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 was held, though most major distributors’ wines are available in dozens of cities throughout China.
More details on the judges as well as the expert picks, event photos, and analysis of the results will be posted this week. The event sponsors were Maison Boulud, which provided the venue, staff support, and lunch, and Winpact, which provided gifts for the consumer judges.
Of the 18 wines in the white wine portion, nine wines received an “I liked it” ranking or higher from the consumer judges.
Obikwa Sauvignon Blanc 2009, South Africa, from French Wine Paradox, RMB75
Henri Ehrhart Pinot Blanc 2008, France, from CMP, RMB99
Double Bay Semillon-Chardonnay 2007, Australia, from Links, RMB95
Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Chile, from ASC, RMB87
Black Wing Chardonnay 2008, Australia, from Sea & Sun, RMB75
Callia Alta Chardonnay-Torrontes 2009, Argentina, from Torres, RMB83
Ampakama Viognier 2008, Argentina, from Enoteca, RMB98
Martins Andino White 2009, Argentina, from French Wine Paradox, RMB65
Las Condes Chardonnay 2009, Chile, from East Meets West, RMB86
Of the 22 wines in the contest, the following received an “I liked it” ranking or higher from the consumer judges.
Black Wing Shiraz 2006, Australia, from Sea & Sun, RMB87
Finca el Origen Malbec 2008, Argentina, from Aussino, RMB90
Las Condes Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Chile, from East Meets West, RMB86
Two Oceans Shiraz 2009, South Africa, from ASC, RMB84
Sacred Hill Shiraz 2008, Australia, from Torres, RMB87
Sacred Hill Cabernet-Merlot 2008, Australia, from Torres, RMB87
Mont Besson Syrah-Grenache 2008, France, from Globus, RMB88
Paso del Sol Merlot 2008, Chile, from DT Asia, RMB90
Monastier Shiraz 2009, France, from DT Asia, RMB98
Fortant Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, France, from ASC, RMB92
Santa Carolina Carmenere 2008, Chile, from Aussino, RMB98
Retamo Bonarda-Malbec 2009, Argentina, from Summergate, RMB89
Ramirana Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Chile, from Top Cellar, RMB94
El Vuelo Merlot 2009, Chile, from Links, RMB98
Manon Tempranillo 2008, Spain, from Globus, RMB99
Where to buy
Venues or websites where the above wines can be purchased, with more to come. (Note: I found about half of the above wines during a visit to Jenny Lou’s in Lido in Beijing, many of them at prices lower, and in some cases on special at up to RMB20 off, than on the distributors’ Web sites. – JB)
ASC: Available at Carrefour, Auchon, and Jenny Lou’s in Beijing.
Aussino: Finca el Origen is available here; both it and Santa Carolina available at the Aussino shop at 1F, Regent Land apartments, 66 Workers Stadium North Road, across from the east entrance of Swissotel.
CMP: Available at Boucherie Michel shops in Beijing.
DT-Asia: Available at Carrefour and Auchon
East Meets West: Available via the Web site, though it is currently under renovation.
French Wine Paradox: Available at Carrefour.
Links: Available at Jenny Lou’s in Beijing.
Globus: Available in Shanghai on Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Road, near Hunan Road (021 6466 8969) and at Highstreet Loft 283, Jianguo Xi Road, Building 5, near Xiangyang Road (021 5466 1575). In Beijing, contact 5206-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sea & Sun: Available at Jenny Lou’s in Beijing.
Summergate: Available via the company Web site.
Top Cellar: Available at the company’s shops in Beijing and Shanghai.
Torres: Available via the company Web site.
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