Wine word – Grape talk in China and beyond

By Jim Boyce

As a wine drinker, I love to hear as many voices as possible, including those of wine writers, consumers, distributors, makers and event organizers. I’ve been lucky enough to talk to many such people, whether they are based in China or abroad, and whether we did it by phone, via email, or over a glass of wine. I’ve listed those interviews below and will embed them on the site’s front page as part of upcoming upgrades that include a system to search China-based wine distributors, Chinese-English translations to make being a consumer easier, a feature called “my top five wines” to see what people are drinking in China, and some fun multimedia. In the meantime, here is that list (in chronological order):

Peter Gago
Penfolds chief wine maker

Gaia Gaja
Gaja winery

Frederic Choux
DCT Wines owner (Dalian)

Group interview
With 20 winery representatives

Guy Wittich
Event organizer, consumer (Taipei)

Robert Parker
Writer, critic

Jenn Hinkle
Event organizer, consumer (Beijing)

Pat Fromm
Consumer, ex-industry (Beijing)

Wolf Blass / George Samios
Wine maker / Foster’s PR

Frederic Engerer
Chateau Latour president

Alberto Fernandez
Torres China GM (Shanghai)

Steve Clarke
China Silk owner (Xinjiang)

Tim Hanni

Jancis Robinson
Writer, critic

John Gai
Palette Wines owner (Beijing)

Ethan Perk
Jebsen Deputy GM China (Beijing)

Zhang Ning
Yunnan Red wine maker (Yunnan)

Shan Shumin
Yunnan Red GM (Yunnan)

Wu Kegang
Yunnan Red CEO (Yunnan)

Chantal Chi
Writer (Shanghai)

Jeremy Oliver
Wine writer, critic

Mark Curtis
China Wine Tours leader

Eddie Osterland
Sommelier, educator

Frank Siegel
Event organizer (Beijing)

Judy Leissner
Grace Vineyard CEO (Shanxi)

Don St. Pierre, Jr.
ASC managing director (Shanghai)

Dan Siebers
Summergate N. China manager (Beijing)

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