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Tasting time: Beijing

By Jim Boyce Upcoming Beijing wine-related events Friday, May 2, 6:30 PM, Sequoia Cafe (Sanlitun), RMB 100 Sparkling wine tasting; RSVP with Frank at 13701-178-073. Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 PM, SALT (RMB488) Altano Reserva wine tasting, with oenologist Jorge Nunes and a degustation menu, by Torres China; RSVP with Sophie at 5165-5519, x208 or […]

China winery visit: Bordeaux-style Chateau Bolongbao

By Jim Boyce I joined Marc Curtis of China Wine Tours on March 24 for a visit to Chateau Bolongbao, just outside of Beijing. Curtis will bring his first tour group from the United States to China in October, with the planned itinerary including Beijing, Xian, Shanxi, Xinjiang, and Shanghai. Here are some photos from […]

Beijing Metro: The ‘wine humidor’

By Jim Boyce If you hear the words “wine humidor” and think of oak barrel displays, wooden shelves, and row upon row of top-end wine, you might be a tad disappointed by the Metro hypermarket on Beijing’s outskirts. This is a storage facility, plain and simple, with fluorescent lights, fabricated steel shelving, and a warehouse […]

Wine on The Wall: Robert Parker comes to China

By Jim Boyce Wine writer Robert Parker makes his first trip to China next month and the price tag for the two dinners that ASC Fine Wines is organizing for him is nothing to sniff at: RMB15888 (USD2270) per head. The Beijing dinner will be held on May 24 the Great Wall and catered by […]

Wine education in China – campus edition

By Huiqin Ma Campbell Thompson of The Wine Republic was a recent guest lecturer in my Wine Culture and Appreciation course at China Agricultural University, on the outskirts of Beijing near the Summer Palace. He presented on China’s wine market to about 120 students from universities throughout the city. None of the students are in […]

Tasting time: Beijing

By Jim Boyce Upcoming Beijing wine-related events Tuesday, April 22, 7 PM, Barolo (Ritz-Carlton Beijing), RMB488+15% Giovanni Rosso wine dinner, with wine maker David Rosso; by East Meets West; RSVP with 6445-5797 (EMW), 5908-8151 (Ritz-Carlton) Thursday, April 24, 7:30 PM, Cafe Europa, RMB180 Yering Station tasting with 4 wine-food pairings; by The Wine Republic; RSVP […]

Tim Hanni: Hate Sauvignon Blanc? Try blaming your childhood

By Jim Boyce “If you hated mowing the grass as a youth, you might just hate Sauvignon Blanc.” “There is so much stress on luxury goods that we would rather people not drink wine if it’s the ‘wrong’ brand.” “Imagine you are trying to sell shoes and you don’t realize people have differently sized feet. […]

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