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Naughty list: ~30 China wineries closed for subpar, fake wine

Some 30 wineries in China’s northern Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, were closed after state-run CCTV claimed they were producing subpar and/or counterfeit products. From a story by Shanghai Daily: Hebei Province shut down nearly 30 wineries yesterday after wines made there were exposed on television as not only adulterated, but also falsely labeled. The local […]

Seven-year itch: DBR Lafite, Summergate end partnership; brand to join ASC

No foreign wine brand in China holds the cachet of Lafite. So it came as an eye-opener when I heard over the weekend that DBR Lafite would move from distributor Summergate, where it has been since I arrived in China six years ago, to competitor ASC. Today, I talked to Ian Ford, a founding partner […]

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