Exclusive – Hit Chinese reality show music director: My life as a wine enthusiast

By Maxime Lu / 陆江

(Published on DecanterChina.COM,  Chinese version of Decanter.)

The mega hit reality TV show ‘I am a Singer 我是歌手’ needs little introduction to the Chinese audience. Ever since its first season in 2013 one of the top producers in Greater China, Kubert Leung, has been the music director for this highly popular show.The musician, who came from Hong Kong, is known to the Chinese audience as a talented, gentle and elegant producer in the world of music (as well as for being a low-key workaholic who never leaves his studio). Few, however, would have imagined that the musician is also a serious wine enthusiast in his personal life.This month Decanter speaks exclusively to the award-winning music producer. Read all about Kubert Leung’s life as a wine lover.

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Image credit Kubert Leung

Q: How did you fall in love with wine? Which are your favourite wine regions at the moment?

Kubert Leung: When I was studying in New York many years ago, there was a big wine shop near my house. I would go there to buy some wines. These were my first experience with wines, mainly produced in the US, though I wasn’t really drawn to wine just yet.Fortunately, I had a Chinese friend whose uncle worked for a high-end local restaurant. From time to time he would bring unfinished wines from the diners, and I would get to try them whenever I visited their house. ‘What good wines do you have this time?’ was always my first line at the door. These wines gave me access to many of the most famous and interesting wine regions and producers outside the US.When I went back to Hong Kong in 1997, I grew a habit of drinking whiskeys, as they were easier to store, and I could take my time to finish them. At that time, we didn’t have many wines to choose from, until Hong Kong abolished its tariffs on wine.From five years ago, I started to visit Mainland China frequently and now I’m based in Beijing. Here I met a group of enthusiasts who share my passion for wine, and my interest in wine grew stronger.What I drink the most at the moment are wines from Burgundy and Italy. I’m fascinated by the finesse and elegance of Burgundy, as well as the versatile characters of Italian wines.

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Image credit Kubert Leung

 

Q: Who is in your ‘wine circle’? Tell us a little bit about your wine gatherings in Beijing.

Kubert Leung: My wine friends come from various professions; some are from the music and movie industries, or in finance and media, while others are wine merchants and wine critics. It’s a fun gang of interesting personalities, though we are from very different backgrounds.Our ‘headquarters’ is always Beijing. We try to meet once or twice a month, even when we’re busy with our day jobs. We would pick a theme every time, and each would bring a bottle to share and talk about with others.We even spend festivals and celebrations together—the year before last a few of us met up for Valentine’s day. I brought a bottle of Clos de Vougeot Grand Crus, while my friends brought wines including limited edition Champagne and icewine from Canada. We had lots of fun (though not romantically) by sharing good food, wines and interesting topics.

 

Q: As an artist who loves wine a lot, how would you balance work and drinking?

Kubert Leung: I would drink a little bit to get into a more creative state. But drinking for fun is a different matter, and I’d rather keep them separate—honestly, drinking too much will bring nothing but a negative influence to work.We would only drink abundantly to celebrate after the end of a show. My team came from around the world, and the Australians and Canadians would bring wines from their home countries to share with everyone. When I travel to Changsha for a show I would bring my own wine or sometimes, whiskey.

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Image credit Kubert Leung

Q: Has your love in wine brought any changes to your life?

Kubert Leung: I have learnt to enjoy life more and discover the small and beautiful things in life—this is an attitude associated with the wine culture.I also try to visit more wine-producing regions when I travel. A while ago I was invited to Sweden as a commentator for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. I decided to drive all the way to Rome and Florence and visited a few wineries.On my way I was the most impressed by an almost mythical Vin Santo from a famous winery in Tuscany. The wine was so rich and sweet; I heard that it was matured for 10 years, during which 2/3 of the wine was lost—imagine how precious and delicious it was. They (the winery) would use the fat brandy glasses to swirl the wines around, releasing the luscious aromas of the wine. That was a very interesting experience.I also loved visiting the ancient castles of these wineries—you would hardly meet any tourists there. These old chateaux at nights are so mysterious and somewhat spooky—maybe I’ve watched too many horror movies.

