March 2009

Wine deal: Dynasty to distribute JP Chenet wines in China

March 24, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Nicolas Carre, Top-three Chinese wine producer Dynasty will distribute JP Chenet wines in a deal made with massive French producer Les Grands Chais de France. According to this site, “The Franco-Chinese partnership between these two companies was initiated three years ago: Les Grands Chais de France had then obtained the import and distribution of exclusive wines DYNASTY in Europe.” The site reports that Dynasty will sell four still and two sparkling wines. JP Chenet wines are known for their distinct bottles, which include a curved neck. They were previously distributed in China by DT Asia.

Jeff Gao: Why Chinese buy Bordeaux, wines for beginners, and more

March 20, 2009 // 3 Comments

By Jim Boyce – Jeffrey Gao is a BD executive with a global IP networking technology firm, but his passion lies with wine and music (the NBA comes a close third). Born and raised in Beijing, he lived in the United States for 17 years and spent 10 of them in the Bay Area, where he discovered the world of wine. I talked to him about why Bordeaux is so popular in China, how the wine scene here compares to that in San Francisco, his wine recommendations for beginners, and more. – You first became interested in wine when living […]

Bubble deal: RMB200 Champagne, RMB50 sparkling wine in China

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Bubble fans: www.yangjiu.com features two good deals, from today to next Thursday, on sparkling wine: Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut Champagne, which typically sells for over RMB300, is RMB200 (for those into scores, according to wine.com, it received 93 points from Wine Enthusiast and 91 points from Wine Spectator, with the latter listing it as one of the 100 best wines of 2007). Henkell rose or dry sparkling wine at RMB50, half of the regular price. You can order these wines via the Web site or by contacting customerservice@yangjiu.com / 800-988-0725. Thanks to Adam Steinberg, who is now working at […]

Grape Wall Challenge: Top ten red wines in China under RMB100

March 16, 2009 // 8 Comments

On March 13, a dozen expert and consumer judges met in Beijing for the Grape Wall Challenge and tasted 23 red wines that retail for less than RMB100 in China (see gallery). The experts rated each out of 20 points, while the consumers had four choices – “love it“, “like it“, “dislike it” or “hate it“. The wines were from France (6), Chile (5), Argentina (4), South Africa (3), Australia (2), the United States (1), Spain (1), and Italy (1). Cedar Creek Shiraz (Australia), distributed by Top Cellar, took top honors. Here are “top tens” of the expert panel, the […]

Grape Wall Challenge: Top ten white wines in China under RMB100

March 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

On March 13, a dozen expert and consumer judges met in Beijing for the Grape Wall Challenge and tasted 21 white wines that retail for less than RMB100 in China (see gallery). It was a close finish for best white wine among the experts, who rated each one out of 20 points, while a clear winner emerged among the consumers, who had four choices: “love it“, “like it“, “dislike it” or “hate it“. Overall, Zonin Terre Palladiane Soave, distributed by Torres China, took top honors. The wines were from Chile (8), France (4), Italy (4), Australia (3), Argentina (1) and […]

Grape Wall Challenge: Event notes and photo gallery

March 16, 2009 // 2 Comments

The Grape Wall Challenge last Friday in Beijing brought together 18 judges to taste wines that retail in China for under RMB100 (see gallery below). The challenge was a first in that it was organized by a blog, saw half of the judging done by consumers, and included  Chinese citizens as 16 of 18 judges. (They hailed from Anhui, Beijing, Hebei, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Sichuan, and Tianjin.) It aimed to find good but affordable wines and to  involve consumers in the process. During the morning, the expert and consumer panels judged 21 whites wines; the afternoon saw a fresh […]

Grape Wall Challenge: The consumer panel – red wines

March 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

The afternoon session of The Grape Wall Challenge will feature red wines. Here is a list of the six people on the consumer panel. They will get the wines in flights of ten and are being asked to judge each wine as “I love it,” “I like it,” “I dislike it,” or “I hate it. (See here for a list of judges on the expert panel.) Brian YAO, Hubei A 20-year veteran of the IT/Telecom industry, Yao became interested in wine about 18 months ago and regularly attends tastings in Beijing. – Frank SIEGEL, United States Siegel has hosted wine […]

Grape Wall Challenge: The consumer panel – white wines

March 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

The morning session of the first Grape Wall Challenge started 15 minutes ago. Here is a list of the six people on the consumer panel. They will get the wines in flights of ten and are being asked to judge each wine as “I love it,” “I like it,” “I dislike it,” or “I hate it.” (See here for a list of judges on the expert panel.) Huihui ‘Grace’ SUN, Shandong Sun is a master student in microbiology at China Agricultural University and a teaching assistant who helps with tastings held in the school’s wine appreciation course. – Guomei ‘Natalie’ […]

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