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June 23, 2017
Bubbling Chinese market centre-stage at world wine fest
Bordeaux (AFP) June 22, 2017
With a middle-class increasingly thirsty for reds, whites and Italian bubbly, China is the hot ticket for wine traders looking for opportunities at this year's Vinexpo industry extravaganza. The world's most populous nation has for years been seen as an El Dorado for foreign wine-makers - but those hoping to cash in need to keep up with continuing rapid transformations in the market, including the rise of online sales, say analysts at the four-day global wine gathering in Bordeaux. "Just forget ... read more

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