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EMW丨and Xige team up to usher in a new era of Chinese fine wines
EMW丨and Xige team up to usher in a new era of Chinese fine wines

EMW丨and Xige team up to usher in a new era of Chinese fine wines

 

September 20, 2022 witnessed the signing ceremony for the establishment of a strategic partnership between Xige Estate and East Meets West Fine Wines (EMW), in The Middle House, Shanghai. Zhang Yanzhi, owner of Xige, and Olivier Six, CEO of EMW, signed the agreement and announced that EMW has become the exclusive on-trade distributor of Xige in Mainland of China. Both parties will work closely to bring the premium wines of Xige, a winery based in Helan Mountain, Ningxia, to more Chinese consumers.

 

Zhang Yanzhi, owner of Xige, and Olivier Six, CEO of EMW, signed the strategic partnership agreement

 

The cooperation between Xige and EMW started earlier at the beginning this year, but the signing ceremony has been postponed till September because of the epidemic. In the past several months, EMW has leveraged its strengths in the on-trade channels to provide professional market expansion services for Xige and help the estate bring products that are characteristic of the Ningxia terroir to more consumers and reach out to more diversified consumption scenes. 

 

 

At the signing ceremony, Zhang Yanzhi shared the story of him and the estate. From Bordeaux to Ningxia, Zhang has drawn on his extensive experience in winemaking to craft premium wines in China. In 2017, he founded Xige Estate in the Pigeon Hills, a small wine-growing area in Ningxia, and set out "Making a good wine to express Ningxia terroir", which is at the core of the winemaking process of Xige. Through an ingenious combination of the splendid terroir with modern management approaches and a winemaking process that shows true respect for nature, Zhang strives to establish Xige as a prestigious Chinese fine wine brand.  

 

 

Zhang spoke highly of EMW, the new partner of his winery, "Xige has heard a lot about EMW and is much impressed by its successful track record and long-term plans for the Chinese wine market." Zhang hoped that EMW would help Xige reach out to more consumer groups that are mature in wine consumption and are particular about the quality of wine so that they will learn more about Chinese fine wines and get to love Chinese fine wines. 

 

Zhang Yanzhi, owner of Xige Estate

 

According to Olivier, the close relationship between EMW and Chinese wines began long before EMW's partnership with Xige. Since EMW's inception, Edouard and Greg have been interested in Chinese fine wines and in pursuit of partners in Ningxia, Xinjiang and Shandong for over a decade. It is a pleasure for EMW to establish a strategic partnership with Xige, which has very stringent requirements for quality just as EMW does. In future cooperation, EMW will continue to provide professional service in developing new collaborations with numerous on-trade partners, from 5-star hotels, Michelin restaurants, cafes and bistro clients. EMW looks forward to teaming up with Xige to usher in a new era of Chinese fine wines.  

 

 

For more than a decade, EMW has witnessed the devolvement of Chinese fine wines and has always remained confident in this market. In the future, EMW will continue to introduce premium wine brands to wine consumers in China. 

 

Olivier Six, CEO of EMW

 

Afterward, Xige global brand ambassador Christelle Chêne invited guests to taste Xige Jade Dove series and N series, and the fine wines the owner specially prepared for the event: Xige Cabernet Gernischt "Cuvée X", and Xige Estate red wines.

 

Christelle Chêne, Global Brand Ambassador of Xige

 

Xige Cabernet Gernischt "Cuvée X"

 

Xige Estate red wines

 

In the coming years, EMW will keep providing a powerful product assortment and robust marketing promotion program to help Xige's brand awareness in a competitive market. We both believe there will be more sparkling moments in the future to work together to enhance the Chinese wine market.

EMW丨2022 WINE100 Challenge Awarded Wine List Revealed
EMW丨2022 WINE100 Challenge Awarded Wine List Revealed

EMW丨2022 WINE100 Challenge Awarded Wine List Revealed

 

The 2022 WINE100 Challenge Award Ceremony was held in China World Hotel, Beijing.

 

Vintec General Manager Li Changpeng (R) presents a Trophy to EMW Sales Manager Peter Niu

 

After the three-day selection by 12 professional judges, WINE100 once again presents a list of high-quality fine wines to Chinese wine lovers. East Meets West Fine Wines (EMW) participated with 28 wines and was awarded 2 Trophies, 2 Golds, 4 Silvers, 14 Bronzes and 4 Recommended Awards. In 2022, EMW still keeps active in the market, making an outstanding performance with premium wines and excellent customer service.

