October 2007

New cellar dweller at TRIO

October 25, 2007 // 0 Comments

TRIO opened in May of 2006 and included: a reincarnation of Beijing’s oldest non-hotel bar, Frank’s Place, at ground level; a seventy-seat New York grill and piano bar, Park Grill, up top; and the high-end wine-centric The Cellar in, no [...]

Grape finds: Lufthansa Centre

October 18, 2007 // 0 Comments

I popped into the basement supermarket of the Lufthansa Center in Beijing and found a bonanza of booze. In addition to solid imported wine, vodka, gin, sake and whisky selections, the latter including the rarely found (in Beijing) Woodford Reserve [...]

Variety is the wine of life

October 10, 2007 // 0 Comments

A heads up for those in Beijing and looking for some wine education. Fongyee Walker and Edward Ragg will hold their second seminar on varietals tonight at the Park Plaza Grand Salon — tasting starts at 7 PM, followed by buffet dinner. These [...]

A bunch of changes at Grapewallofchina

October 9, 2007 // 0 Comments

Just a heads up to readers to expect some changes to this blog in the next month or so. Rather than having one writer (that would be me), grapewallofchina will soon have ten people in the wine industry – whether as makers, distributors, [...]

Taste test: Bolongbao and Le Champs D’or

October 8, 2007 // 0 Comments

Last Friday’s wine tasting at Sequoia Cafe here in Beijing was a bring-your-own-bottle affair. In addition to assorted bottles from France, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, there were two from China. Here are some notes: Le Champs [...]