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Go East: China Wine Tours to start in March

By Jim Boyce China Wine Tours will bring its first official group to the Middle Kingdom this March for a 13-day itinerary that takes in wineries and cultural and historic sites. Last Sunday, I met Marc Curtis of China Wine Tours in Beijing and talked to him about the project. What’s the concept behind China […]

Tasting time: Beijing

- By Jim Boyce Note: It’s always best to double-check the details with the event organizers.  November 28, 7 PM, Loong Bar – JW Marriott (RMB150) Taittinger Champagne tasting, by Torres, with guest Clovis Taittinger; RSVP with Sophie Sun (5165-519, x208 / November 29, 7 PM, Aria Restaurant – China World Hotel (RMB888) Sacred Hill wine […]

Tasting time: Shanghai

- By Peter Wright November 29-December 1, Shanghai Exhibition Centre Italian wine exhibition, hosted by the Institute of Fine Italian Wine. The institute will hold a tasting at Otto Restaurant and Bar, December 1 (see for more info). December 1, Otto, 7-9 PM (RMB1008) Mumm Champagneand truffle dinner (bookings via December 1, 7.30 […]

How can I sell my wines in China? Part 1

- By Dan Siebers This is part 1 of 5. Many people wonder, “How can I sell my wines in China?” They’ve heard so much about the booming China market and don’t want to be left behind. But the questions they should ask are, “Should I sell my wines in China?” or “When should I […]

Another wine and Sprite joke? Put a cork in it

- By Jim Boyce  Question: Is it true that people in China mix wine with Sprite? Answer: Yes. I have witnessed hundreds of people indulge in this practice that raises the wrath of the wine-loving world. Ironically, most imbibers are foreigners and the smoking gun, so to speak, is none other than… the Champagne cocktail. […]

Soaked in Shanxi: Non-vintage weather means challenges

- By Judy Leissner This year was a tough one for the grapes in Shanxi province, home of Grace Vineyard. Things started very well – in June and July everything was perfect, everyone was excited and we thought we would have an excellent vintage. But in September we had 15 days of rain, making it […]

An unhealthy marriage: The gap between grape growers and wine consumption

- By Huiqin Ma A French filmmaker made a documentary about the Sino-French Demonstration Farm just outside of Beijing. He showed how wines were taken to the farmers after the harvest so they and the winery staff could taste them together. The scenes were very warming. However, I cannot help but wonder whether, except for […]

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