March 2012

Grape Wall Q&A: Wine Enthusiast’s Adam Strum on YesMyWine partnership, China mag

March 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce U.S.-based publisher Wine Enthusiast and China-based online retailer YesMyWine recently agreed to team up on a digital magazine and a wine accessories website (for  more details, see here). I asked Wine Enthusiast Chairman Adam Strum five questions about this deal and about his take on the China wine scene. Here they are (my highlights): Boyce: China has seen phenomenal growth in wine consumption for years. Why enter the market now as opposed to a few years ago or a few years from now? Strum: We actually wish we had entered sooner but there is no better time […]

Grape Wall Q&A: Decanter’s Sarah Kemp talks about Asia Wine Awards

March 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Decanter announced today that it will launch a new competition, the Asia Wine Awards, on May 29 during Vinexpo Asia-Pacific. I asked Sarah Kemp, publishing director of Decanter, a few quick questions about the contest via email. Here they are (my highlights): Boyce: There is nothing stopping a winery from entering the same wine in both the Decanter World Wine Awards and the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, correct? Kemp: Correct. We will not be surprised if there are different medals given for the same wine. The panel we are assembling in Asia will be the best Asian […]

Decanter to launch Asia Wine Awards; Spurrier, Lee to co-chair

March 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

London-based Decanter, known for its annual World Wine Awards, announced today that it will hold a sibling competition this year called the Asia Wine Awards. The competition will be launched on May 29 at Vinexpo Asia-Pacific and co-chaired by Stephen Spurrier and Jeannie Cho Lee, both of whom have editorial positions with Decanter. The judging will be done in Hong Kong in September. According to Decanter, each wine will be tasted “blind“, “judged within its region of origin so that an expression of terroir is taken into account” and “assessed within price brackets to ensure wines are compared like for […]

Beyond bottles: China wine distributor ASC has logo knocked off

March 21, 2012 // 1 Comment

If you buy wine in China and check the back labels of bottles, you have likely seen the above logo of ASC Fine Wines, given the company ranks among the top importers and distributors in the country. The logo has a stalk of bamboo and a rough approximation of some grapes, though to me it has always seemed more tropical — perhaps a bunch of coconuts near a palm tree? To each his or her own logo interpretation, I suppose. Anyway, it looks like someone else — specifically, an outfit call CJG — likes the look given its bags sport […]

Wine Enthusiast, YesMyWine to partner in China for digital magazine, accessories site

March 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce Wine Enthusiast Companies, publisher of Wine Enthusiast magazine, is teaming up with Chinese online wine retailer YesMyWine for a two-phase project that includes a digital Chinese-language magazine and a wine accessories website. The following info is from a Wine Enthusiast press release that states the digital magazine will come first and include: 1. International content for Chinese wine consumers to enjoy about wines from the United States, China, France, Italy, South America, Australia and other parts of the wine world where Wine Enthusiast Magazine has journalists and editorial offices. 2. Educational articles about wine to expand the […]

Wine Word: Frank Yglesias of California Grapes on wine in China

March 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

 ~ By Jim Boyce I recently met with Frank Yglesias of California Grapes International in his office here in Beijing. We talked about issues facing importers, the wines in the CGI portfolio, and his plans to open California wine bar here in May. He agreed to do a longer interview via email. Here it is: What is the process for adding a California wine to your portfolio, from the point of connecting with the winery to making the wine available to customers here in China? We are the largest SKU holders of California wines in China with over 300 in our […]

Calipournication: Beijing restaurants to host Napa Valley charity wine dinners

March 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Five Beijing restaurants and 20 Napa Valley winery reps will team up on April 17 for a handful of charity wine dinners organized by Chi Fan for Charity. Each of the five dinners will be attended by four visiting reps from Napa, giving diners the chance to not only drink some good wines but also ask talk to the people behind them. Each seat is rmb800, with rmb500 going to the charity Children’s Hope. Here is the lineup: Brasserie FLO: Cain Vineyard & Winery, Helena View Johnston Vineyards, Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Swanson Vineyards (RSVP with Romain at romain.b […]

California Grapes among those planning wine bars in Beijing’s Sanlitun

March 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Frank Yglesias of wine importer and distributor California Grapes International says the company will soon open a California wine bar and retail space in Sanlitun Soho. The Miami native says he just signed a three-year lease for 135 square meters of space and plans to have it up and running by May 1. The Sanlitun-Workers Stadium area has seen several major outlets open that are each backed by a single importer, including The Wine Gallery by ASC in Sanlitun North, a three-floor establishment by Aussino in Regentdale Center, Enoterra by Enoterra Trading in Nali Patio and a soon-to-open Everwines shop […]