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Les Millesimes: A three-story wine club in the heart of Beijing

By Jim Boyce On Tuesday night, The Wine Republic’s Campbell Thompson and I visited Jianwai Soho’s three-floor Les Millesimes, a wine club that includes a “cellar”, two restaurants, a cigar lounge, wine displays galore, and 17 themed-private rooms that range in size up to more than 200 square meters. This place is big. If it […]

Posts coming: Meantime, a movie clip on the Saskatoon berry-gooseberry debate

By Jim Boyce The posting has been light this week, but I’ll soon have write-ups on three visits in and around Beijing – to winery Chateau Bolongbao, to the Crown Worldwide wine cellar that will open on April 10 and to a new three-floor wine club called Les Millesimes. Until we return to our regularly […]

Grape press: China wine news from around the Web

By Jim Boyce Here are a few tastes of recent online items about the China wine scene. ‘Millions of Chinese will be disappointed’ In her Financial Times column, Jancis Robinson writes about her recent trip to China. Since her last visit in 2003, Chinese wines have not made the progress she had hoped: On my […]

Job wanted: Australia-based wine maker seeks China position

A reader recently contacted Grape Wall about working in China. Here are the details: An Australia-based wine maker is planning to move to China and is looking to work in the local wine industry. He is open to opportunities that range from consulting on the late-harvest period to working in distribution, and has interest in […]

Wet your whistle: Upcoming Beijing wine events

By Jim Boyce Upcoming Beijing wine events March 20, 7 PM, Jasmine, RMB518 Chateau Gigognan wine dinner, with sales director Frederic Bayle, by East Meets West; RSVP with Wendy at East Meets West (6445-5797) or Jasmine (6553-8608) March 20, 7 PM, Grill Restaurant (Radisson SAS), RMB588 Kendall-Jackson wine dinner, with Asia-Pacific Regional Director Jack Cook, […]

Pinot smackdown: Sequoia holds first in a series of tastings

By Jim Boyce Last Friday night’s wine tasting at Sequoia Café focused on Pinot Noir, with four choices from Torres China. Sequoia’s Frank Siegel plans to organize Pinot tastings with other distributors, thus giving customers an idea of what’s available in the market. As with other blind tastings at Sequoia, customers received a poker chip […]

Update: reports on Customs investigation of wine importers

By Jim Boyce A March 18 story reports that ASC Fine Wines has denied it faces a major fine and deportation of company directors due to under-declaration of duties. Decanter cites a post on, in which Simon Tam, the International Wine Centre director in Shanghai and Hong Kong, stated ASC is “is looking […]

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