Launched in 2007, Grape Wall of China covers everything from trade news to consumer tastings to winery visits. Sign up for the free newsletter here, follow on Facebook here and Twitter here, or get in touch with the administrator, Jim Boyce, at grapewallofchina (at) gmail. … Continue reading →
By Jim Boyce | Wine diversity is spreading in China, especially in 'tier 1' cities like Beijing and Shanghai. And while the number of connoisseurs might pale compared to those buying mass market and status-oriented brands, they do represent a bright spot in a wine scene where both local production … Continue reading →
Iconic Bordeaux producer DBR Lafite finally announced the name of its Shandong-based winery, a decade after the project began. I wrote this piece for Wine Searcher about what Lafite and that winery mean for China. Here are a few points about the name that didn't make the cut.
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By Jim Boyce | Ten years after it started. Lafite finally named its project in Shandong: Long Dai. The wines are slated to go on sale in September and be delivered in November. I wrote about the name—pronounced as Long Die—here. And a much longer piece for Wine Searcher here.
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By Jim Boyce | Richard Li has joined the boutique wineries Domaine Franco-Chinois and Canaan in Hebei province as president after a 17-year stint with ASC Fine Wines. Li joined ASC in 2002 when it was run by co-founders Don St Pierre Sr and Don St Pierre Jr, and stayed on board after Suntory … Continue reading →
Shanghai-based Simon Su has imported Santa Barbara brands Dierberg and Star Lane for nearly a decade—and has a lot to say about the three Chinese tariffs levied on U.S. wines these past 15 months. I included his key points in this Wine Searcher story and posted an extended version of his … Continue reading →