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

“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, […]

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

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. […]

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

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 […]

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

~ 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… […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

~ 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 […]

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