As the year of 2019 ends, we talked to key decision-makers in China’s wine industry to evaluate what has come to shape what’s been described by wine merchants as a turbulent year, and what’s at stake for 2020.
During a recent visit to Taipei, our cheese specialist Ivy Ng spoke to Isabella Chen, Taiwan’s burrata pioneer, who switched from journalism to cheesemaking 4 years ago. Already counting Michelin-starred chefs amongst her clients, she talks about her eagerness to keep learning and her aspiration to support local dairy farming industry!
Bonhams has set a new world record with the sale of full card series of Japanese cult whisky brand Hanyu Ichiro for the hefty price of HK$7,192,000 (US$ 917,000), nearly doubling the previous record of HK$3,797,500 (US$484,000) – also set by Bonhams Hong Kong in 2015.
China’s leading winery Grace Vineyard has purchased a whisky distillery in the country’s coastal Fujian province for HK$15 million (US$1.9 million), making its first foray into whisky production to make ‘medium and high-end Chinese whisky’, the company has announced this week.
Southern Rhône varietals including Grenache, Syrah and Carignan are apparently adapting better to changing climate, while increasing temperature compounded woes for Bordeaux variety such as Cabernet and Merlot in Languedoc-Roussilon, according to the region’s leading producer Les Jamelles.