October 5, 2012

Yantai International Wine Exposition 2012: Nine photos from China

October 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce A few months ago, I went to the Yantai International Wine Exposition in Shandong province but managed only one post, a post about an opening ceremony that shifted in seconds from mind-numbing to rip-roaring — think colorful explosions, whirring flags, raining bits of shiny paper and multiple dance performances. Or see: In with a very loud bang. So, here are nine more photos from those days in Shandong, which ranks as China’s top region for wine production, at least in terms of quantity. Unfortunately, I took them with the rather limited camera phone I had at the […]

Buy a bottle, get a glass: California Grapes in Beijing has two dozen options

October 5, 2012 // 2 Comments

Check this “try before you buy” menu at new wine bar and shop California Grapes in Sanlitun Soho. Customers have two dozen options by the glass (see above) at four price points — “El Barrio” at rmb20, “The House” at rmb35, “The Winery” at rmb45 and “The Estate” at rmb65. If you buy a glass and like the wine enough to buy a bottle? You get a discount equal to the price of that glass. Bottles start at ~rmb65. California Grapes has about 300 wines in its portfolio, says Frank Yglesias, and the wine by the glass options will regularly […]