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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 […]

China Wine Press: ProWine Shanghai to expand, plus Constellation-VATS deal, tough cheese pairing

~ China Wine Press covers coverage of the local scene. For more on wine and China, get the Grape Wall newsletter — sign up here, sample here — or follow on Twitter here. More Mondavi Global heavyweight Constellation Brands and well-established local operation VATS Liquor are joining forces to sell Robert Mondavi wine in China. […]

Double bubble: Grace Vineyard plans to release two sparkling wines at VinExpo

~ By Jim Boyce While there is no shortage of chatter about how red dominates white when it comes to still wine in China, we rarely hear a mention of bubbly. But if all goes to plan, we are set for the fizziest year yet in terms of quality local sparkling wines. The big story for […]

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