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Grace (again): Face, FT, and feedback on five wines

October 13, 2007 // 1 Comment

I spotted yet another place selling Grace wines in Beijing – upscale Face has the entry-level Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon for 220 per bottle (about four times retail) and the Tasya’s Reserve (I think it was the Cabernet Sauvignon) for 350 kuai. Face also has Catai Chardonnay at 220 per bottle. Praise from England as the most recent Financial Times column by Jancis Robinson lists Grace under “Fine wines from unexpected sources”: Grace, Chairman’s Reserve Merlot/Cabernet 2004. The finest wine so far made in the country that is already the world’s sixth most important grower of grapevines even though eastern China tends to be a bit too […]

Say Grace: The search for seven good Chinese wines (part 1)

July 5, 2007 // 9 Comments

Note: I will post the notes from the second blind tasting shortly. Action scene from my at-home blind tasting of Chinese wines (more pics below) I’ve received numerous emails from people who are either: 1) curious about Chinese wine but unsure where to start, or 2) cynical about Chinese wine after a bad experience or two with some nasty Dynasty or Great Wall. My mission: find seven decent wines made with Chinese grapes that anyone in Beijing can easily buy for less than 700 kuai for their own DIY tasting with friends. As fireworks exploded (Chinese New Year!) outside my […]