 

WINE100 Founder David Jiang (R) presents a Trophy to EMW Sales Manager Peter Niu

 

 

- Trophy & Gold -

 

 

BEST ITALY WINE 最佳意大利葡萄酒

Ferrari, "Perlé Nero Riserva", Trento DOC

法拉利黑伯乐起泡葡萄酒 2010

 

Wine Advocate 95 points

Wine Enthusiast 95 points

 

Variety 品种

100% Pinot Nero / 100% 黑皮诺

Region 产地

Trento/Italy 意大利/特兰托

 

The legend of Ferrari began with a man, Giulio Ferrari, and his dream of creating a sparkling wine in Trentino, capable of competing with the French Champagnes. As he had no children, Giulio Ferrari began looking for a successor to whom he could entrust his dream. Among many candidates he chose Bruno Lunelli, owner of a wine shop in Trento. Bruno Lunelli succeeded in increasing production without ever compromising on quality. Ferrari became the well-known sparkling wine producer in Italy and the popular celebratory wine par excellence.

 

 

BEST SPAIN WINE 最佳西班牙葡萄酒

Luis Cañas, Reserva, Rioja DOCa

路易卡纳斯珍藏红葡萄酒 2014

 

Guía Peñín 91 points

 

Variety 品种

95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano

95%添普兰尼洛,5% 格拉西亚诺

Region 产地

Rioja/Spain 西班牙/里奥哈

 

Bodegas Luis Cañas has been a family-owned winery for the last two centuries, devoting itself to viticulture and winemaking. 1989 marked a turning point in the winery's evolution, with Juan Luis Cañas taking over the direction of the operations from his father Luis Cañas. Under his leadership, Luis Cañas has become an awarded winery of Rioja and a reference point for the wines of the region. His fresh ideas and visions turned Luis Cañas into a premium wine, known for consistently producing outstanding quality.

 

- Silver -

 

 

Edouard Duval, Noir d'Eulalie Extra Brut

爱德华蜜语园黑中白香槟起泡葡萄酒 NV

 

Decanter 90 points

 

Variety 品种

Pinot Noir / 黑皮诺

Region 产地

Champagne/France 法国/香槟区

 

 

Dr. Wehrheim, Spatburgunder, Pfalz, Gutswein VDP

威海姆酒庄黑比诺红葡萄酒 2019

 

Variety 品种

100% Pinot Nero / 100% 黑皮诺

Region 产地

Pfalz/Germany 德国/法尔兹

 

 

Pelissero, Nebbiolo, Langhe DOC

潘丽赛罗朗格尼比奥罗红葡萄酒 2017

 

Variety 品种

100% Nebbiolo / 100% 内比奥罗

Region 产地

Piedmont/Italy 意大利/皮尔蒙特

 

 

Craggy Range, "Te Kahu", Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay

克拉吉酒庄吉布利天幕红葡萄酒 2018

 

Wine Spectator 92 points

 

Variety 品种

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,

Malbec, Cabernet Franc

梅乐,赤霞珠,马尔贝克,品丽珠

Region 产地

Hawke's Bay/New Zealand 新西兰/霍克湾

 

- Bronze -

 

Susana Balbo Crios Malbec

苏珊娜巴博西乐马贝克红葡萄酒 2020

Variety 品种

95% Malbec, 5% Bonarda

95% 马贝克,5% 伯纳德

Region 产地

Mendoza/Argentina 阿根廷/门多萨

 

Long Country, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley DO

远村赤霞珠红葡萄酒 2020

Variety 品种

100% Cabernet Sauvignon / 100% 赤霞珠

Region 产地

D.O. Valle Central/Chile 智利/中央山谷

 

Viña Casablanca, "Nimbus" Merlot, Casablanca Valley DO

卡萨布兰卡酒庄尼博山庄梅乐红葡萄酒 2019

Variety 品种

100% Merlot / 100% 梅洛

Region 产地

Casablanca Valley/Chile 智利/卡萨布兰卡山谷

 

La Grange Tiphaine, "Trinqu' Âmes", Touraine AOP

蒂凡庄园灵魂白葡萄酒 2019

Variety 品种

Sauvignon Blanc / 长相思

Region 产地

Loire Valley/France 法国/卢瓦河谷

 

Pierre Chainier, Clos de Nouys Moelleux, Vouvray AOP

谢尼酒庄诺伊庄园甜白葡萄酒 2015

Variety 品种

100% Chenin Blanc / 100% 白诗南

Region 产地

Loire Valley/France 法国/卢瓦河谷

 

Chateau Perron Graves AOP

柏龙酒庄红葡萄酒 2015

Variety 品种

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

赤霞珠,梅乐,品丽珠

Region 产地

Graves/Bordeaux/France 法国/波尔多/格拉夫

 

