June 2010

”Love it’ or ‘hate it’: More results from Grape Wall Challenge 2010 in China

June 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Some info about the 2010 Grape Wall Challenge held at Maison Boulud in Beijing last Thursday… The challenge included 40 wines, with 22 reds and 18 whites. Distributors could submit a maximum of two reds and two whites, with a maximum of two wines from one country. In the end, the challenge included wines from seven nations, with those from Chile representing nearly one-third of the total (the numbers in brackets are the red wine / wine white split). Chile: 13 (8/5) Australia: 7 (4/3) France: 7 (4/3) Argentina: 6 (3/3) Italy: 3 (1/2)d South Africa: 3 (1/2) Spain: 1 […]

Grape Wall Challenge II: Consumer picks for red, white wines under RMB100

June 29, 2010 // 7 Comments

The second annual Grape Wall Challenge, held on June 24 at Maison Boulud, saw the judges blind taste 18 white wines in the morning and 22 red wines in the afternoon. Each judge circled one of the following choices for each wine: “I love it“, “I like it“, “I don’t like it“, and “I hate it.” Below are the wines that ranked “I liked it” or higher overall by the consumers. Below that is a list of venues or websites where the wines are available. The venues tend to be more specific to Beijing, as this is where the contest […]

2010 Grape Wall Challenge: Results out Monday…

June 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

Update: We have the unofficial winners but the organizers need to meet to finalize / double-check the scores and because of work obligations were unable to do so today (Monday). Apologies all around. Results ASAP… The second annual Grape Wall Challenge, held yesterday at Maison Boulud in Beijing, saw Chinese wine consumers and a handful of experts and journalists sniff, sip, savor, and score more than 40 wines, submitted by 13 distributors, that retail for less than RMB100 in China. The results will be out Monday…

Thirteen distributors, 39 wines in Grape Wall Challenge II

June 24, 2010 // 1 Comment

Thirteen distributors have submitted wines for the second annual Grape Wall Challenge, to be held today, June 24, at Maison Boulud in Beijing. They range from the biggest importers to the smaller players, from those bringing in wines from multiple countries to those focusing on a single nation. They distributors are: ASC Aussino CMP (Chateau Medoc Paris) DT Asia East Meets West Enoteca FWP (French Wine Paradox) Globus Links Sea & Sun Summergate Top Cellar Torres The challenge includes 39 wines, with 21 red wines and 18 white wines. The wines submitted retail for less than RMB100 and hail from seven […]

Grape Wall Challenge 2010: Call for wine

June 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Call for Wine The Grape Wall Challenge 2010 June 24, Maison Boulud, Beijing ~ The second Grape Wall Challenge will be held at Maison Boulud in Beijing on June 24. As with the first GWC challenge, the aim is to find wines that offer reasonable quality at modest prices as determined by a panel of Chinese wine consumers and a panel of Chinese wine professionals. As with last year’s event, the organizers are Nicolas Carre, Frankie Zhao, and Jim Boyce. The challenge chair is Ma Huiqin. The challenge is designed for approximately 60 imported bottled wines. (A separate challenge is […]

The Grape Wall Challenge 2010: June 24 at Maison Boulud

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Grape Wall Challenge 2010 June 24, Maison Boulud, Beijing Last year, over a dozen Chinese wine consumers and experts participated in the Grape Wall Challenge by blind tasting more than 40 red and white wines that retail for less than RMB100 (see here for the top reds and here for the top whites). This year, the challenge is on again, will include more judges, new vintages, and the same price point, and will be held on June 24 at Maison Boulud. Full details, including how distributors can get involved,  will be posted on Monday. For posts about last year’s […]