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Beijing wine bars: Vinolia to open in May in Yintai Center

Look for Beijing to get a new wine shop nearly next month as Vinolia is slated to open in the B1 level of the Yintai Center, also home to the Park Hyatt as well as Room Beijing, Inagiku, Xiu Bar, China Grill and  China Bar, among other establishments. Word is Vinolia has backing from investors […]

Torres opens fourth China wine shop under Everwines brand

Torres opened a fourth China wine shop earlier this month under its Everwines brand. The newest shop is in Shanghai and follows two openings in Chengdu and one in Xian. The shop covers 200 square meters, includes a terrrace, and will feature iPad-based wine ordering and education. States the press release: The shop will also […]

On The Wine Way: Shanghai wine retailer to open in Beijing

Shanghai-based wine retailer The Wine Way is slated to open a Beijing store this summer. The store will be located in the CBD and include several card-based enomatic machines, with about 20 wines to sample each day, and more than 500 different bottles on the shelves, says Marcus Ford, who heads the operation in Shanghai. […]

Eastern expansion: Opus One opens Hong Kong, Tokyo offices

Opus One has opened sales offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo, according to a press release from the California-based winery. Yvonne Chiong Mougin, a Singapore native, current Hong Kong resident, and contributor to this blog, will head the Hong Kong office, which will also be responsible for covering continental China and Singapore. She has previously […]

The RMB27998 Wine Question in China: Chateau Junding

- The price tag is no mirage. This bottle of wine from Chateau Junding in Shandong Province does indeed list for RMB27998. I am told the price is due to rarity: this is one of only five thousand bottles created for the opening of the winery a few years ago. From its architecture to its […]

One-two punch? Chateau Lafite knockoff ‘LaFight’ blends French, Chinese themes

By J. Boyce   – When it comes to wine in China, Bordeaux brand Chateau Lafite has long been the heavyweight champion of not only the rich, famous and well-connected but also of the country’s many knock-off artists. They know that by aping the label and simply changing a letter or two of the name, […]

China wine imports 2010: France spanks everyone (again)

By J. Boyce (I wrote this more than six weeks ago but am just getting around to posting it now. Hopefully is still relevant for some people.) Sometimes it feels like we have a new French paradox: Every year China Customs releases its data on bottled wine imports and France not only comes in first […]

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