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Best Wine for Chinese Takeout

 TAGS:undefinedWhen it comes to Chinese food, we hardly know which wine to choose to accompany our dishes. But in reality it’s easy, you could pair it with both champagne and sparkling wine, as well as white and red wine.

Sparkling wines, in general, are the best pairing for this type of cuisine because their taste can contrast the taste of soy and rice balls. With rice, we can also integrate the semi-dry red wines and the Merlot variety.

White wines are perfect to refresh the mouth with some fried dishes, sauces and noodles or seaweed. They go very well with fish, vegetables and legumes, which usually represent Chinese cuisine.

Among the varieties of white wines to enhance the flavours of Chinese food, we find Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Regarding meat dishes like Peking duck, chicken or veal, always joined by spices, a young red wine is a perfect option. In this case, the best-known wines are Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Enjoy a duck with wines like Monastrell and Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, amongst many others.

For spicy food, sweet varieties make the better pairing. You should rather grab a Gewürztraminer or a Sauvignon Blanc.


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China, wine tasters with world power


Last October, the fourth edition of the annual “blind tasting” championship was organized by the French magazine La Revue du vin de France. This year’s surprise was China, whose team of wine tasters beat the representatives of the other 20 countries participating in this international award competition.

With a total of 108 points, the delegation of the Asian giant was crowned ahead of countries with a broad wine tradition like France (2nd with 102 points), United States (3rd with 100 points), Spain (10th with 76 points), Argentina (17th with 49 points) or Italy (18th with 48 points). In order to obtain these points, the participants of this blind tasting had to identify the country of origin, the grape varieties, denomination of origin and year of harvest of six red wines and six white wines from different regions of the world.

China’s victory was described as “a bomb” within the world of wine, especially for those European countries with a strong wine industry such as France, Spain and Italy. Brice Leboucq, the coach of the Chinese team attributed this victory to the high competition, giving access only to professionals of the highest level.

This is not the first time that the Asian country surprises to overcome to the world powers of the wine. In 2011, the Jia Bei Lan 2009 wine produced by Helan Qing Xue received the Bordeaux Red International Variety Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards. All this is a reflection of the growth and strengthening of the wine industry in China. In fact, at the moment it has the second largest surface occupied world-wide by vineyards (more than 800,000 hectares); Surpassed only by Spain.

There is no doubt that the wine industry of this Asian country is on the right track to become a world wine power; This is supported by these important international awards. However, China still faces a major challenge: getting rid of the image of being a manufacturer of massive and cheap products, something that will be very difficult within the circle of wine lovers.

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Wine fraud: half of Château Lafite sold in China is fake


The problem of counterfeit wine has worsened in China: recently a high-ranking government official warned of the falsity of Château Lafite sold in China. The problem is important because China is one of the most important emerging markets in the wine industry.

There are chances that this fake wine is produced in boats anchored in international waters, a fact to which Xinshi Li, president of the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine responded: ?False setting-ups in boats for counterfeit wines are the most striking aspect of this situation?.

It is believed that they not only could be faking Château Lafite but many other high quality wines in these vessels, with lower quality to increase profits.

Since last year, government officials have warned about the rise of counterfeiting, but Château Lafite is the most counterfeited wine in China.

One of the measures taken by the government is the launch of ?Protection of Origin of the Product? to label the authentic wines and thereby guarantee their quality and origin on the market.

These labels have visible and invisible codes and a quick response code for consumers and customs officers, so they can check the origin of the bottles when tracking them.

The Bordeaux wine producers who want to place this label in their wines should be certified by the government of China.

The importance of exports from Bordeaux to China reaches 20% of its production, one of the largest Bordeaux markets worldwide.

These measure seems to counter the fraud that has been taking place with Bordeaux wine, but only time will tell if it’s a really effective solution that will stop the situation.

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Wine Trends in Hong Kong


Currently, China is an emerging market in many areas and also in the world of wine. Hong Kong, the capital of import, imposes trends nationwide. Want to know what’s most trendy in Hong Kong’s wine world?

In general terms we note that French wines top the list of the most consumed, but increasingly new wines from other countries with less production gain force. So, Hong Kong citizens like to experiment and taste, and they leave classic wines to open up to others of smaller productions.

Australia and the United States are two of the countries that sell most wine in the country, after France. And what about the Spanish wines? The magic and strong personality flavor of Spanish wines are increasingly demanded. Something that denotes the effort of Spanish producers crossing borders and introducing wines in other countries, with Asia as a preferential place.

Much of the wine drunk in Hong Kong are for upper and middle classes. The white wine has a strong presence among middle-class women, while red wine goes generally to wealthy entrepreneurs.

Red wine is gaining ground for health reasons, because in the country is widespread the belief that a glass of red wine a day provides all kinds of benefits for the body. And red is one of the colors that Chinese revere for its long tradition to bring luck. The red wines with fruity flavors are preferred and chosen to give as a present or share with friends.

Finally, note that the sparkling wine has never been too popular, but in recent years there is an increase in consumption of these wines by the natives of the place.