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Corks vs. screw tops, Bali wine, and Santa Claus: Just another Friday night with Frank

(If you like this blog, please support it with a vote in the China Blog Awards, by clicking the “+” sign here.) By Jim Boyce I’ve spent a great deal of time drinking and thinking about wine this past year and have emerged with mixed opinions, but happily I just got an email from regular commentator […]

Aussie rules: A team from Down Under tackles terroir

- By Jim Boyce Three things impressed me at a recent Landmark Australia event in Beijing: The inspired Australian approach to promoting wine in China (which partly explains why that country, and not Italy or the United States, is the number two exporter to China). The notable Australian ability to seem even-handed – and even humble […]

Grape Press – Frankenwine: Chinese scientists make shocking discovery

— By Jim Boyce Call it Frankenwine. According to the The Daily Telegraph, a system is being developed in China that uses electrical equipment to speed the aging process of wine, “turning young wine from an undrinkable bitter grape juice into a quaffable beverage fit for any table.” A team led by Xin An Zeng, a […]

Foxy grapey: Chinese wines from Yunnan, Ningxia, Hebei

By Jim Boyce On Monday night, I tried three Chinese wines at Duck de Chine with a group of beverage researchers that included visiting Aussie wine critic Jeremy Oliver and fellow Grape Wall contributors Nicolas Carre, Frankie Zhao, and John Gai. Here is the lineup and the results. – Yunnan Crystal Dry White 2002 (Yunnan […]

Tasting time Beijing: Taittinger, Gerard Bertrand, I Am Paradox

The parade of wine events continues in Beijing with the next few days seeing more than a half-dozen tastings and dinners. Tonight sees everything from a free Petit Bordeaux tasting at Amigo to an organic wine and food dinner at the Hilton to a Taittinger Champagne dinner at the newer Hilton in Wangfujing. Add in […]

Jeremy Oliver: China book launch slated for March

By Jim Boyce Australian wine critic Jeremy Oliver, who spent the past week in Shanghai and Beijing, will soon reach out to the local market. I caught up with him last night in the capital and he said that Trends publishing will release his book on wine in March. Expect a tome of up to […]

Wine Word: Top Cellar GM Julien Bonnard

By Jim Boyce Wine importer and retailer Top Cellar started business about two years ago in Beijing. I talked to GM Julien Bonnard about the company’s strategy, customer mix, and forays into China’s second-tier cities as well as the biggest challenges he faces. – What strategy has Top Cellar followed over the past two years? […]

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