Grape finds: Lufthansa Centre

I popped into the basement supermarket of the Lufthansa Center in Beijing and found a bonanza of booze. In addition to solid imported wine, vodka, gin, sake and whisky selections, the latter including the rarely found (in Beijing) Woodford Reserve Bourbon (561 kuai), it also offered a decent selection of Chinese wines.

Alongside the Great Wall, Dynasty and Fengshou, which included plenty of vintages, at least according to the bottle labels, in the 1990s, there was the fairly hard-to-find Huadong, although no recent vintages. The Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were both 2000, the Riesling was 2002. A range of Grace Vineyard wines are also available, from the entry-level offerings to the Chairman’s Reserve.

I picked up the Huadong Riesling 2002 (76 kuai) and a Grace Premium Red 2001 for my next blind tasting.

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