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Bottled in China

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Bottled in China brings you into the world of wine, drink and food through conversations with the some of the most happening personalities. Hosted by Emilie Steckenborn, the show is your one spot for all things wine, food, beer and spirits from across the world.

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Demystifying sulfites and the importance of grape quality in winemaking with Michael Brughelli

July 2nd, 2022


In this podcast we discuss fine wine production, demystify sulfites and the importance of grape quality in winemaking.

Our guest today is Santa …

How to Simplify Wine Lingo and Connect with the Next Generation of Wine Consumers

May 4th, 2022


Recent reports indicate that younger consumers are less likely to embrace wine.

So what can we do to engage them?

In this episode we speak with wine communicator and influencer Angela Aiello about ways the industry can …

Wine, Art, Creativity and the Metaverse - Connecting all the dots with Jean-Charles Boisset

April 22nd, 2022


Today’s podcast is about finding creativity and inspiration through wine.

In this episode we sit down with Jean-Charles Boisset to discuss his vision of wine through art, and how we might be closer than ever to the …

A Primer to Wine NFT

March 31st, 2022


Aubert & Mathieu has become the first French wine brand to embrace cryptocurrency and sell digital assets via blockchain.

But first off, what are NFTs?

In today’s podcast we explore the fascinating world of NFTs and …

Wine From Bhutan? High Altitude, High Hopes

February 27th, 2022


Today we speak with Michael Juergens, the founder of the Bhutan Wine Company, who is leading the development of the wine industry in the kingdom of Bhutan.  

Sharing a border with China and India, Bhutan is known for its …

Boldly, Evolving: New York Wines and their place in Mainland China

February 10th, 2022


How are NY wines received in China? 

What can distributors gain from working with NY products?

What are some challenges and opportunities at home and in Asia's most dynamic wine market? 

In November last year, I had the …

Is there a future for the Rosé wine category in China?

January 24th, 2022


With the growing popularity of the Rosé category abroad, wineries are now turning to China anticipating a similar trend to take place. But in a …

Air Canada Inflight Special: A Taste of Chinese Wines

January 10th, 2022


Throughout November and December 2021, Bottled in China was featured on Air Canada Airlines inflight entertainment systems. As we start the new year, we wanted to share these episodes to enjoy in the comfort of your own …

Air Canada Airlines Inflight Special: Canadian wines, how a family winery is building a strong brand in China

January 10th, 2022


Throughout November and December 2021, Bottled in China was featured on Air Canada Airlines inflight entertainment systems. As we start the new year, we wanted to share our two featured episodes to enjoy in the comfort …

How do wine pairings and experiences influence consumer spending? With Marcell Kustos PhD

December 14th, 2021


Today we’ll be speaking with Marcell Kustos PHD, about how the consumer experience, and the overall enjoyment of a wine product and pairing, might influence consumer spending

Marcell is a beverage director, wine …

How do our emotions change our experience of wine and food? With Marcell Kustos PhD

December 3rd, 2021


Ever wonder how our emotions impact our perception of a wines' taste and profile? Or the science behind the iconic pairing of rose and steak tartar? Today we’ll be speaking with Marcell Kustos PHD, about what he …

The Bordeaux Appeal: Why Chinese investors are flocking to Bordeaux

November 13th, 2021


The Bordeaux wine region of France has always attracted international investment.    

As the Asian economy developed, individuals and beverage …

Can a Canadian sparkling wine producer rival the best of Champagne?

October 26th, 2021


In today’s podcast we discuss how Benjamin Bridge Winery is inspiring a nation to think about producing high quality sparkling wine in the most unlikely places!

In 1999, the Benjamin Bridge Winery started as a labour of …

All About Molecular Wine; Your Questions Answered

October 6th, 2021


Back on Episode 111, we spoke with Endless West about creating the worlds first molecular wine and spirits. We had so many questions come in after …

DBR Lafite’s China Project: Domaine de Long Dai

September 15th, 2021


After 10 years in the making, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, famous for producing Chateaux Lafite in Bordeaux, is now producing a Chinese wine.

In today’s episode we are joined for a second time by Denise Cosentino, …

Shandong Province: China’s Largest Producing Wine Region

September 6th, 2021


In this two part podcast series we’ll be diving into China’s largest wine producing region: Shandong.  

Shandong is an eastern province of China, along the Yellow Sea. It represents up to 40% of China’s wine production …

A Primer to the Philippine Wine Market

August 26th, 2021


Ever wonder about the Philippine wine market?

In this episode we’ll be discussing the layered and complex structure of the Philippine wine market.
We’ll also take a look at consumer preferences towards wine styles, …

A Tasty Solution: Edible Straws

August 9th, 2021


In response to mounting concern about single-use plastics, a range of sustainable straw alternatives are appearing on the market.

Today we speak with Divya Mohan, Founder of Ooble Innovations, about a tasty new straw …

The Role Leadership Has In Excellent Winemaking

August 2nd, 2021


Today we speak with one of Washington’s leading winemakers about the region’s unique landscapes and the importance leadership plays as winemaker.

