Grape Wall Challenge 2009

Grape Wall Challenge: Top ten red wines in China under RMB100

March 16, 2009 // 8 Comments

On March 13, a dozen expert and consumer judges met in Beijing for the Grape Wall Challenge and tasted 23 red wines that retail for less than RMB100 in China (see gallery). The experts rated each out of 20 points, while the consumers had four choices – “love it“, “like it“, “dislike it” or “hate it“. The wines were from France (6), Chile (5), Argentina (4), South Africa (3), Australia (2), the United States (1), Spain (1), and Italy (1). Cedar Creek Shiraz (Australia), distributed by Top Cellar, took top honors. Here are “top tens” of the expert panel, the […]

Grape Wall Challenge: Top ten white wines in China under RMB100

March 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

On March 13, a dozen expert and consumer judges met in Beijing for the Grape Wall Challenge and tasted 21 white wines that retail for less than RMB100 in China (see gallery). It was a close finish for best white wine among the experts, who rated each one out of 20 points, while a clear winner emerged among the consumers, who had four choices: “love it“, “like it“, “dislike it” or “hate it“. Overall, Zonin Terre Palladiane Soave, distributed by Torres China, took top honors. The wines were from Chile (8), France (4), Italy (4), Australia (3), Argentina (1) and […]

Grape Wall Challenge: Event notes and photo gallery

March 16, 2009 // 2 Comments

The Grape Wall Challenge last Friday in Beijing brought together 18 judges to taste wines that retail in China for under RMB100 (see gallery below). The challenge was a first in that it was organized by a blog, saw half of the judging done by consumers, and included  Chinese citizens as 16 of 18 judges. (They hailed from Anhui, Beijing, Hebei, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Sichuan, and Tianjin.) It aimed to find good but affordable wines and to  involve consumers in the process. During the morning, the expert and consumer panels judged 21 whites wines; the afternoon saw a fresh […]

Grape Wall Challenge: The consumer panel – red wines

March 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

The afternoon session of The Grape Wall Challenge will feature red wines. Here is a list of the six people on the consumer panel. They will get the wines in flights of ten and are being asked to judge each wine as “I love it,” “I like it,” “I dislike it,” or “I hate it. (See here for a list of judges on the expert panel.) Brian YAO, Hubei A 20-year veteran of the IT/Telecom industry, Yao became interested in wine about 18 months ago and regularly attends tastings in Beijing. – Frank SIEGEL, United States Siegel has hosted wine […]

Grape Wall Challenge: The consumer panel – white wines

March 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

The morning session of the first Grape Wall Challenge started 15 minutes ago. Here is a list of the six people on the consumer panel. They will get the wines in flights of ten and are being asked to judge each wine as “I love it,” “I like it,” “I dislike it,” or “I hate it.” (See here for a list of judges on the expert panel.) Huihui ‘Grace’ SUN, Shandong Sun is a master student in microbiology at China Agricultural University and a teaching assistant who helps with tastings held in the school’s wine appreciation course. – Guomei ‘Natalie’ […]

The Grape Wall Challenge: The countdown is on!

March 12, 2009 // 1 Comment

The judges are confirmed, the bottles are ready, and the 24-hour countdown is on for the Grape Wall Challenge, a contest to be held tomorrow to judge wines that retail in China for less than RMB100. We’ll have two groups of judges – experts and consumers – sniffing, sipping, savoring, and scoring during the day to help find inexpensive but good wines, an especially worthy endeavor given the economic crisis. This is NOT a public event – it is limited to the judges, staff at Maxim’s Solana, and the media. But we will work with interested participating wine distributors to […]

The Grape Wall Challenge: The expert wine panel

March 9, 2009 // 2 Comments

The Grape Wall Challenge is this Friday in Maxim’s Solana and we have 18 judges coming to taste ~60 wines that retail for less than RMB100. The wines come from 20 China-based distributors. (Note: This is NOT a public event. It is limited to the judges, the Challenge directors, the media, and Maxim’s employees. We will  work with interested distributors to do a public tasting of these same wines. Details to come.) Here is a list of judges on our expert wine panel. We will also have two “consumer” panels – one for white wines, one for red – of […]

Last call: Seeking a wine judge for Grape Wall Challenge

March 6, 2009 // 0 Comments

Today at 4 PM is the deadline to enter our “You Be the Judge”  contest with the Beyond Beijing program at China Radio International. In short, we are looking for a Chinese consumer to sit on a panel with five other local consumers in our Grape Wall Wine Challenge, to be held on March 13 at Maxim’s Solana. The winner will spend the morning of March 13 trying two dozen white wines. The goal is to find the best ones that retail for less than RMB100. The winner will then join his or her fellow judges for a media lunch. […]

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