• CNN (Serenitie Wang)

    How to drink baijiu: Beijing’s pros share their tips

    Jim Boyce, a Canadian wine expert based in Beijing, is the founder of World Baijiu Day, aimed at promoting the best-selling yet little-known spirit. He said 30 Baijiu Day events were held in 20 cities around the world last year. Dedicated baijiu bars are now found in Liverpool and New York.

  • WBM: Australia's Wine Business Magazine (Larry Lockshin)

    Behind The Red Curtain: What’s Really Happening in China

    Jim Boyce, wine writer, Chinese industry pundit and author of the Grape Wall of China monthly newsletter wrote in his last edition that he estimates perhaps half of China’s domestic wine sales are contrived through cross-selling internally and that the wines after sale are languishing in warehouses, not sitting in restaurants or people’s homes. His estimate is that China’s wine market is actually about 50/50 domestic and imported, rather than the official 75/25.

  • The Guardian (Lawrence Osborne)

    Chateau Changyu: a growing taste for Chinese wine

    Ten years ago I visited the Great Wall Wine Company near Beijing in the middle of winter with Chinese wine writer Jim Boyce and found its vines desolately buried underground in order to endure a Mongolian-style winter, its freezing labs filled with shivering men and women in white coats looking more like year-rounders in a nuclear power plant – though they offered us a rather fine grappa.

  • The Beijinger (Kyle Mullin)

    Raise a Glass for Grape Wall: Jim Boyce’s Popular Local Wine Blog Turns 10

    "The lifestyle blogger launched Grape Wall of China 10 years ago as a sister site to his earlier, broader F&B-themed Beijing Boyce blog, in order to zero in on all things wine."

  • Sommeliers International

    Ningxia in Chine

    And there are plenty of development projects although, as says Jim Boyce, consultant and creator of the website Grape Wall of China, the biggest challenge for Ningxia remains to be able to make fine wines in a region where the climate conditions are difficult to control.

  • (Jancis Robinson)

    Chinese wine drinkers turn to imports

    According to Jim Boyce of Grape Wall of China, 'Many people think Chinese wines have a huge advantage over imported wines because the latter, except in the case of free-trade agreements, face about 48% in duties and taxes. But the tariff is only 14%.

  • Wine & Viticulture Journal (Sonya Logan)

    China’s wine industry is one the rise–but how far can it go?

    Boyce says China's wine market has gone through a major transition since the government cracked down on spending on luxury goods by officials in late November 2012. The austerity measures forced distributors, including many that benefited from good government contracts, to shift their focus to consumers, who buy much lower quality wines, are more price sensitive and can demanding in terms of service, says Boyce.

  • Meininger's Wine Business International (Jim Boyce)

    Wine’s first-tier city in China

    What a difference a century makes. In 1916, in a lengthy Department of Commerce report on China, Thomas Sammons, the US consul in Shanghai, wrote less than a page about the wine market. The lone notable producer was Changyu, imports were just over $600,000.00 the previous year, and, Sammons noted, optimistically, “Small quantities of wine imported from the United States, and American clarets especially, have been much in evidence recently, being found in any retail wine store.” Sammons would need far more space – and zeroes – for today’s market.

  • South China Morning Post

    “How Australian wines breached the grape wall of China”, Helen Clark

    The export market would continue to grow as “decent quality wines at the lower end of the price range have really taken a large slice of the market from [Chinese] producers”, who were “slow in shifting to producing and marketing better products”, Boyce said.

  • China Daily

    “Casual drinkers cheer development of local wines”, Zhang Zefeng

    It's the Grape Wall Challenge, one of the few Chinese wine-tasting events that puts the spotlight on Chinese wine consumers instead of oenological experts. This year, the eighth annual event took place at Pop-Up Beijing around the Chinese New Year.

  • 中国日报网 (People's Daily via China Daily)


    出席此次活动的领导嘉宾有:国际葡萄酒教育家协会主席拜里·威斯(Barry·Wiss),格鲁吉亚农业部副部长尤里·诺扎泽(Iuri·Nozadze),宁夏自治区副主席曾一春,宁夏贺兰山东麓葡萄与葡萄酒国际联合会主席郝林海,亚洲葡萄酒学会主席林志帆先生,加拿大资深葡萄酒评人、《葡萄酒围城》网站创始人吉姆·博伊斯(Jim·Boyce), 西北农林科技大学葡萄酒学院终身名誉院长李华,自治区葡萄产业发展局局长李学明。

  • Bloomberg

    “The Maker of Moët & Chandon Is Sweet on China”, Bruce Einhorn

    “We are seeing a fundamental change in the market,” says Boyce, who featured 12 sparkling wines in a Beijing tasting competition last December. “The rise of the taste-based consumer is really going to have an impact on sparkling wine sales.”

  • The Nanjinger

    “Glasses Run Red in China”, Renee Gray

    Avid China wine blogger Jim Boyce, recently published an article about the Chinese sending wine into space. He noted, “It raises intriguing questions; will vintages be counted in light years? Are space-borne yeasts feasible? Will flying winemakers be called rocketing winemakers?”

  • The Beijinger

    “Chinese or French?: Maovember Blind Wine Tasting Thursday at Café de la Poste”, Tracy Wang

    "It was tough for people to tell the wines apart, but we had a lot of fun trying," said Maovember committee member Jim Boyce "This year should be even better, because we have some nice gems from Xinjiang, Ningxia, and Shandong in the lineup."

  • USA Today

    “Alibaba makes case for a wine sale with a good Chinese pun”, Elizabeth Weise

    “It’s about cachet. That’s why France is so dominant here, because of the association with French wine and quality. If you don’t know much about wine, you’re going to play it safe — you’re going to buy a French Bordeaux,” Boyce, the wine consultant, said.

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