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John H. Isacs

John Isacs is the founder and CEO of EnjoyGourmet, a leading gourmet digital (www.enjoygourmet.com.cn) and print media company in China. He has authored over a dozen wine and food books including the awarded ISACS Guides and other gourmet books and is a wine consultant to governments, wine regions and organizations. He also hosts wine events for leading organizations and companies throughout China. Contact John via jcolumn@enjoygourmet.com. 

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Mulling over 2016’s big local wine trends

THE last few days of the year are a perfect time for reflection. The one constant in Shanghai is change, so it’s a perfect time to review the progress and changes of the local wine scene in 2016. Here are three important wine trends of 2016 in Shanghai.

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Cavas dazzle with sticky rice

We’re approaching the multi-holiday season and with Chinese New Year just over a month away that means lots of sticky things. Whether you refer to it as sticky rice or glutinous rice, this round-grained gluey textured rice is particularly popular during Chinese holidays. Sticky rice is used to make a variety of both sweet and savory foods. The problem with these treats is that when you eat a lot of them, digestibility becomes an issue. One great solution is a palate pleasing, digestion facilitating sparkling wine from Spain.