North by Northwest 2011

North by Northwest China Wine Challenge: The Winners

November 14, 2011 // 2 Comments

~ Fourteen judges gathered in the Hilton Beijing last Saturday to try two dozen Chinese wines from the north and northwestern regions of the nation. To the best of my knowledge, the wines were made solely with grapes grown in China. The operations included Grace Vineyard and Chateau Rongzi from Shanxi, Jade Valley from Shaanxi, Helan Qing Xue, Silver Heights and Domaine Helan Mountain from Ningxia, Hansen from Inner Mongolia, Sunshine Valley from Gansu, and 1421 from Xinjiang. The challenge had four categories. The first three categories were Chardonnay under RMB150, Cabernet under RMB150, and Bordeaux varieties from RMB150 to about […]

North by Northwest Challenge: The Judges

November 13, 2011 // 0 Comments

Fourteen judges tasted 24 wines during the North by Northwest China Wine Challenge held yesterday morning at the Hilton Beijing. The wines hailed from Xinjiang, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Gansu, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia, and, at least for me, demonstrated the increasing dynamism of the domestic wine scene. The process of adding scores, deciphering handwriting and triple-checking everything is under way with the aim of releasing the results tomorrow. This event was more public than Grape Wall Challenge held Tuesday at Modo, with some journalists on hand as observers and people occasionally popping into the room to watch the action — if […]

The North by Northwest Challenge: In Search of China’s Best Wines

November 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

North by Northwest: In Search of China’s Best Wines Hilton Beijing, November 12, 2011 ~ The North by Northwest Challenge will be held at the Hilton Beijing on November 12 to taste some of the best wines made in China. The event will feature wines made solely with Chinese grapes and, as the title suggests, that hail from the promising regions of Shanxi, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Gansu and Xinjiang. North by Northwest will be held four days after the affiliated 2011 Grape Wall of China Challenge at Modo restaurant, which will see Chinese consumers judge wines that retail for under rmb100, […]