August 2009

Aussino World Wine Festival: Sipping, spitting, and scribbling in Beijing

August 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Last Saturday, Aussino became the latest wine distributor to do a tasting of a significant portion of its portfolio in Beijing, joining companies such as Torres (see here and here), ASC (here), Palette (here and here), and Gelipu and Winelink (here). The event drew a large turnout, though the entry fee appeared to be voluntary: I paid RMB150, as listed on the invite, but many people told me they walked in for free. Before I get to the wine, a few notes on this and similar tastings. I’ll start with a problem not particular to the Aussino […]

Grape Press: Cellar from Down Under; Latour, Lafite, and China; Canada, Chinese food, and wine

August 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Some China-related wine info from the web… A cellar – and a criticism – from Down Under The Age reports that Australian winery Yabby Lake has opened three “cellar doors” in Guangdong: …. rather than treading the usual path and supplying wine to a distributor in either China or Hong Kong, Yabby Lake has entered into a retail partnership with an agent, the WOHE Wine Company. The cellar doors they have opened in three of the province’s biggest cities are a little bit like the wine-tasting and retail stores you see in airport concourses. “They are places where people can […]

Wine moves: ASC to distribute Stag’s Leap in mainland China, Macau

August 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

– By Jim Boyce China-based wine importer and distributor ASC announced today that it will add Napa Valley winery Stag’s Leap to its portfolio in mainland China and Macau as of September 1. ASC already has the winery in its Hong Kong portfolio. The press release stressed the legacy of Stag’s Leap: In the first few years, the small family run winery was little known outside the Napa Valley.  That changed in 1976 when Steven Spurrier, now consultant editor of Decanter magazine and a renowned wine taster, staged a blind tasting among French wine experts – known famously today as […]

Flashback from France: A look at Vinexpo 2009

August 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Yvonne Chiong Life and wine move in tandem: When you have lots of money, you can find the best wines to drink, and when you are down on your luck, you can look for the best value. As a sommelier and a consultant, it has taken me more than 10 years of ups and downs, of tasting and learning, to be the wine drinker I am today. But while there are sommeliers of all kinds in the world, they have one thing in common – a desire to share the joy of wine with the people they meet. Thus, […]

TORRES et ses Wine nights in Beijing: vins, mets et billard…

August 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

Translation by Nicolas Carre (see original in English here) Mangez, buvez, et placez les huit boules … Torres Chine a tenu recemment la cinquieme edition de sa série Wine Night in Beijing, une soiree degustation originale qui ouvre de nouveaux horizons… Cette cinquieme edition se tenait dans les bureaux du distributeur, suivi d’un dîner degustation (au Three Guizhou Men) et une heure de billard au Club 821. Pour rendre les choses plus intimes, ces soirees sont limités à quatre hommes et quatre femmes, ajoutant un fort aspect social a ce genre d’evenements qui finissent bien trop souvent sur des allures […]

Couleur café: Vins espagnols au Vineyard Wine Experience a Pekin

August 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

Translation by Nicolas Carre (original article in English here) Wine the color of coffee. C’est sur cette bouteille que nous nous sommes quittés… Nous étions une dizaine pour ce Vineyard Wine Experience, dimanche dernier a Pekin. Une dizaine de passionnés pour une douzaine de vins espagnols importés par le distributeur local MCP. L’echantillonnage comprenait des vins a base de cepages au nom familier, comme la Syrah et le Tempranillo, et d’autres vins au cepage plus mysterieux : Zalema, Albarino et Macabeo. Voici mes notes sur cinq de ces vins: Los Majones Syrah 2005: Cerainement un des meilleurs rapport qualité-prix… Un beau […]

Torres Wine Night in Beijing: Eat, drink, eight ball corner pocket…

August 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Torres China has been holding a series called Wine Night in Beijing that takes tasting in new directions. The fifth in the series includes a tasting session at the Torres office, a wine dinner (this time at Three Guizhou Men), and an hour of billiards at the 821 pool club. To make things more intimate, the events are limited to four men and four women, thus adding a strong social aspect in a scene that often ends up focused on technical tasting. The next Wine Night in Beijing is slated for August 7 and is RMB188 per […]

Wine the colour of coffee: Spanish tasting at The Vineyard Experience in Beijing

August 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Wine the color of coffee. We finished on that bottle on Sunday as ten people gathered at Vineyard Wine Experience in Beijing to try nearly a dozen Spanish wines imported by local distributor MCP. We sampled wines made with everything from well-known grapes such as Syrah and Tempranillo to lesser-known ones such as Zalema, Albarino, and Macabeo. Here is my take on five of the wines: Los Majones Syrah 2005: This one is tops for value, with fresh dense fruit, especially blackberries, and a hint of black pepper. Later, the nose took on some some earthiness, toastiness, […]

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