Domaine de l'oubliée, "Merci La Vie", Bourgueil AOP

诗忆园感谢生活红葡萄酒 2020

Variety 品种

Cabernet Franc / 品丽珠

Region 产地

Loire Valley/France 法国/卢瓦河谷

 

Chateau Franc le Maine, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOP

拉曼古堡红葡萄酒 2015

Variety 品种

61% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc,

4% Cabernet Sauvignon

61% 美乐,35% 品丽珠,4% 赤霞珠

Region 产地

St-Émilion/Bordeaux/France 

法国/波尔多/圣爱美浓

 

Mount Rozier Petit Rozier Cape White South Africa

梦若奇酒庄小梦若奇白葡萄酒 2021

Variety 品种

70% Chenin Blanc, 30% Colombard

 70% 白诗南,30% 鸽笼白

Region 产地

Western Cape/South Africa 南非/西开普省

 

Mount Rozier Cape White South Africa

梦若奇酒庄开普敦白葡萄酒 2021

Variety 品种

Chenin Blanc, Colombard / 白诗南,鸽笼白

Region 产地

Western Cape/South Africa 南非/西开普省

 

Mount Rozier Petit Rozier Cape Red South Africa

梦若奇酒庄小梦若奇红葡萄酒 2020

Variety 品种

70% Pinotage, 20% Shiraz, 10% Mourvedre

70% 皮诺塔吉,20% 西拉,10% 穆尔韦德

Region 产地

Western Cape/South Africa 南非/西开普省

 

Mount Rozier Cape Red South Africa

梦若奇酒庄开普敦红葡萄酒 2020

Variety 品种

Pinotage, Shiraz, Mourvedre

皮诺塔吉,西拉,穆尔韦德

Region 产地

Western Cape/South Africa 南非/西开普省

 

Luis Cañas, Crianza, Rioja DOCa

路易卡纳斯陈酿红葡萄酒 2017

Variety 品种

95% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha

95%添普兰尼洛,5% 歌海娜

Region 产地

Rioja/Spain 西班牙/里奥哈

 

Bodega Garzon, Reserve Marselan, Maldonado

嘉颂马瑟兰珍藏红葡萄酒 2019

Variety 品种

Marselan / 马瑟兰

Region 产地

Maldonado/Uruguay 乌拉圭/马尔多纳多

EMW丨Sakuramasamune Kinmare Junmaidaiginjo 40 wins the Fine SAKE Award
EMW丨Sakuramasamune Kinmare Junmaidaiginjo 40 wins the Fine SAKE Award

Sakuramasamune Kinmare Junmaidaiginjo 40 wins the Fine SAKE Award

 

Lately, Sakuramasamune Kinmare Junmaidaiginjo 40 won the Gold Award in the Premium Daiginjo Category of the Fine SAKE Award, Japan.

 

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Organized by the Fine SAKE Award Japan Executive Committee and inaugurated in 2011, this event has become a well-known sake competition in Japan with about 200 breweries nationwide handing in some 300 items in total. The winner sakes are judged through 7 scale evaluations by blind sensory test in Riedel wine glasses.

 

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Judge Viewing

 

Why wine glass?

 

The original Japanese name of the Fine SAKE Award Japan is "ワイングラスでおいしい日本酒アワード", which means "the most delicious sake award in a wine glass". The Fine SAKE Award Japan Executive Committee believes that, instead of the traditional Japanese sake cup, the wine glass helps people better grasp the delicate aroma, subtle color and elegant taste of their sake. "Wine glasses are the best partner to bring out the secret charm of sake. We believe this will help sake, Japan's soul beverage, to be more recognized, and help the sake culture to be handed down to future generations."

 

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Sakuramasamune Kinmare Junmaidaiginjo 40

樱正宗金稀纯米大吟酿40

 

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Prefecture  Hyogo

Rice  Yamadanishiki

Polishing Ratio  40%

ABV  15%

 

The Kinmare Junmai Daiginjo 40 represents the well-balanced style of the brewery and has been awarded many gold medals in recognition of its superior taste. The Junmai, which means "pure rice sake" in Japanese, displays a complex blend of elegant fruity aromas and some rich umami flavors of rice. On the palate, it begins with a gentle and fruity feeling, then builds in a round savory taste, and finishes with lasting complex flavors. It reflects the spirit of the brewmasters with the skills and traditions passing down from generation to generation, creating the ultimate Kinmare Junmai Daiginjo 40.