Trends in the Cannabis-Infused Beverage Market with the Herb Sommelier Jamie Evans

July 19th, 2021


Sales for Cannabis-infused beverages is said to have jumped 40% since 2019. A new beverage category fueled by the legalization of Cannabis is spilling into wine, beer and even coffee!  

 But what are large corporations …

Zestea: Reviving Kombucha in China

July 1st, 2021


Walk into any Western grocery store and you’ll find various flavours of Kombucha lined up, but this is not the case in China.

You might be surprised to learn that Kombucha’s roots lead back in China and Japan.

In this …

Dive into the world of Riesling with Konstantin Baum, Master of Wine

June 16th, 2021


German Riesling is certainly amongst a wine lovers favorite wine, yet unlike Pinot Noir from Burgundy, it has not had as recent price hikes. Today, we speak with Konstantin Baum, Master of Wine about all things Riesling.

Tiansai Vineyards: Making Wine in China’s Gobi Desert

June 4th, 2021


Taisai Vineyards is nested in the Gobi desert in China’s Xinjiang Province. Farmed organically, it was twice named as China's Best Winery of the Year by RVF. 

In this podcast we sit down with Martin Shen, General Manager …

China’s Xinjiang Wine Region with Martin Shen, GM of Tiansai Vineyards

May 28th, 2021


Today we dive into China’s up and coming wine region: Xinjiang with Martin Shen, GM of Tiansai Vineyards.

Located in the northwest of China, Xinjiang province is three times that of France.

With its long sunshine hours, …

Bring your virtual wine event to life with Belinda Chang, award-winning Sommelier

May 20th, 2021


In this podcast I speak with Belinda Chang, James Beard award-winning Sommelier about how you can bring your virtual wine event to life!

Belinda Chang has been dubbed THE “global virtual wine experience guru” by the …

Ghost Restaurants: The Future of Dinning in North America with Chef Superstar Matt Dean Pettit

May 11th, 2021


COVID has forced many restaurants and bars to shut down, but for Chef, Cookbook Author and Entrepreneur Matt Dean Pettit, he’s found a way to pivot and grow his businesses.

From his first job as a busboy at the young age …

How to find your voice and become a leader in the digital wine world with Natalie MacLean

April 29th, 2021


With so much noise and content online, how does one find their “voice”?

Today we speak with Natalie MacLean, one of the most influential wine personalities, about her tips on navigating the digital wine world and …

Solving Seaspiracy: Does Hooked Foods Have the Answer?

April 22nd, 2021


Netflix’s Original documentary: Seaspiracy, sparked an awakening amongst us regarding the destruction of our marine ecosystem.  

In this podcast we speak with Tom Johansson, Co-Founder & CEO of Hooked Foods, about …

An Insiders’ Guide to Food & Wine Pairing with James Lloyd, Head Sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

April 15th, 2021


This is going to be a delicious episode! In today’s podcast we discuss wine and food pairings with James Lloyd, Head Sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. 

Starting his career in wine in 1999, James has over 20 years …

Secrets of a Somm with James Lloyd, Head Sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

April 7th, 2021


In this podcast we dive into what makes a masterful sommelier with James Lloyd, Head Sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

Starting his career in …

Winesave: Keeps wine tasting fresh for weeks after opening

April 1st, 2021


In this podcast we’ll discuss how to keep wine fresh for weeks after opening, argon gas preservation vs. other preservation technologies, and …

How to create the world’s best tasting dairy free ice cream with Aylon Steinhart of Eclipse Foods

March 16th, 2021


In this podcast we dive into how Eclipse Foods created the best tasting dairy free ice cream on the market.

Eclipse Foods, often called the Beyond Meat of dairy, is a Y Combinator-backed startup making plant-based dairy …

Wine Entrepreneurship: Opening the doors of the wine industry, and finding your calling with Brigid O'Reilly of Distaff wine

March 8th, 2021


Today we are joined by Brigid O'Reilly, co-founder of Distaff wine, to hear her story of navigating the wine world. Brigid discusses some of the barriers for young people and for women in the industry and shares her …

Decanting the World of Wine with Alex Layton, Decanter’s Head of Marketing

March 4th, 2021


What are top wine trends experts are seeing in 2021? How is Decanter judging natural wine in competition?  How does Decanter China differ from their other media strategy?

Today, we’ll be diving into the world of wine …

How one APP is disrupting wine retail in California

February 25th, 2021


Vinified APP is disrupting the Californian wine industry by bringing wineries closer than ever to their consumers. It has a simple and intuitive mobile interface that allows you to buy wines you’ll love at affordable …

Could This Be The Beyond Burger of Wagyu Beef?

February 15th, 2021


Embracing a plant-based diet is becoming easier than ever.

Top Tier Foods Inc. has created a plant-based wagyu beef and a seaweed based fish roe that …

The Latest Innovation in Cork: A Cork Taint Free Future

January 31st, 2021


Today we are joined by Carlos de Jesus Veneno, Director of Marketing and Communications for Amorim Cork to discuss the world of cork closures.

