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

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 […]

‘Global Wine Extravaganza’ – 100 wines for 150 kuai

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: […]

Tasting time: Beijing

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 […]

Wine Word – Robert Parker in Beijing

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 […]

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

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 […]

Red versus white: The grape grapple in China

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, […]

Tasting time: Beijing

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 […]

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