Ningxia vs Bordeaux Challenge

Where is the love? Ningxia and Bordeaux wines the judges actually *liked*

December 16, 2011 // 1 Comment

~ We asked the judges in this week’s Ningxia vs Bordeaux Challenge to rank ten wines from first to last in terms of quality (see results here). But as in the Grape Wall Challenge, we also asked them how much they liked or disliked each wine. The judges had four options: “love it”, “like it”, “don’t like it” or “hate it”. This methodology seems to bother some wine industry people but I don’t care. As a consumer, I wanted to know the wines judges think are best made and the wines judges most enjoy. More than half of the judges […]

Was the Ningxia-Bordeaux Challenge unfair to French wines? Non

December 15, 2011 // 4 Comments

~ It depends on your perspective. Different wine contests are designed to discover different things. Our Grape Wall Challenge at Modo asked Chinese consumers to judge wines that retail for under rmb100 and to tell us what they liked. The more recent North by Northwest Challenge at Hilton Beijing asked three groups — wine experts, reporters, and chefs and bartenders — what they thought of 24 wines from wineries in regions such as Shanxi, Gansu and Xinjiang. Yesterday’s Ningxia vs Bordeaux Challenge, organized with TasteV at Zun Cellar, also had a purpose. It asked five Chinese and five French judges […]

Grace under pressure: Ningxia tops Bordeaux in Beijing wine challenge

December 14, 2011 // 40 Comments

~ By Jim Boyce Chinese wines took the top four spots in the Ningxia vs Bordeaux Challenge held this afternoon in Beijing. The event featured ten wines — five from Ningxia and five from Bordeaux. They were blind-tasted by ten judges — five from China and five from France. I helped organize the event with website TasteV, wine club Zun, and fellow Grape Wall contributors. The judges were asked to rank the wines from first to tenth based on quality. First place was worth one point, second place worth two points, and so on. The wines with the lowest total […]

Tóu to tête: Bordeaux-Ningxia Wine Challenge set for Wednesday in Beijing

December 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

~ The Ningxia-Bordeaux Wine Challenge will be held on Wednesday, December 14, in Beijing. Bordeaux wines have long held the highest status in China. Ningxia wines are getting increasing praise at home and in international competitions and publications. And the Ningxia wines in the challenge tend to involve wine makers trained in Bordeaux and/or the styles common there. These factors should make for an interesting event. The challenge will have ten judges: five from China, headed by professor Ma Huiqin*, and five from abroad, headed by wine consultant Nicolas Carre.* They will blind-taste ten wines: five from Ningxia and five from Bordeaux. […]