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Sommelier showdown: Park Hyatt Beijing takes the China wine services title

By Jim Boyce The finals of the recent National Wine Services Team Competition in Shanghai saw the Park Hyatt Beijing, led by captain Lee Meiyue, take top honors against dozens of teams from across the nation. The trio of Niki Hui 惠金凤, Honey Jia 贾晓林 and Kerry Qin 秦莉 topped the competition in an all […]

Gerard Basset to China sommeliers: Your job is sales

~ By Jim Boyce “The sommelier is a salesman, but some [in the business] do not like this,” said Gerard Basset to several hundred people, including a good number of China-based sommeliers, at the recent China Wine Revolution event in Shanghai. Basset, who brings major credentials to the table as reigning World’s Best Sommelier, a […]

China wine maps: So, um, where is Ningxia? And where are its wineries?

By Jim Boyce While quite a few people have heard about the up-and-coming wine region of Ningxia, some only vaguely know the location of this isolated place and its wineries, with “vaguely” including “somewhere in China”. Here is a look at the region via five maps. Perhaps Ningxia is best described as being in north-central China. […]

Head of the glass: Professor Ma Huiqin on teaching wine appreciation in China for 10+ years

~ Professor Ma Huiqin started a wine appreciation course in 1998 at China Agricultural University in Beijing. Except for a three-year break, when she was doing post-doc work in Stellenbosch in South Africa, Ma has introduced hundreds of students in Beijing to wine each year. While known to many as a molecular biologist and wine […]

Parker in Peking flashback: The man, the visit, the poster…

By Jim Boyce It’s been more than four years since Robert Parker made his first — and only — visit to Beijing, a trip that included sipping and nibbling on the Great Wall of China. Today, regular reader Mr Miyagi reminded me of this by sending the above e-poster. The wine scene has changed a […]

New wine show math in Shanghai: ProWein + FHC China = ProWine China

~ By Jim Boyce Messe Düsseldorf, organizer of the massive ProWein wine fair in Germany, and China International Exhibitions (CIE), organizer of Food and Hospitality China (FHC) in Shanghai, have teamed up to establish an annual event called ProWine China. The first exhibition is set for next year from November 13 to November 15 in […]

Michel Rolland to China wine industry: Work on your vineyards

~ By Jim Boyce Focus on the vineyards. That is the advice winemaker and consultant Michel Rolland had for China’s wine industry during a series of “China Wine Revolution” panels at the FCH China trade show in Shanghai. Rolland was keynote speaker for a panel that included professor Li Demei of Beijing University of Agriculture […]

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