January 1, 2013

British Bubbly in Beijing: New Year’s Eve with Chapel Down Pinot Reserve

January 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce English sparkling wine maker Chapel Down last appeared on this blog due to its presence ringside at White Collar Boxing in Beijing. This time it again pops up on a special occasion: we opened a bottle of Pinot Reserve 2006 at the New Year’s Eve party at Switch! restaurant last night. As usual, people were surprised to try such a tasty wine from England — it also helped that the rockabilly band had us all in a good mood — though they still tended to favor the featured Champagne of the night, Deveaux, with its biscuit-y aroma. […]

Wines under 元100 in China: Grace Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

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By Jim Boyce While Grace Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 did not make the top four in our recent Grape Wall Challenge, it did get good scores from most of the seven consumers turned judges on the white wine panel. Six judges either “liked it” (five) or “loved it” (one), with one dissenter submitting a “didn’t like it” vote. One consumer picked it as her favorite out of the challenge’s 20 white wines. She liked the smell and thought this wine would serve as a “perfect summer drink”. Meanwhile, the journalists who sat in on the tasting also generally liked the Grace […]