 

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CONTACTS EMW

 

Knight Hu

Saké Brand Manager, Greater China

Tel: +86 (21) 6282 4966

Email: knight.hu@emw-wines.com

Address: Unit 202, No.664 Xinhua Road, Changning District, Shanghai

EMW丨Signs a New Distribution Partnership in Mainland China with Domaine Chantal Lescure
EMW丨Signs a New Distribution Partnership in Mainland China with Domaine Chantal Lescure

EMW Signs a New Distribution Partnership in Mainland China with

Domaine Chantal Lescure

 

Shanghai, 7 April 2022 - East Meets West Fine Wines (Shanghai) Limited (EMW) and Domaine Chantal Lescure, a winery in Burgundy, France, signed an exclusive import and distribution agreement for Mainland China.

 

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  • A family-owned estate since 1975

 

Mainly located in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy, France, and founded in 1975 by Chantal Lescure and Xavier Machard de Gramont, Domaine Chantal Lescure is a family estate that today operates a 19HA vineyard. Aymeric and Thibault Machard de Gramont, Chantal Lescures two sons, took over the estate after their mother died in 1996.

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure cellar

 

  • From Burgundy AOC to Grand Cru AOC

 

Domaine Chantal Lescures vineyards are made up of two parts: to the north on the slopes of Dijon, and the south to Meursault, owning some of the most admirable vineyards in Burgundy. Each year, wines are produced from its 35 plots.

 

In Les Vignots, one of the premium plots in Pommard, Domaine Chantal Lescure owns a plot where 35 years-old vines extend over one hectare. It is located on the right slope of Pommard (Beaune side) at 330 meters above sea level, next to Domaine Leroy. In Les Suchots, Domaine Chantal Lescures plot is planted with 15-to-50-year-old vines on 0.42 hectares. It is a deep, calcareous brown soil on scree from the alluvium which dominates this terroir. Beside it is the legendary Romanée-Saint-Vivant.

 

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  • Living terroirs, authentic wines

 

The philosophy of the estate is simple: to produce authentic and pure wines that are a precise reflection of their terroir.

 

Passionate and convinced that there is no great wine without great grapes, François Chavériat, the head winemaker, set up both in the vineyard and in the wine warehouse, working methods respectful of the soil, the vine and its environment, and grapes above all. The wines proposed represent a successful combination of modernity and authenticity of Burgundy wines.

 

Domaine Chantal Lescure is looking for optimal maturity thanks to naturally controlled yields. The winemaking team do a smooth vinification, attentive to the particularities of each terroir, and age their wines on lees, in 228 and 500-liter barrels. Bottling takes place at the estate, without filtration or fining. The vineyard is fully cultivated in certified organic farming since 2006; it is Bureau Veritas certified since 2021.

 

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 Domaine Chantal Lescure head winemaker François Chavériat

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Domaine Chantal Lescure vineyard

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Wine Portfolio

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, "Les Taupes Maison Dieu", Bourgogne AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, "Le Clos Des Topes Bizot" Rouge, Cote De Beaune AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, "Le Clos Des Topes Bizot" Blanc, Cote De Beaune AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, Volnay AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, "Les Chouacheux", Beaune 1er Cru AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, "Les Vignots", Pommard AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, "Les Vaumuriens", Pommard AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, "Les Bertins", Pommard 1er Cru AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, "Les Vallerots",  Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, "Les Suchots", Vosne Romanee 1er Cru AOC

 

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Domaine Chantal Lescure, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru AOC

 

 

EMW Fine Wines

 

EMW is a leading importer, distributor, and brand builder in the Greater China market, working closely with more than 100 family-owned and premium wine estates, sake breweries, and craft spirit producers from 16 countries worldwide. EMW has an unequaled distribution network to top restaurants, hotels, wine shops, online VIP customers, and an exclusive network of distribution covering over 160 cities in China. EMW has been awarded "Best Wine Importer" for 11 consecutive years since 2011 by China Sommeliers Wine Challenge and WINE100 Challenge.

 

 

Contacts EMW

 

Dee Zhang     EMW Brand Manager, Greater China

Tel: +86 (21) 6282 4966

Email: dee.zhang@emw-wines.com

Shanghai Office Address: Unit 202, No.664 Xinhua Road, Changning District, Shanghai

EMW丨Signs a New Distribution Partnership in Greater China with The Starting Point
EMW丨Signs a New Distribution Partnership in Greater China with The Starting Point

EMW Signs a New Distribution Partnership in Greater China with The Starting Point

 

Shanghai, 2 April 2022 - East Meets West Fine Wines (Shanghai) Limited (EMW) and The Starting Point, a winery in Ningxia, China, signed an exclusive omni-channel distribution agreement for Hong Kong and Macau, and an exclusive on-trade distribution agreement for Mainland China.

