Head of Christie’s wine to introduce Chinese tasting notes for auctions
on 23/03/11 at 9:51 amWine
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 of his first moves – apart from serving vintage tea in the auction rooms – will be to begin adding original Chinese tasting notes alongside the traditional translated notes.
The main reason for this, Tam says, is that many western descriptors – such as blackberry and blackcurrant, or concepts such as ‘forest floor’ – are so uncommon in China as to be meaningless.
‘You can describe a rare old Burgundy as having “forest floor” or “earthy” characteristics – but when you translate that literally, you’d be lucky to find a forest in the middle of Shanghai.’