 

Q: For leisure, which wine region would you visit next?

Kubert Leung: I would love to visit Burgundy, a region I have admired for so long. I am in fact looking up information about chateaux visits in Burgundy right now.I would go to the regions where my favourite wines were produced, to feel the local culture and environment for myself. The experience of visiting chateaux and communicating with winemakers always fascinates me. But I would prefer a spontaneous holiday— I’d choose not to plan every detail before I set off for a trip.

 

Q: In the Chinese music circle, what beverages are trending right now?

Kubert Leung: When I first came to work in the Mainland, Chinese Baijiu and expensive top cru classes from France, such as Lafite and Petrus, were the most popular.Whiskeys were the next to become popular, especially single malt whiskies. These can be very characterful and they satisfy different preferences, but they’re increasingly expensive nowadays—especially those Japanese whiskeys, which are the most fashionable right now.Although in the music circle people mainly drink whiskeys at the moment, there are a few wine lovers as well. Like me, they found their favourites when exploring wines from various regions and styles — eventually falling in love with wine.

 

Q: Finally, what is your wine dream?

Kubert Leung: My dream is to try more good wines, and visit as many wine regions around the world as possible with my fellow wine enthusiasts.

 

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

 

Maxime Lu / 陆江

-The founder and Chief wine editor of WineOnline.CN since 2005
-The founder and Chief wine educator of  WineSchool.CN since 2006
-The founder and main contributor for WineBlogChina.COM since 2011
-Wine Judge for international wine competitions: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2015(Hongkong) , Wines of Portugal Challenge 2014(Lisbon) , Radici del Sud 2013 ( Puglia ) ,and some domestic wine competitions.
-A contributor for Decanter China(Chinese version of Decanter.com),Prowine China(Prowein branch) and for main stream media on fashion, finance , food and wine.
-The consultant of  Wine Collection.
-The consultant of wine companies.

Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge: Jiang Lu (Maxime LU) – Decanter亚洲葡萄酒大赛评委: 陆江

Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) judge: Jiang Lu (Maxime Lu)

Decanter亚洲葡萄酒大赛评委: 陆江

 

Jiang Lu, founder and chief wine advisor of Wineonline.cn based in Beijing, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

DAWA judge: Jiang Lu

DAWA judge: Jiang Lu (Maxime)

Jiang Lu (Maxime Lu) is the founder and chief wine editor of Wineonline.cn and has been running a wine club based in Beijing since 2005.  He is also the founder and chief wine educator of Wineschool.cn since 2006, and the founder and core contributor for Wineblogchina.com since 2011. Jiang Lu is a columnist for ProWine China nad 1756Chile in China.

A member of several blind tasting panels for publications including RVF China, Food & Wine (China), Wine in China, and a regular wine judge for international and domestic wine competitions, Jiang also acts as a consultant for various companies.

Jiang has been visiting the wine regions of USA, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Portugal for over 15 years.

Jiang Lu has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since 2015.

Read more at http://www.decanter.com/dawa/the-dawa-judges/dawa-judge-jiang-lu-270491/

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陆江澳洲维多利亚葡萄酒产区游记(下)

维多利亚州3个子产区:
雅拉谷Yarra Valley – 国王谷King Valley – Rutherglen

图文:陆江(Maxime LU)

  5月27日疯狂的一天开始了,一早走访雅拉谷名庄De Bortoli(国内Torres代理),虽然在国内以甜酒著称,其实其它作品里也不乏佳品,尤其我个人喜欢这家酒庄在Heathcote产区的PHI GSM, 酒体和骨架有上佳的集成度和平衡。

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紧接着是雅拉谷的标杆酒庄,也是雅拉谷最古老的酒庄Yeringberg,Pury家族已拥有了152年历史的精品家族酒庄。虽然平均年产量仅1500箱(18000瓶),但因其细腻优雅的风格和酒的深度,在国际葡萄酒界有着很高的认可度。品鉴时能感觉到做酒的用心和实力,量少优质和高知名度也注定了较高的价格。酒庄院子里的老树上长了不少蘑菇,蘑菇控的我一直在纠结:是否是可食用的?

