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

~ 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”, […]

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

~ 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, […]

Grace under pressure: Ningxia tops Bordeaux in Beijing wine challenge

~ 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 […]

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

~ 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 […]

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