January 2012

Lucky charm? New wine from Grace Vineyard features screw cap

January 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

~ Grace Vineyard has a new wine and it features the rare use, at least in China, of screw caps — see here for another example in Treaty Port. First, the wine: it is called Tao Fu and, says CEO Judy Leissner, “refers to the peach wood charms hung on doors during the New Year” and that are thought to repel evil spirits. It is also a family affair: the script on the bottle’s side was written by Leissner’s daughter. Made solely from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, Tao Fu is light and fruity, with the spirit of a Beaujolais Nouveau to […]

China Wine Press: Baijiu, smugglers, China vs Britain, wine auctions

January 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 ~ (So much for Lafite in my Chinese New Year stocking) Hurun Research Institute has released the results of its interviews with over 500 Chinese millionaires and when it comes to giving gifts, only one beverage brand ranks in the top 10 — Moutai. The report, in its eighth year, says that domestic spirit trails only Louis Vuitton, Cartier, […]

Pútáo people: Who’s Who in the China wine scene, part 1

January 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

~ By Jim Boyce Last year, I wrote a “who’s who in China” piece for magazine Wine Business International. There were ten categories — such as distributor, wine maker and sommelier — with a pick for each and mentions of other notable people. It wasn’t so much a “top ten” as it was a list of some key players here that those outside of China should know about. Below is a brief summary of each category: you can get detailed info on topics such as this by subscribing to Wine Business International here.  ~ Big wine company Wu Fei, COFCO […]

China repeat? Entries for 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards open

January 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Like getting a good score from Robert Parker, doing well in the Decanter World Wine Awards can be a useful marketing tool, and that includes for wineries in China. Witness Ningxia’s Helan Qing Xue — when its Jia Bei Lan pulled a stunner last year and became the first Chinese wine to win an “international trophy“, in a Bordeaux category no less, it raised this operation’s profile overnight. In fact, a total of 11 wines from six operations in China won some kind of recognition last year  — see here for a list of those and others […]