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勃艮第2017期酒品鑑:白勝於紅

FOCUS 15-1-2019

每年元旦過後,都是酒評人最忙碌的日子,原因是全球最名貴酒區法國勃艮第的生產商,會在這時舉行期酒品鑑會,讓業界及愛好者品嚐仍在橡木桶陳年、於前年釀製的新酒,客戶也可提前認購。筆者也趁熱鬧跑了幾場期酒品鑑會,結論是該年份的勃艮第「白勝於紅」。



CHINA’S MOUTAI WINE COMPANY SEEKS TO EXPAND TO ITALY

NEWS 14-1-2019

A delegation of Moutai Wine Company, the wine business arm of the world’s most valuable spirit producer Kweichow Moutai, has met with former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema seeking to establish a production base in Italy.



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CHINESE OWNER OF NZ LABOUR AGENCY FINED NZ$120,000 FOR EXPLOITING WORKERS

NEWS 11-1-2019

Marlborough based Double Seven Services, which supplies labours to vineyards, and its Chinese owner Qin Zhang, were fined more than $120,000 after failing to pay minimum wage and keep correct records for almost 200 employees.



TAIWAN’S KAVALAN LAUNCHED GIN WITH LOCAL FRUIT FLAVOURS

NEWS 10-1-2019

Taiwan’s Kavalan has introduced a new triple-distilled gin using a botanical recipe full of tropical flavours, including local specialities like kumquat peels, dried star fruit and guava.



AUSTRALIA’S ACCOLADE TO APPLY “COVERT TRACERS” IN QR CODES TO COMBAT CHINESE COUNTERFEITS

NEWS 8-1-2019

Australia's biggest wine producer Accolade Wines has signed a deal with anti-counterfeit company YPB to apply “covert tracers” to its premium wines to combat counterfeit problems in the China market.



響應「一月酒戒」 紅茶菌Kombucha當香檳

FOCUS 7-1-2019

記得紅茶菌嗎?這款我們兒時在家中自釀的飲品正在歐美大行其道,不但有了個像日文的名字Kombucha,更被包裝成為無酒精起泡酒替代品。今年「一月酒戒」(Dry January)據說有很多人響應,像Kombucha這樣的無酒精飲品將會大受歡迎。



AUSSIE WINES PAY ZERO TARIFFS IN CHINA AND KOREA FROM 1 JANUARY

NEWS 4-1-2019

Australian wine producers pay zero tariffs on their exports to China and Korea from 1 January when further free trade agreement tariff cuts kicked in, adding to their competitive edge over European and American producers.



JAPAN’S SUNTORY AND ASAHI ANNOUNCED PRICE CUTS ON EU WINES FROM 1 FEBRUARY

NEWS 2-1-2019

Japan’s leading wine importers Suntory and Asahi Groups have announced that they will cut prices on imported European wines when the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement comes into effect on 1 February.



RUSSIAN STANDARD VODKA TO TAP THE HUGE INDIAN SPIRITS MARKET

NEWS 28-12-2018

The world’s second largest vodka producer Russia’s Roust International has launched its Russian Standard Original vodka brand in India to tap the country's fast growing spirits market.



FIRST UNESCO WINE CULTURE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN HONG KONG IN JUNE 2019

NEWS 27-12-2018

Jointly organised by the UNESCO Chair “Culture and Wine Traditions” of the University of Burgundy and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the conference is scheduled on 2 to 5 June 2019.



橡木球、石屎蛋 超現代的釀酒容器

FOCUS 21-12-2018

不要以為釀製葡萄酒是古老行業,只要有工藝就無須依賴科技。本文介紹的橡木球及石屎蛋釀酒器,足以證明釀酒師也講求科學,在追求極緻的過程中,也想得到一些科技上的協助。



KOREA’S LG TO LAUNCH A CAPSULE-BASED HOME CRAFT BEER MACHINE CALLED HOMEBREW

NEWS 19-12-2018

South Korean electronics firm LG will next month launch a capsule-based home brewing machine that can make 5 litres of beer in two weeks.



CHINESE WINERIES BORDERING NORTH KOREA MAKE RED ICE WINE FROM OWN HYBRID VARIETY

FOCUS 17-12-2018

The Jian County of China’s Northeastern Jilin Province sits on the west bank of the Yalu River overlooking North Korea to the East. Here local wineries have been making an red ice wine with China’s own hybrid black variety called Beibinghong which means “Arctic Red”.



TAIWAN’S KAVALAN LAUNCHED TWO BORDEAUX CASK WHISKIES TO MARK 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

NEWS 14-12-2018

Taiwanese whisky distillery Kavalan has launched two limited special editions called Kavalan Bordeaux Margaux and Kavalan Bordeaux Pauillac to mark its 10th anniversary.



HUNGARY’S GRAND TOKAJ GROUP ENTERS CHINA THROUGH JD.COM

NEWS 12-12-2018

One of Hungary’s leading wineries, the state-owned Grand Tokaj Group, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with China’s second biggest online shopping platform JD.com on Monday.



綠酒、藍酒、橙酒  過節期間你會試嗎?

FOCUS 10-12-2018

近幾年歐洲興起一股顏色葡萄酒浪潮,在紅、白與桃紅之外,消費者可選擇藍色、橙色甚至加入大麻素的綠色葡萄酒,這些顏色酒究竟是甚麼概念,值得一試嗎?



