August 2008

Macau discards wine tax

August 31, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Decanter reports that gambling hotspot Macau scrapped its 15 percent tax on wine, just months after Hong Kong took similar measures, though single malt lovers have much less to celebrate. “A 10% tax on beer has also been lifted, though a duty of 10% remains on drinks containing more than 30% alcohol,” writes Maggie Rosen. Decanter states:   In 2007, the tiny former Portuguese colony – now a Special Administrative Region of China, like Hong Kong, and one of the world’s richest cities – overtook Las Vegas as the gambling capital of the world. Like its rival, […]

Friday food fight: Dirt

August 29, 2008 // 2 Comments

By Jim Boyce All right, it’s Friday afternoon and I can’t access any of my photos of Chinese dishes, so I’m stretching to cover a rather atypical food: dirt. Long-time readers will recall I earlier wrote about this story out of Inner Mongolia – Earth-eating Girl Tilts At Guinness Record – and now I am shamelessly doing so again: The girl, called Wuqibalaqiqige, became a minor celebrity after the media broadcast stories about her curious eating habits last year… The girl said she feels no need to eat normal food now that she has discovered how much she likes to […]

Wine word: Jean-Michel Cazes, Chateau Lynch-Bages

August 27, 2008 // 2 Comments

By Jim Boyce I have been fortunate over the past year to taste a world of wines with fellow consumers and to meet some of China’s and the world’s key wine figures. Last night offered another such occasion when I met Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages to chat about China’s wine scene. First, a handful of things I learned from Cazes during our talk: – He made his first visit to China 18 years ago. “My first organized tasting was in 1990, just for the local consumers, and they didn’t like wine at all,” he said. – He thought China’s […]

Global glutonny: The World Series of Wine

August 27, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce, Break out the baseball bats wine glasses as China World Hotel gets set to hold The World Series of Wine. The series of six monthly wine dinners starts this month and is the brainchild of Danny Kane, manager of the hotel’s Aria restaurant. All wines will be supplied by Summergate. According to the hotel: Each dinner is very exclusive with only 18 seats available, the collection of wines for each dinner is very special and in a lot of cases, feature wines which are very difficult to obtain in China. In a couple of cases, wines will […]

Joining the bunch: Frankie Zhao, Pro-Wine Training & Consultancy

August 27, 2008 // 0 Comments

Frankie Zhao is joining the group of contributors at Grape Wall of China, a site that brings wine consumers, distributors, makers, academics and consultants together to provide information and opinions about the country’s growing wine scene. Zhao is the founder of market research and promotion company Pro-Wine Training & Consultancy. He has been active in China’s wine scene for nearly a decade, as a writer, a researcher, an educator, a club organizer, and a wine judge. For more details on his background, see this talk I had with him a few months ago. And expect to soon see his insights […]

Taste of the Nations: The Sequel

August 27, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce After Torres China organized Taste of the Nations last November, Beijing consumers found other local wine distributors lining up a good portion of their portfolios for tastings (see these write-ups on events by Palette Wines, GELIPU-Winelink, and ASC). It turned out to be a cheap way to try a lot of wine, so let’s hope it works a second time because Taste of Nations II is coming up in less than a month. This year’s event takes place at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Beijing on September 20 and includes wines from Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the […]

Update: Grape Wall – The Interviews

August 14, 2008 // 0 Comments

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 earlier listed those interviews and I have now update it. Here they are – in chronological order: Nicholas Carre GM, Maxim’s Beijing Robert Joseph Writer, entrepreneur Tyler Colman Blogger, author Carlos de Jesus Amorim communications director Frankie Zhao Wine […]

Beijing Olympics picks – wine bars

August 8, 2008 // 0 Comments

Cross-posted from my Beijing nightlife blog. I’ll soon post a list of Chinese wines to try for those in Beijing for the Olympics – it’s hard to believe they start in less than eight hours! JB. Both residents of Beijing and the barbarians descending upon it for the Olympics will require watering holes in which to drink the sweet tastes of success and the bitters of failure. Over the next few days, I’ll be making “bar picks” and welcome others to throw in their two kuai. Yesterday, I looked at sports bars. Today, it’s wine bars. (Note: Part of the […]

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