And Another Thing
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 11:00AM
Bill Barclay

Wine buffs may be interested in this excerpt from today's New Yorker:

"Growing demand for wine in China—imports increased twenty-six thousand per cent in the first eleven years of this century—has prompted a surge in domestic production. China is now the seventh-largest producer of wine globally, and has more acreage devoted to vineyards than any other country besides Spain. There are a dozen or so Chinese wine-growing regions, of which Ningxia is the most significant. Ningxia now has around a hundred wineries, spread across a hundred miles, which, in 2016, produced a hundred and twenty million bottles’ worth of wine. Most of this comes from large, state-backed enterprises, but the region’s reputation is anchored by privately owned boutique operations, which have been accumulating international prizes.

So far, the wines produced are mostly Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet blends, and Chardonnays. The noted wine critic Jancis Robinson told me that she’d found the best ones to be “fully ripe, satisfying, well-balanced wines that seem to have some potential to age,” closer in style to French than Californian wine, something that may reflect the involvement of several French companies in Ningxia. She added, “I’ve never come across such a determinedly wine-focussed local government.”

We can be so isolated in our thinking, and so cocksure of the marketability of our products - particularly in China, that it is sometimes easy to lose sight of that country's ability to reproduce almost anything we produce somewhere over its vastness.

Best to keep perspective, and avoid having 'all our eggs in one basket.'




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