Among other things, the report, "Hidden in Plain Sight: China's Clandestine Tiger Trade," alleges that the government is allowing the use of captive-bred tiger bones for tonic wines thought to have medicinal properties.
Chinese will import wine at a slower pace as the country's domestic wine production increases - while the world's most populous nation is set to become the world's second-biggest wine consumer by 2016.
Among all the major countries, the UK was the fastest growing export market for Lebanese wines in 2012. Total exports to the UK was increased by 7.9 percent to $14.3 million, whereas sales in the U.S. and France went up by 29.8 percent to $1.9 million and by 4.8 percent to $2.4 million, respectively.
Any business with international aspirations will have China in its sights. Consumption of imported wines and spirits is increasing rapidly, particularly in relation to high end products, which are seen as reflecting power and sophistication upon their consumers, or those giving such items as present. The current opportunities for Western brands seem limitless.