One downside of living in Shanghai for me is having to put up with the ordinary wine there! I prefer grape wine rather than traditional Chinese wine. The best imported grape wine in China is only medium level in Australian standard.
Brad broke both of our hearts last night by pouring out a whole bottle of 1997 Cabernet Sauvinon from Coonawarra into the sink. Obviously it was a mistake. He meant to pour out another bottle which was off, but ended up picking up the wrong bottle! I can never forgive him for that!
General Review of Chinese Wine
Jiu (酒 jiǔ) is the Chinese word that refers to all alcoholic beverages. Many Chinese
"wines" are made from grains and herbs and distilled to high concentration.
Traditional Chinese wines are rarely made of fruits. Chinese wines from
southern China are mostly made of rice, those from northern China are mostly
made of wheat and sorghum . Most are colourless clear liquid
unless other herbs are added to give a different color. Additionally,grape wine is increasingly produced and consumed
Presently 200 wineries try to
compete with imported wines from
- Mao Tai jiu (Maotai) (茅台酒) -
this wine has a production history of over 200 years. It is named after its origin
at town in Guizhou Province. It is made from wheat and sorghum with a unique
distilling process that involves seven iterations of the brewing cycle. This
wine is made famous to the western world when the Chinese government served
this in state banquets entertaining the
US presidents. Alcohol content by volume: 54-55%.
- Gao Liang jiu (高粱酒) - Gao Liang is the Chinese name for sorghum. Besides sorghum, the brewing process also uses barley and wheat. The wine originated in DaZhiGu (大直沽, east of Tianjin) at the time of the Ming Dynasty. Nowadays, Taiwan is a large producer of gao liang jiu. Alcohol content by volume: 61-63%.
- Da Gu jiu (大麴酒) - originates from Sichuan with 300 years of history. This wine is made of sorghum and wheat by fermenting in a unique process for a long period in the cellar. Alcohol content by volume: 52%.
- Fen jiu (汾酒) - this wine was dated back to Northern and Southern Dynasties (550A.D.). It is the original Chinese white wine made from sorghum. Alcohol content by volume: 63-65%.
- Hua Diao jiu (花雕酒) - a variety of yellow wine originates from Shaoxing, Zhejiang province (浙江省紹興市). It is made of glutinous rice and wheat. Alcohol content by volume: 16%. Hua Diao literally means flowery carving. The name describes the appearance of the pottery that stored the wine. This wine evolved from the Shaoxing tradition of burying the wine underground when a daughter was born. The wine (女兒紅 pinyin nu er hong) would be dug up for the wedding banquet when the daughter got married. The containers would then be decorated with bright colors as a wedding gift. To make the gift more appealing, people started to use pottery with carving and patterns and hence the name Hua Diao. Depending on the timing of the girl's marriage, the wine was usually aged for many years. Hua Diao jiu, nu er hong, or Shaoxing jiu are basically made of the same wine except they are named differently depending on the age, the container and how they are used. It is not uncommon to have Hua Diao aged 50 years or more.
- Tsingtao Beer - Brad's favorite beer
The Tsingtao Brewery was founded in 1903 by German settlers in
Tsingtao soon became the
top-selling Chinese beer in the
Beer has a pleasant aroma and a well-balanced taste. Its high-malty flavor and
well-hopped character make
Tsingtao is produced with spring water from Laoshan, a mountain area famous
Tsingtao ingredients include the highest quality hops, as well as the finest
yeast and barley imported from