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January 3, 2008

Is China a Wine Taster’s Paradise?

Perhaps - but the chances of us making it to Beijing any time soon - seems remote. Still - the author has some really good points on what makes China and wine great.

“A wine lover’s paradise?” you ask. “Surely that’s just a bit of New Year’s celebratory hyperbole?”

Well, perhaps “paradise” is going too far, but Beijing and Shanghai are great places to be if you speak English and have a moderate amount of money, by Western standards, in your pocket to invest in your budding wine habit. Consider:

Unlike in most other major wine-producing countries - and China is a major wine producer, at least in volume terms – wine lists in Shanghai and Beijing tend to have a wide range of countries and wine styles represented. It is rare to see any North American or South American wines on lists in Australia. It is rare to see any imported wines at all in France, Italy and Spain. The best wine bars, restaurants and quality retailers here have wide selections of wines from around the world. If wine variety is the spice of life, Beijing and Shanghai measure up well.



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Posted by Blogpire Productions at January 3, 2008 10:36 AM
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