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Holiday cheer! Palette offers 100 wines for 100 kuai

- By Jim Boyce Good holiday fun last weekend in Beijing as Palette Vino organized a five-hour tasting of more than 100 of its wines… for a mere RMB100 (USD13). Add last month’s Taste of the Nations with 150 wines from Torres China (RMB188 / USD25) and the recent Hilton Food & Wine Experience with over 1,000 […]

Beijing wine notes: coal, exhaust… and is that a hint of asbestos?

- By Jim Boyce  Like a mysterious fog slowly drifting in from the Grand Banks… like a heavy morning haze that like an unwanted guest forgets to leave for three days… like baby mice playing in cotton balls… I’m trying to find a way to describe Beijing’s record-breaking air pollution for this year, which hit 421 […]

All I want for Christmas is… a sommelier

- By Jim Boyce  According to the The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan has created the first “robot sommelier.” This might make for a stocking stuffer… if you like wine… and you’re rich… and your feet are big. “The 40-centimeter-tall robot can determine the type of wine, and varieties of ingredient grapes, by holding a sensor built into […]

Chinese wine, vintage 393 BC

- By Jim Boyce The China Daily reports that 2400-year-old wine has been discovered in Shaanxi province. “Local archaeologists said they unearthed a sealed bronze pot containing 2 kg of red liquid during an excavation of an ancient tomb built in the Warring States Period (475 BC – 221 BC),” states the paper. “Wafts of the ancient […]

Holiday warm-up: 100 wines for 100 kuai, and more

Here are a few wine tastings over the next few days to get you warmed up for Christmas: December 22 Let the holiday spirit pour forth as Palette Wines holds a tasting of more than 100 wines for 100 kuai. The Christmas Wine Bazaar is Saturday, 2 PM to 7 PM, on the second floor […]

Pruning in Beijing: The battle against cold

- By Alain Leroux  One of the big challenges of making wine in Beijing is pruning the vines. Due to the warmer weather this year, we began pruning at Taillan one month later than usual, starting on November 7 and finishing on November 29. We plant our vines in depressions. This allows for irrigation and […]

Launched: Greater China Sherry Association

- By Jim Boyce and Campbell Thompson The Greater China Sherry Wine Association held its inaugural Beijing event one month ago. A dozen Beijing-based wine writers, distributors and academics attended a wine dinner at Aria hosted by Cesar Saldana, president of Jerez-Xeres-Sherry DO, and John Isacs of Enjoy Gourmet, who is a certified Sherry educator and […]

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