South hemisphere smackdown: Australia vs New Zealand blind tasting in Beijing

By Jim Boyce

Call it the wine equivalent of Crowded House versus Air Supply, Edmund Hillary versus Steve Irwin, The Conchords versus Dame Edna and Les Patterson, the sheep versus the bilby.

New Zealand and Australia wines will square off in a blind tasting this Saturday at The Big Smoke in Beijing. All of the wines are imported by cool climate specialist The Wine Republic, which includes investment from The Rathbone Group in Australia.

The Aussie side will include representation from Yering Station, Hewitson and Xanadu while the Kiwis are coming at them with a team that includes Kumeu River, Seresin and Greywhacke.

The tasting is 4 PM to 6 PM and costs  rmb150 for 10 sample. At 6 PM, the staff will count the votes and declare New Zealand the winner (okay, maybe that’s just a bit presumptuous).

To book a spot, email Renee at renee (at)

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