By Jim Boyce Family is a key theme — perhaps the key theme — when it comes to Spanish winery Torres. Though a huge operation, Torres is family owned and has passed from generation to generation, the younger one apparently firmly in place to lead the company. That theme was evident during a recent meeting in Beijing with patriarch Miguel Torres. I asked about a half-dozen topics — from Robert Parker to China vineyards — and the family man shone through as he often cited his children, the tone ranging from generally proud to an occasional “sometimes I don’t get […]
I would have given two thumbs up to Torres for last weekend’s Taste of the Nations, an event in Trader’s Hotel that featured some 150 of the distributor’s wines, but my hands were attached to a glass that brought unlimited refills. Instead, I’ll provide written praise. I would guess well over 200 people attended and, at 188 kuai per person, received good value for their money. I sampled many of the Italian and Australian brands but, being more of a swallower than a spitter, decided not to try the full range. The crowd included some Torres competitors and regulars from […]
Torres China is organizing “Taste of the Nations” at Traders Hotel Beijing on November 3. The 188-kuai entry fee gets you more than 150 wines from 11 nations, not to mention free appetizers and live performances. Space is limited, so reserve yours by contacting Sophie (5165-5519, extension 208 / firstname.lastname@example.org). Note: Get more info on the Chinese wine scene – go to Facebook, search “China Wine” and join the group.
Wine Industry Reports, er, reports that Baron Philippe Rothschild has taken a 10-percent chug of Torres China, which is marking its tenth anniversary. According to the site, Torres China has, since 2004, been in the black (that’d be hints of renminbi they’re smelling). The site cites Torres China’s stellar growth over the past few years and expectations for more of the same. The company distributes wines from dozens of producers, in addition to Torres (Spain, Chile, California), including Joseph Drouhin (France), Zonin (Italy) and Grace (China). Oh, and now 2002 Oregon Pinot Noir (Domaine Drouhin)…