The recent movie Bottle Shock depicts the (true) story of a 1976 contest held between France’s greatest wines and those from California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County. In a blind tasting, held in France, with a panel of French experts, the American wines win. The organiser of the event, English wine merchant Steven Spurrier says at the end of the movie: “This is just the beginning. Soon we’ll have great wines from South America… even China.” Well his prophecy came one step nearer fruition this week. Chateau Lafite, the famed French vineyard, announced it will invest in a vineyard in Penglai in Shandong province – a region roughly on the same latitude as Bordeaux. The Rothschild family that owns Lafite describe the region as “promising” and think it will produce great wine.
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