Christiane Amanpour and Chinese Wine: The Wine Economist Interview

I was pleased to be interviewed the award-winning  journalist Christiane Amanpour earlier this week for her  “Around the World with Christiane Amanpour” report on  The original topic was set to be last week’s French wine auction, where odd lots and “too-expensive-to-serve” bottles from the Elysee Palace cellars were sold off to pay for more modestly priced wines to serve at state events  (with a bit left over to pay down the French national debt).

The auction was a success (buyers snapped up wines that became famous by the publicity surrounding the auction), but Ms. Amanpour, perhaps sensing that this had already become old news, shifted the conversation to another wine topic.  Click on the image below to view the interview.



Thanks to Mary-Rose, David and of course Christiane Amanpour for their work on this interview.

2 responses

  1. Congratulations on your interview! Your 10-year old tasting note on Chinese wine sounds awful. Did you have a second taste after letting it breathe accompanied by a nice steak?

    • We tasted it over about an hour (although not with a steak). I wrote about this tasting in Wine Wars. Maybe we didn’t give it a fair trial? But I also wrote about an excellent Chinese wine that we tasted on a different occasion — from Grace Vineyards. Quite nice! There will be more about Chinese wine in Extreme Wine, which is due out in October.

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