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Pagoda • Shaoxing’s Finest Rice Wine

Huangjiu – made from millet, rice and wheat – has been fermented and enjoyed in China for about 4,000 years. It predates today’s more popular baijiu by around 3,000 years because China only really started distilling alcohol during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279). So, when you see 3,000-year …

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Helanhong Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

This Ningxia Helan Mountain cabernet is fully evolved. The capsicum green peppery fruit is laced with vanilla sweetness from the oak. Medium-bodied and fresh. Enjoyable on its own and with roast meat including chicken, duck, goose, beef and lamb.

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Celebrate at Aussino Cellar 

Opened since only last month, Aussino Wine Cellar is fast becoming one of Shanghai’s most popular places to hold a glass of champagne, white, rosé, and red wine. A big glass of Single Malt too! Spacious and with a very high ceiling, the tasteful décor is very welcoming. Which was …

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Domaine de Long Dai 2017

Although the domaine made wine in 2014, 2015 and 2016, they were not considered good enough to be released commercially. Until the 2017 vintage. The people involved in composing the blend include not only the team in China but also proprietor Saskia de Rothschild, CEO of DBR Jean-Guillaume Prats, Olivier Tregoat …

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Chateau Guofei Riesling 2018

Chateau Guofei, situated in Heshuo (aka Hoxud) County, Xinjiang, is to be congratulated for not just producing riesling, but a dry and a semi-sweet version (most Chinese wineries are obsessed with making chardonnay when it comes to white wine). This is the semi-sweet riesling which has 80 gm of residual …

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Chateau Guofei • Where the Fruit Shines

ZHANG Bo assumed responsibility for Chateau Guofei from his father in 2014. A former magistrate, Zhang (with law degress from China and Germany), continues to be based in Lanzhou, Gansu, where he works as a pro bono legal counsel offering free legal advice to individuals. First planted in 2009 and …

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Legacy Peak Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015

Legacy Peak Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015 Legacy Peak, in Ningxia, is situated within a national park containing the imperial tombs and royal mausoleums of the Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227). A UNESCO Heritage Site in north-west China, the kingdom was contemporaneous with the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279). The tombs are …

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Stop this Harassment

Welcome to EDITION 740 of GRAPEVINE No 50-something-year old man has any business asking a 20-year old girl to kan pei. If, for some reason, you think that assertion too harsh, then I presume you would consider it alright if the same 50-something-year old man  asked his 20-year old daughter to kan pei. Lest you still think …

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