By Jim Boyce
The Shuang Jing branch of Carrefour in Beijing launched its 2008 April Wine Fair last Thursday. The event drew a sizable crowd as the opening day included at least a 20 percent discount on all wine.
I arrived around 9 PM, unaware of the scale of the fair or that many distributors would be on hand with samples of their wines.
A mix of locals and foreigners toured more than a dozen tasting stations. Most wines were entry-level, or slightly above, and it was a good opportunity to “try before you buy.” Many shoppers had carts loaded with individual bottles or cases. I ended up going for the “two bottles of Domaine Ste. Michelle and one bottle of Columbia Crest Two Vines for RMB282” deal.
Here are a few photos from the event. Apologies for the quality – while my K-Touch B922 phone offers good features, an excellent built-in camera is not among them.
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