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California Wines Cracking the Chinese Market

California Wines Cracking the Chinese Market

With a booming economy and an estimated 19 million consumers of foreign wine (and the potential for many millions more), China is high up on the list of desirable markets for California wine. To tap even further into that vast market, two delegations of California vintners this spring made week-long trips to major Chinese cities to promote the state’s wines,…

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Bad Reviews For Wine Reviewers

Bad Reviews For Wine Reviewers

“Flinty.” “Leathery.” “Hauting.” “Vegetal.” These are all terms wine reviewers use to describe what they’re drinking. Does anyone—beside the writer—really understand them? Apparently not, at least according to a recent survey done for an online wine merchant. Some 55 percent of respondents said wine critics’ legion of fancy descriptors were confusing and did nothing to help them understand what a…

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