In this podcast we discuss the latest breakthroughs in closure development …

Wine Without Grapes? The First Molecular Wine & Spirits with Endless West

January 19th, 2021


Wine without using grapes? Bourbon without grains?

Molecular wine and spirits have made it to shelves near you and you're probably wondering if this …

The Sticky Truth About Sweetners with D'Vash Organics

January 14th, 2021


Sweeteners have been a source of controversy for some time in regards to health and sustainability issues.

A lot of us believe that sugar free alternatives are healthier,but in this podcast we'll be shinning some light …

Vietnamese Coffee Culture & Growing with Coffee Pioneer Tran Nhat Quang

December 29th, 2020


Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee after Brazil. It has a unique coffee culture that was first introduced by the French in the mid …

Aveine Smart Wine Aerator: The game-changing device we all need

December 27th, 2020


What if there was a device you could just attach to the neck of a wine bottle and it would immediately replicate the effect of a wine that has been …

What’s Brewing in Australia’s Beer and Spirits Scene with James Atkinson of Drinks Adventures

December 14th, 2020


James Atkinson is the founder and host of the Drinks Adventures podcast and a Certified Cicerone®. On this episode of Bottled in China, James joins us to discuss the newest trends brewing in Australia’s beer and spirits …

2021 Strategy: Optimize Your Online Presence with Vinbound Marketing

December 4th, 2020


What are common issues with wine websites and what should wine businesses be considering now, in terms of improving and optimizing their websites for …

China’s First Hard Seltzer with Eric Hoang of LINGYA

December 3rd, 2020


Recently, we've seen the popularity of hard seltzer surge in North America.

White Claw was one of the first brands to take the market by storm. Eager …

Big Data: The Power of Visualization with Cathy Huyghe of Enolytics

November 29th, 2020


The term 'data' can be perceived as impersonal or distant.

But how does data visualization and the strategic engagement of data actually allow wine businesses to become closer with their customers?

Today we speak with …

Minerality? Tirtiary Notes? Decoding the Science of Wine with Nicolas Quille, Master of Wine

November 16th, 2020


Can you really taste minerality in wine?

If so, how did it get there?


Today, Nicolas Quillé MW joins us to discuss the science behind key wine terms. …

Recycled Paper Wine Bottles? Innovation in Sustainable Wine Packaging with Malcolm Waugh, CEO of Frugalpac

November 4th, 2020


Step aside heavy glass wine bottles and make way for a more sustainable wine packaging made from recycled paperboard.

Today we are joined by Malcolm …

A Peek Into The World of Wine Auctions with Shoshana Filene

October 31st, 2020


Fine wine auctions can be overwhelming and intimidating.

But today we’re speaking with an expert about what people buying and how you can get started on building up your cellar.


Shoshana Filene joins us to discuss the …

China's Evolving Wine Market: Alberto Fernandez's 20 Year Journey in the Business

October 25th, 2020


China’s wine industry is fast paced and always evolving.

Today we speak with Alberto Fernandez, General Manager of Asia Pacific, Middle East and …

Are Computers Already Better Wine Tasters Than Humans? A Conversation With Katerina Axelsson, CEO of Tastry

October 21st, 2020


Can a computer taste wine better than a wine expert?


Today we speak with Katerina Axelsson, Founder & CEO of Tastry, to discuss how technology is …

Selling in China: How to successfully enter the Chinese market and engage in China's digital ecosystem

October 8th, 2020


China has its own social media and e-commerce ecosystem.

Say goodbye to Facebook and Instagram and hello to WeChat, Douyin and Weibo.

Today we’ll be breaking down all you need to know about Wechat and sharing how you can …

Digital Marketing: Where wine brands go wrong and how they can level up with Shem Swerkes of Goldline Brands

September 27th, 2020


The importance of digital marketing in the wine industry has become significantly highlighted with Covid restrictions preventing in person gathering, as has the lag in the industry of really investing in the digital …

Wine and Heavy Metal? The Influence of Skillful Sound Pairing With Jo Burzynska, Multisensory Artist and Researcher

September 21st, 2020


Turn down that busy jazz, in this podcast we discuss how music influences our perception on the structure of a wine.

In today’s podcast we speak with Jo Burzynska, Australasia-based wine journalist, author, judge, and …

Part 2: Why are Chinese Wines so Expensive? With Christelle Chene of Xige Estate

September 13th, 2020


In part two of our Ningxia coverage, Christelle discusses why Chinese wines are so expensive. We discover that high taxes on imported winemaking …

Ningxia: China’s Leading Wine Region with Christelle Chene of Xige Estate

September 4th, 2020


Christelle Chene is the International Affairs Director at Xige Estate. Xige Estate is one of the most exciting new wine projects in China’s Northwest wine region: Ningxia. After many years working for French wine …

Will the US Wine Market Rebound? What’s the Wine Job of the Future? With Andrew Adams of Wine Vines Analytics

August 31st, 2020


Today I will be speaking with Andrew Adams from Wine Vines Analytics. Wine Vines Analytics is one of the most trusted sources for the latest wine data. Each month, they release an in-depth publication called the Wine …

USA Wine Shipment & DTC Compliance 101 with Alex Koral, Senior Regulatory Counsel at Sovos

August 25th, 2020


How difficult is it to navigate cross border state shipments throughout the USA?

