January 2011

Not bad: Robert Parker site ranks 18 of 20 Chinese wines as “average” to “good”

January 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Not a few people outside this country have a negative view of Chinese wines whether they have tried them or not. Given this, a Chinese wine that scores “above average” on Robert Parker’s website might be seen as a victory  for the local scene. Lisa Perrotti-Brown reviewed 20 Chinese wines—13 from well-regarded family outfit Grace Vineyard, six from mega-producer Dynasty, and one from tiny outfit Silver Heights—on Parker’s site and scored nine of them between 80 points and 89 points and nine between 70 points and 79 points. Here is how those two ranges are described on […]

Wine press: Looks like Decanter magazine to launch in China, seeking editors

January 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

If I had a kuai for every time I heard that Decanter magazine planned to launch in China, I could buy a pretty nice bottle glass of wine. (OK, it hasn’t happened that many times.) I’ve emailed Decanter HQ in London and talked to people in the wine industry in China many times about the magazine since 2007 when it sounded like it really would launch ahead of the Beijing Olympics. In May of that year, Decanter even quoted its publishing director Sarah Kemp saying, “‘We are very excited about the imminent launch of Decanter into mainland China’”, and added […]

Wine word: Don St. Pierre Jr., CEO of China-based distributor ASC

January 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

China-based wine importer and distributor ASC opened an ambitious project called The Wine Gallery last week (see write-up here). CEO Don St. Pierre Jr. was up from Shanghai for the event and I asked him three questions. 1. ASC opened The Wine Residence in Shanghai several years ago but it has more of a club feel that the The Wine Gallery. Since Shanghai is usually seen as a more important wine market than Beijing, I asked why ASC put a greater focus on areas such as trade and education in its Beijing operation. He gave me five reasons: “For us, […]

An ambitious blend: ASC opens The Wine Gallery in Beijing

January 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

– Given more than a year of buzz and rumors, I half-expected The Wine Gallery to be a mess of trade displays and tributes to top brands, VIP areas and retail spaces, cellars and classrooms when wine distributor ASC finally opened it in Beijing last Thursday night. Sort of like a blend of six grapes varieties that don’t quite work together. In fact, I did find all of those things—without the mess. The Wine Gallery is an impressive project that should appeal to everyone from consumers to wine students to the trade: those in the bar, restaurant, and hotel sector. […]

Must tries: Philip Osenton of Wine Culture

January 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

I have started a series called  “must tries” on sibling blog Beijing Boyce in which I ask people working in the city’s bars, restaurants, and wine companies to give us the top picks from their menus and portfolios. I plan to post the wine picks on this site. (For the full series, see here). This time up: Philip Osenton, sales manager for North China for importer and distributor Wine Culture. Osenton, who includes a stint as sommelier at The Ritz London on his CV, gives us his picks from the company’s portfolio. – What is the “must try” red from […]

Must tries: Greg Bielot of East Meets West Wines

January 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

I have started a series called  “must tries” on sibling blog Beijing Boyce in which I ask people working in the city’s bars, restaurants, and wine companies to give us the top picks from their menus and portfolios. I plan to post the wine picks here. (For the full series, see here). First up is Gregory Bielot of distributor East Meet West. What is the ‘must try’ red wine from East Meets West?their Gerard Bertrand Chateau Hospitalet La Clape AOC (retail: RMB350). A beautiful blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mouverde from the south of France. This is a very elegant […]

Wine in Beijing: The City’s Best Deals, Part Three

January 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce (t.sina / Twitter) A few months ago, I wrote a story about the Beijing wine scene for lifestyle magazine City Weekend. Here is the third of three parts of that story, reprinted from here with permission from City Weekend. (See part one here and part two here.) – Pair with Brunch Self-described wine “geeks” can endlessly debate which grape varieties pair with which foods, and there is no shortage of tasting events, online debates and books dedicated to the subject (the latest is Asian Palate by Hong Kong-based writer Jeannie Cho Lee). For those who just want […]

ASC to open Wine Gallery; Changyu AFIP, Wine & Wine nearby

January 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

Wine importer and distributor ASC will open The Wine Gallery late next week in Swire Village North in Sanlitun. This long-awaited three-level venue will include a cellar, training room, lounge, VIP area, and terrace. It follows on The Wine Residence that ASC opened in Shanghai two years ago. The Wine Gallery is designed to handle everything from wine education to corporate events. Like its Shanghai sibling, it will also have a membership angle. States an ASC press release: “The Wine Gallery provides wine lockers with ideal storage conditions to store collections or share fine wines with friends or business associates. […]

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