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From idea to reality in ten weeks: Ningxia Wine Challenge underway in China

~ Ten weeks ago today, the Ningxia Wine Challenge began with a call to the world’s winemakers to come to China for this year’s harvest. Today, seven winemakers from five continents are in Ningxia and will soon be trying their hands at making wine from locally grown grapes. “Challenge” is an appropriate word for several […]

China wine labels: Li Hua is for both drinker and thinker

Not many scholars have wines named after them but apparently Professor Li Hua of Northwest A&F University in Shaanxi Province is in those ranks. This bottle was spotted in a collection at Helan Qing Xue in Ningxia and said to not only date from the early 1990s but also be named after Hua, who has […]

The Spain drain: Is China at threat from cheap European wine imports?

~ A few weeks ago, China and Europe went from sipping to spitting as an alcohol industry group in the former claimed that imported wines from the latter are unfairly subsidized. From Reuters: The China Alcoholic Drinks Industry Association this week formally requested the government to investigate whether wine from the European Union was damaging […]

The yolks on Cru: China label depicts virtual wine-food pairing for Lafite et al

The fascination of some in China with Premier Grand Cru — notably Lafite — is much discussed and documented. And now one importer and distributor in China has depicted a potential — and virtual — food and wine pairing. Egg. At least that’s what the label above depicts — an egg splattered on images on […]

Cups runneth over: Major upcoming wine tastings by Torres, Aussino, Hilton in Beijing

The sixth annual Taste of the Nations by Torres China, under its Everwines brand, is slated for September 22 at China Lounge at Workers Stadium in Beijing. This ranks among the city’s best tastings, with 180+ wines from 14 countries, including some of China’s best brands, and this year will also feature Joselito ham from […]

Uncorked: Torres China officially opens first Everwines shop in Beijing

~ Torres China officially opened its first Beijing retail shop and bar under the retail brand Everwines last Saturday with an afternoon of wine, music and snacks, including Spanish ham Joselito. The B1 shop is on Xindong Road, across from the Bentley dealership, and includes patios out front and back, a VIP / events room […]

Ningxia Wine Awards: Helan Qing Xue, Xi Xia King take top honors

By Jim Boyce Ten judges spent last Friday morning sniffing, sipping, spitting and scoring more than three dozen wines from Ningxia during a tasting in that region’s capital city of Yinchuan. Called the Ningxia Wine Awards, the event aimed to gauge the quality of local wines by having a combination of judges from China and […]

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