Wine Filter: China

Grace Vineyards Angelina Sparkling Chenin Blanc NV

We were lucky to try this, the first release of a proper, Traditional Method fizz in China. It’s made by Judy Chan and named after her daughter and it’s lovely; a fresh apple aroma balanced by toasty, yeasty aromas and with complex spice notes on the finish. On the basis of this expect great fizz to come from China.

Shui Jing Fang Baiji

We weren’t kidding when we talked about China’s great heritage in producing drinks. This comes from the oldest distillery in the world, dating from 1408. It has a distinctive and unusual taste to our Western palates. There’s aniseed that feels familiar but also a savoury character of soy and exotic fruit.