5A Formula for China Wines

    By Jim Boyce Finding good Chinese wines is tough. True, hundreds of producers create thousands of wines in this country. Also true, few of those wines offer an attractive blend of quality, price and availability. To illustrate my perspective as a consumer of Chinese wines, I created the 5A formula shown above.

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    South African wine in China: Pinotage shifts its Sanlitun location

    By Jim Boyce The downtown Beijing branch of South African restaurant and wine bar Pinotage is on the move. With the venue in Sanlitun Soho slated to close as early as this weekend, the team has opened a new place above nearby Danish restaurant Royal Smushi House. The suburban branch of Pinotage continues as usual.

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    Myanmar wine in China: Four bottles from Red Mountain Estate

    By Jim Boyce Wine from Myanmar is rare here so I jumped at a recent invitation to try some during a dinner at Temple in Beijing. I need little encouragement to visit Temple, given everything from the surroundings to the service, so these bottles made it even more fun. We tried four wines from Red Mountain Estate, founded in 2002 beside Inle Lake at an altitude of ~1000 meters.

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    Triple-A Formula for China Wine = Appetizing + Affordable + Available

    What are the major complaints I get from readers of this blog? One: they can’t find many of the Chinese wines that receive praise in contests and from critics. Two: those they do find tend to be dishearteningly expensive. This also goes for wine buyers in hotels, restaurants and bars who tell me of their difficulty sourcing good Chinese wines at good prices.

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    ArgenChina Wine Tour: 3 groups, 5 venues, 11 Argentine wines in Beijing

    ~ By Jim Boyce Every year we organize the Grape Wall Challenge and ask consumers to blind taste 40 wines that retail for under rmb100. Most of the country’s biggest importers / distributors participate: they supply up to four wines — two red and two white — with no more than two labels from any one country.

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