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  • The Chinese like to drink wine. China’s millionaires, of which there are beau coup, don’t think twice about dropping $300 on a bottle of wine. And, since China’s economy looks like it’s emerging from its recent doldrums, wine consumption is on the upswing. Not only is per capi…
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  • ATTRACTING drinkers who are occasional or non-wine consumers will be a key battleground in China in years to come, Adelaide based industry expert Dr Justin Cohen says.Australian wine — predominantly red — has experienced staggering growth in the past decade in China, with sales …
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  • Don't tell it to French winemakers, but in 2015, the Chinese wine industry hit a major milestone by narrowly surpassing France in land dedicated to vineyards. With 7,990 square kilometers of grape-growing land concentrated mostly in China’s north-central and northwestern regi…
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  • Italy is one of the biggest wine producing countries in the world, and wines from Italy usually take a considerable share in mature wine markets including the US, UK and Germany.However, customs figures show that in 2015 Italy only ranks 5th as the source country of imported wines…
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  • Emma Gao, the formidable winemaker behind China’s leading boutique winery Silver Heights in northern China, is one of the forefront vintners revolutionising consumers’ attitude towards Chinese wines. A certified oenologist trained in Bordeaux, Gao studied oenology at Bordeaux Un…
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  • A black Mercedes R320 pulls up in the muddy driveway, and out steps a tanned 71-year old . Gao Lin’s handshake is firm. His wide brown American-style cowboy hat betrays a more sober communist past.He was once a soldier during the Cultural Revolution, then a government cadre under…
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  • China’s leading enologist Li Demei is responsible for helping improve the quality of Chinese wines in the global stage with his various consulting work, particularly in China’s northwestern Ningxia and Xinjiang provinces. Voted as one of the 10 most influential wine consultants …
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  • China’s premium wine region Ningxia will likely see a drop of 5% in wine production compared with last year due to heavy rainfalls in September, says Li Demei, China’s leading wine expert.In a phone interview withdbHK, Li said floods earlier this year along Helan Mountain affect…
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  • It wasbound to come to an end eventually. Having spent years fantasising about the cloud of bliss life would be if only I could pass all my Master of Wine exams and “just” have the research paper left, I now find that peachy cloud slowly evaporating and myself settling into the …
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  • IN last week’s column I suggested red Burgundies for Christmas, but the holiday season in China is much more expansive in terms of occasions and length of time. In Shanghai, festivities start well before Christmas and extend through the Chinese New Year and encompass a myriad of …
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  • What has changed for Australian wines in China since the two countries signed the Free Trade Agreements a year ago? Decanter spoke exclusively to Wine Australia, Chinese importers and wine experts to grasp the momentum.Image: Australian Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb a…
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  • Justin Cohen from Ehrenberg-Bass Institute has said that China’s rapidly evolving wine consumer market is like “dog years” with one year in China equating to seven years elsewhere.Justin Cohen speaking at Meiburg’s Wine in China conferenceSpeaking at the Wine in China conferen…
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  • When we think of countries with long-standing relationships to wine, we most often think of European countries like France or Italy. But Europeans aren’t the only ones who have enjoyed the occasional fermented beverage. In fact, history tells us that the fermentation of various f…
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  • When Watson’s Wine Cellars opened its doors in 1998, Hong Kong was a very different place. Only a year had passed since the island and the New Territories had been handed back by the UK to China, and the atmosphere was uncertain. How accommodating would the new regime be to the B…
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  • Linda KennedyChina just trounced snooty sommeliers in the 100ml final of the Chardonnay Olympics. That’s millilitres. China’s medal haul in Rio was judged poor – but they don’t lose in booze.The nation’s wine tasters won a blind-tasting competition, vanquishing in ‘vin’ the…
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  • Chinese are traveling abroad in record numbers and those traveling to bring with them disposable income.According to GfK’s analysis, nearly 110 million Chinese traveled overseas last year, spending US$229 billion. And these travels have heightened Chinese consumer’s overall inte…
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  • When Westerners think and drink wine, wethink and drinkEurope, North and South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. But what aboutthe largest continent on the globe?Vinexpo Asia-Pacific 2016 in Hong Kong.( DALE DE LA REY/AFP/Getty Images)To some, a perceived lack of …
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  • The ground is dusty, but on either side the rows of vines are lush.“These are Merlot grapes, the ones we’re harvesting today,” says Emma Gao. “We’ll pick the Cabernets in another two weeks. They need more sun to get sweeter.”Gao is a wine pioneer in this dry corner of China …
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  • At a recent CANVAS (Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma) seminar on Chinese visitors to Napa Valley, consultant John Stallcup provided many useful hints.First, acknowledge the oldest person in the group with a very slight bow or nod. In China, seniority matters: the oldes…
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  • Workers in the Grace VineyardOn a rare clear day Grace Vineyard, 500km southwest of Beijing, might be mistaken for a chic winery in Tuscany. The balcony doors of the Italianate mansion open over lush rows of grape vines stretching to the horizon, where mountains hover in the heat …
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