April 2011

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

April 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 from Taiwan and will focus — not surprisingly — on French wines though the portfolio will also include popular options from other countries — think Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.  (Hat tip: The French Connection)

Torres opens fourth China wine shop under Everwines brand

April 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 be the first to use an iPad wine list in Shanghai. Wine lovers will be able to select their choice of wine through this innovative technology. At the same time as choosing their favorite wine, guests will be able to learn more information about the […]

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

April 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

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. Ford says the machines offer plenty of room for themes and will include samples that cost anywhere from a few kuai to hundreds of kuai. It is no secret that I am a fan of these machines and have often used them at Modo, the […]

Eastern expansion: Opus One opens Hong Kong, Tokyo offices

April 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 worked at Jean-Georges in  Shanghai and a China restaurant group. Yasuko Cadby will head the Tokyo office. A native of Singapore now living in Hong Kong, Ms. Yvonne Chiong Mougin takes on responsibility for sales in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China and Singapore. […]

The RMB27998 Wine Question in China: Chateau Junding

April 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

– 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 well-sculpted grounds to its nursery, Chateau Junding is an impressive operation and I will soon write several posts about it, but I am not prepared — or able — to pay that much money for a bottle of six-year-old Chinese wine. Here is what else […]

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

April 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

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, they can piggyback on the success of Lafite. Now one local producer, I.P. Hu, aims to deliver a one-two punch to hundreds of competitors by merging two legends: French wine and Chinese martial arts. He calls the wine “Chateau LaFight” and hopes it is a […]

China wine imports 2010: France spanks everyone (again)

April 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 but also increases its share of the market. Last year was no exception. Imports of bottled wine in 2010 increased 61 percent over 2009 to reach 146 million liters. The China market is still relatively small but those numbers represent a major increase and it […]