By Jim Boyce
Pudao Wines is marking its official opening on the north side of The Office Park in Beijing with a line-up of 23 wines that received recognition at Decanter magazineâ€™s World Wine Awards and will be rotated into the enomatic machines over the next few weeks. There are 16 wines available at the moment, including Jia Bei Lan 2009 from Helan Qing Xue in Ningxia, the first Chinese wine to win an â€œinternational trophyâ€œ. I just called Pudao Wines and was told a sample of Jia Bei Lan is rmb20, while a bottle costs rmb380. Look also for wines from Casillero del Diablo (Chile) to Trimbach (France) to Heinrich (Austria) as well as Chinese wines Grace Vineyard Tasyaâ€™s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and Domaine Helan Mountain Chardonnay 2008, both of which won â€œsilverâ€ this year. Sample pours start at rmb7. This is the second branch of Pudao Wines, with the first being in Shanghai, and stocks primarily wines distributed by Summergate though it does have some bottles from about a half-dozen other distributors.
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