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这次行程安排相当紧,结果当天就上演了【奔跑吧,兄弟】-澳洲版的戏码,我和众多媒体兄弟姐妹们,上午参观完两家后,又去黑皮诺和夏多内不错的Innocent bystander(酿酒师在西澳牛庄Leeuwin工作过几年)参观品鉴。同时在这家酒庄的餐厅买了极简午餐:两个法棍三明治,我们就在车上啃着练牙的三明治,狂奔3个多小时前往墨尔本东北方向的最意大利的子产区King valley。雅拉谷的秋日街景只能在路口等车时,偷闲欣赏,电线杆子上依稀能看出雅拉谷激情的一面……

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到达意大利血统的Pizzini酒庄,已是下午5点,我居然吃到了上好的应季柿子,也算是紧迫行程中的一丝慰藉。我被安排去做了我人生中的第一个苹果排,似乎还挺成功,苹果派装盘有点像烤乳猪块,于是居然还和大厨探讨了烤乳猪的技巧。说实话,这次行程的内容安排得不错,就是时间安排太过紧凑,可惜了这些好内容。烤完苹果派后,快速品完8款酒,还没来得及给酒瓶拍照,就被要求紧急行军半小时到Milawa的Linden Warrah酒店入住。

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继续【奔跑吧,兄弟】晚间版,还有几家酒庄等待我们品鉴交流。离得近,我们从酒店步行去了品鉴地布朗兄弟(Brown Brother)酒庄,现场有三家酒庄:刚才的Pizzini酒庄,布朗兄弟酒庄(国内ASC代理,国内市场比较熟悉的品牌)和1999年种下澳洲第一株Prosecco的Dalz Otto,和酒庄代表们品鉴交流。现场还介绍了产区的相关知识,作为最意大利的维州产区,King Valley无论葡萄品种还是酒种都深受意大利影响。晚宴吃撑,估计是味如嚼蜡的午餐带来的食欲反弹。

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5月28日最后一天行程。清早,看着雨后宾馆窗外的葡萄园,入秋一大片绿黄红黑混色,尚未枯下的弃叶残果,挂在整齐但粗细不一的T型主杆枝条上,绿草丛生,远处树丛在雾气中朦胧,有点勾起心底的文艺调调。

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从King Valley到Rutherglen大约需要1个多小时,Rutherglen是我喜欢的维州子产区,其实……因为加强酒是我个人的偏好。

上午Stanton & killeen wines有着八十年代和九十年代种植的来自于葡萄牙的葡萄藤,加强酒比较出彩。第二家是名厂Campbells,【学习帖:下面第二张图是标准的solera系统】,除加强酒实力强劲外,其实酒庄的白品种如雷司令和Roussanne,红品种如西拉、Durif(小西拉)等非加强酒也都有出挑的产品。

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  Stanton & killeen wines

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  Campbells

  中午在Pfeiffer酒庄,这家的雪莉style的酒,雷司令,Muscat加强酒等实力都不错。酒庄还拥有一片水域和桥梁,不少大黑牛,超赞度假地 。午餐吃了小袋鼠肉(如图),只是冷餐让我和数位小伙伴误会,没吃多少,在回墨尔本的3个多小时中饥肠辘辘,幸亏小黑带了能量棒。【冷餐……不要误会成头盘……后面没有主菜!!!】

