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Want to take a masterclass from Robert Parker?

Want to take a masterclass from Robert Parker?

With The Wine Advocate now under Asian ownership, Robert Parker will kick off his “Grand World Tour” in Beijing on 26 February. After Beijing, Parker will head to Shanghai on 1 March followed by a stint in Hong Kong from 4-6 March. Designed to “excite, inform and entertain”, the wines chosen for the different masterclasses […]

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• China’s baijiu, drink of generals, pushed to bargain bin

China’s baijiu, drink of generals, pushed to bargain bin

Nearly three-quarters of a century after it was hailed for helping China’s Red Army survive the tortuous Long March, fiery grain liquor baijiu has fallen down the ranks, hit by a crackdown on luxury spending that has clouded its prospects. For decades, famed baijiu makers Kweichow Moutai Co Ltd and Wuliangye Yibin Co Ltd enjoyed […]

• Another Bordeaux Estate Bought By Chinese

Another Bordeaux Estate Bought By Chinese

A château in Entre-Deux-Mers has been acquired by a Shanghai steel industrialist. Continuing the trend for Chinese buying estates in Bordeaux, Zhi Gen Lai bought the 40 hectare Château Bel-Air from its French owner, Philippe Moysson, for an undisclosed sum that was reportedly “over the going rate”. Moysson has apparently been supplying Lai’s wine business […]

• China beer consumption hits the 50 Billion liter mark

China beer consumption hits the 50 Billion liter mark

It’s the largest beer market in the world and it seems that when it comes to its importance for manufacturers, there will be no half measures–as latest research from Mintel reveals that China’s beer market grew by 29% in volume terms in the five years to 2011, to reach an all-time high total volume of […]

• Beijing Set To Host First-Ever Craft Beer Festival

Beijing Set To Host First-Ever Craft Beer Festival

Beijing’s emerging craft brewing scene will get another shot in the arm next month with the city’s first annual Craft Beer Festival, taking place on June 2 at Beijing Shijingshan Electrical Relay Factory. The event, the first of its kind in the Chinese capital, comes off the heels of the first annual Shanghai Beer Week and Sinan […]

• Yao Ming wine arrives in China but only for the hoity toity

Yao Ming wine arrives in China but only for the hoity toity

China’s burgeoning interest in fine wine is set to get another boost thanks to the arrival of the first batch of Yao Ming 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon into the country. The much-hyped wine is ready for sale at 3,800 yuan (£384) a bottle, but none of the 1,200 bottles will be sold on the […]

• 5 sublime cocktails you can get only in Shanghai

5 sublime cocktails you can get only in Shanghai

By all means, buy yourself a martini. Or a rum and cola. Or a daiquiri. But when you’re over the regular, the mundane, the passé, open your mind to these imaginative variations and new mixes to be drunk only in these five Shanghai bars. They are presented here — in no particular order — and […]

• Craft Beer Movement Taking Root In China

Craft Beer Movement Taking Root In China

Interview With Lee Tseng And Michael Jordan Of Shanghai’s Boxing Cat Brewery. Though its first modern brewery opened as early as 1903, until recent years beer culture in China started and ended with cheap, German-style light lagers. However, in the same way the tastes of many Chinese wine drinkers have progressed from inexpensive domestic plonk […]

• Scotch Soars in the Americas

Scotch Soars in the Americas

Central and South America has emerged as the biggest growth region for Scotch whisky exports, despite the buzz about Asia. Figures from the Scotch Whisky Association show that Central and South America has seen 50% volume growth and 58% value growth over the past year for Scotch exports. Africa saw 42% volume growth and 48% […]

• Hello investors! Shanghai forms international wine exchange

Hello investors! Shanghai forms international wine exchange

The Shanghai government in China has set up The Shanghai International Wine Exchange (SIWE), an international trading platform to educate wine investors and to sell approved stocks of fine wines. The exchange is an internet platform to act as a bridge between consumer or investors, and fine wine producers or suppliers in regions including Bordeaux, […]

• Status in a bottle, whisky takes off in China

Status in a bottle, whisky takes off in China

Darren Hosie knows all the best bars on Shanghai’s historic Bund. There’s the Bar Rouge with its flaming drinks, house music and turbocharged hedonism; M on the Bund which channels 1930s sophistication; and Lounge 18 whose expensive wood panelling and wall to ceiling glass windows exude a more modern glamour. Hosie has lived in China […]

• Cocktails in Shanghai? Check out this cool spot, minus the pretense

Cocktails in Shanghai? Check out this cool spot, minus the pretense

With high-end cocktail bars becoming the new (and increasingly ubiquitous) trend in Shanghai, many in the fast-paced city are finding that bigger, flashier, and louder is not always better. For those more interested in real drinks made by real bartenders, rather than an ear-splitting velvet-roped scene, Shanghai veteran Bob Boyce (blue frog, KABB) has opened […]

• Head of Christie’s wine to introduce Chinese tasting notes for auctions

Head of Christie’s wine to introduce Chinese tasting notes for auctions

Christie’s new head of wine in China is aiming to introduce Chinese tasting notes to auction catalogues as soon as possible. Simon Tam, the founder of Shanghai’s Independent Wine Centre, took up the Hong Kong-based position in February. His brief, he says, is to bring the ancient auction house ‘closer to the Chinese community’. One […]

• Christie’s expands Asian team with first ever head of wine in China

Christie’s expands Asian team with first ever head of wine in China

Christie’s is reinforcing its Asian operation with the recruitment of Simon Tam as its first ever head of wine in China. Tam will be based in Hong Kong and report to Charles Curtis MW, who has moved from New York to lead Christie’s wine sales in Asia. Tam was founder of the Independent Wine Centre […]

• California Wineries heading to China for 6th Shanghai Wine Trade Fair

California Wineries heading to China for 6th Shanghai Wine Trade Fair

In an effort to help winery owners and operators tap into the booming Chinese wine market, OWD Wine is assembling a group of award-winning wineries to exhibit at the Shanghai Wine Trade Fair, early this summer. From 2005 and 2009, wine consumption increased over 100% according to figures from International Wine and Spirit Research. IWSR […]