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In with a (very loud) bang: Photo essay of Yantai International Wine Exposition opening in China

By Jim Boyce The opening of the Yantai International Wine Exposition started off as a brain-numbing exercise that involved the introduction of dozens of dignitaries and the giving of numerous speeches under a blazing sun to a crowd that simply wanted to be inside. It went on and on and on, for about an hour, […]

Blueprint a better blue: On translating Robert Parker’s wine tasting notes into Chinese

~ By Jim Boyce I happily joined a dinner in Beijing a week ago with a group that included Marcus Ford, Stuart Christie and Jim Yang of retail shop Pudao Wines, Dominique Bonnel of importer and distributor Summergate, and Lisa Perrotti-Brown, who was visiting from Singapore and writes for the magazine and website published by […]

China wine word: Opus One CEO David Pearson on fakes, strategies and styles

By Jim Boyce I met David Pearson, CEO of Opus One, and Yvonne Chiong-Mougin, the company’s Asia export manager, in Beijing yesterday to talk about the winery and its position in China. Pearson told me the company’s biggest market in Asia is Japan, with three to four times more volume than China, including Hong Kong, […]

RVF 2012 China Wine Awards: Li Demei, Emma Gao, Grace Vineyard lead way

By Jim Boyce The Chinese edition of wine magazine Revue du Vin de France revealed the winners of its 2012 China Wine Awards last week during Vinexpo in Hong Kong. Some of the highlights: Top Region Ningxia Person of the Year Li Demei (Beijing University of Agriculture) Best Winery Grace Vineyard (Shanxi) Best Winemaker Emma […]

Matured two years: Nick Bartman’s investigation of fake wine, other IPR issues in China

By Jim Boyce In March of 2010, I met Nick Bartman twice in Beijing to talk about wine and intellectual property rights (IPR) in China. At that time, Bartman was investigating the scale of IPR infringements, including fake wines, in China and had started The Wine Protection Group in an effort to get major industry […]

China seal: Tasting Series 1980 from Dynasty uses Nomacorc closure

Jim Boyce The synthetic closure above was made by Nomacorc and used to stop a bottle of Tasting Series 1980 wine produced by Dynasty. The “1980″ refers to the founding year of the company, not the vintage. I recently tried this wine with Nomacorc CEO Lars von Kantzow, Asia sales manager Mark Coleman and China […]

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