Wine Part 2

China one step closer to harnessing clean, limitless energy from nuclear fusion

08 December, 2016

  • China acknowledged as global leader in the field and world’s only nation increasing funding into research to draw energy from ‘artificial sun’. Professor Luo Guangnan, deputy director of the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) facility in Anhui’s provincial capital said some previous fusion experiments had lasted for more than 100 seconds, but they were like “like riding a bucking bronco”, with plasma that was volatile and difficult to control. Physicists view H-mode as an optimal working scenario for a future fusion power plant, and the one-minute breakthrough owed a great deal to the Chinese government’s heavy investment on fusion research in recent years.

China’s “Artificial Sun” Manages To Stay On For A Minute

November 10, 2016

  • China has been able to successfully obtain high-confinement nuclear reactor plasma for a whole minute, which experts believe will promote the development of international thermonuclear fusion research. The reactor was able to maintain a temperature of 50 million Kelvins, that’s three times as hot as Sun’s core. For those unfamiliar, Chinese scientists in February this year had made a nuclear reactor plasma that reached a temperature of 50 million Kelvins (or, 49.999 million degrees Celsius) – or thrice as hot as the sun’s 15 million Kelvins core.

Fermi Finds Dark Matter Clues in Andromeda Galaxy

Feb 22, 2017

  • NASA’s Fermi telescope has detected a strong gamma-ray signal coming from the core of the Andromeda galaxy (also known as Messier 31) that could indicate the presence of dark matter — and this signal is similar to one seen by Fermi at the Milky Way’s center. A paper on the results will appear in the Feb. 23 issue of the Astrophysical Journal. “We don’t fully understand the roles cosmic rays play in galaxies, or how they travel through them,” said lead co-author Dr. Xian Hou, an astrophysicist at Yunnan Observatories in Kunming, China.

After a year in orbit and 1.8 billion cosmic rays, China’s dark matter probe hopes for ‘unexpected’ findings


  • China’s dark matter-hunting satellite DAMPE celebrated its one year anniversary in space over the weekend, with the team now looking for unexpected results among collected data. Launched on December 17, 2015, the 1,900kg DArk Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) has spent the year measuring the spectra of extremely energetic gamma-rays and cosmic ray with the aim of identifying possible Dark Matter signatures.

Penfolds wine trademark legal win an encouraging sign for Australian businesses in China

12 Jan 2017

  • A court victory that will allow Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) to use its preferred transliteration for Penfolds in China is being seen as a landmark victory. “This decision … demonstrates China’s commitment to a strong IP system and fair judiciary,” David Bennett, the new IP counsellor at Beijing’s Australian Embassy, said.

Australian wineries capitalising on Chinese export boom


  • Mainland China is now Australia’s largest wine export market and a record number of local wineries will be attending the country’s leading trade exhibition in Shanghai next week to capitalise on this growing demand. Over 30 Australian wineries will exhibiting at the fourth annual ProWine China exhibition in Shanghai to help grow sales across Mainland China.

DAWA 2016: Chinese wines awarded more than 140 medals

10 October 2016

  • Chinese wines significantly increased their standing in this year’s Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA), winning 142 medals across seven regions and led by Ningxia wineries. The DAWA 2016 medal haul for Chinese wines is three times higher than in 2015 and compared to just 12 medals for China in 2014. The latest result is evidence to China’s fast developing domestic fine wine industry. An 2014 vintage Icewine from Château Fenhe of Heilongjiang Luyuan Winery, was awarded a gold medal in this year’s competition, repeating its success with the 2013 vinetage in the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards earlier this year.

China blasts grape vines into space

22nd September, 2016

  • China’s newest space laboratory, Tiangong-2, blasted off last week. Among its cargo, according to Decanter China, was a selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir vines. Chinese scientists are said to be looking to test the effects of space radiation and zero gravity on grape vines, speculating that time spent in space could trigger mutations to help them better withstand some of China’s most extreme wine regions. One of China’s most prominent and newly emerging wine regions is Ningxia, which has a continental climate but a temperature variation of between 27°C and −14°C.

China’s Bordeaux: winemakers in ‘gold rush’ to turn desert into vineyards

3 June 2016

  • his,” says Emma Gao as she races through the sun-scorched countryside of north-west China in a dusty Nissan Livina, “is la Route des Chateaux.” “There are almost 40 different entrepreneurs – maybe more. Every day it is changing,” the Chinese winemaker explains, slaloming between French, English and Mandarin as she tours her 70-hectare (170-acre) vineyard at the heart of a region government officials are calling China’s Bordeaux. Gao, a 40-year-old who trained at Bordeaux University’s oenology institute, was one of the first vintners to set up shop in this arid corner of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, more than 600 miles west of Beijing. Armed with a 300,000 yuan (£32,000) loan from her parents, she founded Silver Heights, her award-winning boutique winery, almost a decade ago.

Chinese billionaire owner of e-commerce giant Alibaba snaps up two prestigious French vineyards in £9.5million deal

11 June 2016

  • A Chinese billionaire has snapped up two historic French vineyards for £9.5million (12million euros). Jack Ma, 51, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, bought the Chateau Guerry and the Chateau Perenne, dating back to the 18th century, in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine-growing region. Previous owner, French wine magnate Bernard Magrez, confirmed the sale on Thursday after the transaction was reported by the British specialist magazine Decanter.