Tag Archives: Beijing

Cocktail: No Regrets

Whenever I talk about baijiu, people always want to know what it’s going to take for baijiu to cross over into foreign markets. The answer is far from certain, but a lot of people, myself included, think that baijiu’s future … Continue reading

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“Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits” Out Now

Lots of exciting things are afoot in the world of baijiu connoisseurship. Last week saw the official release of my new book Baijiu: The Official Guide to Chinese Spirits. This book, as discussed earlier, culminates several years of well-lubricated research, … Continue reading

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Notes from north China

North China’s Yellow River Valley is the cradle of Chinese civilization and the birthplace of traditional Chinese alcohols. The Neolithic Chinese Peiligang peoples currently claim the title of the world’s oldest known consumers of alcohol, with fossilized remains of their … Continue reading

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All hail the Yellow Emperor

UPDATE: Paul’s posted his half of the story and the full recipe online. Enjoy! Catch it here: http://www.bloodandsand.com/index.php/the-yellow-emperor/ Last week at Beijing’s Flamme Steakhouse I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing history in the making. Mixmaster Paul Mathew, who inspired my … Continue reading

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Holding your bladder

Last month a court in Beijing sentenced a businessman to life in prison for illegally smuggling over 70 thousand bottles of wine, valued at around RMB45 million ($7.1 million). The man in question, 62-year-old Sun Xitai of Liaoning Province, was … Continue reading

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