November 2008

Price trumps product: The wines of China producer Chateau Junding

November 28, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce I wrote Monday about Chinese boutique wineries leveraging their local know-how to target moneyed customers at home. Case in point: Chateau Junding. This relatively new Shandong operation includes spectacular facilities and surroundings, is backed by Great Wall wines producer COFCO and a sophisticated marketing campaign, and targets spenders who have enough cash to buy expensive imported wines. Take a look at these prices: Oriental White 2007 – RMB349 / USD51 Glory White 2006 – RMB729 / USD107 Oriental Red 2006 – RMB549 / USD81 Glory Red 2005 – RMB1099 / USD162 Santa Grace Red 2005 – RMB1699 […]

Beijing tasting time: Hilton Food & Wine Experience, and more

November 28, 2008 // 0 Comments

One of the best Beijing wine events of the year – The Hilton Food & Wine Experience – is tomorrow (Saturday) from 5 to 8 PM. With hundreds of wines available to sample as well as tea, coffee, chocolate, cheese, and more, the eleventh annual edition of this event should again offer excellent value at RMB230. For trade people, it will unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately – be a busy one as the UGC Bordeaux event is being held the same day. Other upcoming events include a fund-raiser by Beijing Wine Club and an “all star” Bordeaux dinner by ASC. […]

Internal use only: Why boutique wineries in China are staying home

November 24, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Mike Steinberger of Slate wrote about the China wine scene earlier this year and we traded emails ahead of time on a few topics. One of them: Is the trend to create ’boutique’ wineries, often with Western consultants, turning out pricey wines that might appeal to international consumers and not just Chinese ones?” Five thoughts on this topic: 1. Given the size of China’s market and the growing spending power of its consumers, the opportunities are at home, which is evident from the clamor of foreign wine makers seeking a piece of the pie here. As the […]

Hilton Food & Wine Experience: Win tickets, a deluxe room, and breakfast

November 24, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce This might interest wine fans in Beijing: I am running a contest on my nightlife blog with prizes for the Hilton Food & Wine Experience this Saturday, November 29. This annual event is among my “must attends” because it offers the chance to sample hundreds of wines, meet fellow wine drinkers, and indulge myself at the buffet. The Hilton is offering one reader a prize package that includes: Two tickets to the eleventh Food & Wine Experience. A deluxe room, including wine and cheese upon arrival. And breakfast for two the next morning at Elements. To enter […]

Joining the bunch: Li Demei, wine maker

November 18, 2008 // 0 Comments

Li Demei is joining the group of contributors at Grape Wall of China, a nonprofit site that brings wine consumers, distributors, makers, academics and consultants together to talk about the country’s wine scene. Li has been heavily involved in China’s wine scene as a wine maker, consultant, writer, and speaker. A graduate of ENITA in Bordeaux, he is secretary of the China Viticulture & Enology Association and has long been associated with Sino-French Demonstration Vineyard, considered by many to make some of the best wines in China.

Grape Press: Hong Kong auction, Down Under downsizing, Gallo on China

November 18, 2008 // 0 Comments

Some China-related wine news from the Web… – Asian wine investors are still flush with cash, according to this post: Wine lovers from across Asia showed their love for a fine vintage is recession-proof when they bid up to almost 40,000 US dollars for each rare bottle, auctioneers said Sunday. One unnamed bidder bought three jeroboams of La Tache Vintage 1990 red burgundy for a total of 118,628 dollars at the auction held Saturday, according to organizers. Another paid 274,718 dollars for a collection of 144 bottles from the same sought-after winemaker Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, working out to about […]

Wine Word: Fermentation author Tom Wark

November 13, 2008 // 3 Comments

By Jim Boyce Tom Wark is author of Fermentation, which comes with the tag line, “A blog set inside the world of wine public relations – where the media, the culture and I mingle. He is founder of the American Blog Awards and has spent nearly two decades in wine PR, including with Wark Communications since 1994. I asked him about the PR challenges for Chinese wineries entering the United States, his take on blogs and print media, standards for wine quality, and more. – JB: Labels that misuse vintages and pass off imported bulk wine as local, product safety […]

Grape Press: Chinese oak, Rockets wine, Italy targets China

November 13, 2008 // 0 Comments

Some recent stories about the China wine scene… Chinese oak: Knock on wood Wines and Vines reports that a Spanish cooperage is selling Chinese oak to European wineries: Seasoned winemakers who once turned up their noses at oak grown outside the famous forests of France have grown to accept, and even sing the praises of, oak from the Americas, Russia, Hungary and Romania. Now, Tonelería Magreñán, a cooperage from La Rioja, Spain, has partnered with a supplier in China to introduce barrels made from Quercus mongolicus, or Chinese oak, and more than two dozen European wineries already have jumped on […]

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