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Decanter magazine and Jia Bei Lan 2009: Was it really Chinese wine?

~ By Jim Boyce How do we know? How do we really know it was Chinese wine? That is a question many people, particularly outside China, have asked since Jia Bei Lan 2009 became the first Chinese wine to receive an “international trophy” at the Decanter World Wine Awards. The award immediately had people asking […]

China Wine Press: Scottish castles, Australian winery sales, Japanese manga

All the wine world’s a stage and China keeps getting bigger roles. China Wine Press looks at media coverage of that drama, with each item preceded by an inane comment from me, just to keep things real. By J. Boyce (China Daily forgot to ask what wine goes with haggis.) Ellie Buchdahl of China Daily […]

Grape Wall Challenge 2011: Nine distributors confirmed so far

Eight Nine wine importers / distributors have confirmed they will participate in the Grape Wall of China Challenge 2011. This year’s challenge, the third annual, is slated for November 8 at Modo in Beijing. It will see Chinese consumers judge wines that retail for less than rmb100. Each distributor may submit up to four wines […]

Uncorked: Pudao Wines opens in Beijing, features Decanter awards line-up

By Jim Boyce Pudao Wines is marking its official opening on the north side of The Office Park in Beijing with a line-up of 23 wines that received recognition at Decanter magazine’s World Wine Awards and will be rotated into the enomatic machines over the next few weeks. There are 16 wines available at the […]

From Xinjiang to Liaoning: Five years of Decanter awards for Chinese wines

By Jim Boyce Jia Bei Lan Cabernet Red 2009, from Ningxia-based operation Helan Qing Xue, has been a hot topic since it became the first Chinese wine to win an “international trophy” at the Decanter World Wine Awards. I’ll leave for another post what this means in terms of such magazines acting as “gate keepers“, […]

Wine-derwall: 35 different Chinese wine bottles

~ A magazine asked me for a “wine” shot so I grabbed about three dozen Chinese bottles in my apartment, a.k.a. Chateau Double-B, arranged them on bookshelves, then clicked away. Needless to say from the photo quality above, the job required a professional. But I thought I’d share that one because if you are interested […]

Grape Wall Challenge 2011: Call For Wine

Call for Wine Grape Wall of China Challenge 2011 November 8, Modo, Beijing ~ The third annual Grape Wall of China Challenge will be held at restaurant Modo in Beijing on November 8. This post is a call for interested distributors to submit wines. The goal of the challenge, or GWC, is to find good […]

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