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  • Momentum

    As recently as five years ago, few people knew much about Ningxia. Health buffs might have sought out its nutritious goji (wolfberries), academics might have studied the Hui people—about a third of the population—and history buffs might have read about the region’s ancient grotto paintings. For the rest of us, it drew a blank.

  • South China Morning Post (AFP)

    wine from the state in 2017. While China’s new 15 per cent tariff on US wine, announced last week, was threatening to make it less price competitive, the nationalistic fervour could deal an even harder blow, Boyce said.

  • Los Angeles Times

    The tariffs will effect only a small amount of U.S. wine — one of every 250 bottles produced in the U.S. goes to China, Jim Boyce, a Beijing resident who has been covering the country's wine culture for a decade, wrote on his blog, the Grape Wall of China. "Then again, the issue in China is often less about current buyers and more about potential buyers, the dream of moving toward a market where a billion people one day vociferously scream for Screaming Eagle," he wrote, referencing the esteemed California winery.

  • CNN Tech

    Fun blog we didn't know about: "Grape Wall of China," a wine site "covering the world's biggest market." Recent item: "What did Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-Un drink together...?" It's right up our alley.

  • Reuters

    Jim Boyce, a Beijing-based wine consultant who writes the blog Grapewallofchina, said while there were concerns that the duties would make U.S. wine less cost-competitive, the greater worry was over the image the trade war would generate for U.S. goods. "Are we going to see people in China worried about drinking American wine because of politics? That's the bigger problem," he said.

  • Drinks Business

    “A bigger worry is the tariff getting tied to nationalism, that consumers, retailers and distributors turn their backs on US wines as a political point. We saw this happen to some South Korean products in recent years and it had a major impact,” wrote Jim Boyce, Beijing-based wine consultant and founder of Grape Wall of China, “although, as noted, the amount of U.S. wine in China is relatively small.”

  • New York Times

    “Wine is something people can relate to,” said Jim Boyce, who has been covering the industry from Beijing for a decade on his blog, the Grape Wall of China. “It’s like putting a tariff on Chinese dumplings. It’s something you can feel on an emotional and personal level.”

  • BBC

    在中國內部,關稅可能意味著更高的價格。但在中國葡萄牆(Grape Wall of China)博客上撰文的北京葡萄酒顧問吉姆·博伊斯(Jim Boyce)說,美國品牌很可能能夠吸引許多已經凖備花更多錢的顧客。 "當然,沒有關稅是最好的。但其影響並不像一些人想得那麼糟,"他說。

  • BBC

    Inside China, tariffs would likely mean higher prices. But Jim Boyce, a Beijing-based wine consultant who writes on the Grape Wall of China blog, says American brands are likely to be able to hold onto many of their customers, who were already prepared to spend more. "Of course, no tariff is better than a tariff, but the impact isn't nearly as bad as it would be for some," he says.

  • China Daily

    [T]he good news is that an increasing number of tasty local wines are finding their way into consumers' glasses. Here are five wineries that have national distribution network, and are regularly listed by sites like JD and Taobao, and top restaurants, bars and hotels...

  • China Today

    “The Ningxia Winemakers Challenge is not a wine challenge, it’s a communication challenge,” remarked Jim Boyce, founder of grapewallofchina.com, who helped the International Federation of Vine and Wine of Helan Mountain’s East Foothill and Ningxia’s Bureau of Grape Industry Development organize the challenge.

  • Huffington Post

    “Red wine dominates the market but it’s partly due to producers, importers and distributors assuming that’s what consumers want,” says Boyce. “A good deal of wine is still bought here for status reasons, such as for gifts or business entertainment, and that tends to be red. But more and more consumers are buying simply for taste and many of them enjoy white wine as much as red wine.”

  • CNN

    Jim Boyce, a Canadian wine expert based in Beijing, is the founder of World Baijiu Day, aimed at promoting the best-selling yet little-known spirit. He said 30 Baijiu Day events were held in 20 cities around the world last year. Dedicated baijiu bars are now found in Liverpool and New York.

  • WBM: Australia's Wine Business Magazine

    Jim Boyce, wine writer, Chinese industry pundit and author of the Grape Wall of China monthly newsletter wrote in his last edition that he estimates perhaps half of China’s domestic wine sales are contrived through cross-selling internally and that the wines after sale are languishing in warehouses, not sitting in restaurants or people’s homes. His estimate is that China’s wine market is actually about 50/50 domestic and imported, rather than the official 75/25.

  • The Guardian

    Ten years ago I visited the Great Wall Wine Company near Beijing in the middle of winter with Chinese wine writer Jim Boyce and found its vines desolately buried underground in order to endure a Mongolian-style winter, its freezing labs filled with shivering men and women in white coats looking more like year-rounders in a nuclear power plant – though they offered us a rather fine grappa.