have been invited to one of Bernice’s wine appreciation events in Beijing. The venue and ambience were perfect, with flexibility to engage as much or little as one would like in both learning about wine/wine pairing as well as networking.
Ella Wong

SVP & General Counsel, NBA China

Wine Education

Whether it is for an individual, group of friends or a business, I am happy to customise a method of learning most suitable for you to achieve your desired objective.

Wine Dinner

The difference between a good and memorable wine dinner is the result of meticulous planning, extensive preparation & attention to details…

Wine Events

Like a beautiful piece of music or work of art, wine has the ability to connect hearts and minds…

Wine Related Businesses

Whether its the more administrative aspect of the business or for invesment purposes, I can help you get it right!


Certified as a Barossa Master Educator

Super excited I am now certified as a Barossa Master Educator who can teach Level 1 and Level 2 of Barossa Wine School! Thank you for the outstanding hospitality and informative program put together by the Barossa Grape & Wine Association in the certification process...

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Charity auction exclusive paired wine dinner

Sharing scrumptious food and delightful wines with like minded people is a real joy in life, to do so in aid of a worthy cause is a true blessing. I am so grateful my wine expertise gives me the platform to do good and lend a helping hand to those in need. This time,...

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Wine Tasting – Unique Perspectives from Verum and Ulterior

Difficult weather is a hazard in the wine industry, it turns out this is not limited to wine production but also for wine dinners! Despite hoisting of typhoon #8 and black rainstorm signal in Hong Kong, it did not dampen the enthusiasm of our 30+ guests to taste some...

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