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最后一家Rutherglen的酒庄All Saints,历史悠久,还有当年酒庄建设时中国劳工的宿舍遗迹。我们走访时酒庄正好是最美季,让我费了不少相机存储空间。可以列入来澳洲自驾行的访问点。品鉴酒庄的酒,加强酒实力不弱,非加强的酒中西拉表现突出,白的Marsanne表现也不错。

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我们的维州葡萄酒产区之行终于收官,晚上回到墨尔本,在Queen Victoria Market有维州政府安排的告别聚会,有音乐,有冷餐,还有来自不同地方的人们。我提早和几个小伙伴撤退了,逛逛超市,在墨尔本的大街溜达,再搭了段免费的市区内的珰珰车。美丽的夜景,老火车站,雅拉河,维州州立美术馆,再见了墨尔本。

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陆江(Maxime LU)

– 国际国内葡萄酒大赛专家评委,独立酒评人,美食美酒旅游类撰稿人,葡萄酒行业咨询顾问,资深葡萄酒和烈酒收藏顾问,万欧兰葡萄酒教育首席讲师

 

王智慧(Serien WANG)

– 资深葡萄酒编辑、撰稿人和专业译者,《葡萄酒在线-WINEONLINE.CN》葡萄酒专题总监,万欧兰葡萄酒教育葡萄酒讲师

中国是罗马尼亚葡萄酒的第二大出口市场,你意外吗?

   中国是罗马尼亚葡萄酒的第二大出口市场,你意外吗?
-罗马尼亚葡萄酒与在华推广现状  

文:陆江(Maxime LU)

本文已发布于ProWine China网站专栏,转载请标明出处。

罗马尼亚葡萄酒其实在中国市场曝光率并不高,大部分葡萄酒专业人士和消费者都不太了解这个产区国。不过,如果我提到2012年中国市场已成为罗马尼亚的第一大出口市场,2013年和2014年分别是第二大和第三大市场。过去的2014年,如果以出口额计,中国是罗马尼亚葡萄酒的第二大出口市场。听到这些,估计有不少人会感到惊讶。作为一个实力不弱的产区国,说实话,以前罗马尼亚葡萄酒在中国国内的市场推广活动,除了偶尔有点酒商自发的产品推介活动外,较少有产区组织或是官方机构的声音发出。

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对于这个相对陌生的产区国,我们首先简单了解一下它的概况。

罗马尼亚现属于欧盟成员国,位于欧洲的东南角,那里也是蓝色多瑙河汇入黑海的区域,有着悠久的酿制葡萄酒的历史,追溯起来超过4000年。相传酒神狄奥尼索斯就居住在这里。罗马尼亚和世界著名精品葡萄酒产区波尔多、勃艮第和皮耶蒙特处于同一纬度带。

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这里种植着众多国际或本土的葡萄品种:

以黑皮诺(Pinot Noir)、梅洛(Merlot)、赤霞珠(Cabernet Sauvignon)、西拉(Syrah)、夏朵内(Chardonnay)、灰皮诺(Pinot Gris)、长相思(Sauvignon)等为代表的国际化品种;还有以Feteasca Neagra, Babeasca, Mustoasa de Maderat, Negru de Dragasani、Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Alba, Galbena de Odobesti, Zghihara de Husi、Tamaioasa Romaneasca, Busuioaca de Bohotin等为代表的本土品种。

罗马尼亚红白葡萄酒生产比例在2014年的数据为:白葡萄酒占61%,红葡萄酒占39%。有原产地名号(DOC和IGR)的葡萄酒占28%,日常餐酒占72%。

罗马尼亚从1928年起就是国际葡萄与葡萄酒组织(OIV)的成员,曾在2013年6月还承办的36届世界葡萄与葡萄酒代表大会。

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罗马尼亚的葡萄种植面积在欧盟成员国里排第五位;葡萄产量位列第五;葡萄酒的总产量位列第六,在意大利、法国、西班牙、葡萄牙和德国之后。

