Grape Wall of China

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No worries: Australia targeting China wine market at every level

Australia – excuse an indirect kangaroo reference – is really hopping when it comes to the China wine scene. First, the country has maintained a steady presence as the number two source of bottled wine by volume, taking 20 percent to 22 percent of the market the past five years, according to Customs. In the […]

Drinker beware: Canadian wine label controversey holds lessons for China

By Jim Boyce Most consumers are unaware that many of the “Chinese” wines they find in supermarkets, restaurants, and elsewhere include imported bulk wine. The amount of bulk wine in the market in recent years is somewhere between 10 percent and 40 percent, with those numbers ranging from official statistics to estimates based on the […]

Whistle wetter: Summergate to distribute Vittel water in China

By Jim Boyce Summergate Fine Wines has announced it will exclusively import and distribute Vittel still mineral water, from France, for the China market starting in October. The range of products includes 1 liter glass bottles and 330 ML, 500 ML, and 1.5 ML plastic bottles. Summergate also imports and distributes Perrier sparkling mineral water.

Accepting applications: Landmark Australia tutorial set for next September in Yarra Valley

By Jim Boyce Wine Australia announced today that its second Landmark Australia tutorial will be held next September in Yarra Valley. Twelve wine experts from around the world, including Bell Pei Tang from China and Rebecca Leung from Hong Kong, participated in the inaugural five-day event last June in the Barossa Valley. This time around, […]

By bulk, by bottle: Is Chile the key to changing China’s wine scene?

By Jim Boyce Random wine thought I had while drinking a beer last night: Could Chile be the key to shifting the China wine market? Consider four things: 1.According to Customs, roughly 55 percent of the imported bulk wine entering China the last three years – 170 million liters of 305 million liters – hailed […]

Wine jobs in China: Maison Boulud in Beijing seeks head, junior sommeliers

By Jim Boyce French restaurant Maison Boulud in Beijing seeks a head sommelier to handle everything from wine service to overseeing the wine list to maintaining the cellar. It also seeks a junior sommelier. For more details on these positions, or to submit your resume, contact Ignace LeCleir at ignace.lecleir@chienmen23.com. Maison Boulud is the first […]

Sour grapes: When it comes to poor Chinese wine, don’t shoot the wine maker

- By Jim Boyce The past few months, I have been lucky to visit wineries along the northern swath of China – in Xinjiang, Ningxia, Shanxi, and Hebei. One thing I notice: the wines made by many producers do not always reflect the skill of the wine makers. As they say, you can’t make an […]

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