In a small corner of southwest France, bounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the border of Spain and a small mountain range, there sits a quiet yet mighty winemaking area called Roussillon. Wines have been made here for millennia. Centuries ago, knights from many countries established hilltop castles here, fought battles over land and religion, and departed from these shores for pilgrimages to the Holy Land. For over 500 years, Roussillon has been known for its abundant fortified sweet wines, bursting with concentration and flavor. The wines are made with both red and white grapes, and they are only slightly higher in alcohol than table wines. They are made to last, often as much as 50 years. This wine category is called Vin Doux Naturel in French, which is easily abbreviated to VDN.
Alex LI is CEO of Wajiu. In 2014, Wajiu came online. In 2017, the sales outlets covered 31 provinces and cities nationwide. In four years, combined with the network mode, Wajiu has overset the traditional wine trade. The registered online distributors cover the entire mainland China and Wajiu has become the first wine importer whose import volume to exceed 10 million liters; in 2018, Alex LI believes that the real golden age of wine has come. Here is the interview of Alex LI by Fine Wine and Liquor magazine, China.
It’s nearly 9,500 kilometers from Beijing to the Napa Valley, the single most prestigious wine region in America. Many American wineries are eager to brand themselves in China, but in spite of over a thousand wineries and more than 400 tasting rooms in the Napa Valley, the region is only beginning to understand they need to draw more Chinese guests to California.
A mature red wine from California’s Napa Valley is a modern-day treasure. And when you have an older vintage of a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, you have a very rare treasure. But more than a treasure, it can be a treat for the senses, when served with the right foods.
‘Tourism is killing Santorini!’That was the heartfelt cry of a winemaker who lives and works on this croissant-shaped volcanic island, 200 kilometers southeast of the Greek mainland.