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

~ 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 […]

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

(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 […]

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

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 […]

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

(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, […]

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

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 […]

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

~ 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 […]

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

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, […]

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