November 2009

T time: Chateau Lafite vs Chateau Lafitte in China

November 30, 2009 // 1 Comment

– By Jim Boyce Chateau Lafite is insanely popular in China and consumers here should be careful to avoid not only fake bottles, but also mistakenly buying Chateau Lafitte, a separate operation that includes a double-t in its name. Let me be clear: I am not saying there is anything wrong with Chateau Laffite as a wine. Instead, the concern is that some consumers might pay outrageous prices for Lafitte in the belief they are buying the much pricier Lafite. This could not only mean a loss of money but also a loss of face should that Lafitte be given […]

Contrefacons et vols de vins en Chine

November 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

A translation by Nicolas Carre of the post “Fakers, robbers, and wine in China” by Jim Boyce that originally appeared here in English. – “Des bruits de couloir disent qu’il y a plus de Chateau Lafite 1982 en Chine qu’il n’en a été produit cette année la en France.” – “Wall Street Journal” – J’ai récemment posté un interview avec Benjamin Wallace, l’auteur du livre «le Vinaigre du Milliardaire» en raison de l’engouement pour les vins rares et exceptionnels à Hong-Kong. Voici 2 histoires supplementaires sur cette réalité… – Hold up vineux a Hong Kong: le Journal «Wall Street» fait […]

Grape Press: Morocco-China wine links, 7-ELEVEN wine, ICCCW in Singapore

November 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Some China-related wine stuff from the Web… – Morocco-China wine connection The BBC reports on Moroccan wine industry ambitions, which includes some mentions of China: Mehdi Bouchaara, a member of ASPRAM [the Moroccan wine-growers association]… says that Morocco is currently producing 300,000 hectolitres of wine each year, making it one of the most significant in the Arab world. “At the moment we are in negotiations in China and will shortly be building a bottling factory there. Most of our wine is exported in bulk,” he explains. “With our Chinese partners we will put it in bottles that […]

Barossa wines, Beijing, and bare ass: Torbreck wine dinner with Dave Powell

November 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Rare are those times when a wine maker drops his pants at a tasting  – I would guess it is on par with the frequency of an eclipse, which is an apt comparison given you would not want to stare directly if the sun were being blocked by the  “moon” displayed by Dave Powell of Barossa Valley winery Torbreck during a dinner organized by Links at the Capital Club in Beijing last Tuesday (photo below). Before we get to Powell’s, uh, white full-bodied bottom, here are a few things I learned about him and his wines during […]

Value vino: Some of Beijing’s best wine buys under RMB100

November 23, 2009 // 1 Comment

Note: The following post recently appeared in Agenda magazine in Beijing (see online version here). By Jim Boyce Beijing stores shelves are lined with hundreds of imported wines that retail for less than RMB100 [USD16 / 10 Euros]. Choice is certainly not a problem, although deciding which wines are best is not always easy. This is especially true when it comes to making recommendations to Chinese consumers because so little research has been done on which wines they tend to like. Given this, I teamed up with local sommelier Nicolas Carre and consultant Frankie Zhao, two fellow contributors to the […]

Rough and tumble in China: The New Yorker profiles ASC Fine Wines’ Don St. Pierre, Sr.

November 20, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce The New Yorker just published a lengthy article by Evan Osnos about ASC Fine Wines founder Don St. Pierre, Sr and his son Don St. Pierre, Jr. In it, St. Pierre, Sr comes off as a profanity-uttering, rough-and-tumble, take-no-prisoners businessman. Based on my experience, much of the language is vintage St. Pierre – I have heard it firsthand in several confrontations with him. On the other hand, while St. Pierre can be intense, there is a steep learning curve when talking to him about the wine business and few people respond to emails as quickly – English […]

Grape Press: Fakers, robbers, and wine in China

November 19, 2009 // 1 Comment

– People in the wine business here say there is more ’82 Lafite in China than was ever produced that year in France. – Wall Street Journal – By Jim Boyce One reason I recently posted an exchange with Benjamin Wallace, author of Billionaire’s Vinegar, is because of the massive – and growing – amount of fine and rare wine in Hong Kong. A few stories this week riff on that reality. – The Great Hong Kong Wine Heist: The Wall Street Journal reports on the theft of 228 bottles of the much sought after 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, worth […]

Beaujolais Nouveau in Beijing: Get your plonk at these parties…

November 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce The third Thursday of November is upon us and that means Beaujolais Nouveau parties (see here for more on this phenomenon). Get your plonk at one of these parties: Le Baie des Anges: Beaujolais Nouveau at RMB40 per glass or RMB200 per bottle. French Cultural Center: Beaujolais Nouveau, alongside other French wines, including Champagne, as well as live music and food from Le Petit Gourmand; 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM; RMB130. Enoteca: Complimentary buffet, live music, and Beaujolais Nouveau at RMB200 per bottle, from 8 PM. Also of note: Scarlett: Beaujolias Nouveau party tomorrow, the 20th, from […]

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