Yes, that means something. Of course, 20% of the world’s population can already ready read it. It says, “Hello Chinese Wine!” How it is pronounced? Sadly, I do not know. I know that most of the time westerners think of wine China is pretty low on their list. I am sure that most people think of tea when asked to come up with a Chinese beverage.
Wine has been produced in China for thousands of years. Jars containing traces of wine made from rice, honey and fruit have been found that date to 7,000 BC. Grape wine came much later in the case of the wine that I tried Friday night at the Bottlenotes Around the World in 80 Sips event about 9,000 years later.
Dragon’s Hollow’s vineyard was originally planted in the 1990s at the foot of the Helan Mountains in Ningxia. They produce a Cabernet Sauvignon (I tasted the 2005) which was dark and smoky, tasting of tobacco with a hint of cherry. It was truly unique. It made me consider the idea of terroir. A friend of mine recently went to China and came hold and told me about the cigarettes and their distinct aroma and now I could imagine tobacco growing in fields across China…
Dragon’s Hollow also produces an Chardonnay (I tasted the 2006). This wine was more like the Chardonnays that are available all over the world. Produced and aged in stainless steel, I was disappointed not to find something uniquely Chinese about this wine but it was crisp and clean and very nice. Perfect for drinking during the heat of a warm sunny afternoon.
There is a medallion attached to each bottle of Dragon’s Hollow wine. In the shape of a Chinese coin, the medallion contains the only Chinese characters found in the packaging. A lovely addition, but a shame to hide so much of this wine’s heritage. Perhaps they will add more when the world begins to accept Chinese wine more readily.
Both of these wines are available from Bottlenotes.com and sell for $13.00.
How do these wines relate to VinoVerve? Well, we approach local wine the way Tip O’Neill (MA-D, Congressman and Speaker of the House(January 4, 1977 – January 3, 1987)) approached politics. Everything is local to someone.