February 2009

Links to distribute Torbreck in HK, Macau, mainland China

February 27, 2009 // 1 Comment

Hot on the heels of its appointment as exclusive distributor of Louis Roederer Champagne in Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China, Links Concept today announced that it has come to an agreement with high-profile Australian winery Torbreck to handle distribution in those same three markets. Torbreck has been closely partnered with ASC Fine Wines in the mainland. From the press release (my highlights): Today Torbreck Vintners of the Barossa Valley in South Australia and Links Concept Company of Hong Kong jointly announced the consolidation of distribution for Hong Kong, Mainland China and Macau  David Powell, founder and Managing Director of […]

Bubbling up: Links to distribute Louis Roederer Champagne in HK, Macau, mainland China

February 25, 2009 // 2 Comments

– Wine and spirits distributor Links Concept will soon announce its appointment as exclusive importer and distributor of Louis Roederer Champagne for Hong Kong, mainland China, and Macau. According to Links (my highlights): Louis Roederer is one of the largest remaining independent Champagne houses, owned by the Rouzaud family since it was founded in 1776. It is most famous for producing the premium champagne Cristal. It is based just south of Reims, France. Tsar Nicholas nominated Louis Roederer as the official wine supplier to the Imperial Court of Russia. The deal includes other brands in the Roederer portfolio, including French […]

A good crop: Grace Vineyard 2008 Vintage Report

February 23, 2009 // 2 Comments

Grace Vineyard in Shanxi province is widely considered to make the best portfolio of wines in China. Courtesy of Grace CEO and Grape Wall contributor Judy Leissner, here is the vintage report for 2008, written by chief wine maker and viticulturalist Ken Murchison. It gives those of us who enjoy trying Chinese wine something to look forward to. – – “Grace Vineyard 2008 Vintage Report “Year 2008 was one the driest on record in the Taigu area of Shanxi province. Only 220 mm of rain fell between June and October. Combined with slightly above average temperatures, it was an ideal […]

Vineyard Wine Experience: Make your own vino in downtown Beijing

February 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Ever dream of making vino but found yourself thwarted by the lack of a vineyard, a winery, and oenological training? Then consider Sunday a reality check as Vineyard Wine Experience will hold its grand opening at 2:30 PM in Jianwai Soho. Customers at VWE have 24 juice choices, ranging from Australian Shiraz to German Riesling to French Merlot to Californian White Zinfandel. The process starts with fermentation, ends with choosing a bottle shape and size, adding the corks, and designing the labels, and takes four to eight weeks depending on the grape chosen. Co-owner Ryan Hao says […]

Outback oenology: Making wine in Xinjiang

February 18, 2009 // 3 Comments

By Alain Leroux I spent last September and October directing my first harvest in Xinjiang for Hong Liu He winery, in the outer reaches of Western China. I had a very different experience from the 12 years I have spent at Taillan winery just outside Beijing. On one on hand, I have never started with equipment in such poor shape. We had to clean everything, clean it again, and clean it once more. On the other hand, we had good grapes: no disease, a deep color for the reds, and sugar so high I thought I must be dreaming. Some […]

‘Bad Boy’ Jean-Luc Thuvenin: Man versus mud, making wine in China, and more

February 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce – Chateau Valandraud‘s Jean-Luc Thuvenin, the first to create controversial “garage” wines (vin de garage) in the 1990s in Bordeaux and later dubbed the “bad boy” by leading wine critic Robert Parker, visited Beijing last Friday and shared two bottles of wine with a group of 15 people at Maxim’s of Paris. He later sat down for an interview that covered his wine-making experience wine in China, his opinion of local wine, and the changes he has seen in the market. (Thanks to Nicolas Carre of Maxim’s and Vincent Landais of distributor FTI for the translation.) – […]

Grape Wall of China Challenge: Second call for wine

February 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

Since the initial call last Wednesday for wine for the Grape Wall of China Challenge, 11 distributors have contacted us to submit a total of 34 bottles (see the list of companies in the top right corner of the blog). We will cap the challenge at 60 wines. Interested distributors can get the details here (中文 / English / Francais). General details on the GWOC Challenge are available here (中文 / English / Francais). Also, after corresponding with the participating distributors, a few qualifications are in order: 1) The tasting will be “blind”, that is, the judges will not see […]

Wine Word: Consumer Brian Yao

February 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Wine consumer Brian Yao hails from southern China but has lived in Beijing for about 8 years and has worked in the IT/Telecom industry for about 20 years. He became interested in wine about 18 months ago and talked to me about his favorite events, and places to buy wine, among other topics. He will be one of the consumer judges in the upcoming Grape Wall of China Wine Challenge. – How did you get interested in wine? I used to drink some Chinese wines and did not know much about wine. About 18 months ago, I […]

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