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The Plimpton effect: Joining the pros for 340 wines in 3 days

By Jim Boyce – The book Paper Lion recounts the experience of George Plimpton who tried out for the Detroit Lions football team. The climax comes after three weeks of training when Plimpton is sent into a practice game to quarterback five plays. He fails miserably – he drops the ball on one play, overthrows […]

Wine Word: Patricio de la Fuente Saez on 1831 Y’Quem, 1917 shipwreck Champagne, and more

By Jim Boyce On Monday, I posted the first part of an interview with Patricio de la Fuente Saez, managing director of Links Concept, about the company’s business strategy, the wine sector’s prospects for 2009, and more. Much more fun is this second part of the interview, which covers the best tastings he has attended […]

Grape Press: Aussie wine in China, Hong Kong auctions, ‘Food & Wine Year”

A few China wine-related items from the Net… – China among few bright spots for Aussie wine exporters While the Australian wine sector faces a crisis, including its first major decline in export volume and value in years, Hong Kong and mainland China rank among the few positive markets: Rare bright spots included China, which […]

Wine Word: ‘Wine is Beautful’ blogger Rebecca Leung

By Jim Boyce Hong Kong-based Rebecca Leung is author of the Wine is Beautiful blog, has written about wine for numerous print publications, hosts an online wine program, has judged at numerous tastings, and most recently was selected to take part in the Landmark Australia tutorial. I asked her about how she started in wine, […]

Wine Word: Patricio de la Fuente Saez of Links Concept

By Jim Boyce In late November, I met Patricio de la Fuente Saez, managing director of Links Concept, which expanded its China presence by opening Shanghai and Beijing offices in 2008. I later interviewed him about how he got into the business, the strategy of moving into second-tier cities in China before entering Shanghai and […]

Off the Bund: Marcus Ford to spearhead new wine bar

Note: The shop will focus on retail, rather than be a wine bar, though there will be tastings and some space to enjoy a purchase. Shanghai residents can expect a new wine bar in the French Concession come spring. Marcus Ford, after a decade of service at M on the Bund, is leaving to become […]

Grape Wall of China: Back at the press

By Jim Boyce Posts have been few and far between of late. Blame it on my two-week holiday in Canada, the crush of projects I faced upon returning to Beijing that ate into my limited blogging time, and the hacking of this site that made it impossible for me to get access. (Thanks to IT […]

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