Jim Boyce

SuperGreat: Upcoming Acker wine auction in Hong Kong has 950+ lots

March 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

~ By Jim Boyce I got a bit picky in this January post when auction house Acker et al used the word “great” and its derivatives 29 times in one press release. Whoever writes these things must have listened because he / she / they took it down a notch for the latest missive and only used “great” 20 times. But he / she / they more than made up for it by using “superlot” a half-dozen times. “Superlot” is not a word, at least not in my dictionary, but it apparently generates excitement among those bidders tired of plain […]

China wine myths: Cheap labor, high taxes, export ambitions & more

July 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

(Posting this as a short break from helping with the Ningxia Wine Challenge. This region of China is paying for 10 foreign winemakers to visit this fall and make a red and a white wine. Details here. Deadline to apply is July 27.) ~ By Jim Boyce Occasionally during my days in China, I remove the magnum of Lafite ’82 from my lips — save the environment, don’t use glasses — and put fingers to keyboard for the trade magazine Wine Business International. Editor Felicity Carter then shapes the material into something that looks written by a mature adult rather […]

China Wine Challenge ‘trophy’ winners: Silver Heights, Grace Vineyard & 9 more

July 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce The results of the China Wine Challenge were announced in a ballroom ceremony last week in Shanghai although the country’s vino-guzzling masses are still waiting for them to be posted on the official bilingual website. Luckily, an acquaintance at the event — who basically said that if the wines had as long a finish as the speeches, it would have caused the 100-point scale to explode — informed me that: The trophy for best Chinese red wine went to Silver Heights Family Reserve 2010. The trophy for best Chinese white wine went to Grace Vineyard Tasya’s Reserve […]

Beijing’s newest singles spot: Cru wine bar is a five-woman show

July 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

(Note: This post originally appeared on sibling blog Beijing Boyce.) By Jim Boyce When you hear a wine bar has opened in “the same building as the youth hostel”, you should be forgiven for having low expectations. In the case of newcomer Cru, such expectations are easily exceeded. Just north of Workers Stadium in Beijing, Cru is a project by five women who want to share their interest in wine. The main features are a bar that can seat 12 and a long and narrow main room that looks ideal for groups and seminars. While the place needs some finishing […]

Double pour: Wine Republic to hold Jia Bei Lan dinner at Jaan in Raffles Beijing

July 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce After Jia Bei Lan Dry Red 2009 won an “international award” at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, a first for a wine from China, it became a topic of much discussion. While many celebrated this milestone for China’s wine industry, some were disappointed the wine launched at nearly rmb900 per bottle, which put it beyond the reach of many. Fame has its price. But if you are in Beijing on July 20, here is a solution: attend a dinner that will include not only dishes from crab meat to foie gras to short rib, at Jaan […]

Blueprint a better blue: On translating Robert Parker’s wine tasting notes into Chinese

June 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

~ By Jim Boyce I happily joined a dinner in Beijing a week ago with a group that included Marcus Ford, Stuart Christie and Jim Yang of retail shop Pudao Wines, Dominique Bonnel of importer and distributor Summergate, and Lisa Perrotti-Brown, who was visiting from Singapore and writes for the magazine and website published by highly influential American critic Robert Parker. We opened some very nice bottles over dinner, most of them lost on me given that I overindulged earlier that day, during a tasting of wines chosen by Ford and presented by Perrotti-Brown. Those bottles nevertheless did their part […]

China wine word: Opus One CEO David Pearson on fakes, strategies and styles

June 7, 2012 // 2 Comments

By Jim Boyce I met David Pearson, CEO of Opus One, and Yvonne Chiong-Mougin, the company’s Asia export manager, in Beijing yesterday to talk about the winery and its position in China. Pearson told me the company’s biggest market in Asia is Japan, with three to four times more volume than China, including Hong Kong, but there is strong and growing demand in this country. He also talked about everything from counterfeit wine to sales strategy. Here are some excerpts (my highlights): On Opus One and counterfeits This is a very large industry issue, one that predates [the recent growth […]

RVF 2012 China Wine Awards: Li Demei, Emma Gao, Grace Vineyard lead way

June 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Jim Boyce The Chinese edition of wine magazine Revue du Vin de France revealed the winners of its 2012 China Wine Awards last week during Vinexpo in Hong Kong. Some of the highlights: Top Region Ningxia Person of the Year Li Demei (Beijing University of Agriculture) Best Winery Grace Vineyard (Shanxi) Best Winemaker Emma Gao, Silver Heights (Ningxia) Best Design Jade Valley (Shaanxi) Nubes (Hebei) ‘Dark Horse’ Wineries Bacchus (Ningxia) XiXia King (Ningxia). Wineries with Great Potential Les Champs d’Or (Xinjiang) Domaine Helan Mountain (Ningxia) Sunshine Valley (Gansu) ~ There were also awards for “best value“, with Imperial Horse, […]

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