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Tommy Lam: State of wine service in China, national sommelier finals, and more

By Jim Boyce Tommy Lam is the organizer of the China National Sommelier Competition 2009, which will hold its finals on July 7 in Shanghai, and the junior sommelier series set for Beijing on July 5 and Shanghai on July 6. Lam holds an MBA and Wine MBA, is involved in wine programs in Singapore, […]

On the vine: Junior sommelier session, Oregon wine tasting, Hilton wine fair

An offshoot of the China National Sommelier Competition, a ‘junior sommelier‘ session will be held in Beijing on July 5 and in Shanghai on July 6. According to the Asia Wine Institute, it is aimed at “less experienced wine service staff, or simply F&B professionals looking to upgrade their knowledge in wine service.” The event […]

Taste test in China: Chateau ‘Sun God’ wine by Great Wall

By Brian Yao Thanks to a friend, I had the chance to talk to the agency for Great Wall winery and taste one of its products. The purpose was to help find a proper marketing strategy for the wine Chateau Sun God. Five people attended the session, all of them wine consumers in Beijing with […]

Grape Press: Chinese firm buys majority stake in Bordeaux vineyard

AFP reports that a Chinese company has bought a portion of Bordeaux vineyard (my highlights): A Chinese firm has taken a majority stake in a Bordeaux vineyard, the latest move by the emerging Asian giant into the world of French wine, a company who advised on the deal said Sunday. HongKong A and A International, […]

Let the pouring begin: China National Sommelier Competition finalists set

The jury for the qualifying rounds of the China National Sommelier Competition, by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI), has chosen eight candidates, rather than an originally planned six, to participate in the finals in Shanghai on July 7. According to a press release for the event, the candidates are: Frank Hao – The […]

Miguel Torres: Selling wine in China, the new Torres-Grace wine, and more

By Jim Boyce I recently tagged along to Chengdu with a group of writers as Torres president Miguel A Torres donated RMB500,000 to build a school to replace one severely damaged during last year’s earthquake in Sichuan. We also tried a new Muscat wine called Symphony made via cooperation between Torres and Shanxi-based winery Grace […]

Grape press: Chinese find too much ‘la feet’ in port; ‘made in Hong Kong’ wine

- By Jim Boyce What is one major challenge of selling vintage port in China? Ironically, for a country that has a love affair with La Feet (er, Lafite), the problem with port might be too much sole, writes Elin McCoy in this Bloomberg piece: The best vintage ports are largely made the old-fashioned way, […]

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