TopWine China: Decanter masterclass attracts full-house wine lovers in Beijing


A full house of Beijing wine lovers gathered to taste eight DAWA medal-winning wines at a Decanter masterclass, hosted during TopWine China on 22nd May.

Image: Maxime Lu at Decanter's TopWine China masterclass
Image: Maxime Lu at Decanter

The Beijing-based trade show, which was founded in 2009, is one of the biggest wine shows in north China. Now in its 9th edition, the 2018 TopWine China has attracted 700 exhibitors during the three day show, according to its organiser.

Maxime (Jiang) Lu, judge of Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) and contributor, conducted a masterclass on behalf of Decanter, which featured eight wines from the southern hemisphere that has won a DAWA medal in the last two years.

Image: Maxime Lu
Image: Maxime Lu

Among the top award-winning wines tasted there was ‘1884 The President's Blend’ by Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon of Argentina, which has won Platinum ‘Best Red Blend’ in 2017 DAWA.

A full wine list can be found below:

Art Series Chardonnay, Leeuwin Estate(Autralia)

Reserve Pinot Noir, Villa Maria(New Zealand)

D.V. Catena Cabernet-Malbec, Catena Zapata(Argentina)

Best Red Blend-1884 The President's Blend, Escorihuela Gascon(Argentina)

Best Argentinian Red Blend-Privada, Bodega Norton(Argentina)

Best Chilean Red Rhône Varietals- ANTU Syrah, MontGras(Chile)

Best Australian Red Blend-Vat 8 Shiraz-Cabernet, Tyrrell's (Australia)

Gold - The Proprietor Reserve Series, Shottesbrooke (Australia)

Image: DAWA award-winning wines
Image: DAWA award-winning wines

Lu began the masterclass by introducing the judging panel and judging process of Decanter Asia Wine Awards, now in its 7th year.

The awards seek to identify quality wines that are already available in the Asian market, or those looking to enter this booming new market.

The 2017 awards saw over 3,200 entries, which were tasted blind by more than 50 international or Asia-based wine experts.

The chairs of 2017 DAWA include Chinese wine authority and columnist Li Demei. He was joined by Japan’s Shinya Tasaki, president of the international sommeliers’ association, Gerard Basset MS MW, Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Andrew Jefford, Michael Hill Smith MW and Steven Spurrier.

The 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards is now open for entry.

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