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Unbottled: A foreign reporter misrepresents China’s wine industry

By Ma Huiqin Tim Johnson, the Beijing bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers, wrote a blog post this week and cited an anonymous source – purportedly a Chinese winery executive – whose claims include that 80 percent of wine bottled in China is imported bulk “garbage.” The post has been picked up by several influential sites, […]

Beijing tasting time: Trimbach, Taylor, and more

By Jim Boyce A quick look at some of this week’s upcoming wine tastings. For the long-term view, including a slew of Beaujolais Nouveau parties by French Wine Paradox, check this events page. – Thursday, October 30, 7-8.30 PM, Bento & Berries Shop (Kerry Centre Hotel), free Sparkling wine, Champagne & Beaujolais tasting, by Top […]

Carrefour October wine fair: Picture this

These give an idea of the scale of the Carrefour October Wine Fair held last week. From the looks of it, they were taken before all of the glasses ran out. Thanks to Echo Liu for the photos. You can find her Greek Wine in China page on Facebook. – See also: October Wine Fair […]

Vintage tasting: City Weekend surveys Beijing’s wine scene… in 1998

By Jim Boyce A few weeks ago, I popped into Jenny Lou’s gourmet shop near Chaoyang Park and counted around 100 different sparkling wines. One hundred! Choice in Beijing, in terms of shops, tastings, and restaurant, bar, and hotel wine lists, is incredibly diverse when compared to a few years back. Case in point: this […]

Carrefour wine fair picks: Southern exposure

By Jim Boyce I tried about 40 samples at last night’s Carrefour wine fair, which – given the freebies and discounts – saw both shoppers and shopping carts fully loaded. (Note: See bring your own glass for suggestions on how to make this event better.) Making a strong showing: brands that feature animals on their […]

Carrefour wine fair 2008: Bring your own glass?

By Jim Boyce Carrefour held its October wine fair in Beijing last night. As in the past, it drew a strong turnout and featured: Samples from hundreds of wines from several dozen distributors; Discounts on all bottles; Chinese and expatriates sipping wine and buying in bulk – you could say both shoppers and shopping carts […]

Eureka! California Wine Institute brings Golden State wineries to China

Dozens of Golden State winery reps poured for distributors, restaurateurs, journalists, and consumers as the California Wine Institute held a two-hour tasting last Friday at 1949: The Hidden City in Beijing. My notes will take time to decipher, given they look – as Ring Lardner might have put it – “like the output of a […]

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