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Double up: China Wine & Spirits acquires DT Asia

By Jim Boyce China Wines & Spirits (CWS) acquired fellow distributor DT Asia last month and while the news is a bit dated I thought I would post it anyway. From the press release: “[The move] reinforces CWS position on the market, with a larger and stronger portfolio of Icon brands such as Champagne Deutz, […]

Breathing room: China’s 1421 ‘traceable’ wine at Great Hall of The People

~ By Jim Boyce When Randy Lee Svendsen recently asked me to join a group of 12 at the Great Hall of The People to talk about the wine brand 1421, I figured I would be at one of dozens of tables. I wasn’t. There was only that one table in that huge hall — […]

Bull shifts: Modo in Beijing switches to all-Spain wine lineup

~ By Jim Boyce Beijing restaurant Modo has taken the bull by the horns and stuck an all-Spanish lineup into its two enomatic machines. Modo will rotate about 50 wines through the 16 slots over the next few months. To the best of my knowledge, this Sanlitun-based restaurant was the first to use cash card-based […]

Les vins Chinois meilleurs que Bordeaux?

~ By Nicolas Carre Depuis le jeudi 15 decembre, lendemain d’une dégustation banale, mais toute aussi sérieuse, organisée a Pékin, le consommateur s’interroge : « Les vins Chinois sont ils effectivement meilleurs que les Bordeaux ? ». La dégustation était co-organisée par le blog grapewallofchina dans le seul but de permettre aux consommateurs et amateurs […]

Where is the love? Ningxia and Bordeaux wines the judges actually *liked*

~ We asked the judges in this week’s Ningxia vs Bordeaux Challenge to rank ten wines from first to last in terms of quality (see results here). But as in the Grape Wall Challenge, we also asked them how much they liked or disliked each wine. The judges had four options: “love it”, “like it”, […]

Was the Ningxia-Bordeaux Challenge unfair to French wines? Non

~ It depends on your perspective. Different wine contests are designed to discover different things. Our Grape Wall Challenge at Modo asked Chinese consumers to judge wines that retail for under rmb100 and to tell us what they liked. The more recent North by Northwest Challenge at Hilton Beijing asked three groups — wine experts, […]

Grace under pressure: Ningxia tops Bordeaux in Beijing wine challenge

~ By Jim Boyce Chinese wines took the top four spots in the Ningxia vs Bordeaux Challenge held this afternoon in Beijing. The event featured ten wines — five from Ningxia and five from Bordeaux. They were blind-tasted by ten judges — five from China and five from France. I helped organize the event with […]

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