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JOHNNIE WALKER RELEASED PORT ELLEN EDITION OF “GHOST AND RARE” IN SINGAPORE

NEWS 22-2-2019

The “Ghost and Rare” series draws on “ghost” stocks of rare malts from Scotch distilleries closed long time ago. This second edition focuses on stocks from the closed Port Ellen distillery on Islay.



IWC LAUNCHED NEW WINE COMPETITION EXCLUSIVELY FOR CHINA

NEWS 21-2-2019

Organiser of the International Wine Challenge has launched a new wine competition exclusively for the Chinese wine trade. It is claimed to be the only international wine awards to be presented in mainland China.



FRENCH WRITER PROTESTED EXOTIC CHINESE NAMES FOR BORDEAUX CHATEAUX

NEWS 19-2-2019

Well known French writer Philippe Sollers and Mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppe have some fascinating exchanges over the exotic names given to historic Bordeaux chateaux by their new Chinese owners.



JAPANESE RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT WINE CAN BOOST HAIR GROWTH

NEWS 18-2-2019

Researchers of Japanese Rohto Pharmaceutical Company have found that tartaric acid in wines can boost hair growth by as much as 1.6 times, according to a report by the Kyodo News Agency.



TWE’S ASIA EARNINGS JUMPED 31%, WILL BUY FRENCH VINEYARDS TO TARGET CHINESE MARKET

NEWS 14-2-2019

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates reported a 31 percent jump in earnings across Asia in the first half of 2018/19 financial year, the company is looking to buy wineries and vineyards in France to target the Chinese market as a strategy to lift profit margins.



CHINESE BUSINESSWOMAN SELLS NZ CARRICK WINERY TO FUND MOVIE PROJECT

NEWS 13-2-2019

Auckland-based Chinese businesswoman Elizabeth Zhong is selling Carrick Winery in Central Otago to fund a movie project in New Zealand. Due to unexpected situations in China, she has to raise funds locally for the movie.



一場人工智能與葡萄酒專家的對壘

FOCUS 12-2-2019

早前世界圍棋高手接連被人工智能AlfaGo擊敗,人類最終會否被AI取代成為非常熱門的話題。近日巴黎舉行了一場葡萄酒專家對壘人工智能Matcha的侍酒賽事,結果是互有勝負,但若再假以時日,人工智能取代部份侍酒工作是極有可能發生的。



MORE THAN 100 DIED AFTER DRINKING POISONOUS LIQUOR IN NORTHERN INDIA

NEWS 11-2-2019

At least 105 people died in Northern India after drinking illegally produced spirits, in the worst such case since 2011. At least 36 people died in Haridwar in Uttarkhand state and at least 69 died in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state.



BRITISH CRAFT DISTILLER COMES TO ASIA WITH LONDON MADE WHISKIES AND HK EDITION GIN

NEWS 8-2-2019

British craft spirits producer London Distillery Company enters the Asian market with a portfolio including the first London made whisky in a century and the Hong Kong edition of a gin flavoured by botanicals from the Kew Gardens.



HISTORIC JAPANESE SHOCHU MAKER NISHI BOUGHT NEW ZEALAND'S URLAR VINEYARD

NEWS 7-2-2019

Wairarapa-based Urlar Farms has been sold for NZD8.75 m to Nishi Sake Brewing, the 173-year old leading Shochu producer from Kagoshima in Japan. The new owner aims at increasing exports by fivefold in 5 years.



WINE FROM CHINA’S NINGXIA REGION IS MAKING INROADS INTO FRANCE

NEWS 6-2-2019

China’s Ningxia wine region has recently exported 11,870 liters of wine to France, its biggest ever batch of wine export to a EU country. Chinese media hailed this as a step closer for Ningxia to become a wine exporting area.



FINE WINE AUCTION CAPITAL: HONG KONG WILL HOST AUCTION WITH HIGHEST EVER ESTIMATE

NEWS 1-2-2019

British auction house Sotheby’s has announced a 3-day sale entitled "Tran-scend-ent Wines 超凡釀" in Hong Kong from 29 to 31 March with the highest ever pre-sale estimate, helping seal Hong Kong’s status as the world’s fine wine auction capital.



STUDY COMMISSIONED BY GLOBAL BIG GUNS URGED HONG KONG TO CUT SPIRITS TARIFF

NEWS 31-1-2019

A study commissioned by Asia Pacific International Wine and Spirits Alliance, its members include global giants like Diageo and Pernod Ricard, suggests that a spirits tariff cut can bring HKD1b (USD133m) worth of economic benefits to Hong Kong.



A CHINESE BUSINESSMAN IN HUNGARY BOUGHT AN EGER WINERY TO BRING “BULL’S BLOOD” TO CHINA

NEWS 29-1-2019

Wenzhou native and Chinese community leader, Qu Lei, has acquired 49% stake of Petreny Winery. He plans to export Eger's legendary red wine Egri Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) to China.



早年低估需求 優質日本威士忌供應斷層 市場恐被搶佔

FOCUS 28-1-2019

釀製威士忌並不是賣點心,可以即做即賣,尤其是優質的高年份酒款,動輒要陳年十多二十年,才可以勾兌入樽推出市面。在這漫長的存放期內,生產商要做到持續有穩定的貨源供應,是一門很大的學問。



CHINA WINE PRODUCTION DROPPED 37% IN 2018, FURTHER SIGN OF A WINE MARKET SLUMP

NEWS 25-1-2019

China’s wine production dropped by 37.16% in 2018 to 6.29 million hectolitres (mhl), down from 10.01 mhl in 2017, according to data obtained by The Wine Chronicle from China’s National Bureau of Statistics.



MORE SUSPENSIONS, JAPANESE WHISKIES IN SEVERE SHORTAGE DUE TO HIGHBALLS COCKTAIL

NEWS 23-1-2019

Japanese whisky is in severe shortage due to the popularity of a whisky and soda cocktail called Highballs in Japan. The shortage has caused Suntory Spirits to announced suspension of six more of its Japanese whisky products at the end of March.



REMY: EARLY CHINESE NEW YEAR BOOSTED COGNAC SALES IN CHINA DESPITE A SLOWING ECONOMY

NEWS 22-1-2019

French spirits group Remy Cointreau delivered robust sales in the last quarter of 2018, as the earlier Chinese New Year boosted premium Cognac demands while sales were strong in the United States.



DIAGEO INDIA SOLD FOUR SEASONS WINES TO COMPETITOR GROVER ZAMPA

NEWS 21-1-2019

Global wine and spirits giant Diageo’s Indian subsidiary, United Spirits, has sold its winery Four Seasons Wines in a bid to focus on its core spirits business in India.



WINE AUCTION SEASON STARTS IN HONG KONG TOMORROW WITH A VERTICAL COLLECTION OF 36 GRANGE MAGNUMS

NEWS 18-1-2019

British auction house Sotheby’s will kick start this year’s fine wine auctions tomorrow in Hong Kong with 791 lots at a total estimate of HKD 23million (USD2.9 million). The highlight of the lots is a very rare complete vertical collection of 36 Penfolds Grange Magnums from 1979 to 2014.



SPANISH WINE EXPORT TO CHINA DECLINED 20% IN 2018, AMID A COOLING IMPORTED WINE MARKET

NEWS 17-1-2019

China’s imported wine market cooled off in 2018 due to a sharp downturn in the second half of the year. The decline affected almost all major exporting countries, with Spanish wines suffering a whopping 20.13% fall in import value, according to a report in Beijing Business Today.



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.



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.