Such an interesting history, I couldn't put it down. The history of wine (usually rice wine) production, the legends and customs that surround it are described. Traditionally, Chinese wine and spirits (both grainbased ) were used to perform rituals, to dispel ones worries, and to heal. Today the alcohol industry has expanded hugely and includes many brands of beer and vineyards producing red and white wine. Good colour illustrations throughout.
This illustrated introduction to Chinese wine explores the history of wine production in China, the legends and customs that surround it and its place in China today. Traditionally, Chinese wine and spirits were made from grain, and had three important uses: to perform rituals, to dispel one's worries and to heal. Today, wine is still believed to have a therapeutic benefit, but the Chinese beverage industry has expanded on a large scale and now includes famous brands of beer and, increasingly, vineyards producing red and white wine for global consumption. Chinese Wine is indispensable reading for both wine-lovers and all those with an interest in the transition from traditional to modern Chinese culture.