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Frenzy on the sales floor: Acker says Hong Kong wine auction sets 115 world records

By Jim Boyce Hong Kong had a super humungous wine auction last weekend if the press release from the organizer — Acker Merral & Conduit — is any indication. It states that the tw0-day sale broke 115 world records – pretty much everything but Usain’s Bolt mark in the 100 meters, it seems. But you […]

Squeezed dry? California Grapes in Beijing looks awfully empty tonight

By Jim Boyce Given these photos, it looks like California Grapes in Sanlitun Soho is a) preparing for renovations less than six months after opening, b) in need of a clean up after a bash so big most of the wine got guzzled and the ensuing chaos saw the posters stripped from the walls and […]

China Bulk Wine Imports: Spain vs Chile, Volume vs Value in 2012 Customs Stats

By Jim Boyce Chile and Spain dominated the bulk wine sector in China in 2012. Recentlyreleased Customs stats show the pair held 69 percent of the market by volume and 64 percent by value, with Italy, France and Australia rounding out the top five although all about five laps behind. A comparison of the big […]

China Wine Imports Cool: Sobering Customs Stats for 2012 Now Out

By Jim Boyce Growing by hops and jumps instead of leaps and bounds. That might best describe the wine import situation in China during the past year. Customs stats for 2012 show wine imports increased at a far slower pace than at any other time in recent years. Those expecting annual growth of 50 percent […]

New deal: Up to 25 shops in China for Canadian winery Pilliterri

By Jim Boyce Dan Dakin of the St. Catherines Standard reports that up to 25 shops dedicated to Canadian winery Pilliterri Estates will open in China as part of a recent deal: As part of a Premier Dalton McGuinty-led trade mission to China last week, the Niagara-on-the-Lake company signed an agreement with Canbest International Trading […]

Pre-ProWein: China focus of Meininger’s one-day wine conference in Germany

~ By Jim Boyce ProWein is a massive annual German wine show with huge tents, oodles of oom-pah-pah bands and voluptuous leiderhosen-clad servers walking about with fistfuls of dangerously full glasses. Actually, to be honest, I haven’t been to this event, and I might be confusing it with Oktoberfest, but what is important to this […]

Fifty kuai, all you can try: 60-bottle tasting by ‘cool climate’ importer Wine Republic

By Jim Boyce If you didn’t make it to the last Wine Republic mini-portfolio tasting / guzzle fest — at Switch! in Beijing last month — you get a second chance today. This importer / distributor will have more than 60 wines available for sampling at Flamme, with all bottles available at half price, according […]

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