The answer, very difficult!


Today Alex Koral, Senior Regulatory …

Cork VS Screw Cap: Everything you Need to Know about Wine Closures with Marc Schelcher of Vinventions

August 17th, 2020


Vinventions is the most comprehensive provider of wine closure solutions worldwide, and helps wineries and retailers ensure their wines present as …

Winerytale: How Augmented Reality is Bringing Consumers Closer to Wine Producers

August 9th, 2020


What if you could finally discover all you need to know about a wine from scanning its label?

On this episode we’ll be discussing how Winerytale is …

Polarizing Wine Markets: China’s E-Commerce Boom & South Africa’s Ban on Alcohol with Cassidy Dart MW

August 5th, 2020


During COVID, China’s wine market quickly pivoted to e-commerce while that of South Africa came to a halt. Currently, South Africa has banned the …

China’s Bittersweet Chocolate Market with Amber Xu

August 2nd, 2020


Amber Xu is leading the bean to bar revolution in China. She imports the finest chocolates from around the world to the Chinese market. Today, she …

Everything you need to know about Portugal’s World of Wine with Adrian Bridge

July 30th, 2020


Set to open to the public in mid-2020, World of Wine will be a massive cultural complex with a collection of experiences dedicated to the history and …

All About Dinner with Cookbook Author Molly Stevens

July 26th, 2020


Step aside brunch, dinner is here to take over as your favourite meal of the day.


Today we speak with cooking instructor, recipe developer, and …

Crimson Pangolin Gin: The Spirit of China with Founders Helena Kidacka & David Munoz

July 21st, 2020


In this podcast we discuss how one couple is crafting their Gin to express China through locally sourced botanicals and ingredients.


Helena Kidacka and David Munoz are am expat couple living in Shanghai. In 2017, upon a …

United We Taste! With Cha McCoy

July 15th, 2020


Cha McCoy is the Founder of Cha Squared LLC, a consulting company with a focus on tourism, gastronomy, and hospitality experiences as well as wine …

Lab-grown, animal-free protein: defining the future of food with Thomas Jonas, CEO & Co-Founder of Nature's Fynd

July 13th, 2020


"Chicken" nuggets or "cream" cheese made from a petri dish?

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Thomas Jonas, the CEO &  Co-Founder of …

Bug Bacon? Leading an Entovegan Diet Movement with Josh Galt

July 7th, 2020


As we continue our discussion about Entomophagy, we speak with Josh Galt about his philosophy regarding health and nutrition. 

Josh is a health advocate who shares his experience living off a vegan and insect diet, a …

Georgian Wines: new generation of winemakers using traditional techniques with Baia Wines

July 4th, 2020


Baia’s Wine is a small family winery in Obcha Village in Georgia.

Today we speak with sisters Baia and Gvantsa Abuladze, fourth-generation winemakers …

The Porto Protocol: finding workable climate solutions for the wine industry with Adrian Bridge

June 22nd, 2020


Porto Protocol is one of the key industry events where people in the wine industry don’t just talk about issues regarding climate change, but commit …

COVID-19 and the future of F&B in the US with Shana Clarke

June 16th, 2020


Shana Clarke is a wine writer and consultant who reports on both wine culture and the business side of the trade. Her work has been published in CNN …

Obata Sake Brewery: Past, Present & Future with Rumiko Obata

June 10th, 2020


Today we speak with Rumiko Obata, from Obata Sake Brewery and producer of famed Sake brand: MANOTSURU.

Rumiko is the fifth generation of sake brewing family located on Sado Island, Niigata, Japan. Niigata region is …

Be Inspired! Batonnage Forum Goes Virtual

June 4th, 2020


Did you know that women only represent 10% of winemakers in California?

Today, we'll be stirring up the conversation about women in wine.

Katie Canfield and Rebecca Johnson  join us today to discuss the upcoming Batonnage …

From Cellar Door to Desktop: Improving Your Ecommerce Platform with Commerce 7

June 2nd, 2020


When wineries receive customers at their cellar door, they go out of their way to provide a tailored customer experience. With the rise of e-commerce, how can wineries deliver this same experience to customers shopping …

Demystifying Sake with a Sake Samurai

May 29th, 2020


Today, leading Sake expert Timothy Sullivan joins us to discuss the fascinating world of Sake.

Timothy is a Sake Samurai, an educator with the Sake …

Turning a New Leaf: Uprise of Single Origin Tea Culture with Alaya Tea

May 22nd, 2020


Alaya Tea is a women-owned tea company that sources organic and biodynamic loose-leaf teas directly from people and planet friendly farms in India.

