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China Wine Q&A: Wine Enthusiast Magazine Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa

~ By Jim Boyce U.S.-based magazine Wine Enthusiast teamed up with China online retailer YesMyWine last year to publish an e-version of the magazine. In August, a Wine Enthusiast team that included CEO Sybil Strum, executive editor Susan Kostrzewa and communications director Jacqueline Strum came to China for a three-city visit that covered classes, dinners, […]

Bush vines, bush wines: Flying winemaker Brian Wilson on his China experience

~ By Jim Boyce ‘Flying winemaker’ Brian Wilson of Wine Solutions first landed in China in the year 2000, one of many stops on a twenty-year route that has included the United States, France, Bulgaria and, of course, his homeland of Australia. He remains on the search for new adventures. I asked him about his […]

“The next ten years will belong to Chinese wines”: Lenz Moser at Changyu Moser XV launch in Ningxia

  ~ By Jim Boyce “I’m sure, based on what I’ve seen during the past eight years in China, that the next ten years will belong to Chinese wines.” – Lenz Moser, opening ceremony, Changyu Moser XV Winery Changyu Moser XV held its launch party on Sunday in China’s promising wine region of Ningxia. The […]

Master of Wine candidate from mainland China: Huang Shan on sampling, selling and studying wine

By Jim Boyce I recently talked to Huang Shan – the only mainland China citizen in the Master of Wine program – for Wine Enthusiast magazine. The story was published in the July / August issue of the Chinese edition. Read it in full here  or see the image below. I thought it would be […]

South Africa wine in China: Charl Coetzee of Babylonstoren visits Beijing

By Jim Boyce Dating to the seventeenth century as a farm, Babylonstoren — translation: Tower of Babylon — has recently emerged as a wine producer. This 400-hectare operation also grows a wide range of fruits and vegetables, including citrus and olives, and includes two restaurants, a bakery, a greenhouse and a produce store. I talked […]

From sex toys to Chateau Lafite: Andrew Caillard on China wine documentary ‘Red Obsession’

By Jim Boyce Andrew Caillard, best known as one of Australia’s first Masters of Wine and publisher of Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine, is also associate producer of the China wine documentary Red Obsession. As the documentary made its red carpet premier in Caillard’s home base of Australia this week, he was fulfilling a commitment […]

China wine barrel market: Oaky insights from Amy Lee of cooperage Berthomieu / Ermitage

~ By Jim Boyce While wine makers, distributors and writers tend to be the key sources for stories on the China scene, talking to the suppliers of bottles, barrels, corks and other crucial items is also revealing. I recently interviewed Amy Lee, who handles the China market — plus California, Washington, Oregon and India — […]

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