Food Forward: Chinese Wine

Posted on

When I drink winesI try to know about them Sometimes there's a glass of winethat gives you goosebumps.

It's so exciting The altitude is 1200 meters here The temperature difference betweenday and night is huge.

The sunlight is very strongduring the day time It is very cool and comfortable at night This is the latest region in the world for winemaking A new world in the new world My father said thatI should master a skill so I would not have to be starvingmy whole life Then I asked, which country? I hadn't even asked what I should studyI asked "Where?" He said France I lived near Orange,in Chateauneuf-du-Pape a well-known winemaking region Life in France is too good.

There are too many fun places But I thought I should takewine more seriously So I applied to a winemaking schoolin Bordeaux In the middle of my schooling I met Thierry He is my husband now My name is Thierry Courtade I am here because of love First and foremost, out of love And then, to make wine I'm originally from Bordeaux next to Bordeaux, St.

Estèphe My father was Chef de Cultureat our chateau My grandfather was a cellar master and I would go with himwhen I was six or seven years old You learn and you teach younger people The smells and the taste, for example It's part of the job as well This is our chief of viticulture He has thirty years of experiencein Ningxia doing viticulture This young man is currentlyfinishing his studies in viticulture He's in his fifth year This is a good team We have experienceand computer science A British sommelier from Jean George's – it's Michelin starred restaurantin Waitan, Shanghai – blind tasted our wine He asked "Where is this wine from?" "It tastes like French wine" In most people's eyes, Chinese wine was not "drinkable", it was fake Chinese wines had additives,misleading labels The parcel is not very prettybecause it's difficult to grow pinot noir in this type of soil It's sandy, rocky, dry But we're still going to experiment to see if pinot noir works in this region I actually did not want to come back However, my father firmly believedthat the Ningxia region could produce the best wines in China So I had to come back He took his and my mom's retirement funds- $45.

000 – and made some stainless steel tanks My husband and I boughtten oak barrels from France We came back with just some toolsand some yeast powder And we made our first batch of wines You know, making a wineinvolves a thousand decisions Sometimes you are not very surewhat you should do Always wondering if it is correct Every night when I drink this wine,I feel delighted Because they are changing every day.