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Links to distribute Torbreck in HK, Macau, mainland China

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 […]

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

- 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. […]

A good crop: Grace Vineyard 2008 Vintage Report

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 […]

Vineyard Wine Experience: Make your own vino in downtown Beijing

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 […]

Outback oenology: Making wine in Xinjiang

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 […]

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

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. […]

Grape Wall of China Challenge: Second call for wine

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 […]

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