February 2008

Hong Kong abolishes wine taxes: let the savings begin!

February 29, 2008 // 1 Comment

By Jim Boyce  As mentioned yesterday, Hong Kong has abolished its wines taxes in an effort to make the place even more important as a wine trading hub. China Briefing blog reports that the savings will be substantial: As the duty on alcohol is paid on the wholesale cost of wine, Jeanette Paterson, general manager at Watson’s Wine Asia, Hong Kong’s largest wine supplier, said consumers would actually pay around 22 percent less in shops and bars. Retailers in Hong Kong are already reacting, as the poster below shows (thanks to Campbell Thompson for passing it on). He received in […]

More bottle for your buck: Value vino in Shanghai

February 29, 2008 // 1 Comment

– By Peter Wright As a big wine drinker, it is pleasing to see an increasing number of Shanghai bars, restaurants, retailers and wholesalers hold wine tastings and wine promos or offer value-for-money wines by the glass. Winopete’s Shanghai picks for value are: 1. Sasha’s (corner of Hengshan and Dongping Roads, in the French Concession area) holds a wine buffet every Friday, when it’s an all-you-can drink deal from a selection of about a dozen wines from 5.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. for just RMB148. A lot of the wines are drinkable lower-end labels, with one or two nasty Nelly’s, […]

Hong Kong abolishes wine taxes: the impact on China?

February 28, 2008 // 2 Comments

By Jim Boyce Hong Kong has abolished its wine (and beer) taxes and this will likely impact distributors and consumers in the rest of China. An excerpt from a Bloomberg article: Hong Kong’s government abolished taxes on wine and beer after posting a record surplus, boosting efforts to turn the city into a wine-trading hub. The tariffs will be abolished immediately, costing the city government HK$560 million ($72 million) in annual tax revenue, Financial Secretary John Tsang said today in his budget speech. Sales by Hong Kong’s “wine-trading and distribution businesses” may rise as much as HK$4 billion due to […]

Selling wine in China: Interview – Ethan Perk of Jebsen Fine Wines

February 28, 2008 // 1 Comment

By Jim Boyce Ethan Perk, deputy general manager of Jebsen Fine Wines [Note: Perk is now GM for North China for ASC Fine Wines — Ed, July, 2012], has been in China’s wine sector for six years. I asked him about the wine scene in different regions of China, reaching local consumers, trends in wine consumption, and more. Jebsen Fine Wines’ Ethan Perk How does the China wine market differ now as compared to when you arrived? There is actually a business now. Seriously, for many years, just a few distributors were chasing the same limited pool of customers. But […]

The Shangri-la series: Yunnan Red Wine Company Wine Maker Zhang Ning

February 27, 2008 // 1 Comment

By Jim Boyce In December, I tagged along on a research trip by Ma Huiqin of China Agricultural University and visited Yunnan Red Wine Company This interview with wine maker Zhang Ning focuses on the hybrid grape French Wild and is the third in a series of posts about an area some call Shangri-La. Checking out the grapes (J. Boyce) Boyce: Tell us about the French Wild (France Ye) grapes you have been experimenting with and selling in small batches?Zhang (translated by Ma Huiqin): Growing French Wild is like gambling. When the fruit is 90-percent ripe, we must decide whether […]

Yet another 100 wines for 100 kuai event: Southern-hemisphere style

February 26, 2008 // 2 Comments

– By Jim Boyce Three men, one hundred wines (Photos: GELIPU) Beijing enjoyed yet another “100 wines for 100RMB” (USD14) event as GELIPU and Winelink teamed up to present Australian and South African wines last Saturday at Tim’s Texas Roadhouse. Save for occasional rinsing water shortages and a few shaky pours that ended up on hands instead of in glasses, the staff did a decent job. Kudos to the organizers for placing A4-sized printouts in front of many bottles to indicate the producer, vintage, varietal and price, thus saving much squinting. Based on the lively chatter throughout the night, most […]

The Shangri-la series: Yunnan Red Wine Company GM Shan Shumin

February 25, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce In December, I tagged along on a research trip by Ma Huiqin, of China Agricultural University, and visited Yunnan Red Wine Company This interview with Shan Shumin, the company’s GM, is second in a series of posts about an area some call Shangri-La. The land of hybrid grapes. Boyce: What are the biggest challenges of growing grapes in this region? Shan (translated by Ma Huiqin): At this stage, it’s the range of grapes, as we only grow two main types – Crystal and Rose Honey. We feel that we don’t have the option of growing “noble varieties”, […]

The Shangri-la series: Yunnan Red Wine Company CEO Wu Kegang

February 22, 2008 // 1 Comment

By Jim Boyce In December, I tagged along on a research trip by Ma Huiqin, of China Agricultural University, and visited Yunnan Red Wine Company This post about Wu Kegang, the company’s CEO, is the first in a series about an area some call Shangri-La. Yunnan Red Wine Company CEO Wu Kegang (J. Boyce) Bamboo, goldfish and peacocks, a tranquil pool and a sedate forest, a wine cellar and a spacious sun room, a wood-burning fireplace – these all made the mansion of Wu Kegang, CEO of Yunnan Red Wine, a relaxing spot to enjoy wine and talk about his […]

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