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A new wine trade association in Hong Kong has been formed to promote and sell top California wines in Asia. "We're focusing on the best the state has to offer," said Alexis Bell, executive director and co-founder of the California Wine Association (CWA), "and we're offering full-service opportunities to interested producers."


Wine producers and retailers are looking beyond the People's Republic to grow sales.


With a population seven times larger than Montana in an area one-sixth the size of Yellowstone County, Hong Kong seems to have little in common with Big Sky Country..


A senior Chinese official confirmed that almost half of all the Chateau Lafite sold in China was discovered to be fakes. The president of the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine, Xinshi Li, said earlier this month that the fake bottles of wine discovered shows a very serious problem in China.


Sparkling wine is becoming fashionable in China following the release of Chinese film series Tiny Times, according to Wine Intelligence.


Growing bigger every year, Vinexpo Asia-Pacific is upon us once again, with more space, exhibitors and products to explore and enjoy.


A new online platform offering companies the chance to open up an "online shop" is attracting the attention of leading drinks businesses in Singapore.


Hong Kong Michelin-star restaurant Amber's signature frog legs in crispy kataifi earned the restaurant a place in S. Pellegrino's "World's 50 Best Restaurants" for the fourth year running. But while Amber gets to savor its prestigious win, other restaurants in the Greater China region previously on the list have been knocked off of their pedestal this year.


The attention of fine wine merchants in Asia is increasingly turning from Hong Kong to Singapore.


A new app has been developed that aims to tackle the growing problem of counterfeit wine in the Chinese market.


While anti-corruption laws have had a negative impact on the previously brisk sales of big-name wines, there is now a greater interest in entry level and good value wines. These might be from large Chinese vineyards or imports with a good pedigree. Imports have been helped by the resolution of a trade dispute between the mainland and the European Union.


China is now the world's second biggest consumer of high-priced wines, following the US, according to a report prepared ahead of international wine show, Vinexpo.


That's why China's emergence as a wine-buying powerhouse has been a godsend for the industry. For each year of the last decade, Chinese wine consumption by volume surged roughly 25%, according to Vinexpo, a wine intelligence research company. (Its "China" data includes Hong Kong.) Except, that is, last year. Chinese wine consumption dropped 2.2% annually in 2013, says Vinexpo. The main culprits? Importers cite president Xi Jinping's anti-graft crackdown, says Vinexpo's Anne Cusson, as well the slowing of the Chinese economy.


Country also the biggest consumer of red wine, and industry sees sales continuing to grow


Fine wine comes at a price in Asia, but there are plenty of buyers. Asian consumers have become a major factor in the global wine market, with China overtaking France and Italy last year as the biggest consumer of red wine. Now, customers in the region are getting more sophisticated, educated and diverse in their wine choices.


Vinitaly International hosted a roundtable event in China recently to try and see how Italian imports to the country might be lifted into double figures.


The USA, Canada and China are to remain top investment targets for importers for the next 20 years according to a report by Wine Intelligence.


The strategic agreement between VATS Liquor and Constellation is anticipated to last for a few decades. Both companies will work to grow the marketplace share of the Robert Mondavi brand through Constellation's brand management expertise and VATS' vast distribution network and knowledge of the Chinese consumer


The announcement came on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Europe. The ministry said in a statement that after six rounds of talks since November, Chinese and European wine industry groups signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to "solve the dispute through cooperation".


Wine consumption in India is likely increase to 2.1 million cases by 2017, 73 percent higher than 1.21 million cases in 2013, said a survey today. Spirits consumption is also likely to increase in the next five years to 373.5 million cases, an increase of over 20 percent from 2013 level, said the study by Vinexpo.

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