Their tea is picked fresh and sent in small batches without …

A Leap into the Future of Food: Crickets with Kate Stoddard of Orchestra Provisions

May 19th, 2020


We’re taking a leap forward today and discussing crickets and insects as an alternative and sustainable food solution

We’ve got to ask ourselves: can …

Data that Drives Sales with Paul Mabray, CEO of Emetry

May 12th, 2020


In today's podcast we'll be discussing data and the importance of measuring what matters.  

Paul Mabray, the CEO of Emetry joins us to discuss how …

Connecting with consumers during isolation with Randy Ullom & Maggie Curry of Kendall-Jackson Winery

May 8th, 2020


Today we speak with Randy Ullom and Maggie Curry from the Kendall Jackson-Winery team about how COVID-19 is shifting the way we engage with our customers online.

Randy Ullom is the Winemaster at Kendall-Jackson Winery …

The Rise of Handcrafted Bottled Cocktails with Alexander Petersen of LAIBA Beverages

May 5th, 2020


Laiba is China’s first handcrafted bottled cocktail brand.

In today’s podcast, we speak with Alexander Petersen, Co-Founder and CEO of LAIBA Beverages about the untapped potential of bottled cocktails.  

We also discuss …

How Asia is Leading the Alternative Protein Industry with Sonalie Figueiras of Green Queen Media

May 3rd, 2020


Have you ever wondered what are the shifting consumer behaviors towards alternative protein in Asia? 

Today we speak with industry leader and expert …

How COVID-19 is Fueling Online Wine Education with Peter Marks MW

April 26th, 2020


Peter Marks MW is one of America's leading wine educators. He is currently a Partner and Vice President of Education for the Napa Valley Wine Academy.

Today, he joins us to discuss his journey becoming a Master of Wine …

India's Emerging Thirst for Wine with Ruma Singh of Between the Vines

April 21st, 2020


With nearly half a billion people over the legal drinking age of 25, India most certainly seems like an attractive market for wine brands. However, …

Plastic Free Hospitality with Cassia Patel Project Director at Oceanic Global Foundation

April 17th, 2020


Globally, we buy millions of plastic bottles per minute, yet 91% of plastic bottles are not recycled. Today, we speak with Cassia Patel, Program Director at Oceanic Global Foundation about cost effective options to …

How New Zealand is Leading the Way in Wine Innovation with Charlotte Read & Natalie Potts of NZ Winegrowers

April 14th, 2020


New Zealand is leader in sustainability, low alcohol wines and expressive Sauvignon Blanc, but that's not all!


In today's podcast we speak with …

Canadian wines & how to grow a strong international brand with Richard Slingerland, VP of Sales at Pillitteri Estates Winery

April 8th, 2020


Pillitteri Estates Winery is a family owned winery in the heart of Niagara, Ontario. They are the world’s largest estate producer of Icewine and the official wine supplier for Team Canada.

Pillitteri Estates Winery has …

CBD: The New Frontier of Food & Beverage with Jamie L. Evans, Author & Founder of Herb Somm

April 3rd, 2020


Today we speak to industry expert Jamie L. Evans about the world of cannabis in F&B.

In this podcast we break down Jamie’s journey from wine to cannabis and what are the similarities between the two. We also discuss …

How hospitality can cope through COVID-19 with Hannah Williams, Beverage Director of Blue Hill at Stone Barns

March 29th, 2020


Hannah Williams is the Beverage Director at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a two star Michelin establishment. As a Certified Sommelier and named one of Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Best New Sommeliers of 2019, Hannah shares …

Spirited Woman with Molly Troupe, Master Distiller & Partner at Freeland Spirits

March 20th, 2020


Molly Troupe, America’s youngest female master distiller discusses how she found her passion for creating small batch gin and whiskey at Freeland …

Why the future of wine packaging is no longer glass with Santiago Navarro, CEO & Co-Founder of Garçon Wines

March 15th, 2020


Wine bottles are heavy, spatially inefficient, and generally not made from recycled materials. In fact, the biggest portion of a wine bottle’s carbon …

Crafting your Career Success with Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits

March 5th, 2020


As a dynamic and growing segment of the overall alcoholic beverage market, the wine industry attracts a range of talented people yet appears to …

Is Sake Made in USA the Next Craft Revolution? With William Stuart, CEO & Brewer of Colorado Sake Co.

February 27th, 2020


Today we discuss making Sake in one of the most unlikely of places.

Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from polished rice. It's a complex and …

The Wine Bible: Preaching Wine with Karen MacNeil

February 21st, 2020


Karen MacNeil is one of the most celebrated personalities in wine. She is the author of the best-selling wine book: The Wine Bible, which has sold …

China's First Master of Wine: A Conversation with Gus Jian Zhu MW

February 11th, 2020


In 2019, Gus Jian Zhu earned the prestigious title of Master of Wine (MW) making him the first Chinese national to earn the title. With only 389 members around the world, the MW is one of the most rigorous examinations …

When wine retail meets e-commerce with Claudia Masueger, CEO & Founder of CHEERS Wines

January 19th, 2020


Claudia Masueger encapsulates the energy needed to thrive in wine retail in China. Originally from Switzerland, Masueger came to China in 2008 with …

Craft & Cool Climate Wines in China with Campbell Thompson, Founder of The Wine Republic

December 23rd, 2019


Today we sit down to discuss two very different wine making countries: Australian and Austrian.  Campell Thompson is the Founder of The Wine Republic …

Radical Winemaking with Sasa Radikon

December 4th, 2019


Today we speak to cult status producer Sasa Radikon. Based in Friuli Italy, Sasa’s family was the region’s pioneer of “orange” wines. Today, Sasa …

Breaking Down the Baijiu Barrier with Bill Isler, CEO of Ming River Baijiu

November 22nd, 2019


Baijiu is the most sold spirit in the world, yet people typically don’t know much about it outside China. On today’s podcast we sit down with William …

Spreading Goodness with Katie Tarrant, Co-Founder of NAKED Nut Butters

November 17th, 2019


Today we talk about your favorite spread: nut butter, but also how NAKED Nut Butters is spreading support to local communities.

In 2016, Founders Katie Tarrant and Meredith Sides turned an obsession into a business. They …

South African Wines Unearthed with Marcus Ford of Wines of South Africa

November 7th, 2019



South African wines are more exciting than ever.

In today’s podcast we sit down with Marcus Ford, Asia Market Manager of Wines of South Africa to discuss all there’s to know about SA wines.

Working …

China's First Cultivated Meat Technology with Carrie Chan, Co-Founder of Avant Meats

October 23rd, 2019


“I just had to do something,” said Carrie Chan, co-founder of Avant Meat, a company devoted to the development of cultured meat in Hong Kong.

Today we …

China’s Growing Oyster Obsession with Rudy Guo, Executive Director of Oysterliscious

September 29th, 2019


Today we sit down with Rudy Guo, Executive Director of Oysterliscious Group in Shanghai. We discuss his journey in the F&B industry and the growing obsession of oysters in Asia. 

Based in Shanghai for over eleven …

Zamora Company, a global recipe for success with CEO Emilio Restoy Cabrera

September 3rd, 2019


Emilio Restoy Cabrera, is CEO of a value-oriented wine and spirits conglomerate: Zamora Company. The Spanish Chemical Engineer, Marketing Expert, and MBA has climbed the corporate ladder of his own family business. He …

Caffein Reinvented with Daniel de Smeth of Highlite

August 29th, 2019


Mate is a traditional South American caffeinated drink that rose in popularity in Germany under the name Yerba-Mate. Today, Daniel de Smeth is …

China's Wine Market, Then & Now with Wine Expert Dan Siebers

August 15th, 2019


Dan Siebers is an accomplished sommelier and China market expert. He’s been in the industry since the late 1990s and has seen it all. Dan has seen …

Never Bet Against Pizza with Alex Cree, Cofounder of Baozza

July 28th, 2019


First launched in Beijing and now in Shanghai, Baozza is becoming a hot trend. It's the perfect example of assimilation of cultures. Baozza is still …

Booming Australian Wines in China with David Lucas Regional GM of North Asia

July 2nd, 2019


In the last few weeks, Australian wines have officially taken over France as China's most imported country by volume. This might come as no surprise …

What is China's Future Flagship Grape? With Julien Bouldard MW , Director of Zhulian Wine Consulting

May 16th, 2019


“Who wants to try, honestly, Chinese Cabernet Sauvignon? But what about Chinese Marselan? I think there’s something here, an opportunity.”

Today we …

Dragons and Gin with Daniel Brooker, Owner & Maker of Dragon's Blood Gin

May 6th, 2019


Dragons are real and they come from Inner Mongolia.

Today we speak with Daniel Brooker, Owner and Maker of Dragon's Blood, a gin produced in Chifeng …

Turning Used Cooking Oil into Biofuel with Liu Shutong, Founder of MotionEco

March 11th, 2019


A messy problem with a green solution.
In today's podcast we sit down with CEO of MotionEco, Shu Tong about how his company sources used cooking oil …

The Green Coffee Revolution with Lewis Harding, CEO of Coffee Exchange

March 4th, 2019


In today's episode we sit down with Lewis Harding, CEO of Coffee Exchange to discuss one of our favorite beverages, coffee. Coffee Exchange is a …

Washington Wine Legend Bob Betz Master of Wine

February 27th, 2019


Today we sit down with Bob Betz, Master of Wine, Consulting Winemaker and Founder of Betz Family Winery to discuss his journey and Washington State …

The Spirited Future of Port in Asia with Jorge Nunes, Winemaker/ APAC Market Manager for Symington Family Estates

February 13th, 2019


The Spirited Future of Port in Asia with Jorge Nunes, Winemaker/APAC Market Manager for Symington Family Estates

Watch out everyone, Port is no longer for your grandparent’s generation. Listen in to learn how Port is …

Food for Thought: Food Waste in China with June Zhang of Collective Responsibility

