• Wines and Vines (Jim Boyce)

    Is China a Long-Term Play for U.S. Wine?

    "It sounds crazy but the United States sent less wine to China in 2017 than 2011 despite the imported wine market more than doubling there from 26.8 million to 61.5 million 9-liter cases. The Wine Institute listed 1.58 million cases of exports to China last year, down from 1.79 million cases seven years earlier, a performance as flat as week-old Schramsberg."

  • South China Morning Post (AFP)

    In China, there’s a new crop of connoisseurs as taste for wine grows

    “And then the internet came along, and the smartphone came along, and suddenly consumers had thousands of choices, from lots of countries,” he said. “This put a tremendous amount of pressure on the local companies to get better, because those companies were focused more on marketing than on quality.”

  • Momentum (Jim Boyce)

    China’s Grape Expectations

    As recently as five years ago, few people knew much about Ningxia. Health buffs might have sought out its nutritious goji (wolfberries), academics might have studied the Hui people—about a third of the population—and history buffs might have read about the region’s ancient grotto paintings. For the rest of us, it drew a blank.

  • South China Morning Post (AFP)

    Chinese consumers urged to boycott US firms, but Big Mac, KFC fans unconvinced

    wine from the state in 2017. While China’s new 15 per cent tariff on US wine, announced last week, was threatening to make it less price competitive, the nationalistic fervour could deal an even harder blow, Boyce said.

  • Los Angeles Times (Don Lee, Jonathan Kaiman)

    China retaliates against U.S. tariffs, escalates trade war

    The tariffs will effect only a small amount of U.S. wine — one of every 250 bottles produced in the U.S. goes to China, Jim Boyce, a Beijing resident who has been covering the country's wine culture for a decade, wrote on his blog, the Grape Wall of China. "Then again, the issue in China is often less about current buyers and more about potential buyers, the dream of moving toward a market where a billion people one day vociferously scream for Screaming Eagle," he wrote, referencing the esteemed California winery.

  • CNN Tech (Dylan Byers)

    PACIFIC for April 4

    Fun blog we didn't know about: "Grape Wall of China," a wine site "covering the world's biggest market." Recent item: "What did Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-Un drink together...?" It's right up our alley.

  • Reuters (Brenda Goh)

    Trade tensions stoke worries of anti-U.S. backlash in China

    Jim Boyce, a Beijing-based wine consultant who writes the blog Grapewallofchina, said while there were concerns that the duties would make U.S. wine less cost-competitive, the greater worry was over the image the trade war would generate for U.S. goods. "Are we going to see people in China worried about drinking American wine because of politics? That's the bigger problem," he said.

  • Drinks Business (Natalie Wang)

    China enforces tax hike for American wine imports

    “A bigger worry is the tariff getting tied to nationalism, that consumers, retailers and distributors turn their backs on US wines as a political point. We saw this happen to some South Korean products in recent years and it had a major impact,” wrote Jim Boyce, Beijing-based wine consultant and founder of Grape Wall of China, “although, as noted, the amount of U.S. wine in China is relatively small.”

  • New York Times (Natalie Kitroeff)

    China Finds California Wine Pairs Well With a Trade War

    “Wine is something people can relate to,” said Jim Boyce, who has been covering the industry from Beijing for a decade on his blog, the Grape Wall of China. “It’s like putting a tariff on Chinese dumplings. It’s something you can feel on an emotional and personal level.”

  • 纽约时报中文网


    葡萄酒是人们能理解的东西,”吉姆·博伊斯(Jim Boyce)说,他在自己的博客“葡萄围城”(Grape Wall of China)上从北京报道中国葡萄酒市场已有十年。

  • BBC


    在中國內部,關稅可能意味著更高的價格。但在中國葡萄牆(Grape Wall of China)博客上撰文的北京葡萄酒顧問吉姆·博伊斯(Jim Boyce)說,美國品牌很可能能夠吸引許多已經凖備花更多錢的顧客。 "當然,沒有關稅是最好的。但其影響並不像一些人想得那麼糟,"他說。

  • BBC (Natalie Sherman)

    Industry ferment: US wine industry crushed over tariffs

    Inside China, tariffs would likely mean higher prices. But Jim Boyce, a Beijing-based wine consultant who writes on the Grape Wall of China blog, says American brands are likely to be able to hold onto many of their customers, who were already prepared to spend more. "Of course, no tariff is better than a tariff, but the impact isn't nearly as bad as it would be for some," he says.

  • China Daily (Jim Boyce)

    Best of the bunch

    [T]he good news is that an increasing number of tasty local wines are finding their way into consumers' glasses. Here are five wineries that have national distribution network, and are regularly listed by sites like JD and Taobao, and top restaurants, bars and hotels...

  • China Today (Jacques Fourrier)

    Ningxia Winemakers’ Challenge: Flushed with Success

    “The Ningxia Winemakers Challenge is not a wine challenge, it’s a communication challenge,” remarked Jim Boyce, founder of, who helped the International Federation of Vine and Wine of Helan Mountain’s East Foothill and Ningxia’s Bureau of Grape Industry Development organize the challenge.

  • Huffington Post (Taylor Butch)

    New ‘Red Revolution’ Underway In China

    “Red wine dominates the market but it’s partly due to producers, importers and distributors assuming that’s what consumers want,” says Boyce. “A good deal of wine is still bought here for status reasons, such as for gifts or business entertainment, and that tends to be red. But more and more consumers are buying simply for taste and many of them enjoy white wine as much as red wine.”

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