从全球范围来看,罗马尼亚在葡萄种植面积和葡萄酒产量方面,也位列前15大产区国。

现在罗马尼亚有超过一百万人在从事与葡萄和葡萄酒相关产业的工作。有超过5%的耕地面积在种植葡萄。葡萄种植相关产业约占14%以上的蔬果农业产出。罗马尼亚葡萄酒行业的市场规模约在3.5亿-4.5亿欧元范围内。

我们不难看出罗马尼亚是欧洲颇具实力的老牌葡萄酒生产国,而它在华的“低调”其实和罗马尼亚的葡萄酒市场特殊性,以及以往的市场策略有关。

罗马尼亚是个以内销市场为主的葡萄酒产区国,葡萄酒贸易对外一直存在较大逆差,出口比例很低。以2014年为例,葡萄酒国内产量约为3.84亿升,而国内消费量为4.08亿升,有明显缺口,所以罗马尼亚葡萄酒的进口量约为0.34亿升,而出口量仅为0.104亿升。而从进出口金额来算的话,出口额为1.94千万欧元,而进口额为3.61千万欧元,葡萄酒贸易逆差达1.67千万欧元。

除了以内销为主的原因以外,而且由于政治和历史原因,罗马尼亚在上世纪90年代才开始重返西欧市场。在重点开拓西欧市场的前提下,对遥远的中国市场的关注度相对较低,因此导致罗马尼亚葡萄酒很少在中国市场有推广动作。国内展会上非常偶尔才能看到一两家经营罗马尼亚葡萄酒的公司。而如果通过网络信息检索可以找到的以罗马尼亚葡萄酒为主的进口商也是寥寥无几。这说明,虽然中国已经成为了罗马尼亚葡萄酒出口市场中非常重要的一环,但是国内的经销商更多的还是以辅助及丰富产品线的角度在经营着罗马尼亚葡萄酒。

不过随着中国葡萄酒市场在近10年内的快速崛起,不少与罗马尼亚有关联的华人和资本,开始把目光放到了性价比不错的的罗马尼亚葡萄酒上,虽然没有在华的推介动作,可由于罗马尼亚葡萄酒的一些市场优势,使之在中国市场表现出色。2014年罗马尼亚出口到中国大陆的葡萄酒共有1.18百万升,合一百五十七万瓶。出口到中国大陆市场总金额达到2.8百万欧元,约占罗马尼亚葡萄酒总出口额的17%。国内经营罗马尼亚葡萄酒的进口商,主要以浙江以及广东地区的进口商居多,温州、宁波、深圳等地有几家进口商罗马尼亚葡萄酒的经营规模已经初步显现。

 

而近年来,越来越多罗马尼亚葡萄酒生产商也看中中国市场的庞大和潜力,为了避免欧洲的单一市场风险,也开始积极到中国来参展推广。罗马尼亚葡萄酒协会(APEV ROMANIA)还投入预算,组团参加中国有影响力的葡萄酒展会。如今年(2015)11月在上海举办的ProWine China,就能看到他们的展会专区。

相信在不久的将来,会有越来越多的消费者能享受到罗马尼亚葡萄酒的高品质和多样性。

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欢迎微信搜索【万欧兰葡萄酒俱乐部】或【wineclos】,关注我们公众号,我们有国际国内热点的葡萄酒资讯和专家观点,还有有趣好玩的美食美酒旅游活动。

 

  陆江(Maxime LU)

  - 国际国内葡萄酒大赛专家评委,独立酒评人,美食美酒旅游类撰稿人,葡萄酒行业咨询顾问,资深葡萄酒和烈酒收藏顾问,万欧兰葡萄酒教育首席讲师

 

  王智慧(Serien WANG)

  - 资深葡萄酒编辑、撰稿人和专业译者,《葡萄酒在线-WINEONLINE.CN》葡萄酒专题总监,万欧兰葡萄酒教育葡萄酒讲师