Wine in China: France goes va-va-vroom, Grace says screw it, bankers choose swallow over spit

Yesterday, I wrote about two big wine tastings scheduled for Saturday. I also have been putting up some posts over on sibling blog Grape Wall of China

France goes va-va-vroom! Customs statistics from the first half of 2011 not only show that France remains in the driver’s seat when it comes to imported bottled wine but also that it increased the lead. And that comes at a time when imports are up 60 percent year on year. Australia keeps second place, but continues to slide, though among The Big Six countries — which also include Spain, Italy, Chile and the United States — it has the highest value per case. More details here.

Grace to say screw it? There is a good chance Grace Vineyard in Ningxia, often considered to be the China wine success story of the past decade, will use screw caps for part of its upcoming vintage. This strikes me as significant given the stature of Grace and the dominance of cork and plastic closures in this country. And it also strikes me as a good idea since many of the corks used in China are crappy, few people here know how to use a corkscrew, and any wine worth drinking should, with few exceptions, be imbibed young. More here.

English writer vs Chinese investment bankers. I’ve restarted China Wine Press. The idea? “All the wine world’s a stage and China keeps getting bigger roles. China Wine Press looks at media coverage of that drama, with each item preceded by an inane comment from me, just to keep things real.” The latest  issue looks at a Jancis Robinson column in which she describes giving a lesson to Chinese investment bankers (they swallowed rather than spat their wine!), exports to China from Canada’s Aces Winery and an auction of  wine from Chateau Lafite.

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  1. That’s great news about Grace Vineyards! I always wonder why they don’t use screwcaps. It’s the only wine I’ve ever bought that’s been corked, and then the cork in the last bottle of GV I bought totally fell apart when I opened it and seemed to have a little bit of mold at the top, although the wine inside was okay. Considering it’s not terribly expensive stuff and not meant for aging, screwcaps are definitely the way to go.

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