China Wine Challenge ‘trophy’ winners: Silver Heights, Grace Vineyard & 9 more

By Jim Boyce

The results of the China Wine Challenge were announced in a ballroom ceremony last week in Shanghai although the country’s vino-guzzling masses are still waiting for them to be posted on the official bilingual website. Luckily, an acquaintance at the event — who basically said that if the wines had as long a finish as the speeches, it would have caused the 100-point scale to explode — informed me that:

  • The trophy for best Chinese red wine went to Silver Heights Family Reserve 2010.
  • The trophy for best Chinese white wine went to Grace Vineyard Tasya’s Reserve Chardonnay 2010.

This was confirmed by a “Trophy Wines Subscription Form” forwarded to me today, which allows people to buy the winners in the China Wine Challenge by the case. Hopefully, the good stuff isn’t all gone before the results are published on the web site. Anyway, the other trophy winners listed:

  • New World White:  Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay 2011
  • Old World White: Chanson Pernand-Vergelesses Les Caradeux 1er Cru 2008
  • New World White: Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Sweet Wine: Planeta Passito Di Noto 2009
  • Old World Red Wine: Riscal Grand Reserva 2001
  • Champagne/Sparkling Wine: Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut NV
  • Value New World Red: Norton Barrel Select Merlot 2008
  • Value Old World Red: Ruffino Chianti Classico DOCG 2010
  • New World Red Wine: Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2009

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