When L.M. Archer announced that this month’s #Winophiles chat would focus on Gérard Bertrand, from the Languedoc, the first thing we thought was… sun, we need sun. And next, our squirrel brains took us back to sunny Senegal memories, and a craving for one of our favorite dishes: mafé. We’re so busy lately that we didn’t have much time for proper wine planning. But the beauty of big brands like Gérard Bertrand is that you can have them any time, no planning required. Gérard Bertrand wines are not only delicious, they’re also easy to find anywhere.
How a Wine Economists Conference led us to wine from the Venice lagoon #ItalianFWT
Two summers ago, we fell in love with Venice at first sight. And by first sight we really mean it literally. The wow factor began as soon as we got on a boat to town from the airport terminal.
Grower Champagne with make-your-own sushi dinner #Winophiles
We splurged a little to join the Twitter fun convened by a wine writing group called the French Winophiles. The theme of this month's Twitter chat: the women of Champagne. We paired this with DIY sushi night. Click on picture to read more.
Made in China sparkling Cabernet Franc pairs great with weeknight dinner #WinePW
Every time we go to China, we bring back as many Chinese wines as we can fit in our trusty Wine Check suitcase. But knowing how hard they'll be to replace, we tend to be shy about opening them. You know, waiting for that "special occasion" that doesn’t come remotely often enough. Luckily, we’ve been following a group of wine writers who gave us the perfect excuse: “Cabernet Franc around the world” is this week’s Wine Pairing Weekend Twitter chat (#WinePW). We love Cab Franc, but it’s usually cooler climate reds from the Loire Valley. This time, we went a different route: bubbles from China. Click on photo to read more.
Foreign investment, joint ventures, and Chinese wine
Our story on how joint ventures with foreign wine groups played a role in boosting quality and credibility for Chinese wine. It was published by The Conversation on April 17, 2018. This one focused on French investments, but make no mistake, they're not alone, and with multinationals, who's from where can be a little complicated! Click on photo to read more.
Podcast interview about the Chinese wine economy
Pierre was interviewed on What We Do, a University of Puget Sound Podcast that features the work of people in the campus community. The 26 minute episode aired on January 25, 2017. Listen on your next commute or run in the park!
Winemaking in China: industrial learning for better drinking
Our fourth and last article for Alternative Emerging Investor magazine, published in January 2015, about the rising skills and knowledge in the Chinese wine industry.
How Chinese winemakers overcame hurdles to increase quality and credibility
Our story on how Chinese winemakers overcame hurdles to increase quality and credibility. This was published on December 24, 2014, in The Conversation, and a lot has happened since then.
Turning scarce water into Chinese wine
Our fourth article for Alternative Emerging Investor magazine, published in November 2014, discussed the implications of China's water problems for Chinese wine.
Red obsession: foreign conglomerates battle over Chinese wine
Our second article for Alternative Emerging Investor magazine, published in June 2014, discussed multinational wine groups' involvement in Chinese wine.