October 2012

‘Awesometon’: Photo essay of Brit breaking wine glass holding record in Beijing

October 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

“He isn’t human!” screamed someone* on Saturday afternoon as Philip Osenton held 51 wine glasses in one hand at the Hilton Beijing. I first saw Osenton and his glass act in April in the office of magazine La Revue du Vin de France. On that day, he created a mini mountain of 31 glasses and, when research showed no one had achieved more than 39 glasses, it appeared a world record was within reach. Since then, Osenton has sharpened his skills all over the city with all kinds of glasses — he’s been spotted in action everywhere from The Loop […]

Shattered in Beijing: Osenton holds 45 — update: 51 — wine glasses in one hand, breaks world record

October 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Philip Osenton, who already twice today broke the world record for holding wine glasses in one wine, attempted to up the number in front of a crowd in the Hilton Beijing ballroom at 3:30 PM.  Osenton held 51 glasses in one hand. At glass 52, things got a tad unstable, and a few slipped out. Nevertheless, given that he held 40 and 45 earlier that afternoon, an impressive day for Osenton a.k.a. Awesometon. Philip Osenton has just broken the world record for holding wine glasses in one hand today in Beijing. Osenton made two attempts, the first, when he held […]

‘For (Wine) Lovers’: Virginia brands top competition, La Grange coming to China

October 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Coming to China: A wine called La Grange from a place called Prince William County. While that might sound like an attempt to leverage one of Australia’s top labels (Penfold’s Grange), with “la” twist on the country most associated with wine (France) and hints of British royalty (Prince William), this winery hails, in fact, from Virginia, is owned by Chinese company Beida Jade Bird and just sent its first shipment to China. From this story by Jeremy Borden in the Washington Post: For the Winery at La Grange in Haymarket, the development of a Chinese market is somewhat fitting. The […]

Long Finish: Stay in the Presidential Suite after Beijing Hilton’s Food & Wine Experience

October 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

~ By Jim Boyce Hilton Beijing will hold one of my favorite and one of the city’s longest-running annual booze events on October 27 when the bottles are opened for the fifteenth annual Food & Wine Experience. More than 1000 wines to sample, plus spirits, beers and snacks, plus seminars on coffee and chocolate, plus… did I mention more than 1000 wines to sample? For one reader, it gets even better, because I’m running a contest that gives the winner two tickets to the event, dinner at the Hilton’s One East or Elements restaurant, breakfast next day and — in […]

A Seating Change at ASC John Watkins new CEO, Don St. Pierre executive chair

October 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

China-based wine importer and distributor ASC has announced that John Watkins will take over as CEO from Don St. Pierre Jr, who will become executive chairman: The board of ASC Fine Wines announced today that Don St. Pierre Jr., Co-founder and CEO has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Board and John D. Watkins has been appointed to succeed St. Pierre as the Chief Executive Officer. The change is effective October 15, 2012. As Executive Chairman of the Board, St. Pierre will remain heavily involved in the business… Watkins has more than twenty-five years of success in China…. [He] is […]

Celebrity wines: Lady GaGamay, Syrah Elton John, Shaqteau O’Neal and more

October 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

Lady GaGamay Syraz Elton John Tiger Woodsbridge Carménère San Diego Chianti Reeves Shaqteau O’Neal Just a few wine brands with which savvy celebrities might cash in. You can find dozens more listed below — from Riesling Witherspoon to Barbera Streisand. They come from a contest I held two years ago on sibling blog Beijing Boyce. The grand prize: two tickets to the Hilton Beijing Food and Wine Experience, plus dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel. This year, in honor of the fifteenth anniversary of this annual event, look for the winner to get a room upgrade to the […]

Tasting and touring in Ningxia: A dozen pics from Jancis Robinson’s China trip

October 10, 2012 // 3 Comments

~ By Jim Boyce Fans of UK wine critic Jancis Robinson might well have seen her four posts about a recent trip to the Ningxia region in China. The “free for all” section included one titled “China’s most promising wine region?” while paid subscribers could read her overview of Ningxia, outline of ~20 of its wineries and notes on more than 50 local wines. She also recently wrote a column about Ningxia for the Financial Times (see Châteaux China) and a post about a Changyu wine from Ningxia now available in retail in London (see here). This was not only […]

Australian wine in China: Michael Fragos of Chapel Hill visits Beijing

October 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

~ By Jim Boyce If you are starting to think this blog is almost always about Ningxia, and that coverage of a Beijing visit by winemaker Michael Fragos of Australia’s Chapel Hill would be a welcome diversion, this post might elicit mixed reactions — Fragos did recently come to Beijing. But it was en route to spending several days at winery Helan Qing Xue in… Ningxia. Anyway, before going west, Fragos took time to talk about his wines, distributed in China by The Wine Republic. The winery itself is in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide in South Australia, and symbolized […]

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