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Can Wine Transform China’s Countryside?
the wines produced are mostly Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet blends, and Chardonnays.
wine  china  story  success  gansu  region  desert  money  today 
march 2018 by aries1988
China’s Winemakers Seek Their Own Napa Valley
“They’ve got all the money in the world, they’ve got all the ambition in the world, and they’ve hired all the top consultants,” says Steven Spurrier, the British wine merchant who organized the “Judgment of Paris,” the 1976 blind tasting that stunned the wine world when California wines beat the French. “It’s inevitable the Chinese are going to make better and better wines.”

A poor coal region wedged below Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, with its hilly, arid scrubland, is ill suited for most agriculture. It’s dry and hot in the summer, with long, freezing winters. But its sandy, rocky soil proved ideal for growing grapes. The Helan Mountains to the west protect the vineyards from harsh desert winds, while cool nights keep the grapes from ripening too fast.

A decade ago, Ningxia had just a handful of wineries. Today, there are more than 70, with 40 more under construction, and the government plans to reach 200 by 2020. As elsewhere in China, red wines dominate, mostly the Bordeaux blends — principally mixtures of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc — popular in China.
wine  china 
november 2015 by aries1988
Terroir: microbes, not soil?
The sensory perception of terroir in wine is likely to derive more from bacterial and yeast influences than soil, according to a new report that questions the validity of “minerality” as a flavour descriptor. "The idea you can taste minerals from the soil is absolute rubbish," says Barry Smith of the University of London's School of Advanced Study, who specialises in the multisensory perception of flavour. But that doesn't render the word minerality meaningless. A drink's feel in the mouth could give you a perception of minerality, he says. Often wines are described as having a taste of wet stone or dry slate. "If you lick a slate, it has no flavour," Smith says, "but it does leave you with a dry feel." Tannins in wine can make your mouth feel dry, so it could be this sensation that sometimes brings slate to mind. You might also be detecting a hint of slate because you were expecting to taste it.
explained  debate  wine  français 
august 2015 by aries1988
Art in a Whisky Glass, Neatly Explained
Ernie Button, a photographer in Phoenix, found art at the bottom of a whisky glass. Howard A. Stone, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at Princeton, found the science in the art.
beauty  wine  photo  mecaflu 
november 2014 by aries1988
Chinese taste in wine: The east is red | The Economist
The switch is bad news for the wine trade: Bordeaux accounts for 85% of the fine-wine market, so a drop in Chinese interest hits hard. But Max Lalondrelle, of Berry Brothers and Rudd, a London merchant, says lower prices let him “reconnect with the drinkers”, rather than focusing on collectors and prestige buyers.
chinese  wine  france  business 
november 2012 by aries1988

wine  menu 
january 2011 by aries1988

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