The 2016 harvest of Xinjiang has been a ‘mixed success’, with regions having to abandon part of their yields due to disease, said Professor Li Demei.
The wine lists in traditional Chinese restaurants are rarely attractive. Perhaps few managers have ever spent any time working on them. Is this a missed opportunity, or something inevitable? Hear LI Demei's thoughts on the food and wine scene in China.
Going through several twists and turns, Michel Rolland’s autobiography The Wine Guru has finally been published in China. Read about LI Demei’s view about what’s behind the glories of the flying winemaker.
Why is it difficult to define wine regions in China? Read LI Demei’s latest column and learn about details of the professor’s upcoming masterclass during Hong Kong Vinexpo.
The exciting discussions among international wine experts about Riesling’s potential to pair with Chinese foods only left me in wonder: How can a white wine be so versatile that it can be matched with the incredibly diverse and rich selection of Chinese food?
For a market, which doesn’t have a tradition in producing and consuming wines, we do need a good reason to attract the consumers. That is the foremost question we need to answer when promoting wines in China.
The Chinese wine trade has been trying really hard to push consumers who drink other alcohol beverages into drinking wine. They didn’t even realise that at the same time, wine lovers are being targeted by the sales force of yet another type of alcohol drink - yellow wine.
To teach wine knowledge in China, you don’t need to keep a stern face, with your students sitting upright, stiff as a poker. Recently I have experienced a new method of promoting wine culture in China - the 'Wine Star of China' competition.
During the Spring Festival, we are once again very busy organising and attending dinners. Traditional Chinese culture has strong farming culture influences, and in this culture, ‘eating’ is a very important activity.
LI Demei talks about why it’s difficult to find accurate data about vineyard plantings in China, and his new Chinese wine region profile series on the new DecanterChina.com.