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Chilean wine in China: Translation of Patricio Tapia’s Descorcados set for May launch

~ By Jim Boyce One of the trends helping to boost consumer power in China is the growing amount of wine information that is being translated. An influential Chile wine guide will soon become part of this when a Chinese-language version Descorchados by critic Patricio Tapia is released in late May. The book is being […]

La Cava loca: Six Chilean wines at rmb20 per glass in Beijing

By Jim Boyce I wrote earlier about the eight South African wine-by-the-glass options offered for a mere rmb15 at restaurant and wine bar Pinotage in Sanlitun Soho in Beijing (see here). Now neighbor and Chilean wine specialists La Cava de Laoma has its own most excellent deal, with six options at rmb20 on Fridays and […]

Wine Word: Ian Ford of Summergate on the state of the China market

~ By Jim Boyce Summergate is marking its fifteenth year as a wine importer and distributor in China. I asked founding partner Ian Ford about changes during that time, the current state of the country’s wine scene and what bottles from the portfolio he’d recommend for an absolute beginner to wine. ~ When I moved […]

Hard evidence: The truth of why Chinese mix wine and soft drinks

~ By Jim Boyce Foreign wine writers, educators and other members of the vintelligentsia love to roll their eyes and tell tales of Chinese consumers mixing Sprite or Coke with wine — even better if the bottle in question is ’82 Lafite. But why consumers do this — or see ’82 Lafite as the be-all […]

Head of the glass: Pinotage offers super South African wine happy hour in Beijing

By Jim Boyce Those in central Beijing and in need of a glass or two of wine after work would do well to head to Pinotage in Sanlitun Soho, where eight South African options are available at rmb15 from 5 PM to 7 PM, Monday to Friday. “Wine Time” is one of several specials at […]

Sour grapes? People are (anonymously) saying mean things about Jancis Robinson in China

By Jim Boyce Imagine that not one of Spain, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Argentina or Portugal goes on to the second round of the upcoming World Cup. That’s kind of how some trade people felt when bigwigs Helan Qing Xue, Silver Heights, Great Wall and Changyu, among others, did not make the final cut at the recent Chinese […]

China wine portfolios: East Meets West adds Ningxia’s Legacy Park

By Jim Boyce Distributor East Meets West has added a second Chinese brand to its portfolio. This past week, the company announced it will be exclusive distributor for Ningxia winery Legacy Park (留世酒庄). Last year, it added Shandong operation Chateau Nine Peaks to the lineup. “Founded in 1997, Legacy Peak Estate is located at an […]

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