July 2008

Wine Word – Maxim Beijing’s Manager Nicholas Carre

July 24, 2008 // 2 Comments

By Jim Boyce Nicolas Carre is manager of the new Maxim’s (Solana) in Beijing, a trained sommelier, creator and director of local French-language newsletter Ping Pong, and Beijing rep for DCT Wines. Busy guy. I talked to him about trends in the local wine scene, his view on customers and wine, and what will be on the menu at Maxim’s. – What wine trends have you seen in Beijing during your five years here? There are more and more choices for consumers in terms of both New World and Old World wines. With French wines, for example, I am seeing […]

Wine word: Robert Joseph on China wine tourism, blind tastings, and more

July 18, 2008 // 1 Comment

By Jim Boyce Robert Joseph is founder of the International Wine Challenge, author of The Complete Encyclopedia of Wine, editor-at-large for Wine Business International, and a visitor to China since the mid-1980s. I met him in Beijing last Saturday at China World Hotel and asked him about market trends, wine tourism, the pros and cons of blind tastings, and more. (Note: Jebsen Fine Wines hosted Joseph’s visit and arranged for this interview.) – Hong Kong dropped its wine tax in February and held a record-breaking wine auction in May; a Chinese company bought a Bordeaux winery last fall; China’s wine […]

Friday food fight: Beijing duck

July 11, 2008 // 5 Comments

By Jim Boyce If nothing else, food and wine pairing makes for fun research. To this end, I will post a photo of a Chinese dish every week in the hope that readers will suggest a wine pairing (or two). Last week’s candidate: that tourist-friendly treat scorpions on a stick. The wine recommendations: a French red (Rhone Valley Costieres de Nimes), an Italian Pinot Grigio or Pinot Bianco, and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This week we’ll go with something a lit less exotic and a lot more popular: Beijing duck. Don’t forget that alongside the roasted meat, you have […]

Wine word – Tyler ‘Dr Vino’ Colman on wine politics, carbon footprints, and more

July 11, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce New York-based Tyler Colman writes the accessible, informative, and entertaining blog Dr. Vino, which nicely lives up to its tag line, “wine talk that goes down easy.” In addition to teaching wine classes and contributing to publications such as Food & Wine and Wine & Spirits, he recently authored his first book, Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink. I asked him about blogs versus print media, wine’s carbon footprint, some good wines for newbies, his book, and more. What difference is there between someone who blogs about wine as opposed […]

Cork it – Carlos de Jesus, Amorim

July 10, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce China’s wine market is relatively modest, but its potential is massive, thus making the cork versus screw top debate in this country a substantial one. In April, I posted about this video conference with wine maker Wolf Blass and Foster’s brand ambassador George Samios, two proponents of screw tops (thanks to ASC and Austrade for organizing it). More recently, I had a conference call with Carlos de Jesus, the communication and marketing director of major cork producer Amorim, for a much different perspective (thanks to China’s Amorim rep Ricardo Duarte for organizing it). Here are the highlights […]

Wine Word – Frankie Zhao of Pro-Wine

July 9, 2008 // 2 Comments

By Jim Boyce Frankie Zhao, founder of market research and promotion company Pro-Wine Training & Consultancy, has been active in China’s wine scene for nearly a decade. We talked about how he became interested in wine, his picks for newcomers, the local market, and more. When did you first start drinking wine? I started drinking wine in university. Basically, I didn’t like beer. I remember drinking Dragon Seal because it was the only thing available at my school. My most vivid memory was of my twenty-first birthday, in the mid-1990s. My first girlfriend and I drank a half bottle of […]

Make room Napa, here comes Nava

July 7, 2008 // 2 Comments

By Jim Boyce File this one under, “Missing the forest for the trees.” Or perhaps, “Missing the grapes for the leaves.” Who’d have thunk a country where most local vino makes two-buck chuck taste complex would harbor a high-profile wine region? Well, China has such a region literally on the map – this map. You’ll find it in the middle, nestled among the leaves, in that section labeled “Nava Valley.” Just look for the biggest bunch of grapes. The map comes from the Web site of Chateau Junding, an operation near Penglai in Shandong province, that serves as both winery […]

Friday food fight: Scorpions on a stick

July 4, 2008 // 7 Comments

By Jim Boyce If nothing else, food and wine pairing makes for fun research. To this end, I will post a photo of a Chinese dish every week in the hope that readers will suggest a wine pairing (or two). Call it the Friday food fight. Of course, I’ll post photos of well-known favorites such as Peking duck, Sichuan chicken, and dim sum, but first up is the delicacy that gets tourist cameras clicking – scorpions on a stick. Why? To be honest, because I pledged today on my nightlife blog beijingboyce.com to monitor foreign scorpion-on-a-stick coverage during the Olympics […]

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