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Vintage 2012: Wine trade staff from China on ten-day Australia tour

~ By Jim Boyce Wine Australia is hosting 38 people from China’s food and beverage sector on a Down Under tour called Vintage 2012. The visitors, who include representatives from importers, retailers, hotels and the media, are touring the country’s wine regions from February 26 to March 6. Regions on the itinerary include Adelaide Hills, […]

China wine word: Decanter’s Sarah Kemp reflects on Jia Bei Lan brouhaha

~ By Jim Boyce Decanter publishing director Sarah Kemp visited Beijing this week and I asked her about the brouhaha over Jia Bei Lan becoming the first Chinese wine to win an ‘international trophy‘ in the magazine’s annual World Wine Awards (see here and here). Jia Bei Lan, made by winery Helan Qing Xue in […]

Grand Crunnan: Moet Hennessy, VATS to jointly make wine in southern China

By Jim Boyce Terril Yue Jones of Reuters is reporting from the Yunnan-Tibet border where a signing ceremony has been held for a joint venture winery by Moet Hennessy and Chinese spirit producer VATS Group. A few key points from Jones’ article followed by a few notes of my own (see the full story here): […]

Ningxia wine: Jia Bei Lan 2009 launch set for mid-March in Beijing

By Jim Boyce Look for much-talked about wine Jia Bei Lan 2009, from operation Helan Qing Xue in the Ningxia region, to be first launched in Beijing in mid-March followed shortly thereafter by launches in Chengdu and Shanghai. The wine will be handled by importer and distributor The Wine Republic. And don’t expect it to […]

High praise: Jeremy Oliver gives Chinese wine Jia Bei Lan 19 out of 20

~ By Jim Boyce Australian wine writer Jeremy Oliver, who now has two books published in Chinese, visited Beijing a few months ago and tried Jia Bei Lan, the Ningxia wine that gained fame in international industry circles when it became the first from this country to attain the highest level of recognition at the […]

Inside look: China’s Ningxia region joining OIV as observer

~ By Jim Boyce Word is Ningxia has become the first province/region in China to be accepted as an official observer in the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). The only other OIV observer in China is Yantai in the province of Shandong though that is at a municipal level. Officially called the Ningxia […]

Indian wine in China: CWS to import two reds, one white from Grover

~ By Jim Boyce Word is that CWS will start importing and distributing wines from longstanding Indian operation Grover within the next three months. CWS, which stands for China Wines and Spirits, was founded in 2005 and handles brands that range from Beluga vodka, Trois-Rivieres rum and Wenneker liqueurs to wine labels Joseph Cattin, Trapiche […]

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