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Frappato (red)

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尼雅2008

2015-06-30 03:33:36

Changyu chief winemaker: embrace the ‘new norm’ of Chinese market (Part I)
“张裕公司作为中国最大的葡萄酒生产、经营型企业,一方面需要生产具有中国特点的产品,向中国消费者提供具有中国不同地域特点的葡萄酒,另一方面因为中国消费者对国外葡萄酒有需求,张裕又具有完善的葡萄酒销售网络,所以开展进口酒业务以满足消费者的需求。两条腿走路,已经走在了国内企业的前列。龙头企业的动作,或许代表了行业的方向。

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TONYDEVITT2013

2015-06-05 04:38:02

Medal talk
Hello Andrew,
I have been a senior wine judge in Australia and South Africa for over 35 years and agree with most of what you have said. Sure there are wine shows and there are wine shows, however most credible (check out the judging panels and judging process if you have any doubt about credibility) wine shows will anoint wines that meet style and quality parameters determined by judges of great experience and perception.
I suggest in most Australian wine shows around 35 - 45% of wines will receive either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal.
Although a Bronze Medal may be seen by some as nothing to crow about it does tell the consumer that the wine is sound and meets the style parameters expected. No medal says to the consumer that you will like this wine as that is a personal choice (there are quirky palates as well as quirky wines!).
Also in most Australian wine shows producers are able to attend Exhibitor's tastings as part of the show process which allows them to taste their wines against those benchmarked by the judges. This also provides another check on the judging process as many of the producers been wine judges themselves.
With the plethora of wines available many consumers seek guidance in selecting their wines. Show medals are only a part of the assistance available in making the decision to buy a wine.
Educating your palate and increasing your knowledge of the provenance of wine seems a smart way to decide what wines (style, regions, producers etc.) you like - it is also a most enjoyable activity.

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VICTOR

2015-05-15 10:43:54

Bordeaux wine to gain geographical indication status in China
这是一大进步,希望有更多的好消息。

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TONYDEVITT2013

2015-05-15 09:15:10

A private lesson with educators in China– Fongyee Walker
Hi Fongyee Walker, Thank you for a most refreshing article and attitude to wine. In the words of the great Len Evans; " it is just a drink so whump it into you."
We need to help consumers feel comfortable with wine and trust their own judgement (and palates). It should create great excitement (especially when shared with food and good friends) - we do have to eat and drink so lets enjoy it whenever we can (why not always??).

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