January 2010

French Wine Paradox to handle Lanson Champagne in China

January 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Importer and distributor French Wine Paradox reports that it has signed an agreement to be the exclusive distributor of Lanson Champagne in China. The origins of Lanson date to 1760, though in recent decades ownership has passed through a handful of large corporations, and the house is now headed by Champagne Boizel (see more of Lanson’s history here). French Wine Paradox reports that it will initially carry Lanson’s Black Label and later add the rose and vintages to its portfolio.

Mouton Cadet wine bar to open in Guangzhou

January 28, 2010 // 1 Comment

By Jim Boyce Torres China has announced that Baron Philippe de Rothschild will launch the world’s first Mouton Cadet wine bar in restaurant No. 9 Garden in Guangzhou. Torres is the exclusive distributor of Baron Philippe de Rothschild in China and is partly owned by the company. According to Torres China,  the Mouton Cadet wine bar will have a “similar theme to its wine museum and cellar door in Bordeaux” and that it will be “the first time that dedicated display materials will be showcased outside of its territory in France.” The first thing I thought of upon hearing the […]

Wine Australia Awards in China: James Halliday to present honors to St. Pierre, Sing, Ford, and Lin today

January 26, 2010 // 11 Comments

By Jim Boyce Writer James Halliday will announce the winners of the Wine Australia Awards today in Beijing. The winner in each of the four categories — retail; restaurants, bars, and hotels; writing and education; and overall contribution to “the growth of wine and of Australian wine in China” — will receive a ten-day wine study tour in Australia. (Apparently, drinking loads of wine from Down Under doesn’t count as a qualification.) Geoff Raby, Australia’s ambassador to China, hosted an informal dinner last night for Halliday, who will lead a wine master class today, and several of the winners. The […]

Hong Kong sales ahead: First Sotheby’s wine auction of 2010 raises RMB46.5 million

January 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Last year’s slate of high-profile auctions did a great deal to solidify Hong Kong as a fine wine hub but little to empty the pockets of bidders, it seems. On January 23, auction house Sotheby’s held its first sale of the year in Hong Kong and raked in RMB46.5 million (HKD52.9 million / USD6.78 million), which it reports is its highest total ever for a one-day wine sale. Sotheby’s reports that all lots sold and that online bidders participated in two-thirds of them. The 10-hour auction saw many new and existing buyers competing from throughout Asia. The […]

Jancis Robinson to visit Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing in February

January 8, 2010 // 1 Comment

By Jim Boyce ASC and wine writer Jancis Robinson will team up for a series of events in China next month, according to a press release from the wine importer and distributor. The ASC press release states (my highlights): For three nights only in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, the first lady of wine will divulge the geographical diversity of wine ahead of the mid-year launch of the local edition of her best-selling World Atlas of Wine, co-authored by fellow wine doyen Hugh Johnson. The tome, published in 14 languages and having sold over 4 million copies since its 1971 […]

Torres now distributing Tyrrell’s, Francis Ford Coppola, Rubicon Estate wines in China

January 8, 2010 // 2 Comments

By Jim Boyce Torres China has announced that its portfolio now includes Tyrrell’s and Francis Ford Coppola Winery, including the later winery’s Rubicon Estate.  From the press release: Established in 1858, [Tyrrell’s was]… awarded Australian Winery of Year 2009 and Australian Red Winemaker of Year 2009 by Campbell Mattinson, the accolade by Australia’s pre-eminent wine writer and author James Halliday as Australian Winery of Year 2010 has placed Tyrrell’s at the pinnacle of the Australian wine industry. Owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola Winery is located in Geyserville of Sonoma County and Rubicon Estate is situated in the […]

ASC now distributing Peter Lehmann, Hess wines in China

January 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

ASC Fine Wines has added Peter Lehmann and Hess wines to its portfolio in the Chinese mainland as of January 1, according to the company. ASC also includes the wine its Hong Kong and Macau portfolios. According to the company: Through a loyal partnership with over 160 local grape growers, Peter Lehmann Wines has access to some of the finest of the [Barossa] region’s vineyards to produce wines that have seen the winery twice awarded the title International Winemaker of the Year (2003 and 2006 IWSC London)…. The Hess Collection Winery was founded by Swiss entrepreneur and noted modern art […]