UK TRADE BODY ON THE ROAD IN TOKYO TO PROMOTE GIN AND WINE

NEWS 7-12-2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) of UK led a trade mission to Tokyo last week to showcase British gins and fine wines with a view to boost exports.



AUSTRALIA WAS NAMED WINE COUNTRY OF THE YEAR BY THE CHINESE WINE TRADE

NEWS 5-12-2018

Australia was crowned Wine Country of the Year by China’s wine and spirits industry on Monday in the China High-End Spirits Fair cum Global Wine G50 Summit held in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.



THIS RUSSIAN SPARKLING PRODUCER PLANS TO PRODUCE CHARMAT IN CHINA

NEWS 3-12-2018

Against the backdrop of economic sanctions on Russia by western countries, Abrau-Durso plans to expand production into China thinking that just exporting is not good enough.



RIOJA IS ON THE ROAD IN CHINA THIS WEEK

NEWS 30-11-2018

The Rioja wine region of Spain is on the road in China. After holding its Grand Tasting in Beijing on Monday, the 75 wineries taking part will travel to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.



我臭但我罕有 DRC成為天價酒皇的原因

FOCUS 28-11-2018

上月有兩瓶1945年的Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) 勃艮第干紅,在蘇富比紐約拍賣會上,打破了歷來葡萄酒拍賣紀錄,分別以558,000及496,000美元賣出。這個價錢足以在很多發達國家購買一間中產家庭的房屋,大家不禁會問DRC 為何這麼貴,值得嗎?



WTO TO SET UP PANELS TO SETTLE TRADE DISPUTES BETWEEN USA, CHINA AND FIVE OTHER COUNTRIES

NEWS 26-11-2018

Light at the end of the tunnel? The World Trade Organization is to set up a range of settlement panels to resolve the trade disputes that have caught the world’s wines and spirits industry.



MILLENNIAL AND WOMEN WINE CONSUMERS ARE A FORCE TO RECKON WITH IN CHINA

NEWS 23-11-2018

The rise of millennial and women consumers is a notable trend in the current China wine market, according to the “2017 China Wine Data Analysis Report” jointly released by China Alcoholic Drinks Association and trade data specialist Exact Data China.



FALLEN OUT OF FAVOUR IN JAPAN, EXPORT OF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU IN DECLINE

NEWS 21-11-2018

Behind the hype of the Beaujolais Nouveau campaign last Thursday, there is the daunting truth that demand of the wine has been in continuous decline, mainly due to a dampened interest in the Japanese market.



FORGET ABOUT WHISKIES, THE WORLD'S MOST VALUABLE SPIRITS BRANDS BELONG TO CHINESE BAIJIU

NEWS 19-11-2018

According to the latest report by Brand Finance, an international brand valuation and strategy consultancy, the world's top three most valuable spirits brands are Moutai, Wuliangye and Yanghe. British brand Johnnie Walker dropped one place to fourth.



巴黎、柏林品鑑會 助新世界葡萄酒登上殿堂

FOCUS 16-11-2018

在葡萄酒業發展的歷史上,有兩個品鑑會被視為是劃時代的,讓新世界酒走上優質葡萄酒的殿堂,足以跟舊世界頂級酒區一較高下。 第一個是1976年的巴黎評審會(Judgement of Paris),第二個則是2004年的柏林品鑑會(Berlin Tasting)。



CHINA RATED MOST ATTRACTIVE WINE MARKET, ASIA HIGHEST POTENTIAL

NEWS 14-11-2018

China is rated the most attractive wine market by international producers and exporters followed by Japan, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, USA and Canada, according to a survey commissioned by the organiser of ProWein trade show.



NEW SHANGHAI SHOW TO BRING VINEXPO TO CHINA EVERY YEAR FROM 2019

NEWS 12-11-2018

The French organiser of the Vinexpo wine exhibition will hold its first Shanghai show in May 2019. This new biennial exhibition will bring Vinexpo to China every year, to be held alternately in Hong Kong and Shanghai.



CHINESE CONSUMERS BUYING LESS BUT SPENDING MORE ON BORDEAUX WINE

NEWS 9-11-2018

Bordeaux has exported 11% less wine to China in the past 12 months compared to the same period a year ago. In value terms, however, there is an increase of 3%, indicating that Chinese consumers are buying more premium Bordeaux wine.



NEW SOUTH WALES TO TARGET CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA IN WINE TOURISM CAMPAIGN

NEWS 7-11-2018

Australia's lesser known wine regions in New South Wales like Hunter Valley and Orange will strengthen wine tourism promotions in countries like China and South Korea after having secured a state grant of AUD 2m (USD 1.4m).



THE OSBORNE BULL IS COMING TO CHINA ON ALIBABA'S TMALL

NEWS 5-11-2018

Spain’s legendary sherry and brandy maker Osborne Group has opened an online flagship store on Alibaba's Tmall platform, bringing Osborne sherry, Carlos I brandy and Montecillo Rioja wine and many more to Chinese customers.



EXPORTS OF SCOTCH WHISKY TO INDIA AND CHINA SEEN UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH

NEWS 2-11-2018

The world’s two most populous countries are Scotch Whisky’s fastest growing markets. Exports to India increased by 44.4% to over USD72.9 million in the first half of this year, to China increased by 34.8% to USD 48.2 million, according to statistics released by Scotch Whisky Association.