January 28th, 2019


Food waste is a heated topic around the world but especially in China. We always hear stories about illegally sold restaurant waste reused for it's …

China's Bubbling Champagne Market with Edouard Duval, CEO of EMW

December 13th, 2018


Champagne is a growing category around the world, but do we see the same trend in China? In this episode we explore the current situation of Champagne with Edouard Duval, CEO of East Meets West Fine Wines. Part of the …

Beyond a wine magazine, the future of Decanter with John Stimpfig, Content Director of Decanter Magazine

November 29th, 2018


Decanter Wine Magazine is one of the leading wine publications focused on lifestyle, industry insights, regional profiles and authoritative wine …

The Power of Grit and Mentorship with Elyse Lambert MS

November 15th, 2018


Elyse Lambert MS is one of the most respected female sommeliers in the world. Based in Montreal, Quebec, she earned the title of Master Sommelier in 2015. Elyse has her own radio program on Radio Canada, winner of …

BIG Possibilities for Canadian Wines with Jakub Lipinski of Big Head Wines

October 18th, 2018


Does Canada only produce Icewine? Recognized for its cold winters and cool climate wines, we discuss where this young winemaking country is headed. …

Wholesome Living in China with Frank Steffen, Founder of Pure & Whole

October 3rd, 2018


The idea of pure, unprocess food feels like an unrealistic concept for us in China. Frank Steffen is known as the pioneer of the vegetarian movement …

Chilean Wine is WOWing in the China Market, with Julio Alonso, Director of Wines of Chile Asia

September 12th, 2018


China is Chile's largest market for wine, through 2016-2017, overall imports into China grew 26%. Today, we sit down with the Director of Wines of …

Building that Burger Empire with Charles Zeng, Founder & CEO of Charlie's Hospitality Group

September 5th, 2018


Charles Zeng could be the burger mayor of Shanghai. He currently owns five Charlie’s Burger restaurants in the city and consistently serves up some …

All about drinks with Theo Watt Founder of DRiNK Magazine & Thirsty Work Productions

August 23rd, 2018


DRiNK Magazine is arguably the industry's insider view into the leading bars, personalities and hotspots in Asia. Today, we discuss with Theo Watt, Founder of Thirsty Work Production & DRiNK Magazine about his …

An APP for your Appetite with Stone Shi, Founder & CEO of Bon APP!

August 12th, 2018


If you don't already know, China is a foodie nation. With so many various local cuisines and now, international restaurants opening up in tier one cities, there's enough selection to keep us constantly busy. But how can …

What's Brewing with Paul Gelinas, VP & General Manager, China at Stone Brewing

July 19th, 2018


Beer lovers rejoice! Stone Brewing is opening up their very own taproom and promising to deliver China the freshest craft beer straight from America. Voted twice by readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top …

Can Blockchain Solve Fake Goods Entering the Market? With Billy Chan from DropChain

July 12th, 2018


If you live in China you usually ask yourself: is this milk real? Is this wine a copy? Is this vegetable really organic?
Billy Chan, Founder of DropChain hopes that blockchain innovation will set us in the right …

Italian Wine in China with Simone Incontro Simone Incontro, the GM of Greater China for Veronafiere/Vinitaly

May 8th, 2018


Italy is one of the epicenters of gastronomy, luxury goods, and needless to say, great wine! But while the French have enjoyed massive success in the China market, what about Italy?
In this recording, we're joined with …

F&B Sustainability in China? Interview with Jonathan Cruysberghs, Co-Founder of Feibao

May 1st, 2018


The World Bank reported that China is set to produce twice as much waste as the US by 2030, and we ask ourselves: where will that all end up?
Today, I'm joined with Jonathan Cruysberghs, Co-Founder of Feibao to discuss …

When Personality & Passion Combine, we get Mixologist Extraordinaire Chris Lowder

April 16th, 2018


When personality and passion combine, we get the extraordinaire Chris Lowder! Lowder is the bar legend who set out to compile a cocktail book of 173 …

Discussing Shanghai's First Gin Distillery with Joseph Judd from Peddlers Gin Company

February 21st, 2018


In 2016, three friends got together and decided to create Shanghai's first ever premium Gin.
They did so by creating a brand that stays true to Shanghai and selecting ingredients that reflect China's unique spices, …

China's Beverage Guru Ian Ford, Summergate Co-Founder and Founder at Lightkeeper Studio

December 27th, 2017


With over 25 years of wine development in China, Ian Ford joins us today share his adventures, insights, and expertise in the food and beverage scene. Ian has influenced and witnessed one of the largest shifts in wine …

Serving Inspiration with Koen Vessies, Executive Chef of El Willy F&B Group

November 22nd, 2017


Have you wondered how Chefs gain their inspiration? In this podcast, we talk with Koen Vessies, Executive Chef of El Willy F&B Group about his travel abroad and how he finds inspiration in the kitchen. Open up any …

Hot Pot and Californian Wine? With Christopher Beros of California Wine Institute

October 25th, 2017


Expert wine market insight and unexpected wine pairing advice with tricky dishes in today's episode with Christopher Beros the Asia Director of California Wine Institute.

