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Ningxia wine awards: Jancis Robinson, Huiqin Ma among judges of 49-bottle contest in Yinchuan

A mix of wine judges from China and abroad will gather this week to taste 49 wines made in region of Ningxia. The judges will include UK wine writer Jancis Robinson, author of the Oxford Companion of Wine and co-author of the World Atlas of Wine, and professor Ma Huiqin, who works at China Agricultural […]

Are you going to San Francisco? California Grapes holds test-run of Beijing wine shop

By Jim Boyce The polished cement floor is meant to evoke San Francisco Bay, the large round lights to evoke the Golden Gate Bridge, the shelves loaded with wine from California to evoke… a desire to open a lot of bottles, at least if last Saturday night was any indication. California Grapes, a retail shop […]

Cabernet Ger-what? Waitrose in London stocks Chinese wine from Changyu

UK supermarket chain Waitrose has added its first Chinese wine, a Cabernet Gernischt from Changyu, one of the China’s top three producers in terms of volume. The wine is made in Ningxia and will retail for ~10 pounds or ~rmb100. From Harpers Wine and Spirits Trade Review: Wine buyer Katie Mollet, who buys the Chinese […]

Pisano on the patio: Torres China opens first Everwines branch in Beijing

By Jim Boyce Torres China, which distributes wine from 16 nations and handles two of this country’s top brands — Grace Vineyards and Silver Heights — has opened its first Everwines retail shop in Beijing. The shop is on Xindong Road, close to both Sanlitun and Workers Stadium, areas known as food, beverage and nightlife […]

Ningxia Wine Challenge Q&A: Winemaker Craig Grafton of Helan Mountain

In the lead up to the Ningxia Wine Challenge, we are posting some expert views of this region of China, including from professor Ma Huiqin and winemakers Emma Gao and Lilian Carter. Here is another one, from winemaker Craig Grafton, an Australian who has worked since 2011 for Pernod Ricard in Ningxia at its joint […]

OIV in Ningxia: President Quini, Director-General Castellucci to visit Yinchuan in August

The Ningxia region of China will develop its ties to the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) when top officials from that intergovernmental group visit later this month for the Helan Mountains East Piedmont Wine Conference. Both OIV President Claudia Inés Quini and OIV Director-General Federico Castellucci will visit Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia, which […]

Ningxia Wine Challenge: The Expert Panel Selects Ten Candidates

By Jim Boyce The Ningxia Wine Challenge will fund ten winemakers to visit the Ningxia region, join harvest and make one red wine and one white wine this fall. As noted a few weeks ago: The Ningxia Wine Challenge is an opportunity for people who seek an adventure, enjoy cultural exchange and are interested in […]

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