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Cafe Europa: Refreshed wine list, Parker points program

Jianwai Soho restaurant Café Europa launched its new wine list on September 18 with a by-the-glass tasting. I sipped through eight of the dozen samples before being stopped by the strong arm of reason (translation: I needed to go to a meeting) and my favorite was Alvaro Palacios Petalos 2005 (Spain) with its tight black […]

Lost in translation: A Rose is a Rose is a Rose?

By Ma Huiqin When I was asked for an English-Chinese list of wine grape varieties for this blog, I considered the best way to provide this information. Should I include ‘霞多丽’, ‘莎当妮’, or ‘夏多内’, since all three have been used as a translation of Chardonnay? Similarly, should I include ‘美乐’, ‘梅鹿辄’, or even ‘梅尔诺’ as […]

Tasting time: Beijing

By Jim Boyce Upcoming wine events in Beijing Thursday, September 18, 7 PM, Café Europa (Jianwai SOHO), RMB15+ per half-glass By-the-glass tasting of new wine list; call 5869-5663 for more info. Thursday, September 18, 7-8:30 PM, Amigo (Central Park), free Top Cellar’s best sellers, with 8 wines from Top Cellar; RSVP at marketing@topcellar.com.cn. Friday, September […]

Hong Kong-based Jeannie Cho Lee, Debra Meiburg earn MWs

Debra Meiburg and Jeannie Cho Lee, both based in Hong Kong, are in the newest Masters of Wine (MW) graduating class . Gaining an MW is no easy task, as the exam covers theory (topics range from viticulture to the wine business), practice (blind tastings), and a dissertation. In other words, your brain, tongue, nose, […]

China Wine Tours: First visit slated for April

By Jim Boyce The added logistical challenges surrounding this year’s Olympics has seen China Wine Tours shift its first visit from October to April. The itinerary will include wineries in Shandong, Hebei, Shaanxi, and Shanxi, as well as a chance to see major historical sites and try a range of cuisines. For more details, see […]

Wine Word: Consultant, publisher, and writer Ch’ng Poh Tiong

By Jim Boyce As a publisher, writer, lawyer, and tasting panel judge, Singapore-based Ch’ng Poh Tiong has long been a key player in the wine world and especially on the Asian scene. In May, he organized the first International Congress of Chinese Cuisine and Wine, held in Beijing. I talked to him about the feasibility […]

Friday food fight: Mapo Dofu

By Jim Boyce The wine and dirt pairing didn’t garner many recommendations, so let’s return to something a bit spicier and tackle Mapo Doufu, a Szechuan speciality. Let’s go to Wikipedia on this one:   Mapo doufu… is a combination of tofu (bean curd) and minced meat, usually beef, in a spicy chili- and bean-based […]

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