In this podcast, we discuss the rise of …

Meet one of Shanghai's most happening personalities in F&B, Camden Hauge

September 28th, 2017


Meet one of Shanghai's most happening personalities in the food and drink industry, owner and operator of Egg, co-founder of Social Supply, Camden Hauge. From New York, London and now based here in Shanghai, Camden …

Building one of the best bars in Asia with Yao Lu, Co-Founder and Head Bartender at Union Trading Company

September 19th, 2017


Building one of the best bars in Asia from scratch with Yao Lu, Co-Founder and Head Bartender at Union Trading Company shares his story and learnings of his adventures in Shanghai. In 2017, Union Trading Company was …

Crazy for Coconuts with Founder of gre3n Thames Wangpatravanich

September 1st, 2017


In the last couple years coconut water has taken off in big cities like Shanghai. One of the most iconic names you'll see in the city is gre3n coconut water which was launched in 2014 by Founder & CEO Thames …

Fashion marketer by day, food KOL by night with Mary Ma

July 12th, 2017


Fashion marketer by day, food KOL by night. Mary Ma is a foodie, chef and key opinion leader in the F&B scene here in Shanghai. Her own passion for cooking started a few years back when she began hosting dinner …

What it Takes to Become a DFB with Hoon Namgoong

June 15th, 2017


In this podcast we interview Hoon Namgoong, Director of Food and Beverage for Double Tree by Hilton about what it's really like to manage 200 employees and 6 restaurant outlets. A hospitality major from Canada and years …

No Menu Cocktail Concept with Founder Eddy Yang of The Tailor Group

June 6th, 2017


Shanghai runs on cocktails! Today, we sit down with one of China's most renown bartenders and Founder at The Tailor Group: Eddy Yang. We talk about his experience from what it was like working in London at Detroit Bar …

China's First Ever Cinnamon Roll Bakery with Co-Founder Jared Turner of CinnaSwirl

May 24th, 2017


Anyone with a sweet tooth would have craved cinnamon rolls if they stayed in China long enough. Finally a shop that does just that: make the best …

Mixing Success & Passion with Chief Mixologist Macarena Rotger

April 28th, 2017


To listen to Macarena Rotger Chief Mixologist talk about her cocktails is to step into a dreamy wonderland. Especially when she describes you her …

The Rise of Premium Chinese Coffee with Bryan from Lanna Coffee

April 23rd, 2017


Chinese coffee? Many people might not know that there's great quality coffee produced in Yunnan, China.
Today, we talk to founder Bryan Rakphongphairoj from Lanna Coffee about Yunnan coffee and what's going on in the …

Street Food & Bourbon Aged Beer with Dave Bob from Kentucky Ale

March 9th, 2017


Taiwan is famed for it's lively night markets lined with food stalls that serve up local specialties.
Today, I'm joined with "Bar & Club Personality of the Year" Dave Bob who is now the Senior Brand Rep for …

Can a Competition Finally Improve Wine in China? With David Jiang of Wine 100

March 1st, 2017


How to improve the quality of wines produced in China?
As a buyer, how to select the best bottle out of thousands of choices?

In this interview we're joined with David Jiang, Managing Director of Wine 100, one of …

Taiwan's Craft Beer Revolution with Peter Huang from Taihu Brewing

February 21st, 2017


What's brewing in Taiwan? We're joined by Peter Huang, Managing Partner of Taihu Brewing, the country's leading craft brewery. In this episode we talk everything from black sesame beer, sour beer and innovation in …

WeChat Tips for Navigating China with Zhiwei, CEO of Penguin Guide

February 7th, 2017


Ever wonder how to leverage from Wechat, China's largest social media platform with over 1 billion users?
Zhiwei, CEO of Penguin Guide joins us today …

Peruvian Chifas and Sexy Tapas with Chef Carlos Sotomayor from Elefante

January 17th, 2017


Have you heard of "Chifa", the Peruvian style Chinese cuisine emerging in Peru? In this episode we talk with Chef Carlos from Elefante, about what it …

Reinventing the Bao: Alex Xu owner of Baoism transforms Shanghai street food

December 25th, 2016


Reinventing traditional street food for a new generation is no small task. Owner/Chef Alex Xu of Baoism joins us to discuss street food and his trendy restaurant: Baoism that takes Shanghai traditional breakfast food …

Innovation in the spirits industry. Insight into the Chinese market with Nancy Juang

December 25th, 2016


Ganbei! In this episode Nanacy Juang updates us on what's really going on in the Chinese spirits industry. Originally from Seattle and currently based in Shanghai, Nancy has worked with the top tobacco, wine and spirit …

China sweet wine addiction, is the hype real? With Sandor Hunyadi, Brand Manager and former sommelier

December 25th, 2016


It's the debut of Bottled in China! In this episode we are joined by Sandor Hunyadi, former sommelier at some of Shanghai's top restaurant.

Formerly from Hungary, Sandor shares with us his experience in China working in …

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