(Palate Press) A new sophistication about wine is emerging in China, where only a few years ago it was common to see people at banquets mixing Coca-Cola or Sprite with their Great Wall red. At first Chinese wine drinkers gravitated to status purchases of wine from the great châteaux Bordeaux, but now a more diverse group of wine enthusiasts is embracing a wider range of wines.
“Wine is hot in China,” Matthew Lance, manager of the Aria Restaurant in the five-star China World Hotel told me in Beijing. According to Vinexpo, wine consumption in China grew 140% in China from 2006 to 2010 and by 21.5% in 2011 alone. Today China is the fifth largest aggregate consumer of wine worldwide, after France, the United States, Italy, and Germany. […]
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