 

The Starting Point Winery is situated at the eastern foothills of Helan Mountains, Ningxia, where it has vineyards of about 15 hectares. When most winemakers just started growing grapes and making wines in Ningxia, The Starting Point had already secured a foothold there. The oldest vineyards of the estate date back to 1997, when it started reclaiming and cultivating the sandy soil and growing wine grapes. It is one of the pioneers in the Ningxia wine industry.

 

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  • True Expression of Ningxia Terroir

 

The Chinese name of the winery is composed of two Chinese characters -  and . The triple dots on the left of  symbolize the Yellow River, which is the water source for the vineyards in Ningxia and cultivated the civilization and culture of the region for thousands of years. The four dots at the bottom of  symbolize the lofty Helan Mountain.

 

The eastern foothills of Helan Mountain lie at an altitude of more than 1,000 meters. The mid-temperate semi-arid continental climate with adequate sunshine and wide diurnal temperature difference imparts the grapes with pleasant ripeness and also the desired acidity. Besides, with the Helan Mountain blocking the eastward invasion of desert and cold air, this region stands out for high-quality grapes and fine wines.

 

The unique Ningxia terroir imparts an exceptional quality to the grapes, which are made into premium wines that give pure, true expression of the land in turn.

 

  • Respect for Nature

 

The Starting Point adopts a low-carbon and environmentally friendly approach to vineyard management which minimizes manual intervention and respects nature.

 

The Starting Point imported grapevines from France and grew them in their 66.7-hectare vineyards in 1997. Now the grapevines are 23 years old on average. As an advocate of time-tested traditions and techniques such as natural farming, the winery uses cow manure from local farms as organic fertilizers to enrich and balance organic substances and microorganisms in the soil. Grapes are harvested by hand when they ripen. During the winemaking, almost no chemicals are added to the ingredients, not even sulfur dioxide.

 

  • Amphora Orange Wine

 

The Starting Point Amphora Orange Wine is a pioneering natural wine among Chinese wineries. A traditional technique is used in the wine-making process, during which ceramic pots with wines are buried in the ground to make the soil absorb as much heat as possible generated during the fermentation. Meanwhile, the slight permeability of the ceramic pots allows the wines to come into contact with oxygen, which imparts complexity in aroma and flavor during the maturation.

 

This Amphora Orange Wine is an elegant combination of soft, delicate taste, fresh acidity and balanced tannin. The passage of time only enhances the characteristic color and aroma of this natural wine with great aging potentials.

 

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The Starting Point vineyard

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Old grapevines in The Starting Point vineyard

 

 

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Olivier Six, CEO, EMW Fine Wines

 

Chinese wineries have become an integral part of EMW's portfolio. The establishment of the partnership with The Starting Point has undoubtedly opened a new pathway for our wide-ranging distribution of Chinese fine wines. We're looking forward to working with The Starting Point to explore the terroir of Helan Mountain, Ningxia.

 

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Reisa Jiang, Owner, The Starting Point

 

“Chinese fine wine has only been somewhat recognized in the recent years. Farming the historical vineyards in China, we are proud and privileged to be the pioneering generation of vignerons to represent the unique terroir of the Helan Mountain in a natural, low human intervention way.”

 

 

Wine Portfolio

 

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The Starting Point Amphora Orange Wine

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The Starting Point Riesling

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The Starting Point Syrah

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The Starting Point Cabernet Sauvignon

 

EMW Fine Wines

 

EMW is a leading importer, distributor, and brand builder in the Greater China market, working closely with more than 100 family-owned and premium wine estates, sake breweries, and craft spirit producers from 16 countries worldwide. EMW has an unequaled distribution network to top restaurants, hotels, wine shops, online VIP customers, and an exclusive network of distribution covering over 160 cities in China. EMW has been awarded "Best Wine Importer" for 11 consecutive years since 2011 by China Sommeliers Wine Challenge and WINE100 Challenge.

 

Contacts EMW

 

Lois LIU          Brand and Marketing Executive

Tel: +86 (21) 6282 4966/8020

E-mail: lois.liu@emw-wines.com

 

Juanita YU        Marketing Director, Greater China

Tel: +86 (21) 6282 4966/8020

E-mail: juanita.yu@emw-wines.com

Shanghai Office Address: Unit 202, No.664 Xinhua Road, Changning District, Shanghai

 

Gregory BIELOT    EMW Managing Partner

E-mail: gregory.bielot@emw-wines.com

Hong Kong Office Address: Room 502, The Sun's Group Centre, 200 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong