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China wine labels: Does ‘E-mail’ wine deserve save or delete?

~ Forget wine scores out of 20 or 100. Here’s a bottle of “E-mail” Dry Red Wine from Great Wall that you could simply designate as “save” or “delete“. Or stick in the spam box. Then again, if you rate it high, it only seems fair to forward it as a recommendation. I spotted this […]

Australia Wine Annual: Jeremy Oliver releases Chinese-language edition, to host Beijing events

Writer Jeremy Oliver is doing a series of events to launch the Chinese-language version of his 2012 Australian Wine Annual. In Beijing, Oliver will be at Pudao Wines on December 3 from 3:30 3 Pm to 6 5 PM for a free tasting of eight Australian wines from d’Arenberg, Yalumba, Grosset, Hewitson, Moss Wood, Rockford, […]

Bidder up: Notes from a Bordeaux-heavy wine auction in Beijing

~ By Jim Boyce I went to a wine auction in Beijing on Saturday because: a) fellow Grape Wall guy Nicolas Carre invited me, b) the venue, Zun Club near Workers Stadium, is across the street from my apartment, and c) I have not attended such a sale before. This one was organized by magazine […]

Another French connection? Re a Cheval Blanc vineyard in China

By Jim Boyce A very famous Bordeaux Château is about to announce a major investment in China.’ This was Li De Mei’s tantalising sign-off at the end of perhaps the most relevant of many presentations given at a recent get-together of international wine luminaries in Hong Kong, WineFuture. Could this be connected to the rumour […]

China winery photo essay: Great Wall in Hebei Province

By Jim Boyce Great Wall is part of COFCO, a Fortune Global 500 company, and produces over 100 million bottles of wine per year. COFCO also buys wineries overseas, with relatively recent purchases in Chile and France, sponsors major events, including the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai World Expo, and is involved in everything from wine […]

North by Northwest China Wine Challenge: The Winners

~ Fourteen judges gathered in the Hilton Beijing last Saturday to try two dozen Chinese wines from the north and northwestern regions of the nation. To the best of my knowledge, the wines were made solely with grapes grown in China. The operations included Grace Vineyard and Chateau Rongzi from Shanxi, Jade Valley from Shaanxi, […]

North by Northwest Challenge: The Judges

Fourteen judges tasted 24 wines during the North by Northwest China Wine Challenge held yesterday morning at the Hilton Beijing. The wines hailed from Xinjiang, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Gansu, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia, and, at least for me, demonstrated the increasing dynamism of the domestic wine scene. The process of adding scores, deciphering handwriting and triple-checking […]

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