October 2009

Wine tasting in China: Carrefour fall wine fair in Beijing

October 30, 2009 // 1 Comment

By Jim Boyce A last-minute reminder that the Shuangjing Carrefour store holds its fall wine fair from 6 PM to midnight with hundreds of bottles to sample. Most of them are entry-level and this offers a chance to find and stock up on “house” wine, especially as most products have a 20 percent discount. Tip: BYOG. At the spring wine fair, I brought my own wine glasses – 22-ounce Bordeaux beauties – which meant I didn’t have to use the store’s puny goblets or, even worse, plastic cups. See these posts on previous Carrefour wine fairs: Spring 2009: Carrefour spring […]

China’s best wines? Grace Vineyard, Silver Heights tasting this Friday in Beijing

October 27, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce China is a major wine producer and a growing wine consumer, but the average wine sold under domestic labels is disappointing. As noted here, this is due to everything from the pursuit of high-yield harvests to the use of unripe grapes to the blending of local and bulk imported wine to an emphasis on marketing rather than product quality. And decent local wines tend to offer poor value given the range of quality imported wines available at similar or lower prices. Given this, a tasting at Sequoia Cafe in Beijing this Friday offers a good opportunity: it […]

Open job interviews in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore: Dinex Group seeks managers, chefs, sommeliers

October 27, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce The Dinex Group, which represents the restaurants of Daniel Boulud in New York, Vancouver, and Beijing (Maison Boulud), among other places, is seeking managers, sommeliers, and head, sous, and pastry chefs. Dinex will hold “open call” interviews over the next week in Asia. The interviews kick off on October 27 and 28 in Singapore, before moving to Hong Kong, Beijing, and, finally, Shanghai. If you are interested in an interview, send your resume to cbilleaud@danielnyc.com. (Hat tip to Louie)

Californian wine in China: Beijing Wine Classic at Aman in the Summer Palace

October 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, Hugh Davies of Schramsberg, and Heidi Peterson Barrett of La Sirena are among the dozen wine makers and winery leaders from California slated to participate in the Beijing Wine Classic 2009 from November 13 to 15 at Aman in the Summer Palace. The weekend will include food and wine pairings, seminars on topics such as California Chardonnay and “quirky reds“, and a “cult Cabernet dinner“. A two-day pass, covering two lunches and six seminars, is USD500, while a one-day pass is USD300. Room rates at Aman range from USD2800 to USD9688. All […]

Cars, Broads & Wine: ASC founder Don St. Pierre Sr. to speak at Capital Club

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

– Don St. Pierre Sr., founder of China-based importer and distributor ASC Fine Wines, will speak tomorrow at a CEO luncheon at the Capital Club in Beijing on the topic of “Cars, Broads & Wine“. Numerous sources say St. Pierre plans an autobiography of the same name. St. Pierre founded ASC in the mid-nineties and, after struggles in the early years, built it into a leading wine importer and distributor in China with his son, Don St. Pierre Jr. He was a key figure in a previous book – Beijing Jeep by Jim Mann – due to his involvement in […]

Vins & Australie en Chine: une présence à tous les niveaux

October 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

Note: This is a translation by Nicolas Carre of an article by Jim Boyce that originally appeared in English here on Grape Wall. Australie fait un veritable bond sur la scène du vin en Chine Tout d’abord, l’Australie a maintenu une présence stable en restant ces cinq dernières années le numéro deux des importateurs de vins embouteillés (en volume), avec 20 à 22% des parts du marché (source : douanes chinoises). Sur les six premiers mois de 2009, l’Australie n’est devancé que par la France (leader avec 40% des parts de marché), a importé deux fois plus en volume que […]

Wine jobs in China: Distributor seeks sales manager in Shanghai

October 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce A China-based wine importer focused on the hotel and restaurant sector seeks an on-premise sales manager in Shanghai. Fluency in English and Mandarin preferred. Experience in the wine and/or food and beverage sector a must. For more details, or to submit a resume, email Campbell Thompson at campbell@thewinerepublic.com.

China contest: Wine Australia Awards to provide four trips Down Under

October 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce As noted here, Australia has been busy in the China wine market. Now Wine Australia is launching a project in China to award a trip Down Under in each of these categories: wine retail, wine writing and education, restaurants, bars, and hotels, and overall, for the person or company deemed to have “displayed an outstanding contribution to the growth of wine and of Australian wine in China,”  according to a press release from the Australian Consulate General in Shanghai. I think I deserve the latter award because I took one of Australia’s leading wine writers to Beijing’s […]

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