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Ningxia Wine Challenge in Nanjing: Seven local producers featured, Bordeaux nabs top spot

By Jim Boyce Eight wineries from Ningxia in north-central China participated in an afternoon of wine in the city of Nanjing, Jiangsu province, last month to showcase what many see as the country’s most promising wine region. The highlight was the Ningxia Wine Challenge, held on April 24 at the Hilton Wanda Hotel. The challenge […]

Amazing Grace: Drinks Business, IMW name Judy Leissner ‘Asian Wine Personality of the Year’

By Jim Boyce Judy Leissner, CEO of Grace Vineyard in Shanxi province, has been named 2012 Asian Wine Personality of the Year by publication The Drinks Business and, according to the publication’s web site, the Institute of Masters of Wine. The announcement was made during Vinexpo 2012 in Hong Kong. This is the first year […]

Smart set: Wine maker Li Demei receives Wine Intelligence ’10 for 10′ award

By Jim Boyce Wine maker Li Demei has been chosen by London-based market research firm Wine Intelligence as one of ten people in the business “who have personally achieved great things in the past decade, and in doing so have changed the industry for the better.” Li, who works at Beijing University of Agriculture, received […]

Vinexpo 2012 Watch: Pendock, dragons, tweets and more from Day One

By Jim Boyce Given my experience of observing Wine Future Hong Kong from afar last November, I figured Vinexpo 2012 would offer just as much intrigue and unintentional comedy. Stuff like this: Unfortunately, not so far. To this outside observer, it is more like watching a bunch of kids let loose in a candy shop […]

Decanter Wine Awards 2012: Did China wine more medals because it had more entries?

A recent Wall Street Journal post titled “Chinese wine makes strides” stated (my highlights): Chinese vineyards are slowly gaining the respect of the wine world. Long written off as plonk, wines from China garnered 19 medals at the latest Decanter World Wine Awards in London, up from just 11 last year. It seems people are […]

Viewing notes: Vinexpo 2012 Watch, plus Wine Future Hong Kong refresher

The stunning high-tech design of this blog might suggest that Grape Wall of China is flush with cash. It isn’t. Thus, I won’t be heading to Hong Kong for Vinexpo 2012, which starts tomorrow. But as with Wine Future, held less than seven months ago, I aim (hope) to do daily posts from Beijing that […]

Décision 2012: RVF to reveal top Chinese wines at Vinexpo in Hong Kong

By Jim Boyce The China edition of French magazine La Revue du Vin de France (RVF) held a blind tasting of 97 Chinese wines in early April in Beijing and will announce the results on May 31 at Vinexpo in Hong Kong. The tasting panel was headed by Olivier Poels, deputy chief editor of RVF, […]

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