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Manchester City Football Club fans may be tempted to put down their warm pints of beer and pick up a glass of shiraz after winemaker Wolf Blass inked a multi-year marketing partnership with the famous Premier League team to gain access to its huge fan base throughout Asia, Middle East, Africa and Mexico.


Wine drinkers in Japan are becoming more adventurous and showing an increased interested in wine, according to Wine Intelligence. And, in fact, the country is rated as one of the most attractive wine markets in the world.


Baijiu is now making a comeback. Sales last year rose by roughly 7% (see chart). In a recent report, "The Hangover Fades", Citigroup, a bank, estimates that profits for the three biggest manufacturers of baijiu-Moutai, Wuliangye and Yanghe-have jumped since the second half of last year. The bank also notes that baijiu continues to outperform beer on sales volume growth, "suggesting that Chinese consumers' preference for baijiu remains intact."


Koos Bekker sells wine from his vineyard all over the world, but a small detail offers a clue as to where his priorities may lie - all the bottles are labelled in Mandarin.


Competition within China is quite fierce for exhibitors' dollars.


"Asians are ferocious learners of anything they set their heart to. When they do jump on something, like wine, they do so en masse," says Mandy Chan, partner of fine wine importing company Ginsberg & Chan. For Chan, Burgundy now makes up 40% of total sales and they carry nearly 1,000 different Burgundy wines on their list.


France's legendary Mas de Daumas Gassac estate with exceptional presence of winemaker Samuel Guibert, is showcasing latest vintages of its world famous 'Grand Crus of the Midi' at VINEXPO Hong Kong 2016 from May 24-26 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.


Rémy Cointreau saw net sales grow 8.9% for the 2015/2016 financial year to just over €1.050 billion with strong growth being driven "on the back of improving trends in Greater China."


A new study points to the risk that China and India will be facing severe water shortages by 2050 due to a perfect storm of economic growth, climate change, and fast growing populations. Ben Gruber reports.


On the second day of its 50th Edition, Vintaly hosted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Founder and Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group Jack Ma for a tête-à-tête on the role of e-commerce in the diffusion of Italian wine and food abroad. Mr. Ma announced the launch of Alibaba's first ever "Wine Day" on September 9, which will mark a turning point for Italian wine in China.


A new sales day devoted exclusively to deals on wine and dubbed 9/9 is to be held by online retailer Alibaba in China on 9 September, company founder Jack Ma has announced. Reporting by Jane Anson in Bordeaux, and Chris Mercer and Sylvia Wu in London


A German vintner is growing wine in Myanmar. The tropical climate of the Blue Mountain region poses a major challenge to the vinyard, but wine connoisseurs are impressed by the quality.


Vanitha jain a wine and spirits expert and founder of, a platform to learn about wine, spirits and lifestyle shows us how to pair up the right Indian wine with your favourite Indian delicacy.


Featuring the widest-ever range of wines and spirits to be showcased in Asia, the 7th edition of Vinexpo Hong Kong will take place from May 24-26, 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 16,700 buyers, importers, sommeliers, distributors and retailers are expected to attend the show, which will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 35 producing countries.


Locals hope wine revives tourism, broader economy in Tohoku, Japan


Alibaba founder Jack Ma purchases Château de Sours, the first step in plans to build a large Bordeaux operation


As China's economic growth slows, its importation of agricultural goods from the U.S. is falling.


Treasury's Asian business was the standout performer in the first half of 2015-16 as it more than doubled profits to $46.5 million to be within a whisker of overtaking the Australasian operations in the contribution to overall profits at the company, which makes Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Wynns.


Continuing the company's quest to own all aspects of retail and customer service, Amazon has just launched a sommelier service in Japan to help give wine-buying advice over the phone.


The world's second-largest economy grew 6.9 percent in 2015.

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