May 2008

Acker et al auction in Hong Kong: Got a few million to spare?

May 30, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce If you enjoy wine and have some spare change, you might want to head to Hong Kong tomorrow for the first Asian auction held by American firm Acker Merrall & Condit (Asia). Says the company in its sizable catalog, “we expect a tremendous turnout for what will be the largest wine auction in the history of Asia, 922 lots and potentially $50 million Hong Kong dollars!” I enjoyed flipping through the 248-page, A4-sized tome – though I still hear echoes of its carbon footprint – and reading about everything from an imperial of Chateau d’Yquem (USD3500-4500) to […]

‘Global Wine Extravaganza’ – 100 wines for 150 kuai

May 29, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce I wrote it before and I will write it again: consumers in Beijing enjoy amazing value when it comes to wine tasting. One recent trend is that of wine distributors offering up good chunk of their portfolios for tasting at minimal cost. Over the past seven months, the city’s imbibers have enjoyed: Torres China‘s Taste of Nations, with more than 150 wines (RMB188 / USD27) Palette Vino‘s late 2007 and early 2008 tastings of more than 100 wines (RMB100 / USD14) GELIPU‘s and Winelink‘s tasting of more than 100 wines from Australia and South Africa respectively (RMB […]

Tasting time: Beijing

May 28, 2008 // 0 Comments

Upcoming Beijing wine-related events Tuesday, May 27-Thursday, May 29, 9:30 AM-6:30 PM, Hong Kong Exhibition Center Vinexpo Asia-Pacific, international wine and spirits exhibitions for trade professionals. Friday, May 30, 7-8:30 PM, Bento & Berries (Kerry Centre Hotel), free Deutz Champagne tasting, by Top Cellar; RSVP with Cedric at marketing@topcellar.com.cn / 13439-467-514. Friday, May 30, 6:30 PM, Sequoia Cafe (Sanlitun), RMB 100 Rose tasting, with 5 wines; RSVP with Frank at 13701-178-073. Sunday, June 1, 5:30 PM, Pinnacle Plaza (Shunyi), RMB200 Maison Albert Bichot tasting, with Sommelier Delphine De la Fouchardie; by Palette Wines; RSVP with Dazz Ma at 8046-4461 / […]

Wine Word – Robert Parker in Beijing

May 27, 2008 // 5 Comments

By Jim Boyce Parker makes for a memorable Monday morning (photo: ASC) Making his first visit to mainland China, critic Robert Parker led 50 people on a “trade tasting” of eight wines in Beijing on Monday at ASC, the distribution company that organized his trip to Shanghai and the capital. Parker says he looks for wines that are “pure” and “respect the integrity“ of the grapes from which they are made. “You take one sip, one smell, and it pulls you back like a magnet.” Maybe it was Monday morning funk or simply nervousness, but the crowd was quiet despite […]

Peking Parker and the Great Wall of China: The Secret of ‘Big Bob’

May 26, 2008 // 1 Comment

By Jim Boyce \ The Robert Parker Dinner – 8:08 PM, May 24, The Great Wall of China, Beijing Watchtowers lit in gold, walkways lit in silver – the Great Wall shone like an ornate necklace draped over a mountain of wrinkled black velvet. Long-silenced iron cannons pointed at the ghosts of invading hordes, white flags cracked in the cool stiff breeze. The moon hung low, orange as a ripe gourd. As I admired this view from the shadows, I sensed someone nearby. I turned to see Robert Parker, the planet’s most famous wine critic – the man some feel […]

Red versus white: The grape grapple in China

May 26, 2008 // 1 Comment

By Huiqin Ma Chinese consumers buy nearly nine times more red wine than white wine. One common explanation is that the color red denotes good fortune in Chinese culture, thus making wine of that color more popular. I doubt this. After all, Chinese rice wine, Chinese liquor and most Chinese beer are clear or light-colored, and each of these alcohols represent from several to fifty times more market share than grape wine. Instead, I suggest other reasons why white wine lags red in popularity as well as several reasons why this situation should change. Bordeaux: The magical word “Entry level-Bordeaux” […]

Tasting time: Beijing

May 22, 2008 // 0 Comments

Note: I have about 30 posts just or nearly finished in the queue, so expect a slew of posts about the Robert Parker visit, recent tastings, developments in China’s wine scene and more over the new few weeks – JB. Upcoming Beijing wine-related events Thursday, May 22, 7 PM, Summer Palace (China World), RMB2008 “Road to Beijing” wine dinner and charity auction, 8 Chinese food-French wine pairings; auction of sports art and memorabilia (part of proceeds to Care for Children); RSVP at 6505-5838. Thursday, May 22, 7 PM, Sheraton Great Wall Hotel (21F), RMB588 Grace Vineyard wine dinner, with Grace […]

Beijing: Tasting time – The Olympics, Parker, Guigal, Leissner, and more

May 15, 2008 // 0 Comments

Upcoming Beijing wine-related events Thursday, May 15, 7:30 PM, Bookworm, RMB180 Australian wine tasting, 6 wines from 3 regions, by The Wine Republic; RSVP at 5869-7050 / events@thewinerepublic.com. (Note: RMB100 of each fee will go to the Red Cross for earthquake relief efforts in Sichuan.) Friday, May 16, 7-8:30 PM, Bento & Berries (Kerry Centre Hotel), free Henry Bourgeois wine tasting, by Top Cellar; RSVP with Cedric at marketing@topcellar.com.cn / 13439-467-514. Friday, May 16, 6:30 PM, Sequoia Cafe (Sanlitun), RMB 100 Languedoc tasting, with 5 red wines; RSVP with Frank at 13701-178-073. Thursday, May 22, 7 PM, Summer Palace (China […]

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