Saturday, April 21, 2012

Golf in China

While working on my Chinese Winery book, I come across the strangest sights. This is the view from the Junding Winery golf course near Penglai, Shandong Province, China.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Chinese vineyard near the Glaciers

Here I am editing photographs of the vineyards in Yunnan Province near Tibet for the Chinese Winery book.

Check out the glaciers, part of the
Glacier Park, towering above the vineyard at Minyong village (also written Mingjin) at the entrance to the Park near LanCang (also called Lantsang, Lansang and Mekong) River, in the Heng Duan (Hengduan) Mountain Range, Yunnan Province, China, Asia.

Did you see the person at the edge of the lower vineyard?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Xinjiang Province in one photo

This photograph sums up the Xinjiang Province for me: grapes, nuclear power, lots of construction and incredible landscape.

Premium Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard where Citic Guoan Winery (known as Citic Guoan Wine Sales Co., LTD and formerly Suntime International Wine Company) gets grapes, with a nuclear power plant and Bogda Peak in the Tian Shan Mountain range, Fukang, Xinjian Province, China, Asia

Monday, April 16, 2012

I dreamt of wolves flying above the vineyard.

When I was looking around in the Hyland vineyard one night in the hills above McMinnville, Oregon, I had the feeling that there was more going on than I could see among the Müller-Thurgau.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Research for my China Winery Book

OK, not all research is hard work. This is me checking out the social interaction norms at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global, the place I call the Disneyland of Chinese Wineries. The gentleman on my right, your left, is actually an agricultural professor. The gentleman on my left, well, I can't remember his name or why he was there. Should have written it down before we did this gambei—Chinese for bottoms up.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Why is Bigger Better in China?

In 1985, Hong Kong-based British wine merchant Michael Parry started building Chateau Huadong Parry just outside of Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. Today, general manager Liu Hong Mei says that the chateau is too small by Chinese standards. She says Bigger is Better in China.

Wait until you read
in the Chinese Winery book I'm writing about how Parry mistakenly named his winery.

Why is bigger better in China?
What do you think about winery size?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

So Where is this Scottish Castle Located?

This is Treaty Port, a Scottish island on China's Shandong peninsula. I've just finished the writing of this winery for the Chinese Winery book I'm doing for a Chinese publisher. Lots of Chinese in the previous sentence.